Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed chairs Advanced Technology Research Council board meeting
ABU DHABI, 29th November, 2021 – H.
Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), has chaired ATRC’s board meeting at the entity’s Masdar City premises.
During the meeting, Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed reviewed ATRC’s first-year progress in advancing research and development (R&D) and guiding breakthrough discoveries.
He also endorsed plans to further expand funding for R&D projects in Abu Dhabi.
During the visit, Khaled bin Mohamed toured the Technology Innovation Institute’s (TII) state-of-the-art labs, where breakthrough innovations are developed, and viewed the demos specially hosted for the occasion.
He also met with a number of students of the NexTech programme, one of ATRC’s earliest initiatives to fast-track exceptional Emirati students with an interest in STEM into thriving R&D careers.
As part of ATRC’s next phase, the organisation will bring innovative research solutions to market with the launch of VENTUREone, ATRC’s brand-new arm to facilitate the commercialisation of all IP being generated at TII’s Centres and beyond.
This entity will help boost the market viability of the research breakthroughs and ensure that they go mainstream to impact the widest cross-section of the global population.
In addition, the Council has also launched three new research centres – in Propulsion, Biotechnology, and Alternative Energy – taking the total number of deep-tech research entities within its umbrella to ten.
ATRC’s two entities have witnessed considerable success in just one year.
TII’s Cryptography Research Centre has developed the National Crypto Library and shaped a Post Quantum Cryptography software library.
The Directed Energy Research Centre has opened the region’s first electromagnetic compatibility lab and shaped the prototype of a ground-penetrating radar for the detection of unexploded landmines.
Meanwhile, the Quantum Research Centre has commenced efforts to build the region’s first quantum computer and also launched the first simulation version of ‘Qibo’, a versatile open-source quantum computing programming framework, in collaboration with researchers from around the world.
The Secure Systems Research Centre has partnered with Purdue University on a first-in-the-region motion capture facility.
Furthermore, ASPIRE, ATRC’s technology programme management pillar, which shapes grand challenges and develops competitions to facilitate research-focused solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, recently announced the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge’s Maritime Grand Challenge 2023.
This Challenge seeks to push technological boundaries and enable robots to work more autonomously in dynamic, unstructured environments.