The team of Moroccan professor and researcher Hajar Mouannif developed the project that attracted the US company.
Rabat – American company FotaHub will invest in a project seeking to develop the first Moroccan-made robot called “Shama.”
Moroccan State media reported that Morocco’s expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) attracted the American company, which picked up the Shama project developed by the team of Hajar Al-Moussanif, a professor at the Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech.
In the first phase, the American company allocated a budget of MAD 1 million (over $100,000) to support the necessary development of the project, which will make the first collaborative research platform within th Moroccan university ecosystem.
Moulay Hassan Hbid, the president of Cadi Ayyad University and FotaHub CEO Abdelghani El-Kcinimi signed an agreement on the collaboration on January 13, Moroccan state media reported.
El Kacimi said the collaboration will “initiate a multitude of projects aimed at accelerating the convergence between the world of connected objects (IoT) and that of AI.”
He emphasized the importance of updating the parameters from AI training models, saying that it represents a real challenge to date.
FotaHub is able to solve the challenges through “it’s very innovative technological approaches,” the company’s CEO said.
He noted that Hajar Mousannif has been among a handful of academic and industrial specialists and speakers who have had the opportunity to “preview powerful remote update services,” known under the technical term of Firmware update over the Air-Fota.
The American company has also announced it will launch a platform that will have a “big impact on the accessibility” to the complex techniques of updating connected objects.”
For her part, Hajar Mousannif said that her team built the Moroccan robot, Shama, from “almost nothing.”
“Shama will move gracefully to Shama 2.0 thanks to FotaHub Inc., an exceptional young company in the United States,” she said.
Hajar Mousannif is an expert at Artificial Intelligence and scientific research.
Last year, WomenTech Global Awards 2020 announced Hajar Mousannif as the golden winner of the WomenTech Global AI Inclusion Award.
The award is one of the most prestigious recognitions for women in the field of advanced technology.
Hajar Mousannif surpassed five nominees in the AI category, including researchers, CEOs, and professors.
During a previous interview with Morocco World News, Hajar Mousannif expressed pride, saying the win represented a recognition of her efforts and achievement in the field of AI.
The researcher is also a winner of the 2014 L’Oreal-Unesco For Women in Science International Awards, which annually recognizes “five outstanding women scientists.”