Research Centers

Research Centers

Khalifa University is home to the UAE’s leading research institutes and centers, where challenges of relevance to the region and world are addressed in a systematic and targeted manner by innovative researchers working together in world-class facilities. These research clusters will create the foundation for the University to become a global leader in use-inspired research. The University’s two major institutes are the Masdar Institute, under which primarily sustainability focused research centers are grouped, and the Petroleum Institute, under which primarily hydrocarbon production and exploration focused research centers are grouped.

Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA)

The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) was established to support the UAE and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in their advancement of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources. The center also aims to develop regional knowledge and leadership in renewable energy assessment and mapping for the Arabian Peninsula and similar arid countries.

Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy
Director: Dr. Hosni Ghedira
Email: hosni.ghedira@ku.ac.ae

Nuclear Technology Center (NTC)

The Nuclear Technology Center (NTC) aims to address the present and future research requirements to support the UAE’s nuclear power program and help deliver safe, clean and efficient nuclear energy to meet the strategic UAE’s vision, while protecting the public, workers and the environment. The NTC’s mission is to conduct research to provide a risk-informed decision basis for the safe operation of the UAE’s nuclear power plants, while estimating the consequences should faults occur. Research in the thematic areas of Nuclear Safety and Systems, Nuclear Materials/Chemistry, and Radiation Safety in the Environment, will provide data for informed decision while innovation in methodology and practices will aim to minimize the risks of faults.

Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy
Director: Dr. Philip Beeley
Email: philip.beeley@ku.ac.ae

Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC)

The UAE has set many ambitious and strategic energy goals and launched many pioneering energy projects to achieve said goals. Achieving these targets requires the development of intellectual and human capital to provide innovative ideas and solutions for optimizing and advancing energy delivery and utilization. In response to this, the Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC) aims to craft the future of electric energy systems allowing seamless and economical operation of high capacity renewable and clean energy resources while supporting hybrid AC/DC grids, and providing optimal architecture for smart grid and transportation electrification.

Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy
Director: Dr. Ehab El-Saadany
Email: ehab.elsadaany@ku.ac.ae

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC)

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) was established in Abu Dhabi in 2011 as a not-for-profit research center to advance the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainable business practices by developing technology with the promise of producing a clean, alternative fuel supply. It was established by Masdar Institute, Etihad Airways, Boeing and Honeywell UOP. The founding members were later joined by ADNOC Refining, along with Safran, GE, and Bauer Resources. The Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) is the flagship project of the SBRC. This project combines an integrated system of aquaculture, halo-agriculture, and halo-agroforestry to produce sustainable biofuels for aviation and seafood. The first airplane flight fueled with jet fuel produced through the SBRC’s SEAS was carried out in mid-January 2019.

Research Priorities: Clean and Renewable Energy; Water and Environment
Director: Dr. Alejandro R. Galvan
Email: alejandro.riosgalvan@ku.ac.ae

Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT)

The UAE faces growing water scarcity challenges that require development and implementation of long-term, sustainable, and integrated capacity in water and membrane technologies that are resilient, energy-efficient, environment-friendly and cost-effective. The Center for Membranes and Advanced Water Technology (CMAT) has been established to meet this need. CMAT has three objectives: (1) Develop and transfer novel and relevant advanced membrane and water technologies; (2) Develop a sustainable framework for integrated, multidisciplinary research to tackle water challenges in UAE and GCC; and (3) Support local and regional stakeholders in the water sector through targeted training, capacity building and technology transfer activities.

Research Priority: Water and Environment
Director: Dr. Hassan Arafat
Email:  hassan.arafat@ku.ac.ae

Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH)

The research focus of the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen (RICH) is aligned with the strategic priority that Khalifa University and the UAE places on research and education for energy and the environment.

