Under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, the Artificial Intelligence Academy at Bahrain Polytechnic announced the first 28-member group, out of a total of 126 students who applied to join the Academy. Candidates were selected subject to specific standards that are subject to evaluation by the selection committee, which comprises representatives from Bahrain Polytechnic, Microsoft and Tamkeen. One of the accepted students is a National Space Science Agency (NSSA) employee, Ms. Shaima Al-Meer.
Shaima successfully met all the requirements for acceptance at the Academy both in terms of her academic qualifications (with a BSc in Information Technology and Telecommunications from Bahrain Polytechnic) and interview, which concentrated on the candidate’s knowledge on artificial intelligence, as well as performing and participating in training courses in the field. During the interview, Shaima demonstrated all her professional experiences, relevant technological training and specialization in artificial intelligence, through a review of the previous projects in which she excelled both academically and professionally.
This included programming the first robot in the Kingdom of Bahrain and programming an ‘intelligent’ mirror for service patients in the health sector. She also won first prize in the first Bahraini Women Hackathon organized by the Supreme Council for Women in 2019. That particular project looked at forecasting oil spillages, methods of pre-monitoring such processes and the proposed solutions for such occurrences. This was in addition to her participation in the course titled “Introduction to Geoinformatics” at University of Twente – Netherlands, for 12 weeks, from 13th January to 3rd April 2020, in addition to attending a 2-day workshop organized by NSSA led by Engineer Mohamed Boualay titled “Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Python Software” in an attempt to potentially link artificial intelligence to work and to apply it in the areas of space science and applications.
Shaima gained a number of notable achievements in technological and professional fields, the most prominent of which was coming first in the global participating group in an advanced space information course at the University of Twente – Netherlands in which she was able to promote the Kingdom of Bahrain by achieving top positions.
The project, which Shaima will be undertaking at the Academy will be linking space science applications to artificial intelligence.
It is worth noting that the Artificial Intelligence Academy is the first academy of its kind in the region through which the distance education platform is used as a service to provide an integrated specialized program aimed at promoting innovation and creativity in the field of artificial intelligence.