Posted on March 02, 2020

Four inventors from Qatar University (QU) participated in the 12th IIFME - International Invention Fair of the Middle East, which was organized by Kuwait Science Club from 16 to 19 February 2020, under the Patronage of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. QU inventors in total won four different medals: one gold, two silver and a bronze medal at this international Fair.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Maslamani, Advisor at the Office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at QU, won the Gold medal with honors for the invention of the Marine Clutch, and he was also awarded the first place from the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of The Gulf. His invention was a fishing cage retrieval device designed to reduce or eliminate environmental damage to the seafloor. The device included two spaced apart sled-type structures for guiding the device along the seafloor, while minimizing damage to the seafloor.

Dr. Ridha Hamila, Professor of Electrical Engineering at QU, won a silver medal for his invention, which relates to multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) antenna arrays. It provided a method for detecting defect antenna elements in MIMO antenna arrays. The method was based on compressive sensing techniques and coherence analysis of the measurement matrix, namely, the average coherence and worst-case coherence metrics, which are jointly used to determine the best method to collect the measurements.

Mohammad Mearag, PhD student in Electrical Engineering department at QU, won a silver medal for an invention that relates to power supplies. It is a linear regulated dimmable light emitting iodide (LED) driver for a direct current (DC) grid connected LED string. It also provides a linear regulated dimmable LED driver that avoids the use of inductors and other large and expensive electronic components, while avoiding EMI and other issues associated with pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimmers. He represented a research team led by Pro. Atif Iqbal.

Dr. Nasser Al-Emadi, Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at QU, has represented the late Dr. Moheiddine Benammar for his invention of the postoperative blood and air leakage monitoring system, which won a bronze medal in the Fair. The invention relates to medical devices and systems and provides a method of and apparatus for monitoring the volume and rate of blood and air draining from a patient that provides an objective, computer-controlled, real-time, air drainage data sensing/display/digital recording system that facilitates and enables remote monitoring of a patient.

Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed, the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at QU said, “The University is very proud of the achievements of its researchers, and truly values the efforts that these inventors have spent for the sake of scientific research and development, in addition to their high-standard participation in elevating the reputation of Qatar University worldwide. This confirms that Qatar University is the first place of experience in Qatar when it comes to highly qualified human resources in different scientific fields that benefit the society.”