SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

In line with the UAE’s Vision 2021 to be among the top 10 countries in the world by the Golden Jubilee of the Union in 2021, the UAE has taken many steps and strides to promote and encourage innovation. Most notable is the launch of the Innovation Strategy in 2014 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. To align with national priorities and the 2030 Agenda, the Ministry of Economy is continuously working on fostering an environment that encourages sustained economic activity in the UAE. This is done through the enactment of legislations that encourage investments, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs), protecting consumer rights and intellectual Property as well as fulfilling environmental and social requirements whilst pursuing economic growth.

Policies and Initiatives

Launch of the ‘Innovative Guide for Companies in the UAE’ in cooperation with the National Research Council (NRC) to highlight the Ministry’s role in implementing the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy

Launch of the ‘Annual Corporate Social Responsibility National Index’ (2017) to track companies in the UAE based on their contributions to CSR initiatives

Issuance of the Anti-dumping Law (2017) which aims to protect domestic products from imports being sold for less than what is considered fair market value.


Challenges

Supporting SMEs in staying competitive given the government’s pursuit of an innovation based economy

Promoting the culture of innovation in businesses and SMEs in the UAE.

CUD aims to achieve goal 9 in the alignment of UAE government.


Canadian University Dubai to host industry leading international conference at Atlantis, The Palm.

World experts in mobile and wireless networking will meet in Dubai to discuss the future of the industry at the 6th Joint IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC'13) later this week.

The event is hosted and organized by the Canadian University Dubai, and co-sponsored by the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE) and the International Federation for Signal Processing (IFIP) - the world's largest professional associations for the advancement of technology.

Education and business leaders from the public and private sectors from across the UAE will attend WMNC'13 at Atlantis, The Palm to discuss brand new reasearch that will revolutionise the future of wirlesss and mobile networking usage and technology.

WMNC'13 is the world's leading discussion forum for researchers, practitioners and students interested in new developments in mobile and wireless networks, services, applications and mobile computing. Some 134 research papers will be presented and discussed by a panel of over 80 experts.

Chairing the event is Prof Rachid Benlamri, an expert in wireless and mobile networking. He said: "The Canadian University Dubai is proud of its own research partnerships with top research laboratories around the world. We hope that by hosting WMNC'13 we can share our passion for discovery with the wider UAE community.

Prof Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor of the Canadian University Dubai added "Through WMNC'13 and other events, the Canadian University Dubai aims to bring the best minds to Dubai in support of education and innovation, not just for the benefit of our students and scholars, but also the wider UAE community."

In line with the future strategy for Dubai, key members of the Dubai eGovernment Department have been invited to attend. The Dubai eGovernment Department's strategy is: "to utilize both centralization and decentralization to help government departments optimally utilize their resources and provide online services to customers in a cost effective manner for both parties."

Mr Buti Saeed al Ghandi, Chancellor of the Canadian University Dubai stated "As an educational institution it is our social responsibility to support the initiatives of Government throughout the UAE. Mobile and wireless technologies play a key role in these initiatives so we are pleased to be able to bring together world-class experts and Government stakeholders for discussion and presentations that are very relevant to Dubai's future growth."

Receiving special invites to attend are some of the biggest and most important institutions in the public and private sectors in the UAE, including Government Ministries, Municipalities, Universities, Airlines, IT Firms, Banks and wireless communication giants Etisalat and Du.

Leaders in the fields of networking, wireless and mobile communication, and cloud computing will be flown in especially for the conference. Prof Muriel Medard from MIT, Boston, Prof Norman Beaulieu

from Alberta, Canada, Professor Abbas Jamalipour from Sydney, Australia and Professor Bayan Sharif from Khalifa University in the UAE will deliver keynote speeches to hundreds of delegates from 37 countries.

This year's research papers cover a range of practical applications that will have far reaching consequences for users of mobile and wireless networks. Body Area Sensor Network for Evaluating Fitness Exercise, Remote Health Monitoring Using Social Media Systems, Cross-Platform Mobile Applications for Android and iOS and the Impact of Trust in Vehicular Applications are just some of the papers that have been accepted.


Mr. Massimo Imparato, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), has been sharing his expertise with industry practitioners at the UAE INDEX International Design Exhibition held recently at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Mr. Imparato delivered two presentations and took part in a panel discussion during his participation in the designer’s forum and design talks, which ran alongside the four-day event. Contributing to the debates on design innovations, hospitality design, and urban atmospheres, Mr. Imparato addressed a range of current design industry issues and trends.

On the subject of innovation, Mr. Imparato spoke about the growing trend towards interior spaces influencing the way in which outdoor spaces are designed. He discussed examples of how building façades have become an extension of the interior design, and examined the evolving relationship in which interiors influence the architectural envelope.

