Khalifa University is to host the UAE’s fifth Information and Communication Technology Research Forum (ICTRF2011) at its Abu Dhabi campus on Sunday 15, May 2011. The event will be 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.
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 will include sessions on: initiating research and innovation through network enabled applications, achieving and measuring impact through research funding, and emerging research areas in ICT.
Khalifa University Executive Vice President and Forum Chair, Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “Through ICTRF2011, Khalifa University aims to bring together global leaders in the field of ICT, in doing so we hope that the event will serve as an assembly to discuss educational networks and to discuss the latest developments in this area.”
He added; “Building on previous forums, the main objective is to discuss the current condition of the UAE’s research and education network in terms of infrastructure, applications and funding. We hope that such nation-wide initiatives can encourage public-private partnerships in the ICT field, which can effectively enhance services currently being provided to users. The ETISALAT-BT Innovation Centre, which is headquartered at Khalifa University, is an excellent example of this important partnership between the private and public sectors, which supports research in the ICT area”.
The ICTRF 2011 will be attended by a number of officials and representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as university Chancellors, Deans and is open to UAE-based academics, researchers, as well as industry professionals in the ICT sectors.
The main topics to be discussed by internationally renowned speakers during the forum include: 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. Thomas Zacharia, Deputy for Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and Dr. Eesa Bastaki, CEO, ICT Fund, Chairman of IEEE, UAE, will present “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, will present “From Data to Knowledge: Challenges in Data and Process Mining”. Finally, Dr. Torild Van Eck, Senior Research Seismologist, Royal Netherlands Metrological Institute, will present, “Building and coordinating the Seismological Observational Research”.