The Falling Walls Lab Fez has announced its winner

The Maghreb-Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Association and the Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah hosted the first North African Falling Walls Lab in the beautiful city of Fez.

13 young innovators shared their research work in front of a high-calibre jury. The Fez Lab was supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and took place as a satellite event of the Humboldt Kolleg "Beacons of Hope in the Quest for the Next Einstein in the MENA region" in Fez, 3-6 March 2015 (click here for more information). The conference brought together academics from the Middle East and North Africa as well as distinguished scientists from other regions and science policy makers.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Fez will travel to the global Falling Walls Lab Finale, which takes place on 8 November 2015 in Berlin.


Meet the jury:

Prof. Dr. Ashraf Abadi, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, German University in Cairo

Prof. Dr. Klaus Lucas, Vice President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Amine Rachdi, CEO, Synaptic Maghreb

Prof. Mohammed El Mohajir, Department of Computer Sciences, Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah

Prof. Mohammed Lahcini, Deparment of Chemistry, UCAM


Meet the winner:

1st place: Khalid Oubelque (Morocco), Université Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah - Breaking the Wall of the Parking Problem

Finding a place in a crowded parking lot is a huge problem. The project addresses this issue by developing a system using a single camera for wide area parking with concepts of image processing and edge detection. The system will update various devices and resources like websites and mobile devices to inform users for the available parking places, in real time.


The winners and the jury of the Falling Walls Lab Fez 2015.



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