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News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, Emiratos Árabes Unidos--(BUSINESS WIRE)--La Dra. Marta Vivar de España ha quedado en el primer puesto en el premio mundial trata de hacer frente al problema de la escasez de agua buscando soluciones innovadoras. El premio, supervisado por The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), incluye tres categorías principales: Innovative Projects Award (premio a proyectos innovadores, para proyectos pequeños y grandes), Innovative Research and Development Award (premio investigación y desarrollo innova


News Article | April 18, 2017
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Video-modeling is an evidence-based instructional intervention for people on the autism spectrum. Interestingly, video-modeling also seems to be an excellent learning tool for neurotypical people. YouTube has helped millions of people learn complicated physical skills (drumming, skiing, Jiu-Jitsu), difficult academic subjects (descriptive statistics, calculus, etc.), and other complex topics through video tutorials — or often video-modeling. Many people also master a variety of skills by uploading videos of themselves progressively learning: think of a golf swing. Watch videos of your good swings that you can use again on the greens, or view clips of your poor swings that you’ll avoid in the future. In short, watching yourself can help you improve a skill. That’s why dancers, drummers, boxers and many other practitioners work in front of a mirror. For non-verbal people, they may not yet be able to produce speech volitionally, so they can’t easily practice in front of a mirror or use video-modeling to learn speech — a person has to possess the capacity to demonstrate a skill in order to be recorded on video. The app InnerVoice Autism Language & Literacy Tool, can model speech being produced by a non-verbal person, who may or may not produce intelligible speech. As a learning tool, think of it as your mirror reflection teaching you how to speak the words of a new language. Your reflection says “Bon Jour,” and you reply, “Bon Jour.” Your brain sees a model, which helps you learn to imitate and produce the physical movements. Similarly, InnerVoice can model how to produce facial expressions for three basic emotions: anger, happiness, and sadness. InnerVoice also models speech traits associated with anger, happiness, and sadness, using word emphasis, speech rate, and pitch. The combination of these two technologies (facial recognition and synthesized speech) can help visually demonstrate and auditorily convey non-verbal emotional communication —through facial expressions and speech. In 2015, InnerVoice won a prestigious grant called the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovative Research Grant. InnerVoice was among the top 1% of applicants selected for the program: thanks, Mensa! The study was successfully completed — and here’s the link for the public: Research In 2013, InnerVoice won the Mensa Intellectual Benefits to Society Award for a provisional patent registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The MIBSA helped InnerVoice — by providing solid credibility to our app design. Mensa Award Download the InnerVoice Communication Bundle today and enjoy many then next generation of communication apps that are designed with the combination of evidence based practice and cutting edge technology.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten--(BUSINESS WIRE)--De Elemental Water Makers in Nederland en de Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO) wonnen de eerste plaatsen in twee deelcategorieën van een globale award die het probleem van waterschaarste aanpakt met innovatieve oplossingen. De award, onder de auspiciën van The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), omvat drie hoofdcategorieën: Innovative Projects Award (kleine en grote projecten), Innovative Research and Development Award (Nationale en internationale instituten) en de Innovative Youth Award. De twee organisaties werden respectievelijk eerste in de eerste twee categorieën. Voor de Innovative Projects Award – kleine projecten, won het in Nederland gevestigde Elemental Water Makers de eerste prijs voor de productie van schoon drinkwater met omgekeerde osmose door middel van zonne-energie. Het project van TNO, de Nederlandse organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek ging over op solar gebaseerde ontziltingstechnologie op basis van TNO’s concept van membraandistillatie met hoge efficiëntie (Memstill®) en leverde de organisatie de eerste prijs op in de categorie Innovative Research and Development Award (nationale en internationale instituten). Paul de Krom, CEO van TNO zei: “We zijn erg trots om deze award te ontvangen die innovatie aanmoedigt op globaal niveau. We geloven dat innovatie de sleutel is voor enorme uitdagingen in samenlevingen en onze missie is om het welzijn in samenlevingen te verhogen en regeringen en bedrijven te ondersteunen om dit doel te bereiken.” Deze bekendmaking is officieel geldend in de originele brontaal. Vertalingen zijn slechts als leeshulp bedoeld en moeten worden vergeleken met de tekst in de brontaal, die als enige rechtsgeldig is.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Elemental Water Makers in Holland and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) were awarded the first places in two categories of a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The two organisations ranked first in the first two categories respectively. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). For the Innovative Projects Award – Small Projects, the Netherlands-based Elemental Water Makers won the first prize for a pure drinking water production using reverse osmosis by solar energy. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) project was about solar driven desalination technology based on TNO’s high efficiency membrane distillation (Memstill®) concept and won the organisation first prize in the Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions) category. Sid Vollebregt, managing director of Elemental Water Makers, commented saying: “This recognition by an international award as such buys us credibility to take our project to the next level. Water scarcity is a worldwide problem and we are happy to be contributing to finding solutions that benefit the whole humanity.” Paul de Krom, CEO of TNO said: “We are extremely proud to be receiving this esteemed award that encourages innovation on a global level. We believe that innovation is the key for grand challenges in societies and our mission is to add value to welfare of societies and support governments and businesses to achieve this goal.”


