Khalifa University Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Center for 4th Industrial Revolution (KU-KAIST JRC)

Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center Launches Comprehensive Projects under ‘Smart Transportation and Healthcare’

September 19, 2019

Projects Linked to Development of Wireless Autonomous Electric Vehicles and Smart Healthcare

Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have launched two projects each on smart transportation and smart healthcare under the joint research center.

The smart transportation projects focus on autonomous electric vehicles that can wirelessly charge, while the smart healthcare projects focus on the development of sensors and wearable devices for personal healthcare as well as healthcare robotics and devices.

Dr. Sung-Chul Shin, President of KAIST, said: “The opening of this joint research center is another crowning achievement in KAIST’s long-standing mutual collaboration with KU. We stand firmly with KU to support the UAE’s brilliant vision for science and technology development and human capacity building. As the center’s primary focus is developing the emerging 4th industrial revolution technologies, we look forward to impactful research breakthroughs that will ultimately change our lives for the better.”

The two projects on smart transportation are led by two KU Principal Investigators, Dr. Khalifa Al Hosani (Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Dr. Majid Khonji (Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), respectively. Two projects on smart healthcare are led by two KU Principal Investigators, Dr. Ahsan Khandoker (Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering) and Dr. Haider Butt (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering), respectively.

According to a report titled Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy, the benefits of self-driving transport (SDT) could be huge ranging from highway safety benefits to reduced parking costs, reduced mobility costs, environmental benefits, improved productivity, and improved quality of life and citizen happiness. In Dubai alone, it is estimated that these benefits of SDT would be valued at more than AED22 billion per year.

The smart healthcare projects are well aligned with Abu Dhabi 2030 healthcare plan initiatives led by Department of Health (DoH) and key UAE organizations such as Mubadala. Both projects will provide the basis for significant opportunities to demonstrate the use of intelligent medical devices and software for personalized healthcare.

Launched in April 2019, the Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center focuses on key areas of the fourth industrial revolution including smart transportation and smart healthcare.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
19 September 2019