ICTRF 2011 kicks off this weekend
One-day event will focus on developments in the ICT sector
Khalifa University will host the UAE's fifth Information and Communication Technology Research Forum (ICTRF 2011) at its Abu Dhabi campus on 15th May 2011.
The event, which was held for the first time by the University in 2006, focuses on advances in the information and communication technologies sectors. Sessions on initiating research and innovation through network enabled applications, achieving and measuring impact through research funding and emerging research areas in ICT will be held at the one-day event.
"Through ICTRF 2011, Khalifa University aims to bring together global leaders in the field of ICT, in doing so we hope that the event will serve as an assembly to discuss educational networks and to discuss the latest developments in this area," said Khalifa University executive vice president and forum chair, Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi.
"Building on previous forums, the main objective is to discuss the current condition of the UAE's research and education network in terms of infrastructure, applications and funding. We hope that such nationwide initiatives can encourage public-private partnerships in the ICT field, which can effectively enhance services currently being provided to users. The Etisalat-BT Innovation Centre, which is headquartered at Khalifa University, is an excellent example of this important partnership between the private and public sectors, which supports research in the ICT area."
The event will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and deputy chairman of Khalifa University board of trustees.The ICTRF 2011 is open to UAE-based academics, researchers, as well as industry professionals in the ICT sectors.
Speakers include Professor Sorel Resiman, president, IEEE Computer Society, managing director Merlot.org, USA who will present his speech entitled; "Merlot: A Model of Open Education Resource Services"; Professor Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli, Mohammed V-Agdal University who will present "The ATLAS Experiment and the High Performance Networking"; and Dr Thomas Zacharia, deputy for Science and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and Dr Eesa Bastaki, CEO, ICT Fund, chairman of IEEE, UAE, who will present "Made in UAE Sold Globally: Why is it vital for our National Interest?".
The Forum is organised by Khalifa University in conjunction with the Emirates Advanced Network for Research and Education (ANKABUT and the Etisalat-BT Innovation Centre (EBTIC).