News Article | May 2, 2017
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The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS) has selected a paper co-authored by Dr. Lewis Johnson of Alelo Inc., Prof. James Lester of North Carolina State University and the late Dr. Jeff Rickel of the University of Southern California to receive the 2017 Influential Paper Award. Entitled “Animated pedagogical agents: Face-to-face interaction in interactive learning environments,” the paper published in the year 2000 laid the groundwork for a wide range of educational products that incorporate animated agent technology. The IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award recognizes publications that have made influential and long-lasting contributions to the field. Candidate award publications must have been published at least a decade prior to the year of award, and the judging panel seeks nominations from the community. The award will be formally presented at this year’s Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems conference in São Paulo, Brazil. The paper introduced and surveyed a new paradigm for interactive learning environments by using animated pedagogical agents. It argued for combining animated interface agent technologies with intelligent learning environments, yielding intelligent systems that can interact with learners in natural, human-like ways to achieve better learning outcomes. The concept has become an essential element for engaging, effective learning experiences. For example, the first Marine battalion that returned from Iraq without any combat fatalities learned Arabic language and culture in an immersive Alelo learning game that was populated with pedagogical agents. Dr. Johnson, Alelo’s CEO, said: “We are humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious award. Some of the ideas in the paper have become well established, especially in game-based learning environments. Others are only now being realized thanks to advances in immersive interfaces that enable rich face-to-face interaction between learners and technology." Prof. Lester added: “We deeply appreciate IFAAMAS’ recognition of this research. Since the paper’s publication almost two decades ago, it has been enormously gratifying to see pedagogical agents evolve into a mature technology that is finding broad application in education and training.” The paper appeared in the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, and is one of the journal's most frequently cited papers. Prof. Judy Kay, the journal’s co-editor-in-chief, said, “This work by pioneers and leaders of our field has provided the foundation for a whole new way to frame innovative educational software.” (Full citation: W.L. Johnson, J.W. Rickel, J.C. Lester, "Animated pedagogical agents: Face-to-face interaction in interactive learning environments." International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education 11, 47-78. 2000.) The paper was one of two recognized by IFAAMAS in 2017. The other was by Prof. Justine Cassell of Carnegie Mellon University and colleagues, entitled “Animated conversation: Rule-based generation of facial expression, gesture and spoken intonation for multiple conversational agents,” published by SIGGRAPH in 1994. Animated agents play a prominent role in Alelo’s products and solutions. Virtual role-players give learners opportunities to develop and practice their communication skills, and assess their performance and level of mastery. Virtual coaches provide feedback with a human-like touch, to encourage and show empathy. Alelo’s new Enskill platform now provides learning solutions incorporating animated agents to learners around the world. Dr. Lewis Johnson, CEO of Alelo, adds, “Enskill is the foundation of our ambitious expansion into educational markets.” Alelo creates learning solutions that help people acquire new skills and apply them when it counts, changing the way people communicate. The company has been delivering learning solutions based on virtual role-play simulations since 2003 when it spun out as a DARPA-funded research project from the University of Southern California. The U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program funded Alelo to develop Web-based learning technology for cultural awareness, which was distinguished as a success story. Alelo’s new Enskill platform is being used by learners around the world to develop better communication skills. Website IFAAMAS is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote science and technology in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous agents and multiagent systems. Website


