Cast Your Votes: AUI Alumna Advances to a Research Contest’s Final Round


Idéprisen—a Norwegian scientific research contest—recently announced that Al Akhawayn SSE alumna Ijlal Loufti has advanced to the contest’s final round.

Ms. Loufti, who graduated from Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering, obtained a doctorate in Information Security. She gained acclaim in 2008 when—still a student in Oslo—she and two colleagues discovered three asteroids on a collision course with the Earth, a feat that merited her a research prize from the American space agency NASA’s ominously named “Killer Asteroid” project.

Idéprisen’s final round pits the young Moroccan researcher against two other finalists. However, Ms. Loufti’s project, which explores the securitization of information apparatuses with “smart cards”—chips whose basic defense programming makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) — will not be judged by the a panel of Idéprisen officials, but, in a twist, by a public vote, the results of which will which of the three contestants will take home a grant that will enable them to reify their projects.

Users around the world are encouraged to cast their votes here. The vote itself will be open until Thursday, April 26th.

Good luck Ijlal! We wish you the best.