Transforming the future and pioneering the advancement of technology - Middlesex University Dubai Robotics Lab is officially inaugurated!

In his opening remarks, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Middlesex University Dubai stated, "Middlesex University Dubai is committed to moving forward in line with the UAE government's directives, and providing significant contribution to society

Transforming the future and pioneering the advancement of technology - Middlesex University Dubai Robotics Lab is officially inaugurated!

Dubai: Middlesex University Dubai officially opened its Robotics Lab during a ceremony on its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park on 2 May 2019. The ceremony was attended by special guests and industry experts from Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), Emirates NBD, du, The Assembly, EPSON, alongside academics and students from the University.

In his opening remarks, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of Middlesex University Dubai stated, “Middlesex University Dubai is committed to moving forward in line with the UAE government’s directives, and providing significant contribution to society. The official launch of our Robotics Lab signifies the advances we have made in providing innovative, creative and technical skills to our students.”  

Dr Fehmida Hussain, Head of Computer Engineering and Informatics, and faculty member Judhi Prasetyo introduced the MSc Robotics Programme structure and the development timeline of the Robotics Lab which began in May 2018.

Speaking of the collaboration, Mr Ghanim Al Falasy, Senior Vice President of People Happiness & Innovation, Corporate Services at DSOA, remarked how proud he was of the recent success and the partnership between DSOA and Middlesex University Dubai in the area of robotics.

Mr Prashant Gulati, Founder of The Assembly and President Emeritus of TiE, described the guests as ‘teammates’ based on the long term collaborative relationships built between those in attendance and the faculty at the University.

Mr Abdulnassir Ali of EPSON Middle East expressed his excitement on the existing relationship between EPSON and the University being extended into the area of robotics with the acquisition of two EPSON Industrial Robots by the Robotics Lab.

The first part of the session concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Middlesex University Dubai represented by Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, The Assembly represented by Prashant Gulati, and with EPSON represented by Mr Abdulnassir Ali.

Following the signing of the MoU by both parties, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Robotics Lab, with a cake cutting performed by EPSON VT6 robot recently acquired by Middlesex University Dubai.

The guests were presented with various projects carried out by students from the University’s Foundation, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate programmes. Some of the highlights included an autonomous ground robot, tea making robot, balcony plant grower robot, hairdresser robot, multirotor drone, and UAV control centre software. 

The audience was also impressed by the presentation by Musa Al Ansari, a student of Cambridge School who received mentoring in the Middlesex University Dubai Robotics Lab for his project on remote teleoperation for medical intervention, which won him the first prize at GEMS-X Junior competition. 

In conclusion, Judhi Prasetyo reiterated that the Robotics Lab is not only for the benefit of Middlesex University Dubai students, but also a place for collaboration with other academic institutions, and industry organisations.

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About Middlesex University Dubai:
Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The campus, which opened in January 2005, has over 3200 students from over 100 nationalities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas; it is the first and only university to offer a face to face LLB (British Qualifying Law) Degree. Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, Grants and professional practice. Middlesex University Dubai prepares its students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.

As well as having all the advantages associated with being a British university, Dubai campus students can benefit from all the opportunities afforded by a rapidly developing modern city in the heart of the Middle East, while experiencing the diverse nationalities and cultures that make up the population of Dubai. The Campus is located in Dubai Knowledge Park, occupying spacious classrooms and study areas within four buildings. Dubai Knowledge Park itself was set up in 2003 for international institutions that promote learning. Middlesex University Dubai students, therefore, have the opportunity to participate in a much wider student community.

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About The Assembly
The Assembly is a community technology lab and workspace based out of in5 Tech in Dubai Knowledge Park.  Through workshops and events, The Assembly aims to bring the innovator community together and promote a variety of skills through collaboration on projects using the latest technology. The Assembly: Hack stream focuses on projects using embedded systems involving the Internet of Things, Robotics, 3D printing, Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, UAVs whereas The Assembly: Code works with projects realised using the latest software APIs, frameworks and trends, ranging from mobile technology and full stack application development to data science, machine learning and AI.  The Assembly regularly partners with companies, organizations and large-scale events to advance their objectives with regards to cutting edge innovation. For more information, visit 

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