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Iranian researchers win Best Robot Design at ICSR 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Science
Iranian researchers win Best Robot Design at ICSR 2016

Iranian researchers at Sharif University of Technology won the top prize of innovations competition at the 8th International Conference on Social Robotics, Kansas City, US.
The project ‘Abrbot’ which is a robot for educating and informing children on optimal water usage won the Best Robot Design at the 8th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016) that was held on November 1st to 3rd in Kansas City, US.
The project was jointly submitted to the conference by Social and Cognitive Robotics Group at Sharif University of Technology and Islamic Azad University.

Iranian professor conferred Japanese order of honor
For all his contribution to mutual understanding between Iranian and Japanese nations and academic research on quakes, Iranian Professor Hassani, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun.
Professor Nemat Hassani, the Head of Civil Engineering Department at Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran, received the prestigious award from the Emperor of Japan on Thursday at a conferment Ceremony held at Japanese embassy to Tehran.
The conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette upon Professor Nemat Hassani was in recognition of his invaluable contribution to earthquake studies in Japan and promoting mutual understanding between Iran and Japan.

National turbojet ‘on verge of industrial production'
Director of Iran's Aviation Industries Organization has said future production of national turbojet will bring a cumulative saving of $50mn.
National Gas Turbojet Seminar was opened on Tuesday in amphitheater of College of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology where Ali Karimian addressed the ceremony; “The national turbojet project was received by the Organization in 2011 to meet the growing need of Army Air Force fighter jets to maintenance and major overhauls; in doing so, sophisticated turbojet technology seemed necessary in design of the possible product, which underwent a propellant performance test with some success,” he added.
“10 universities and 30 tech companies have contribute to the project to provide technical support and staff; we predict industrial production of the national turbojet will bring a saving amount of $ 50mn annually,” Karimian told briefly.

Amirkabir MAV team ranks 1st at China competition
The Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) team of Amirkabir Univeristy of Technology won best outdoor performance in the International Micro Air Vehicle Competition (IMAV 2016) in China.
In this section of competitions, 16 teams competed against one another indoors and 16 others outdoors. Iran participated in the competition with 7 teams.
The MAV team of Amirkabir University of Technology managed to receive financial support from the organizer of the competition and qualified to compete in both indoor and outdoor categories. The team had submitted two papers to this year’s edition of the conference, both of which were accepted.

Researchers develop incubator for microbial culture
Iranian researchers at Amirkabir University of Technology have developed an incubator for culturing cells and microbes.
Mehrdad Saviz, the project manager, said the incubator can be used to conduct electromagnetic testing on cells. According to him, the incubator has applications in laboratories and research centers. By sampling human cells, it can be easily put under radiation and researchers can then study the effects of radiation on cells. “This device has been designed and constructed on a much lower budget than its foreign versions,” he said.
An incubator is a device used to grow and maintain microbiological and cell cultures. The incubator is essential for a lot of experimental work in cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Iranian biosensor makes accurate, cheap cancer detection
Iranian researchers have developed highly accurate and cost-efficient biosensors that can detect cancers that require tissue sampling.
Dr. Mohammad Abdolahad, the project manager of ‘biosensor for detection of metastatic phase of cancer’ told Mehr News that his team has been successful in developing various biosensors in the past six years, but their latest system is more cost-efficient for cancer detection.
He maintained that the biosensors have been designed and developed via nanotechnology, adding most of which can be used at a research scale.
“Our latest product is in fact the tenth generation of cancer sensors and is able to detect various kinds of cancers in the shortest time possible and with the highest accuracy,” he said.


Movie
Iran’s ‘Starless Dreams’ wins Belgian filmfest. Award
Iran's documentary 'Starless Dreams', directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, won the ‘SMartBe’ award of the 2016 Festival des Libertés held in Belgium.
‘Starless Dream’ narrates the lives of a group of young Iranian women who live together in a correctional and rehabilitation center for a variety of reasons ranging from drug dealing and trafficking, to pick-pocketing and manslaughter. Though bored with their incarcerated life, they are, nevertheless, scared about what might happen to them once outside. As the New Year approaches, they all hope to celebrate it with their families.

