HE Hussain Al Hammadi Inaugurates MENA Region’s First IEEE Globecom 2018 in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa University Presents Eight ICT Research Innovations at 37th IEEE Global Communications Conference

His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, inaugurated the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s first-ever IEEE Global Communications (Globecom) Conference in Abu Dhabi.

The 37th IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom 2018), one of the IEEE Communications Society’s two flagship conferences dedicated to driving innovation in nearly every aspect of communications, was held on 9-13 December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). Themed ‘Gateway to a Connected World’, the conference offers five full days of original paper presentations, tutorials, workshops, keynotes, demonstrations, industry sessions and social events designed to further career opportunities and in-depth understanding of the latest communications advancements worldwide.

Khalifa University’s faculty and students presented eight research innovations in the ICT sector at this international telecommunications-focused conference, alongside nearly 1,000 technical and research papers. Experts from industry leaders including Intel Corporation, Nokia Bell Labs, Huawei Wireless, and Canadian telecommunications company TELUS, addressed the event.
The UAE’s telecom operator Etisalat is the ‘star diamond’ sponsor for Globecom 2018, while =Khalifa University is one of the ‘diamond’ sponsors.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, General Chair of Globecom 2018 Conference, and Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “With our partners, we are delighted to bring this major global conference for the first time to the Middle East and North Africa region, gathering distinguished speakers from industry, academia and government sectors. These professionals will share their expertise and exchange novel ideas that will shape future generations of communication technologies. We believe the Globecom 2018 conference will showcase the innovation strength of the UAE and the region in various telecommunications
disciplines.”

Some of the innovations Khalifa University is presenting include the development of key enabling techniques for the next generation wireless networks, mobile agents integrated with web services for use in personalized healthcare, smart homes, big data analytics and e-commerce, and a novel approach to trace unknown tweets to their actual authors.

This five-day event included six keynote speakers highlighting the state-of-the art advancements in wireless communications, 5G, and the Internet-of-Things, among other emerging topics in telecommunications systems. In addition to the main symposia, IEEE
Globecom 2018 featured workshops on emerging and important topics in the field, which will be held on the first and last day of the conference.

Keynote speakers included Bell Labs President and Nokia Corporate Chief Technology Officer, Marcus Weldon; Huawei Fellow and Huawei Wireless Chief Technology Officer Dr. Wen Tong; Vodafone Chair and Technical University Dresden Professor Gerhard P. Fettweis; and Intel Fellow in Network Platforms Group and Chief Technologist for Network Infrastructure at Intel Corporation Udayan Mukherjee.
The conference received a total of 2,562 paper submissions from 76 countries, out of which 999 papers have been accepted – corresponding to an acceptance rate of 38.9%.

Clarence Michael
News Writer
12 December 2018

Students and Faculty Drive Knowledge Exchange at ADIPEC 2018

Research Shared at Technical Sessions While Students Lead Hands-On Activities and Demonstrations in STEM Areas

Khalifa University faculty members are leading several technical sessions and presenting papers at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2018 while a dozen student volunteers lead hands-on activities and demonstrations for visitors from different schools at Young ADIPEC.

Khalifa University is the ‘Academic Partner’ for ADIPEC 2018, which is being held on 12-15 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). The sixth annual Young ADIPEC is being held at ADIPEC 2018 with the support of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Our participation in ADIPEC 2018 illustrates the faculty expertise and the scientific innovation we continue to achieve in petroleum engineering, especially in exploration and pipeline technologies. The oil and gas sector plays a critical role in the overall development of the UAE and seeking new engineering innovations in this sector through research will surely facilitate efficient production and enhanced oil recovery. We believe through this participation, industry partners and other stakeholders will gain more awareness about our strength as an institution that drives research towards achieving new techniques in this sector.”

KU has its own Khalifa University Zone at ADIPEC, where students are showcasing hands-on science-based activities at the Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics, and Computing stations. More than 600 students from 25 schools are visiting the event this year. The Chemistry Station features three hands-on activities, the Engineering Zone features an education kit and, the Earth Science Station has two demonstrations. The Physics Station offers three demonstrations, while the Mathematics and Computer stations feature two each.

Faculty from the Petroleum Engineering Department are co-chairing several special sessions focusing on Drilling and Completion Technology, while Chemical Engineering faculty are delivering four oral and one e-poster presentations. Four papers co-authored by Petroleum Engineering faculty are also being presented, while a Petroleum Engineering staff member is serving as a Young Professional Mentor for one of the selected teams as part of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) ADIPEC University Program judging Committee Member. There is also a special session on ‘Is Creativity Beneficial for Engineers?’ where two faculty will be sharing their perspectives.

Clarence Michael

News Writer

13 November 2018

Academic, Research and Scholarship Offerings to be Showcased at NAJAH 2018

Focus on Newly Launched College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Pre-Medical Bridge Program and Bachelor’s Program in Chemistry

Khalifa University of Science and Technology will display its full range of academic programs, research activities and scholarship offerings at NAJAH 2018, the UAE’s leading higher education and training event that helps students identify the right education opportunities.

The University’s stand at NAJAH 2018, to be held from 31 October to 2 November at the Abu Dhabi National Convention Center (ADNEC), will showcase its newly launched College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Pre-Medical Bridge program and Bachelor’s in Chemistry, in addition to its existing academic programs. Khalifa University currently offers 12 Bachelor’s, 16 Master’s and two doctoral (PhD) level programs.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Participation in NAJAH 2018 will give us an opportunity to highlight our global rankings, international collaborations, range of research activities, and faculty expertise that make Khalifa University one of the choicest institutions in the region for higher education. Our campuses offer students a perfect platform for developing their talents and enhancing their skill levels while contributing to the UAE through participating in the creation of intellectual and human capital. We believe that through this event more students will gain an insight into Khalifa University, an academic institution that gives students a range of options to chart their future.”

A prime example of the kind of support KU provides to the youth is Khalifa Innovation Center, which supports and sponsors technology startups. The University also plans to launch Master’s programs in Biomedical Engineering and Molecular Biology in the near future, and received Abu Dhabi’s Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) approval in September 2018 for its BSc in Physics degree program, for which it is now awaiting approval from the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Khalifa University offers its graduate students comprehensive scholarships that cover all necessary educational expenses and in some cases offer recipients the potential to earn a monthly stipend. These include the Buhooth Scholarship Program, KU MED Scholarship program, Graduate Research / Teaching Assistant (GRTA) scholarships, Waived-Fees Scholarship that helps employed UAE Nationals undertake graduate studies on a part-time basis and scholarship providing full coverage of tuition fees, the Future Teacher program for Emiratis and expat undergraduate students, and the Research Center Sponsorship, which helps graduate students to conduct research within one of the research centers on campus.

The Buhooth Scholarship Program offers Master’s and Doctorate scholarships to UAE Nationals with the aim of promoting graduate studies and research, as well as developing specialized human capital in the areas of science and engineering for the benefit of national institutions.

The University’s faculty body represents 40 nationalities, while the student body for the 2018-2019 academic year represents 55 nationalities, which includes more than 2,700 UAE national students.

The university has been ranked 1st in the UAE by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019, as well as being 1st in the Arab region in the categories of Research and Industry Income. The 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ‘Top 50 Under 50’ rankings placed Khalifa University top not only in the UAE but also in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Clarence Michael

News Writer
29 October 2018