Research Priorities: Water and Environment
Center Director: Dr. Lourdes Vega
Email: Dr. Lourdes Vega

Petroleum Institute

Research Priority: Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

Center for Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS) Gas Research Center

Center for Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS)

The chemical processes of catalysis and separation play a critical role in the petrochemical industry that is at the heart of the UAE’s economy, and are also important in the development and functions of membranes, reactors, materials, and renewable energy. The Center for Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS) is the UAE’s only research center focused on addressing the broad industrial challenges relating to these processes. The center provides a multiscale integrated approach to solve scientific and engineering problems that spans across scales and disciplines through its research themes. With its strong connections to industry and with international collaborators, the center aims to grow steadily, contributing to both, fundamental and applied research, serving the needs of KU and the region while also educating new generations.

Research Priority: Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production
Director: Dr. Kyriaki Polychronopoulou
Email: kyriaki.polychrono@ku.ac.ae

Gas Research Center

The Gas Research Center (GRC) was established in 2008 with ADNOC Gas Processing (formerly GASCO) and international shareholders ADNOC, GASCO, SHELL, TOTAL, PARTEX, as a center of excellence in gas related research serving ADNOC Gas Processing needs and the developmnt targets of the UAE government. The GRC aims to develop, build and strengthen the Petroleum Institute’s applied research capabilities and ADNOC Gas Processing’s technology know-how to address current and emerging gas challenges and promote safe and efficient operations.

Research Priority: Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production
Director: Dr. Peter Rodgers (Acting)
Email: saeed.alhassan@ku.ac.ae

Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems Institute

Research Priority: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Information and Communication Technologies

KU Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS) Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (C2PS) System-on-Chip Center (SoCC) Emirates ICT Innovation Center (EBTIC)

 KU Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS)

Robotics and autonomous systems will play a key role in the UAE’s Fourth Industrial Revolution, a strategic roadmap for which was unveiled in 2017 to position the country as a leader in innovation and future technologies. Robotics will also play a vital role in the UAE’s AI Strategy unveiled in October 2017. In support of this vision, the KU Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KUCARS) integrates robotics related research activities at Khalifa University, to address some of the cutting edge R&D challenges in robotics. The core mission of KUCARS is to carry out world class research and development in robotics evidenced through high quality research outputs, robotics-based innovation leading to entrepreneurial activities, engaging with local and international industry to tackle high impact societal problems, and developing human capacity in the UAE to support this vital economic sector.

Research Priority: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science
Director: Dr. Lakmal Seneviratne
Email: lakmal.seneviratne@ku.ac.ae

KU Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (C2PS)

People and businesses increasingly manage their activities via networked devices, giving rise to Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) that converge the physical and digital worlds. In this Internet-of-Everything (IoE) world, CPSs also generate and transmit massive amounts of data across networks, resulting in the need for cybersecurity to ensure that transactions can be trusted. The Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (C2PS) builds on the notion that society will continue to evolve around the IoE, driven by transformation of data into actionable knowledge via computing hardware and emerging computer science approaches such as Deep Learning. Researchers at C2PS seek to deliver disruptive innovation in sectors that include energy, transportation, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing.

Research Priorities: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)/ Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science
Center Director: Dr. Ernesto Damiani
Email: ernesto.damiani@ku.ac.ae

System-on-Chip Center (SoCC)

The need for specialized electronic devices has been the emerging trend in research and industry especially for restricted technology (high frequency), mobile and Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, and security. The System-on-Chip Center (SoCC) responds to that need by acting as the only center in the UAE with a comprehensive range of expertise that can deliver integrated system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for various applications targeting near market research. The SoCC aims to be a world-leading research center in high performance, energy efficient, small form factor, and low cost electronic systems through innovation in low power digital processing, wireless communications, power management and sensor technologies.

Research PriorityInformation and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Director: Dr. Baker Mohamad
Email:  baker.mohammand@ku.ac.ae

Emirates ICT Innovation Center, funded by Etisalat, BT, and Khalifa University, and supported by ICT Fund (EBTIC)

EBTIC was established to be an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research and innovation center. It aims to advance intelligent systems technologies for the Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and NGN-enabled ICT applications and services, in order to put in place the support infrastructure to facilitate, develop and enable the Digital Networked Economy in the UAE and beyond.

