Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation Organizes its 1st Robotics Expo 2018


AMMAN- Under the patronage of HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, the Jordanian Robotics Exhibition 2018 was organized by Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University College for Innovation (TAGUCI) in cooperation with the Arab Robotics Association (ARA).

Organizing the exhibition crystallizes the enormous attention Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh pays to innovation and creativity, making the exhibition a scientific platform to showcase the creativity of Jordanian students in the field of robotics.

During the venue, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh extended his gratitude to the President of the Arab Robotics Association in Jordan and the Middle East, Mr. Ismail Yasein, for enabling the elite group of inventors to take part in this important gathering to display their innovations.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed pride in the creations of all the young participating students, noting that nearly one third of Jordanian inhabitants are children, stating that they represent our future which is why he has urged mothers to direct their children towards knowledge creativity and innovation.

He also affirmed his confidence in the creative capacities stating that HM King Abdullah II constantly underlines the significance of investment in creativity and transformation into a knowledge-based society.

In addition, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh indicated that solving the problem of the nation’s economy and increasing its wealth while at the same time creating a society free of violence, drugs and negative phenomena, could only be achieved through creativity and innovation, pointing out that a healthy addiction is an addition to the internet, to invention, to knowledge and to innovation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh called for the establishment of a chamber of industry in Jordan to be tasked with the invention industry, particularly in the field of robotics, in cooperation with funding agencies to transform inventions into marketable products.

For his part, Mr. Yasein thanked Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh for his cooperation in making this very important exhibition a great success.

In the meantime, TAGUCI Dean Dr. Muntaha Bani Hani welcomed the participants and visitors saying that TAGUCI is considered the first educational institution of its kind  specializing in innovative business and ICT and at the same time in enhancing creativity and innovation.

The participants in the exhibition included schools, universities and individuals mainly Zain, King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) and  Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) displaying the robot Pepper.

The Hashemite University participated with three robots (Security Risk Assessment for Indoor Robotic Platforms and Applications / HMMR / Under Water Remote Operating Vehicle).

Furthermore, the participating schools included Al Ridwan Schools (Salinity Bot), Al-Dur Al-Manthour School (Robot in Education), Al Asriyya Schools (Mechanical Arm), Philadelphia National School (Spider Robot), Bunat Alghad Academy (Brainwave) and the Jubilee School (Paralyzed Robot).

The participating technology centers included Steam Center (Helping Autistic Child), Eureka Tech Academy (Amphibious Robot Car), AITECHS, AISA (Interactive Robot for Teaching Purpose), in addition to (Auto Driving Car) for Bara’ Hammadeh, (BE-017) for Mr. Ezz Aldin Manasra, (HA-First Aid Robot) for the student Aws Alomari and the (Radar Robot) for students: Hazem Al Abdullah, Rami Al Zaben, Joseph Halteh and Abdullah Fuqaha.

The participants presented their robots and briefed the audience on the purpose of their inventions. Some of these inventions were invented to serve people with disabilities, children, fire suppression or weightlifting. They also highlighted the challenges they faced, particularly the unavailability in Jordan of some parts needed for manufacturing  and lack of funding.

The expo witnessed the visit of Mr. Muhannad Shehadeh, Minister of State for Investment Affairs, Mr. Muthanna Al-Gharaibeh, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Turkish Ambassador to Amman, HE Mr. Murat Karagőz, in addition to representatives of government and private organizations, educational institutions, media and interested people.

During the expo, the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Annual Award for Robotics was presented, based on the selection by a jury from the Arab Robotics Association to the four best robots that serve humanity. The Hashemite University was ranked in the first place for (Security Risk Assessment for Indoor Robotic Platform and Application), the second was AITECHS (AISA) for (Interactive robot for teaching purpose), and the third was Bunat Alghad Academy for (Brainwave) while the fourth place went to Aws Alomari (First Consumption Aid).

It’s noteworthy to mention that Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Annual Award for Robotics aims at raising the level of competition among young people to exert their efforts in creating robots in different fields.