Khalifa University and Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) are working closely to foster research collaboration between the two institutions with initial investment from the Republic of Korea’s government.
The ongoing collaboration between the two institutions has witnessed a joint research symposium that was held recently on Khalifa University’s campus in Abu Dhabi and attended by over forty faculty and graduate students from each side.
Areas of research discussed during the symposium went beyond the nuclear engineering field to cover areas of interest to the UAE. Those included non-nuclear topics such as investigation of red blood cells membrane physiology and its hydrodynamics in diabetes patients, energy consumption for energy saving in the UAE, development of cost effective flexible organic solar cells, design of concentrating solar power system to generate steam needed for a turbine that drives an electric generator, motion intention sensing and control strategies for human augmentation robots and intelligent multi‐sensor surveillance system for elderly care, among other projects that may benefit the overall Abu Dhabi 2030 vision. The goal is to attract future research and development funding from within the UAE.
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University said: “Our collaboration with KAIST has moved to the next step, where we expand the research activities into areas that benefit the 2030 vision and the UAE at large, which fits perfectly with the University’s mandate.”
This year’s Khalifa University – KAIST Symposium is the second of its type, following the 2010 nuclear engineering research symposium. This 2nd symposium went beyond nuclear engineering as it addressed research covering a broad portfolio of disciplines where both universities have expertise in.