A team from the King Hussein School of Computing Sciences at Princess Sumaya University for Technology has won third place in the international SITA Hackathon 2021. The competition took place over a period of 10 days, and was held via visual communication technology with the participation of 300 students from all over the world. PSUT’s winning team is made up of Ahmed Youssef Alawneh, Basheer Saeed Al Shehabi, Renata Jihad Bakir, who prepared under the supervision of Dr. Abdallah Qusef and Dr. Ammar Odeh.
The winning team developed a smart application that helps travelers organize their arrival time at the airport, which serves to reduce congestion and friction with other passengers, thus ensuring their safety. Additionally, they developed a smart (Chatbot) as an automated assistant that answers all travel-related inquiries and questions.
The President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, congratulated the winners and their supervisors for this achievement, praising the role of the School’s deanship in opening the door to opportunities to participate in such competitions. The results achieved in such competitions are fundamentally reflected in the students' abilities and skills, and serve to consolidate the good reputation of PSUT in international forums.
Prof. Al-Refai added that PSUT, under the direct guidance of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, has worked on strengthening its participatory system in international networking, providing its students with all possible means to promote their academic and practical progress, and making its specializations an effective means of supplying modern industry, in a way that serves the country and improves the lives of its citizens.
Dr. Ashraf Ahmad, the Dean of the School, said that it is keen to develop students' capabilities, and seeks to engage them in developing modern software that helps to overcome the difficulties and programmatic obstacles facing users, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic, stressing that the application developed by the winning team can be used at Queen Alia International Airport.
SITA is the largest company worldwide responsible for managing international airports and their ICT systems. The Hackathon competition is held annually, and a group of industry and technology experts participate on the judging panel to select the best projects.
Notably, PSUT has previously ranked first in the world in the annual IEEEXtreme Programming Competition, outperforming some of the most prestigious international universities, such as MIT, the University of Illinois, McGill University of Canada, and the University of California – Berkeley. The University also snatched the second and third prizes from the Crown Prince’s Award for Best Government Service Application, in its first session, which was open to nearly 300,000 students from Jordanian universities. Furthermore, PSUT students led a Jordanian team to win first place in the world in the Huawei ICT Skills Competition with the participation of 39 countries.