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Die Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in der Schweiz erhielt den zweiten Platz in einem weltweiten Wettbewerb, der die Frage der Wasserknappheit mit innovativen Lösungen angeht. Der von der UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) betreute Wettbewerb umfasst drei Hauptkategorien: Innovative Projects Award (kleine und große Projekte), Innovative Research and Development Award (nationale und internationale Institutionen) und den Innovative Youth Award. Die Schweizer Hochschule belegte den zweiten Platz in der zweiten Kategorie. In seiner Rede wies S.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums von Suqia, darauf hin, dass nach Angaben der UNICEF Hunderte von Millionen Kindern in Zukunft keinen Zugang zu sauberem Wasser haben werden und dass Mädchen zu Lasten ihrer Ausbildung schon heute täglich 200 Millionen Stunden am Tag mit dem Holen von Wasser verbringen. Er wies ferner darauf hin, dass das Kinderhilfswerk der Vereinten Nationen davor warnt, dass bis zum Jahr 2040 600 Millionen Kinder in Gebieten mit stark eingeschränkten Wasserressourcen leben und dadurch der Gefahr tödlicher Erkrankungen ausgesetzt sein werden.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Temak S.A in Greece was awarded the second prize in a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. Temak S.A came second in the first category. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). The Greece based company participated in the award with a solar powered Reverse Osmosis plant to produce drinking water, a self-sustained project with an energy recovery device with 42% energy savings. Its efforts were recognised with an award for a second place. Irodis G. Mitsopoulos, President of TEMAK S.A., commented: “I would like to congratulate the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) for this commendable initiative which encourages, promotes and rewards solutions and technologies that contribute to the welfare of human life. Our mission for over 40 years has been to develop and apply technologies for low cost production of fresh, potable water from sea or high salinity ground water, accessible for all people. This award makes us proud and creates a strong commitment for us to keep on working with greater passion and enthusiasm, in order to offer the precious fresh potable water to even more people with the lowest possible cost.” The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Water Award is based on a rigorous assessment process in accordance with the highest international standards and best practices. All of which are held to measure the feasibility of projects submitted to achieve Suqia's objectives.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Simon Frazer University in Canada was awarded the third place in a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The Canadian university won the third place in the second category. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). The Canadian based Simon Frazer University participated in the award presenting a Heat driven and Sorption assisted Atmospheric Water Generator (HAWGen), which creates a consistently humid ambient air flow within the unit resulting in superior water generation even in hot and dry climates where conventional systems fail. The university’s efforts were recognised with the third place award. In his speech, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, noted that, according to UNICEF, hundreds of millions of children won’t have access to clean water in the future, and that girls now spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, which affects their education. He stated that the United Nations agency has warned us that 600 million children will live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases. HE Al Tayer said, “The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Water Award, which bears the name of a person whose generosity is not just for the people of the UAE, but also helps those in need anywhere in the world, is another significant milestone in the UAE's humanitarian efforts.”


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Solar Water Solutions company in Finland was awarded third place in a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The Finnish company came third in the first category. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). Solar Water Solutions participated in the award with a solar powered Reverse Osmosis plant to produced drinking water, set to reduce 17280 kg of CO . Its efforts were recognised with an award for third place. In his speech, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, noted that, according to UNICEF, hundreds of millions of children won’t have access to clean water in the future, and that girls now spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, which affects their education. He stated that the United Nations agency has warned us that 600 million children will live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases. HE Al Tayer said, "The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Water Award, which bears the name of a person whose generosity is not just for the people of the UAE, but also helps those in need anywhere in the world, is another significant milestone in the UAE's humanitarian efforts. It supports international efforts to provide drinking water to the needy by devising practical and sustainable solutions to water scarcity.”


News Article | April 28, 2017
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland was awarded the second place in a global award that tackles the issue of water scarcity through finding innovative solutions. The award, overseen by The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), includes three main categories: Innovative Projects Award (Small and Large projects), Innovative Research and Development Award (National and International institutions), and the Innovative Youth Award. The Swiss university came second in the second category. Valued at $1m, the award was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage sustainable and innovative solutions to address water scarcity using solar power. The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) oversees the award under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI). The Swiss university participated in the award with a solar thermal water sterilisation panel to produce drinking water, a cost effective device that can filter 10 litres of drinking water in 5 hours. Its efforts were recognised with an award for the second place. In his speech, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Suqia, noted that, according to UNICEF, hundreds of millions of children won’t have access to clean water in the future, and that girls now spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, which affects their education. He stated that the United Nations agency has warned us that 600 million children will live in areas with severely limited water resources by 2040, putting them at risk of deadly diseases. Dr. Endre HORVATH, Scientist from the university, said “This award would help us finalise the validation process of our water purifying solution and get endorsement from 3rd parties to market it in remote communities. We are honoured and delighted to be winners today and receive this award and we are confident of the exposure it will grant us.”

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