Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan Inaugurates the International Conference on "Modern Trends in Computer Science"
Acting on behalf of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, President of the University, inaugurated the International Conference on Modern Trends in Computing Science (ICTCS2017). The conference, which was held at Amman’s Landmark Hotel, was organized by PSUT’s King Hussein School of Computing Sciences with backing from the Scientific Research Support Fund administered by the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. A number of distinguished academics from prestigious scientific universities in the USA, Italy, Britain, Canada, Belgium, France, India and Germany participated in the event, which aims to make tangible advances in the ICT sector in Jordan, focusing on making a valuable contribution to a wide range of fields of scientific and applied research and promoting the dissemination of knowledge.
Speaking on behalf of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Professor Mashoor Al-Refai noted that this scientific conference is among the events of Jordanian Science Year and its timing is close to the World Science Forum, to be hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan next month.
Prof. Al-Refai expressed his wish that this conference would be an opportunity to present solutions to some of the issues raised during the conference, such as artificial intelligence, Big Data science, the Internet of Things, data security, and natural language processing. Thus, the conference would be a catalyst for the IT community in light of the transformations witnessed by the developed world, especially since people have become highly aware of the efficacy of the computer and its positive impact on all levels.
Prof. Al-Refai presented an array of PSUT’s achievements, which focused on the development of academic programs in the areas of data security and cybercrime, data science and Big Data, computer graphics, e-marketing, social media and entrepreneurship. Recently, PSUT took first place in the general section of the University Proficiency Exam, while 75% of the University’s specializations were ranked first in the exact section. The University obtained accreditation from ABET for four specializations in 2013, and the King Talal School of Business Technology was made a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Within the framework of His Highness the Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah II's initiative to support students and researchers, 12 students from Jordan were chosen for training at NASA, including four students from Princess Sumaya University for Technology. In addition, this year, a team of PSUT students ranked first in the Arab universities category and 8th in the world in a field of 2200 teams at the IEEEXtreme Programming Competition. Also this year, students from the University received eight out of 10 awards in the ACM programming competition held at Al- Zaytoonah University in Jordan, including first, second and third place, as well as taking first place among Jordanian universities in the ACM competition recently held In Sharm el-Sheikh.
It is worth mentioning that the University won third place globally at the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011, making Jordan the first Middle Eastern country to record such an achievement. The University has received EU support for 36 projects, playing a management role in five of those projects, reflecting PSUT’s determination to enter into international academic partnerships and cooperation.
Prof. Al-Refai stressed that the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, take a lot of the credit for achieving these milestones and raising the University to its elevated status. The Princess has consistently stressed the need to devote and direct the efforts of all PSUT employees towards achieving excellence and assuming a pioneering role.
Professor Arafat Awajan, Vice President of PSUT and Chairman of the Conference, said, "We have provided a platform for Jordanian researchers in these fields to meet with their peers from around the world to exchange information and experience, forge scientific and academic relations, and build bridges of cooperation with prestigious and well-known universities and research centers. We also aim to support postgraduate programs at the University, especially the Doctoral program in Computer Science, by providing students with the opportunity to come into direct contact with the latest research projects in their fields of interest.
Prof. Awajan pointed out that more than 137 research papers from 25 countries and more than 50 international universities were submitted to be included in the Conference. 53 papers were accepted to be presented during the 3-day conference, an acceptance rate of 38%, which is excellent, especially since it is the first time for the Conference to be held in the current format.
Each paper submitted was judged by at least two arbitrators, with an average of 2.4 arbitrators appraising each paper. The 3-day Conference is divided into 12 sessions, including an online session during which papers by researchers from the USA, the Netherlands and the UAE will be presented. Also, on the sidelines of the Conference, there are several workshops organized for this week which will see a participation of more than 120 people. Topics include secure software development, data science, reducing barriers to Big Data solutions, digital forensics, and incident response.
In conclusion, Prof. Awajan thanked the Royal Scientific Society, the Tourism Promotion Authority, the business networking company Mawdoo3.com, and the participants in the FORC project ‘Pathway in Forensic Computing’, for lending their support and encouragement to the Conference.