'Ardak' wins Special Jury Award in Turkey
Esmail Monsef’s short movie ‘Ardak’ won Special Jury Award at the International Izmir Short Film Festival held in Turkey.
Ardak is product of Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS) that won Special Jury Award of the festival competing with films from Egypt, Macedonia, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and Spain.
It narrates the story of a man waiting for his son who left the country a few years ago.
The International Izmir Short Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Turkey, and the first to award prizes to international short films.

Poland grants Best Director Award to Iran's 'Until Ahmad Arrives'
'Until Ahmad Arrives' directed by Sadegh Sadegh-Daghighi won the Best Director Award at 7th International Historical and Military Film Festival in Warsaw.
Until Ahmad Arrives focuses on the theme of the Sacred Defense and the sentiments between an Iraqi man and an Iranian girl.'Until Ahmad Arrives' directed by Sadegh Sadegh-Daghighi won the Best Director Award at 7th International Historical and Military Film Festival in Warsaw.
Attending two international film festivals earlier at Jaipur International Film Festival in India and Abuja International Film Festival AIFF in Nigeria, and bringing awards for Iranian cinema, Until Ahmad Arrives was acclaimed by audience at its third international presence in Poland.

'The Salesman' wins Best Film Award in Spain
The Salesman won the Best Film Award at 61st Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.
Directed by Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman is a 2016 drama which was included in the In Competition section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Shahab Hosseini won the award for Best Actor and Asghar Farhadi won the award for Best Screenplay.
The Salesman tells the story of a young couple Emad and Rana who play the lead roles in a local rendition of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Meanwhile, their personal relationship takes a hit after moving into a house that was previously inhabited by a woman with a shady background.

'A Few Cubic Meters of Love' wins Tajik award
'A Few Cubic Meters of Love' directed by Jamshid Mahmoudi won the main prize of the bi-annual International Film Festival Didor, now in its seventh year.
The curtain has fallen on International Film Festival Didor in Tajikistan with Iranian movie winning the main award.
Didor Film Festival is the top film event in Tajikistan which took place in Dushanbe from October 16 to 20.
A Few Cubic Meters of Love is a 2014 Iranian-Afghan romance film directed by Jamshid Mahmoudi. It was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.

Iran’s ‘A157’ awarded by India’s Library filmfest.
Library International Film Festival of India has declared top three films, including Behrouz Nouranipour’s chilling war documentary ‘A157’.
Library International Film Festival (LIFF) is a part of the multi-dimensional ‘World’s Largest and Most Secure Film Library” to be constructed in Jaipur jointly by the ‘Jaipur International Film Festival Trust’ and the ‘Jaipur International Film Festival- JIFF’. The library is right now under planning stage.
The shocking documentary 'A157' which won the Special Jury Award at Iran's Cinéma Véritére, relates the horrors of war and terrorism in Syria, especially those involving women and children.

'Abji' awarded at Herat Intl. Women's Filmfest.
Iranian film 'Abji', directed by Marjan Ashrafizadeh, won the Best Film Award at 4th Afghanistan International Women Film Festival.
The movie was selected as the Best Film of the festival, held on October 19-22.
French movie Accidental directed by a French director won the prize for the Best Film Director in the festival.
Russia's Worth grabbed the prize for the Best Actress, Lebanon's Blind Cathedral won the Best Actor Award and Russia's Unschooled got the award of the Best Scenario.

Canadian Filmfest. awards Iranian film
An Iranian comedy feature film of 2015, garnered the title of the best film at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival in Toronto. The film was a box-office success in Iran.
The comedy feature film of Borzou Neeknejad, Zapas, won the best award of the Canadian Diversity Film Festival in Toronto. Seyyed Amir Parvin Hosseini is the producer of the film. The script has also been written by Borzou Neeknejad. The film was a box-office success in Iran.
The film recounts the story of a young football player who is in love with his cousin and the father of his lover is the coach of his football team. After a leg injury that cost him the ability to play football forever, he faces challenge.

