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Heads up, varsity students: Registration opens for virtual space camp in UAE

reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 5, 2020 | Last updated on August 5, 2020 at 06.57 pm
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The MBRSC's Deep Learning Camp will give aspiring space scientists some theoretical and practical lessons that can help them acquire new skills on remote sensing.

Calling all university students who wish to explore space science: A virtual space camp will be held in a couple of weeks and registration is now open, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced on Wednesday, August 5.

Set to be held from August 18 to 20, the MBRSC's Deep Learning Camp will give aspiring space scientists some theoretical and practical lessons that can help them acquire new skills on remote sensing and satellite analysis.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director-general at the MBRSC, said: "Young people can explore space science and modern technologies through this camp. The UAE's ambition to strengthen its leadership in the space sector is clear, as the country is taking prominent initiatives in space technology and enhancing its role in this field. This has acted as a catalyst for younger generations to study such scientific disciplines."

During the three-day camp, participants will learn three key elements: principles of deep learning and artificial intelligence; how to use satellite imagery; and the ability to analyse and classify satellite images from a set of image data. The practical session will engage the participants in a 'hackathon competition', with great prizes awaiting winners.

To apply for the camp, one needs to be a student of a university in the UAE from 18 to 30 years of age. He or she must have some basic knowledge of mathematics, Python programming language and image process operations.

Saeed AlMansoori, head of application development and analysis section, MBRSC, said: "Through these initiatives, we are working to prepare the youth and develop their skills to keep pace with the future of deep learning and Artificial intelligence technologies. To keep pace with the developments in the field of space sciences and technology in the region and globally, it has become necessary to possess such important skills and knowledge."

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