Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University Executive Vice Prisedent and Forum Chair
Khalifa University today held the UAE’s fifth Information and Communication Technology Research Forum (ICTRF2011), at its Abu Dhabi campus. The event was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa University Board of Trustees.
Khalifa University Executive Vice Prisedent and Forum Chair, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “Today’s event saw global leaders in the ICT field come to Khalifa University to discuss innovation and research opportunities in the ICT field. We have seen a year on year growth in both attendees and participants.”
The ICTRF event, which was held for the first time by Khalifa University in 2006, focuses on advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including research and educational networks, funding opportunities and mechanisms, as well as emerging research areas in the sector. The one day event included sessions on: initiating research and innovation through network enabled applications, achieving and measuring impact through research funding, and emerging research areas in ICT.
He added; “this forum represents a unique opportunity for both Khalifa University and ICT professionals across the country and indeed internationally to discuss the current status of the UAE’s research and education network capabilities. It is truly encouraging to see both public and private entities come together to discuss future collaboration projects. We have already witnessed advancement in such public and private collaborative ventures in the Advanced Network for Research and Education (ANKABUT) and the ETISALAT-BT Innovation Centre (EBTIC) which are both operated and hosted by Khalifa University. We certainly anticipate great things to come out of this year’s forum.”
Commenting during the event, Dr. Eesa Bastaki, CEO, ICT Fund, Chairman of IEEE, UAE, said “An area of vital importance to the UAE economy is to fund academic research, which will in turn grow entrepreneurialism in the field of ICT, for this to be a success government, industry and academics need to work closely together.”
He continued, “The ICT Fund finances research and development. In the UAE we already have a business based economy but research in the field of ICT can contribute to the development of the knowledge based economy. In effect what we want is made in the UAE, sold to the world.”
ICTRF2011 was attended by a number of officials and representatives from both public and private sectors, as well as University Chancellors, Deans and UAE-based academics, researchers.
The main topics discussed by internationally renowned speakers during the forum included: Prof. Sorel Resiman, President, IEEE Computer Society, Managing Director Merlot.org, USA, “Merlot: A Model of Open Education Resource Services”; Prof. Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli, Mohammed V-Agdal University, “The ATLAS Experiment and the High Performance Networking”; Dr. Eesa Bastaki, CEO, ICT Fund, Chairman of IEEE, UAE, presented, “Made in UAE Sold Globally: Why is it vital for our National Interest?”, Prof. Frank Klawonn, Director, DAPaR Lab, Institute of Applied Informatics, University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Germany, presented “From Data to Knowledge: Challenges in Data and Process Mining”. Finally, Dr. Torild Van Eck, Senior Research Seismologist, Royal Netherlands Metrological Institute, held a discussion on, “Building and coordinating the Seismological Observational Research”.
ICTRF2011 was organized by Khalifa University in conjunction with the Emirates Advanced Network for Research and Education (ANKABUT) and the ETISALAT-BT Innovation Centre (EBTIC). The event was jointly sponsored by ETISALAT, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the ICT Fund, the IAT and technically sponsored by the IEEE.