 

Sport
Iran’s golds at Karate World C’ships
Iranian karate practitioners Sajjad Ganjzadeh and Amir Mehdizadeh have clinched gold at the 28th Karate World Championships in Austria.
Competing at +84kg weight category, Sajjad Ganjzadeh overcame Moroccan karateka Ashraf Ouchen to win the title at the international tournament. Amir Mehdizadeh, another practitioner quelled the Dutch rival at -60kg weight category and stood on the first podium.
Also, Iran’s Male Team Kumite subdued Japan to come first at the 28th edition of Karate World Championships.

Iranian wrestlers win trophies at WUWC
Iranian freestylers won the title with eight medals while the Greco-Roman outfit snatched one silver and four bronze medals to finish third at the 12th World University Wrestling Championship in Turkey.
Iranian wrestlers earned a total of five medals, one silver and three bronze, to stand on the third podium at the event overall.
Russian and Turkish freestyle squads fell behind Iran in second and third places, respectively. The international sportive event was hosted by Hittite University in Turkey’s Çorum from October 25 to October 30.

Iran ends second in World Wushu Championship
Iran’s men’s and women’s Wushu squad have come only second to China in World Wushu Championship held in Xi’an, China.
Iran’s count of medals came short of that of China, the dominant Wushu power of the world, which became champion with 10 golds, the Philippines was third to Iran with 2 golds, a single silver and a single bronze medals.
Competitions wrapped on Friday (November 4) when Iran’s 7 strong Wushu athletes surprised the fans by succeeding to the semifinals, where they snatched 4 golds and 3 silvers. Shahrbanou Mansourian, Mohsen Mohammad Seifi, Sediqeh Daryaei, and Hamidreza Qolipour secured golds for the camp, and Maryam Hashemi, Erfan Ahangarian, and Amir Fazli were winners of three silvers.

Iran vice-champion in Beach Soccer Intl. Cup
Iranian beach soccer players landed second overall at the sixth edition of Beach Soccer International Cup in Dubai.
The final showdown of the tournament was attended by Iranian and Brazilian outfits on Saturday evening in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Beach soccer players of Iran conceded a 2-6 defeat in the hands of Brazilians to miss the title at one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport’s calendar. Last year, Iran beat Egypt 3-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the regulation time, and claimed the third spot.

Iran takes world title in 2016 World Classic Bodybuilding Championships
Iranian national classic bodybuilding squad has been crowned champion in the 70th edition of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men’s World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships & 11th edition of World Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Spain.
Iran finished at the top of the chart after picking up three gold, one silver, and one bronze medals at the tournament in the eastern Spanish city of Benidorm.
The sports event has brought together a total of 235 world athletes from various continents.

 

Art
Iranian architects win ‘Aga Khan’ Award for Tabiat Bridge
Iranian architects Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi won the UAE’s prestigious Aga Khan Award for Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge that connect two parks separated by a highway in northern Tehran.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture established in 1977 is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.
In this year’s edition of the Award, Iranian architects Leila Araghian and Alireza Behzadi won Aga Khan for Tabiat (Nature) Pedestrian Bridge, a multi-level bridge spanning a busy motorway that has created a dynamic new urban space.

Iran to boost foothold in US carpet market
Iran says it has drawn serious plans to boost exports of hand-woven carpets to the United States, adding that it is already sending about a third of its total global sales to US market.
Gholam-Reza Soleymani, the deputy industries minister for small businesses and industrial townships, said Iran exported about $150 million worth of hand-woven carpets from March to October. Soleymani added that around $50 million of the exports had been made to the US.
Also, Hamid Karegar, the head of Iran's National Carpet Center, said Iran would start direct shipments of its hand-woven carpets to the United States from early 2017. The shipments that used to be carried out from Germany would be made from Iran’s southern ports, Karegar added.

* Source: Tehran Times, Press TV, ISNA, Iran Daily, Mehr News

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