Research Priority: Information and Communication Technologies
Deputy Director: Dr. Nawaf Al Moosa
Email: nawaf.almoosa@ku.ac.ae

Research Priority: Aerospace (aero/astro)

Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC)

Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC)

ARIC was established to undertake cutting-edge research in aerospace engineering. The center also acts as a global research hub – collaborating with leading universities across the world, developing research opportunities over a broad spectrum of areas, and assisting technology transfer and innovation possibilities across the aerospace sector.

Research Priorities: Aerospace; Robotics, AI and Data Science; Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Director: Dr. James Westley Cantwell 
Email: wesley.cantwell@ku.ac.ae

Healthcare Engineering Innovation Center (HEIC)

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is currently the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the UAE. The Healthcare Engineering Innovation Center (HEIC) seeks to develop novel methodologies, devices, and tools for the diagnosis, intervention/treatment, and rehabilitation of the wide spectrum of health challenges associated with CVD. HEIC collaborates with leading healthcare providers/regulators in the UAE to define and build population-specific, clinically implementable innovative approaches and engineering solutions. The center also has the framework to tackle other relevant health challenges in the UAE. HEIC provides advanced research and training opportunities in healthcare technology for highly qualified graduates from top universities in the UAE and overseas.

Research Priority: Healthcare; Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science
Director: Dr. Cesare Stefanini
Email: cesare.stefanini@ku.ac.ae

Center for Biotechnology (BTC)

The Center for Biotechnology (BTC) responds to the focus on priorities established for national healthcare sector formalized in the UAE Vision 2021. BTC’s research priority focusses on understanding and describing risk factors that impact on the major chronic diseases of the UAE population, in particular diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. BTC operates a state-of-the-art laboratory to assist it in its quest to improve the body of information on genetic predisposition to diseases that are common in the various ethnic groups of the middle east. In pursuit of its research objectives, the center continues to develop collaborative partnerships with local and international research groups in academia and in the clinic.

Research Priority: Healthcare
Director: Dr. Habiba Alsafar

Research Center for Digital Supply Chain and Operations Management

The KU research center on Digital Supply Chain and Operations Management is a faculty cluster, dedicated to scholarship and education on extended enterprise operations and its digital transformation. The Center will focus on digital transactions, management, and optimization in multiple domains, such as maritime logistics, production lines, health care delivery systems. DSOM brings together experts in supply chain, data science and predictive analytics, along with digitally networked systems, to address the extended-enterprises as a nexus of integrated supply-chains, digital-operations management, and technology-ready human capital
Research Priorities: Supply Chain and Logistics
Center Director: Dr. Mohammed Omar
Email: mohammed.omar@ku.ac.ae

Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy; Healthcare; Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science

(KU-KAIST) Center for 4th Industrial Revolution

KU-KAIST Joint Research Center

The KU-KAIST Joint Research Center has been established in April 2019 in order to develop an upgraded strategic partnership between KU and KAIST, and expand practical cooperation for new technologies that can generate high added value in the area of the 4th Industrial Revolution and commercialization into future growth in economy for both countries, UAE and Korea. The joint center is also designed for promoting joint research through human resources exchange such as students, faculties and research staff.
Research Priorities: Clean and Renewable Energy; Healthcare; Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science
Center Director: Dr. Daniel Choi
Email: daniel.choi@ku.ac.ae

Research Priority: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center

Advanced Digital & Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) Center

The ADAM center serves as an R&D and educational facility in the area of additive manufacturing (AM), commonly-known as 3D printing, and it is a platform to provide support to industries across the UAE to be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution. ADAM is the first R&D center in UAE focusing on 3D printing. The center includes research and educational activities that cover the full spectrum of AM including digital design through topology-optimization, understanding and optimizing 3D printing processes for enhanced properties of printed parts and performance, development of materials (filaments, resins, powder) for AM, and utilizing AM as a manufacturing technique for fabricating architected metamaterials and lightweight structural systems that could not be achieved through conventional manufacturing techniques. Additive manufacturing of multifunctional materials and structural systems at several length scales (macro to micro) will also be the focus of ADAM center.

Research Priorities: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
Center Director: Dr. Rashid Abualrub
Email: rashid.abualrub@ku.ac.ae

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