The workshop started at 2:00 PM (EET) on Thursday, March 4th , using the Zoom platform. The following presentations were delivered during the workshop:
Overview of the DeCAIR Project - Gheith Abandah, The University of Jordan
European Academic AIR Experience – University of Pisa as Example - Lucia Pallottino
Developing Conversational Interfaces for the Real World - Nacho Montoya, Emergya
European Academic AIR Experience – University of Genoa as Example - Francesco Masulli
Bringing GPU Accelerated Computing and Deep Learning to the Classroom - Kevin McFall, NVIDIA
European Academic AIR Experience – University of Stuttgart as Example - Mario Rosenfelder
Role of AI in Transforming Lebanon’s Economy - Manal Jalloul, American University of Beirut
European Academic AIR Experience – University of Granada as Example - Jorge Casillas
Jordan Design and Development Bureau (JODDB) - Ashraf Ahmad & Radi Alwardat
As part of the DeCAIR,
project which is coordinated by the University of Jordan and funded by the
European Union within the framework of Erasmus + project, a technical workshop
for parties that are interested and working in the AI and Robotics domains was
virtually held. This stakeholders workshop was held on Thursday 4/3/2021
through Zoom and included about 70 experts from the public and private sectors,
academicians, students, researchers and experts from the project partner
countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Germany and Spain). The workshop schedule
included presentations from faculty members from the European partner countries
in addition to representatives from companies working in the field of AI and
robotics. During the workshop, experiences were presented and exchanged in the
field of artificial intelligence and robotics, the benefits and impacts of
these technologies on various fields, and the importance of developing academic
programs in both Jordan and Lebanon to prepare graduates with qualifications
appropriate to the needs of the labor market.
and participants in this workshop emphasized the importance of these
technologies and the necessity of creating new programs for preparing
specialists in these areas and developing current programs to add and develop
topics for these technologies. The European partners emphasized that the interest
in such programs is great and that graduates of these programs are needed in
the labor market. The participating experts from the public sector and the
private sector emphasized the need for such disciplines.
At the workshop
beginning, Prof. Gheith Abandah, the general coordinator of the project, gave a
general overview of the advancements of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
(AIR) applications in different aspects of our life, and presented the project
goals and the general plan on how to achieve these goals.
After that, the
faculty members and researchers from the partner European universities gave
overviews of their AI and Robotics academic programs and their collaborations
with partners from the industry.
Pallottino from the University of Pisa, Italy, gave a brief about the master
program in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and data engineering at her
university and the joint projects they have with companies from the private
sector. Also she stressed on the importance of the program in feeding various
sectors with distinguished graduates. She also mentioned that due to the
reputation of the program graduates more than 96.7% of them receive a job offer
within two weeks after graduation.
After that, Prof.
Francesco Masulli from the University of Genoa, Italy, gave a brief about the
undergraduate programs specialized in AIR at the university. He talked about
the interest of his research team at the university in using AI techniques and
robotics in designing smart cities in different aspect like traffic management,
security, healthcare, green environment and other fields.
After that, Dr.
Mario Rosenfelder from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, presented the
experience of the Mechatronics Engineering Department at his university in
teaching AIR subjects at the bachelor's level. He stated that the student takes
approximately 30 credit hours in AIR fields in the last year. He indicated that
the program’s success and importance attracted a large number of companies
interested in working on joint projects with the department and hiring their
After that, Dr.
Jorge Casillas from the University of Granada, Spain, spoke about the
department of computer science and AI at his university and indicated that the
program is considered one of the top 20 programs in the field of AI in Europe.
He also presented the curriculum of the program and presented statistics that
illustrate the importance of focusing on data science courses as well due to the
increasing interest in this field.
After that Dr. Kevin
McFall from NVIDIA, a leading company in the manufacture of accelerators used
in AI applications, spoke about the educational resources and support that his
company provides to those interested in these areas in terms of educational equipment,
tools and workshops that can be used in developing educational content in AIR
domain. He also talked about the company's policy to cooperate with
universities in this field.
Jalloul from the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, also spoke about the
AI LAB Foundation, which specializes in building capabilities in AI, in
addition to its role in providing advice to industrial companies interested in
taking advantage of the advanced technologies in AI.
from the Spanish company Emergya also spoke about using AI in creating
enterprise solutions in various fields such as banking, security and
protection, insurance, real estate and travel. He stated that these solutions
play important roles in increasing the efficiency of the companies’ products
and capabilities. Then he gave a detailed example of how to design voice
assistant systems using artificial intelligence techniques.
Engineer Radi Al-Wardat from the Jordan Center for Design and Development spoke
about the applications and research fields of the center and the importance of
cooperation and partnership with specialized academic institutions to advance
in this field.
concluded with discussion session during which the speakers answered the
attendees’ questions. Also, a questionnaire was distributed to all attendees,
including experts, students, academics and technicians, to survey the state of
AIR in their countries and to benefit from their observations and experiences
in designing and developing programs in AIR.
DeCAIR Stakeholders Workshop - YouTube