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Artificial intelligence used to detect and prevent criminal behaviour

Sunday, August 29, 2021: A team of engineering students from Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have developed an integrated system that is able to detect, predict, and prevent criminal behaviour through the application of artificial intelligence. The system, known as Tatabou3, aims to help law enforcement authorities to accelerate their investigations and to stop future criminal activities among known and previous offenders.

The new system is the culmination of a graduation project by Bachelor of Computer and Networking Engineering Technology students, Amani Matoug and Chima Felix, and Network Engineering majors, Munia Alkhidir and Mohammed Dib. The solution is based on the use of enhanced computer vision – a camera that can provide automated real-time video analysis, facial recognition, and emotion detection.

Explaining more about the innovation, Mohammed said: “The system goes beyond traditional CCTV technology, which is usually only viewed after a crime has happened. We have used machine vision to detect real-time facial expressions and body language that can indicate a crime is being, or about to be committed. When suspicious behaviour is detected, an alarm is triggered to alert the relevant individuals and authorities.”

Amani continued: “The system also includes a cloud-based data bank that is continually updated. This allows police forces to track investigations, log information on evidence, suspects, crime scenes, witnesses, and any other relevant data that could help to solve cases and prevent future offences. The data is accessible at all times to authorized users through a police office web application.”

Speaking about the inspiration behind the system, Chima said: “We wanted to develop a solution that would have a positive impact on the whole of society. When crimes go unsolved and criminals remains free, everyone is in danger. By integrating machine vision and cloud technology our system supports the timely detection and resolution of crime. It also incorporates a suspect prediction algorithm that can help anticipate criminal activity based on body recognition.”

Discussing the plans for future development, Munia revealed: “We’ve already had the opportunity to present the technology to officers in the Dubai and Sharjah Police Forces, who have been very positive about its potential. We believe that the system can save valuable time and resources in crime fighting, and we aim to continue working with the authorities to deploy it within the community.”

The team was mentored throughout the project by Assistant Professor, Dr. Rita Zgheib, who remarked: “This initiative demonstrates the combination of technical knowledge and personal qualities that the students have developed throughout their program. It has been impressive to see how they have come together as a team and combined their different skillsets to create an innovative solution to a real-world problem. We always encourage engineering student to harness technology for the advancement of society, so we are very proud of what this team has achieved.”

November 5th, 2015: International Business student, Ginevra Nencha, has taken the title of Best Delegate at the UAE students’ Model United Nations (MUN) conference held recently in Dubai.

Ginevra, who is President of the MUN association at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), displayed outstanding skills in debate and diplomacy to win the prestigious award in her first official outing at an MUN competition. Going up against representatives from universities across the UAE, Ginevra was among nine delegates from CUD who took part in this year’s event.

In a simulated meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Italian national Ginevra was challenged to take on the role of a delegate representing Thailand at the mock international forum. During the three-day event, she impressed judges as she skillfully debated and collaborated with representatives from 20 other nations, to tackle real-world problems such as drug trafficking and organized crime.

As a first-timer at the competition, Ginevra was overwhelmed to receive the Best Delegate accolade, and believes that her passion for international relations along with her in-depth research and quick-thinking under pressure led her to the award.

She said, “Every one of us who takes part in MUN has a genuine determination to help address international issues. To be fully briefed for an event like this takes intensive preparation, to research and understand the position of your assigned country, as well as those you will be debating with.”

She continued, “The forum itself provides a real insight into what it’s like to be a delegate on the international stage; it requires detailed knowledge, the ability to articulate and persuade, and the skills to recognize and reach out to allies during the course of the debate, in order to come to a final resolution.

“I met some truly extraordinary people during the conference, so to be recognized as the Best Delegate has given me a real boost and encouraged me to take on other challenges and to play my part in helping the voices of young people be heard.”

The MUN initiative was created to provide a platform for young people to learn about international issues, diplomacy and inter-government relations and to develop their capabilities in critical thinking, research and debate. The tradition of MUN conferences began in the 1950s and the Best Delegate award is the centerpiece of these competitive events.


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Student Disciplinary Policy

Students accused of objectionable behavior may be subjected to an array of reprisals, actions, and penalties as per Canadian University Dubai policy. Behavior-on or off campus- that violates the University’s standards of good conduct, or that present a hazard to the health and safety of the University community, may be subject to disciplinary actions.

A student under expulsion or suspension due to unacceptable behavior will not be permitted access to the University premises, which include the campus, its facilities, and the student accommodation. The student might be allowed to have access to the University premises if he or she is invited by the University Authority, or for a scheduled appointment, made by the student, with the University Authority.


