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Dubai Police Scholars Summit Demonstrates Innovation and Invention

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Barry Tomalin

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:04 GMT

Artificial intelligence and augmented reality both featured in presentations of scientific research given by members of the Dubai Police Force at the Dubai Police Scholars Summit in Central London on Saturday April 27th, presided over by the UAE Ambassador to London, His Excellency Sulaiman Almazroui and organised by the Dubai Police Scholars Council.

Twelve Dubai police students from different universities in the UK and the UAE, including one Bahraini and one Saudi, presented their research into crime, with topics including suspect identification using scent, chemicals for automatic dowsing of fires caused by attacks on vehicles, the use of gaming techniques for use in police training, and intelligent robots.

Awards were made in two categories. The first was Best Applied Research, won by Lieutenant Salem al-Marri for his research into AI applications for facial recognition and decoding emotions. The second was Smart Services, won by Ahmed al-Attar and Meitha al-Mehairi for “Saa’edni”, an AI technology for automatically identifying collisions between vehicles and then notifying the police. The research aimed to optimise the resources and capabilities of the Dubai police regarding forensic investigation.

In his opening remarks, His Excellency Sulaiman Almazroui stressed the UAE’s commitment to excellence and to creating a culture of continuous innovation and creativity in government departments. He said police standards should emulate the public service standards of five star hotels and that the UAE should lead by example in the development of smart technology for police stations.

In the first of a number of keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion, Professor Erik Bohemia, founding Chair of the Academy for Design Management and Innovation, described the work of the “Global Studio” and stressed the importance of project-based work, which encouraged people to work together to pool resources and achieve best results. He also emphasised the value of good design as the link between the product and the consumer and illustrated how groups of students working together across borders in virtual and face-to-face communication could encourage intercultural cooperation.  

The panel discussion included addresses by a number of UAE Embassy officials as well as Rosalie Rivett, CEO of the Women in Diplomatic Service Association, and Professor Nabil Ayad, Professor of Diplomacy Studies at the British Institute of Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, London. In an insightful presentation, Rivett explored the importance of reading and ethics in professional education and stressed the importance of human judgement in AI and the role of education, reading and questioning in ensuring the human factor in justice was never ignored. She ended with the statement, “Learning is not a wasted investment because the rewards will always be great.”

Professor Ayad stressed the importance of “soft power”, the influencing of public opinion by attraction and the importance of demonstrating high levels of public service to enhance the UAE’s national image and international reputation. As an example, another speaker praised the lengths Dubai police had gone to in order to find and restore lost property to their owners, including passports, gold jewellery and even a marriage certificate, found in Dubai after four months and personally returned to its grateful owners in London. A great example of soft power and public service.