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November 13, 2013

Qatari Student Wins Top Award At Computer Science Conference

Amna Al Zeyera wins first place at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference.jpgAmna AlZeyara, a computer science student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, has won first place in the undergraduate research competition at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Minneapolis, USA.

Organized by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery, the Grace Hopper Conference is one of the most prestigious technical conventions for women in computing, bringing both their research achievements and career interests to the forefront.

AlZeyara, a senior, was recognized for her work on Hala, a 3-D animated robot with Arabic facial features that interacts with visitor to Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Her project involved identifying and developing a series of facial expressions, which help engage users by enhancing the non-verbal aspects of human-robot communication. She was mentored by Majd Sakr, associate professor of computer science.

This recent award is the second time AlZeyara has been recognized for her work on Hala. In an earlier phase of the project, AlZeyara and Nawal Behih, an information systems student, received the Best Student Research Award at Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Forum.

To read the full article on Carnegie Mellon's website, please click here.