S&T student wins top prize in international invention contest

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On July 11, 2023

Waleed Addas hopes to commercialize his PlantBot invention in the coming years. He displayed the invention as part of this year’s International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition and was recognized as a top young inventor. Photo courtesy of Waleed Addas.

A student from Missouri S&T was recognized on the world stage last month as a top young inventor at the 34th International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) for his “PlantBot” invention.

“My invention, which I named ‘PlantBot,’ is a mobile robot that can identify plants using a machine learning algorithm to know how much water each plant needs,” says Waleed Addas, a first-year aerospace engineering student. “It factors in variables such as rain, previous waterings, plant health, and appearance.”

Addas received awards for being the best inventor and having the best invention in the Asian Young Inventor Exhibition competition, which is a subsidiary of ITEX. He was also honored with a gold medal in the World Young Inventor Exhibition competition for the second year in a row. These exhibitions were held concurrently with ITEX in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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