Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) today jointly launched the Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center in Abu Dhabi to focus on key topics of the fourth industrial revolution.

The launch event at the Khalifa University Main Campus was attended by officials from both the institutions including Dr. Sung-Chul Shin, President of KAIST, Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, Dr. Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice-President, Research and Development, Khalifa University, and Dr. Man-Sung Yim, Dean, KU-KAIST Institute. In addition, government leaders from both countries were present on the occasion.

The Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center will focus on ‘Smart Transportation’ that will cover autonomous vehicles, infrastructure for autonomous vehicle operation, wireless charging for electric vehicles, and infrastructure for electric autonomous vehicles. The Center will also focus on ‘Smart Healthcare’, covering healthcare robotics as well as sensor and wearable devices for personal healthcare.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi said: “We are proud to work with KAIST, the top university in South Korea and among the top universities in Asia. The Khalifa University-KAIST Joint Research Center reflects an exciting evolution of Khalifa University’s long-established partnership with KAIST. Transportation and healthcare are two important areas that offer enormous scope for innovation with rapidly evolving trends. We believe the new research center will further consolidate our status as a globally active research-intensive academic institution, developing international collaborations that benefit the community in general.”

Dr. Sung-Chul Shin, President of KAIST, said: “We are delighted to enter into this collaboration with Khalifa University, which is one of the leading universities in the UAE and the Arab world. This partnership justifies our long-standing association to collaborate with each other in importance areas including the emerging technologies that help the fourth industrial revolution while facilitating the human capital development. We believe the outcome of the research projects will establish the status of both institutions as champions of the fourth industrial revolution, bringing benefits to our communities.”

The Joint Research Center will be co-Directed by Dr. Daniel Choi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University, and Dr. Jong Hyun Kim, Professor at KAIST.

In academic rankings, for the third year in a row Khalifa University is ranked first in the UAE, while remaining 32nd among Asian universities, and comes among the top 200 for Engineering & Technology subjects in the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.


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