Khalifa University Students Win Best Paper at International Cyber Security Conference

Abu Dhabi: Khalifa University announced that three of its students won the best paper award at the 2014 BCS International Conference that was held in Abu Dhabi recently.

Saeed Al Mannai, Rashid Al Matar, Yousef Al Ahmadi, and their faculty advisors M. Jamal Zemerly and Ahmed Bentiba, who are all part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Khalifa University were awarded the prize for their paper on ICAPS: Intelligent Context Aware Profile Switching.

The ICAPS mobile application is an intelligent system that takes advantage of three common technologies (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS) to provide the user with automated profile switching techniques depending on the user’s context. The system combines the three technologies together so that it can detect where a user may be, or what situation they might be in, and automatically switches the users profile to the appropriate setting, such as vibrate or silent. The system switches between profiles that are either set up by the user, or have been provided by an external source.

The need of this application is when someone enters a place that requires a specific profile such as meeting rooms, auditoriums, hospitals, places of worship, etc. The ICAPS application tries to think on behalf of the user, so if the user comes into a new situation it will provide a proactive approach to deal with it using some form of intelligence. This intelligence can be acquired as the application learns from past experience or by the intervention of the user in similar situations.

“We are very pleased with our students win at the BCS conference,” said Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University’s Executive Vice President. “Khalifa University aims to instill an innovative spirit and desire to help others in all of our students, and papers, like ICAPS, that propose intelligent and creative solutions to common, everyday problems is proof of our student’s spirit and abilities. Our students are the foundation of the knowledge economy laid out in Abu Dhabi’s inspired 2030 Vision, and wins like this one prove that they will be valuable and contributing members of society.”