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Khalifa University and AIQ Sign Research and Development Framework Agreement to Develop Digital Solutions for Energy Industry

January 31, 2022

Partnership to Leverage Each Other’s Outstanding Assets and Technical Skills  


Khalifa University of Science and Technology and AIQ, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) artificial intelligence (AI) joint venture with Group 42 (G42), have signed a research and development framework agreement to leverage each other’s outstanding assets and technical skills to jointly develop digital innovations for the energy sector.


The agreement, which was signed by Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, and Omar Al Marzooqi, Chief Executive Officer, AIQ will see the two partners pursuing cutting-edge digital research that yields value generation for the energy sector. Artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, will play a key role in the collaboration. 


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “As a top-ranked research-oriented university, specializing in most of the advanced technology areas, Khalifa University is delighted to partner with AIQ and establish the right platform that will facilitate innovation in the energy sector. This collaboration will bring digital solutions, particularly applied artificial intelligence, to one of the UAE’s vital economic sectors.”


Omar Al Marzooqi said: “We are delighted to partner with Khalifa University, a world-class, research-intensive institution, to drive the creation of future transformative advanced technologies for the energy sector and further strengthen the position of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as an international hub for AI and advanced technology.”


Khalifa University has established research capabilities in all areas of digital technology as well as renewable energy, oil and gas. The university leads several research projects that apply artificial intelligence techniques for industrial applications. Khalifa University’s Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute brings together the university’s research in robotics, artificial intelligence, data science, next-gen networks, semiconductor technologies and cybersecurity under a single umbrella for application in key sectors, such as energy.


At the same time, Khalifa University’s Petroleum Institute is a research institute dedicated to obtaining new technologies and solutions in hydrocarbon exploration and production. The Institute houses two research centers – the Center of Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS) and the Research and Innovation Center on carbon dioxide and hydrogen (RICH Center) – driving energy innovation to maintain the UAE’s position at the forefront of the energy industry.


AIQ focuses on developing and commercializing artificial intelligence products and applications for the energy industry, and accelerating industry adoption of advanced technologies in the UAE. AIQ is working on a number of key AI projects across the oil and gas value chain such as drilling performance, reservoir modelling, corrosion detection, and product quality.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
31 January 2022