List of Conduct Violations with Accompanying Disciplinary Actions

The Dean of Student Affairs often resolves through mediation all conduct issues occurring on premises. However, in serious cases, the Dean of Student Affairs will refer the violation to Canadian University Dubai’s Disciplinary Committee. The following is a summary of possible violation and their corresponding disciplinary actions

The following is a summary of possible violation and their corresponding disciplinary actions.

The actions covered in the previous table are considered misconduct if they take place on Canadian University Dubai property/premises or elsewhere if the student concerned was involved in a University activity, was representing the university, or was present at that place by virtue of his or her status as a student at Canadian University Dubai, including any work placement.

Violation Committee / Overview Actions Inappropriate behavior in class Disciplinary Committee Printed Warning Probation, Expulsion Vandalism Disciplinary Committee Printed Warning Probation Reimbursement or Replacement Expulsion Dress Code Violation Disciplinary Committee Printed Warning Probation Expulsion Theft Expulsion Possession of Alcohol or Drugs on Campus Expulsion Gambling Expulsion

The actions covered in the previous table are considered misconduct if they take place on Canadian University Dubai property/premises or elsewhere if the student concerned was involved in a University activity, was representing the university, or was present at that place by virtue of his or her status as a student at Canadian University Dubai, including any work placement. Any such incidences of misconduct will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Types of Warning and Actions Verbal Warning:

A verbal warning

is given by the Dean of Student Affairs to a student whose conduct or behavior violates the University’s Code of Conduct.

Written Warning:

A written warning is given to the student by the Disciplinary Committee. The warning will state that another violation of the University’s code of conduct may result in additional disciplinary measures.

Probation Warning:

The probation warning is given to the student by the Disciplinary Committee. This probation warning indicates that the student behavior and conduct will be carefully monitored for a certain period of time. Any misconduct may lead to further disciplinary action. Reimbursement or Replacement: Any damage to the University’s property will require payment, repair or replacement of the damaged good. Failure to pay may result in preventing the student from registering or obtaining his transcript.

Mandatory Labor:

Disciplinary action due to a conduct violation may on occasion encompass mandatory labor on campus. This type of action may be alternatively proposed by the Disciplinary Committee Disciplinary Committee The Disciplinary Committee will oversee all student misconduct and decide on the consequences to the alleged breaches of Canadian University Dubai’s Conduct Code. The Disciplinary Committee is chaired by the Dean of Student Affairs.

Procedures

1. Anyone from Canadian University Dubai Community (faculty, administrator, staff or student) who believes that a violation of the Conduct Code has been committed must inform the Dean of Student Affairs in writing.

2. The Dean of Student Affairs will amass and examine evidence relevant to each particular case.

3. The Dean of Student Affairs will, based on their investigation, decide to refer, or not refer, this case to the Disciplinary Committee.

4. The student maintains the right to appeal their case to the University’s President.

5. The Dean of Student Affairs will select three administrators and four faculty members to sit on the Disciplinary Committee.

Communications to the Student Regarding Conduct Violations

o The Disciplinary Committee will take an acceptable amount of time to plan and conduct its investigation.

The investigation will include:

Student(s) and witness interviews; and, if needed, preparation of the witness for testimony (ies), and collection of evidence.

o The Disciplinary Committee will inform the student on paper of the alleged violation of Canadian University Dubai’s Code of Conduct and of the verdict reached by the Disciplinary Committee, as well as the disciplinary measures

o The student will have 72 hours (three class days) to appeal the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to the President prior to any final disciplinary action. The President will reply to the appeal in writing. A duplicate of the response will be sent to the Dean of Student Affairs.

o The President has the right to overturn the decision of the Disciplinary Committee; the President’s decision is final. Disciplinary Committee Hearing

• The Dean of Student Affairs will update all members concerned in the disciplinary action as to the confidentiality of the case.

• The Dean of Student Affairs will present a summary of the case.

• The student who allegedly violated the Code of Conduct must appear at the scheduled hearing.

• If the student cannot appear for exceptional reasons, he or she must inform the Dean of Student Affairs and must present documentation supporting his or her emergency.

• The Disciplinary Committee may call in witnesses.

• The Disciplinary Committee will question the student who violated the Code of Conduct.

• The Disciplinary Committee will examine, and conclude, by means of assigning appropriate remedial disciplinary actions based on the case.

• The Dean of Student Affairs will prepare a letter informing the accused of the Disciplinary Committee’s decision.

• The letter will be stored in the student’s folder held in the Registrar’s Office. Process for Appeal Students may appeal the Disciplinary Committee’s decision within 72 hours (three class days) to the President of the University. The President can overturn the decision of the Disciplinary Committee; a letter bearing the results will be sent to the Dean of Student Affairs. The President’s decision is final.