Focus Sectors and Platforms

Focus Sectors and Platforms

Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors.

Khalifa University also engages in arts and sciences research that provides additional depth and breadth the university’s research portfolio. Specific topical areas covered are mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, humanities and social sciences.

Khalifa University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories — “verticals” and “horizontals” — which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.


The research verticals align directly with specific industry and sector needs. The verticals are:

Clean and Renewable Energy

  • Solar and other renewable energy sources
  • Electrical power transmission and distribution
  • Energy storage
  • Energy efficient cities and buildings
  • Nuclear energy

Water and Environment

  • Desalination and wastewater treatment
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage
  • Solid waste management and utilization

Environmental resource management Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

  • Reservoir characterization, evaluation and surveillance
  • Enhanced/improved oil recovery
  • Gas processes
  • Asset integrity
  • Drilling and completion


  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanics
  • Medical imaging
  • Biomedical robotics and devices

Aerospace (aero/astro)

  • Cubesats and nanosatellites
  • Remote sensing and modeling

Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Supply chain and operations management
  • Maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO)
  • Transportation


The research horizontals relate to technical platforms and expertise that are utilized across industries and sectors. They are:

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

  • Computational materials engineering
  • Composites
  • Enhanced materials systems (nanomaterials and nanocomposites, multifunctional materials)
  • Biomaterials
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Manufacturing automation

Robotics, AI and Data Science

  • Unmanned systems (aerial, ground and marine)
  • Biorobotics (bioinspired and medical)
  • Autonomous manipulation
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining and big data analytics
  • Efficient algorithms and optimization
  • Perception informatics (computer vision and audition)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  • Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and NGN-enabled ICT applications and services
  • Cyber security technologies and applications
  • Electronic and photonic circuits and devices


  • Security
  • Security environments and security policies
  • Defense science and technology

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