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Khalifa University’s EBTIC to Feature Innovative Next-Generation Technology Projects at GITEX Global 2022

October 12, 2022

Khalifa University of Science and Technology announced the Emirates ICT Innovation Center (EBTIC) will feature breakthrough next generation technology innovations at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) Global 2022, the 42nd edition of the one of the largest technology and start-up event in the world. 


Scheduled to be held from 10-14 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre, more than 4,500 companies from 170 will be participating in the event. The EBTIC booth at the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) stand will feature innovations in Wi-Fi signals and artificial intelligence-based predictive maintenance.


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, said: “As a top-ranked research-oriented institution, Khalifa University is delighted to participate through EBTIC and present some of the key research projects at GITEX Global 2022. Our research centers, including EBTIC, remain focused on technology innovation and scientific exploration, especially those that result in obtaining community-specific solutions. EBTIC focuses on driving research and innovation in intelligent systems and applications, and we believe industry leaders and stakeholders visiting this event will find our promising solutions relevant and useful. In addition two more projects – Energy-efficient magnetic-electrical technology for desalination and a novel process to fabricate the flexible Li-ion batteries – will also be presented at the technology event.”


EBTIC will feature its ‘Wi-Fi Sensing’ technology that has wide applications across many sectors such as health, emergency services, security, retail and energy management. In recent years, many studies have shown that RF signals from already deployed Wi-Fi infrastructure can be used for sensing various indoor activities. Human body movements cause a change in the wireless signals, such as variation in power and phase of the Wi-Fi signal, which can be monitored and analyzed for various applications. Some of these applications that can be developed by monitoring Wi-Fi signals include intrusion detection, daily activity recognition, gesture recognition, and vital signs monitoring for health applications. 


Another project from EBTIC is an AI-based predictive maintenance solution that aims to estimate the health of the Industrial Machinery and can look for any future fault in the motors. This can also help finding faults in machines driven by those motors using AI and Machine Learning. This equipment, which facilitates implementation of a key aspect of Industry 4.0, will help optimize cost, improve safety, and minimize operational disruptions to many sectors such as oil and other gas and Industry 4.0 applications, especially hazardous work environments.


This predictive maintenance solution will be demonstrated with the help of Cling, a technology start-up, and a spin-off from Khalifa University that is currently under incubation at the Khalifa Innovation Center. Cling, developed by Dexter Robotics, can walk and cling on to structural surfaces to perform some tedious work such as glass cleaning, wall painting, and concrete drilling/coring. EBTIC’s physical sensor will be attached to Cling to showcase how it can predict future mechanical failure. Another version of Cling, Cling Heavy Duty, is used for manufacturing, such as drilling, on horizontal and inclined large surfaces. Cling Climbing, on the other hand, is used for climbing vertical and overhead surfaces to perform tasks such as glass cleaning and wall painting in tall buildings or maintenance tasks on other large vertical structures.


Dr. Nawaf Almoosa, Director, EBTIC, and Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Khalifa University, said: “We are delighted to showcase our next generation innovations at GITEX Global 2022 and present our achievements to industry stakeholders through the ADDA stand. The ‘Wi-Fi Sensing’ technology and the AI-based predictive maintenance solution are only two of our most effective recent research outcomes that will be presented at GITEX. We believe our participation at GITEX will help us gain further momentum in not only helping us to understand the immediate requirements of niche industry sectors but also in obtaining new technology solutions.”


Recently, an EBTIC team of researchers presented a short paper on predicting the costs associated with freight forwarding contracts during a special session at the 17th Conference on Computer Science and Intelligence Systems FedCSIS 2022 in Sofia, Bulgaria. EBTIC researchers competed against 135 teams from 24 countries across the world to win the FedCSIS 2022 data mining competition, the 8th organized in association with the Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems. 


EBTIC, based at the Khalifa University campus in Abu Dhabi, was founded by Khalifa University, Etisalat and BT (British Telecom), and supported by the Telecommunication and Digital Government Authority’s (TDRA) ICT Fund. 


EBTIC has produced more than 560 scientific publications, developed more than 80 inventions, resulting in 64 granted patents, with more pending, and has trained more than 400 students,  and 300 professionals. It has also organized 10 international technical workshops and developed numerous technologies and worked on many projects in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
12 October 2022