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A Syrian student wins first place in an international competition for artificial intelligence

In a new achievement for Syrian youth, Ammar Yasser Ali won first place in the artificial intelligence competition organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States of America in cooperation with the US Space Agency "NASA" for creating a model to predict the values of the solar storm disturbance index that affects the Earth's gravitational field. 

The global competition was held via the Internet, and more than 622 participants from around the world competed in it .They sent models and proposals that would contribute to reaching better predictions that would enable them to deal with space navigation errors that are directly affected by the disturbances of the Earth's geomagnetic field. 

Ali is a 26-year-old graduate of the academic programs in the Excellence and Creativity Authority in the specialty of Mechatronic Engineering at Tishreen University.  

Ali is currently studying for a master’s degree in the College of Information Technology and Programming at a Russian University.  

Ali described the competition with the added value at various levels personally, scientifically and practically.

Syrian, Iranian talks to enhance scientific cooperation

Damascus,(ST)-The session of discussions held today at Damascus University, chaired by Dr. Muhammad Yasar Abdeen, Rector of Damascus university, and Dr. Muhammad Reza Hajjian, director of “Deepening and Consolidating popular relations between Syria and Iran Project”, focused on the scientific cooperation relations between Damascus University and Iranian universities in the field of political and economic sciences, administration and law.

The discussions  dealt with student exchange mechanisms, joint scientific research, scientific agreements signed between the two sides ,discussing ways of cooperation and joint supervision of masters and doctoral theses.

Dr. Abdin affirmed the university’s readiness to network with the Iranian side in the fields of law, political, administrative and economic sciences, given the importance of these specializations in the progress and development of institutions in any country.

In turn, Dr. Hajian expressed the Iranian side’s desire to expand cooperation with the University of Damascus and support it in the field of offering scholarships to graduate students and contribute to qualifying teachers with specializations.

Syria wins a bronze medal in the International Info (1) Cup programming competition

The Syrian Science Olympiad team won a bronze medal in the International info (1) Cup programming competition organized online by Romania with the participation of students from 13 countries.

The Syrian Distinction and Creativity Agency said in a statement on Monday that student Hussein Ahmad Bousbeit from Al-Bassel High School for Outstanding Students in Damascus won the bronze medal after a five-hour test.

This is the Syrian Science Olympiad Team’s first participation in an international contest for the year 2021, the agency added. It indicated that Syria’s team included four participants two of them had joined the national team on January 2021.

The competition aims at encouraging talented young people in the field of informatics and evaluating their knowledge in order to qualify them for participating in the International Olympiad in Informatics and to develop their skills in this specialization.

A teenager designs robot from environmental damaged materials, turning his first dreams into reality

Dismantling battery-powered toys and turning them into amusement robots attract many young boys and quench their curiosity. However this was not the case for Abdul-Bari Al-Baidah who developed and refined his talent with science to accomplish at the age of sixteen a robot made of environmentally damaged-materials . The robot was designed on hydraulic energy and equipped with a device to move wheels, hands and head.

Abdul-Bari, who wants to become an electronic engineer, is now a first secondary student from Jadidat Artouz in Damascus countryside. His talent began to appear at the age of seven when he began inventing small cars with four or eight wheels and making them out of his toys by dismantling them. In the sixth grade, he began to invent small robots and failed in several attempts, but with determination, persistence, and learning from mistakes, he was able to achieve his dream.

From the combination of the environment damages and simple raw materials such as wood, iron, syringes and engines, Abdel Bari made a robot and designed it on hydraulic energy (the force of fluid pressure). It is equipped with a wire device to move the wheels, hands, elbows, fingers and head, and a USB port to charge its battery with 12 volt power. He noted that he needs a specific programming language to be added to it to make it perform certain movements.

Re-launch of the Syrian Indian Center for Information Technology (New Generation)

On February 10th, the Embassy of the Republic of India in Damascus, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Technology, announced the relaunching of the Indian-Syrian Center  for Information Technology (New Generation).

An embassy press release  stated that the Indian government is committed to equipping the center's offices and the necessary work stations in addition to the required tools and software.