Mustafa Elattar

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Nile University Artificial Intelligence HackathonEgypt

Mustafa A. Elattar received his bachelor’s degree in systems and biomedical engineering from Cairo University, in 2008 and a master’s degree in communication and information technology in 2010, after conducting image analysis research for cardiac imaging at Nile University. He pursued a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and physics, school of medicine from the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2016, after developing a preoperative planning framework for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. In 2015, he joined the Netherlands Cancer Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where he conducted research for image-guided radiotherapy. In August 2017, he joined Nile University as an assistant professor and Medical Imaging and Image Processing Research Group as a leader focusing on incorporating deep neural networks in 2-D and 3-D medical image analysis contexts.

Mustafa is currently the artificial intelligence program director at Nile University. His research interest list includes medical imaging, surgeries and interventions planning, biostatistics, image analysis, computer vision, machine learning, and knowledge aggregation for automatic machine learning. He has more than 45 journal articles and conference publications. Mustafa worked in research and development for Diagnosoft Inc., 3mensio B.V., PieMedical N.V., and Myocardial Solutions Inc. In August 2018, he founded Intixel Co. S.A.E., which focuses on serving medical imaging firms with its turnkey artificial intelligence solutions.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Nile University Artificial Intelligence Hackathon

This project organized the first artificial intelligence hackathon in Egypt, hosted by Nile University. A hackathon is a marathon brainstorming session to produce projects to be supported by partners. A total of 321 teams, each consisting of three members, applied to participate in the event, resulting in a total of 963 AI enthusiasts eager to be a part of this unique opportunity. A total of 40 teams, 120 people, were chosen to participate in the competition. The vision was to design two hackathons to share knowledge and lead youth interested in the AI field to solve real-world problems supplied by our industrial partners and research collaborators.

This was achieved through two phases:
-The first phase guided the students to solve real-world problems and share experiences. This was organized by our junior research assistant who will divide participants into teams, choose the participants, and give them tasks throughout the session.
-The second phase connected students with professionals at Valeo, Intixel, VAIS, and other organizations to tackle real-world problems and fill the gap between research and the industry. This created many opportunities to discover real challenges in the market and address them in the industry.

Check out the project highlights video!

"I learned about the different types of media, including print, television, radio, and the internet, and the different ways that each type of media can be used to communicate a message. Overall, I gained a better understanding of how powerful media can be and how it can shape our lives." - Hackathon participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Mustafa was a participant in the IVLP Project Artificial Intelligence in 2021, organized by the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education.

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA

Country: Egypt

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