Posted on March 10, 2015

Qatar University (QU) recently launched its 8th Computing Contest (QUCC), an annual initiative organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the College of Engineering (CENG). The competition requires students to program a robot that will perform tasks within a limited time. As in previous years, the contest is based on logic programming of the sensor inputs of a LEGO-based robot. This year, students will use the LEGO EV3 kit and in an added engineering component, they will compete in the final day (May 9) to demonstrate the time it takes for their robots to complete tasks. 

Winners will be awarded at a ceremony following the competition. First place winner will be awarded QR10000 and a scholarship to study at CSE, while QR6000 and QR4000 will be awarded to the 2nd- and 3rd-place winners respectively. 58 students and 19 teachers from 58 schools attended the launch ceremony. A workshop held on March 7 to orient students and teachers on the competition guidelines will be followed by another on March 14. Student projects will be conducted under the supervision of teachers, and in coordination with the contest committee. 

In his opening remarks, CENG dean Dr Rashid Alammari thanked the sponsors QAPCO, Dolphin Energy and ExxonMobil Qatar for their support, and highlighted the importance of the contest in engaging secondary school students to develop their creativity and innovation in computing as well as to raise their awareness on CENG programs. He added: “This contest is in line with CENG’s goal to produce graduates who are experts in computer science and engineering. It also highlights our commitment to provide the industry with highly-qualified graduates in software and systems engineering, websites design and development, network engineering, and systems security, consistent with their needs.”

QU-CENG launches 8th installment 2 [].jpgExxonMobil President and General Manager Alistair Routledge said: “In Qatar, ExxonMobil provides the energy to drive human potential through its partnerships in local programs. Qatar University’s Computing Contest is one of the programs which support this objective. The contest challenges students and teaches them important life skills, such as commitment, teamwork and leadership. All of this --combined with computing skills and engineering techniques-- is a recipe for success. We are proud to play a role in fostering a generation of technical experts and leaders who can create a sustainable future, both locally and globally.”

QAPCO VC & CEO Dr Mohammed Al Mulla said: “It is a tremendous privilege for QAPCO to sponsor this event, as it enables the company to support the youth of Qatar and to contribute to their education. QAPCO is always keen to participate and support events and activities that contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030. This is the second year that we have been involved in this event and it will not be the last as this competition is part of a new three year agreement that we recently signed with Qatar University and provides support for the numerous Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related activities currently being organized by the university.”

QU-CENG launches 8th installment 3 [].jpgDolphin Energy General Manager Adel Ahmed Albuainain: “In its bid to support education and the community, Dolphin Energy takes pride in investing in the future of the younger generation. Its ongoing partnership with Qatar University has provided opportunities to endorse important initiatives such as the QU Computing Contest. Programs that promote science and engineering allow us to collaborate with our educational partners and provide the perfect platform to engage with students and help develop their practical and academic skills. In turn, this allows us to develop young bright leaders for the energy sector who will take on the responsibility of ensuring Qatar’s future development and prosperity.” 

CSE Head Prof Sebti Foufou said: “Last year’s contest was a great success. We were impressed by the quality of the excellent submissions we received, as well as the talent and abilities of all the participants. We are hoping that as many high-school students as possible will participate in this increasingly-popular competition.”