In a subsequent panel discussion, Mr. Imparato was among a group of design professors and practitioners who took the floor to debate what was labeled ‘the ever-changing present’ in hospitality design. The discussion focused upon the need to balance history and present, and permanence and variation, within contemporary hospitality projects.

During day three of the event, Mr. Imparato presented his work on sustainable urban settings, opening the debate on the vision to promote the greater use of outdoor space, its implications for the design industry, and the efforts of brands, designers and developers in creating sustainable urban atmospheres that can impact upon people’s lifestyles.

INDEX, now in its 26th year, is the GCC’s biggest event of its kind for the design industry, and this year saw 850 exhibitors and more than 27,000 visitors in attendance. The designer’s forum and design talks run in parallel to the exhibition, to bring together leading figures in the industry to exchange ideas and debate the future of the sector.

Representatives from the School of Communication and Media Studies at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have joined A-list performers, international artists, and senior executives from the global media industry at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, held recently in France.

Dean of Communication and Media Studies at CUD, Dr. Franziska Apprich, and a student of the School’s Bachelor of Communications program were selected to attend this year’s Festival, which is renowned for identifying and nurturing young filmmaking talent.

An award-winning filmmaker herself, Dr. Apprich was invited as a guest of the event, based on her international credentials in the film production business, as a student and media practitioner, as well as in academia.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the media world’, the Festival brought together leading names in broadcasting, mass media, PR and marketing from across the globe. CUD was the sole representative of the UAE’s growing network of media education and training providers.

Throughout the seven-day event, the CUD delegates heard from some of the biggest names in the business, from the COO of multinational media corporation, 21st Century Fox, to international recording artist Natalie Imbruglia.

The Festival also offered an un-paralleled opportunity to join with thousands of other delegates from around the world to take part in seminars, workshops and master classes, and to experience some of the latest technological innovations that are set to transform the future of the industry.

Dr. Apprich commented, “To go beyond academia and learn lessons direct from the industry’s leading professionals and personalities is a truly unique experience. The Cannes Lions Festival is the most prestigious international event for the multimedia sector and to be invited to join this platform is an immense honor.

“At CUD we always strive to give our students practical experiences that will give them a competitive edge, and the networks we have established through the Cannes Festival will help us to develop a whole range of new opportunities for collaboration, internships and graduate employment, on an international scale.”

Dr. Sam Kherat, Dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Incubators at Canadian University Dubai (CUD), led the debate among delegates from prominent engineering and technology firms when he chaired the International VDI Conference on Sensors for Off-Highway Machines, hosted recently in Berlin, Germany.

Bringing together industry leaders in this highly specialized field, the two-day conference focused on the application of sensor technology in challenging environments, including topics such as advanced sensing solutions for off-highway applications, the use of artificial intelligence in processing sensor data, along with cyber security protocols.

As chair of the conference, Dr. Kherat lent his extensive industry and academic expertise, built upon two decades working on automation projects in mining and construction for Caterpillar, alongside years of experience in higher education as an Adjunct Professor of Robotics in the USA, and now as the head of graduate programs at CUD.

In his opening address, Dr. Kherat discussed how sensing technologies are reshaping the entire off-road landscape and spoke of both technical and societal challenges that might impact future operations. In particular, he highlighted the cultural issues of public concern for data protection, and the legislative challenges of ownership and liability.

During the conference, Dr. Kherat was also called upon to deliver a presentation on the subject ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications and Challenges in Mining and Construction’ in which he discussed the drivers for AI in mining and construction, the challenges in automating these applications, and the myriad of current and emerging technologies using machine learning (ML) and AI.

The conference was organized by the Association of German Engineers (VDI), one of the largest technical scientific organizations in Europe. Among the numerous companies participating were CNH Industrial, Cognizant, Danfoss, SICK Sensor Intelligence, GIM Robotics, MobileTronics, and InterControl.

Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has joined forces with leading global ICT solutions provider, Huawei, to support the empowerment of students through innovation in the context of the UAE’s move towards an information-based economy.

The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal their long-term commitment to the UAE’s younger generation at the International Conference on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICLIE), held recently in Dubai.

Hosted by CUD and supported by Huawei, the event brought researchers, practitioners, and policy makers together to focus their efforts on several key pillars of science, innovation and technology in a bid to form effective partnerships that tackle business challenges in the globalized economy.

“Huawei is committed to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across all sectors in the UAE,” said David Wang, CEO of Huawei UAE. “The UAE continues to build on its commercial success and take steps to become a global information centre and a knowledge-based economy. Our partnership with Canadian University Dubai confirms our support to the youth of the UAE who we see as the enablers of this national strategy.”

“Canadian University Dubai is delighted to bring together this group of academic, political and innovation leaders to align on the issues that affect our rapidly advancing world,” said Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of CUD. “We are also delighted to have Huawei as a key partner for both this conference and a longer term collaboration to support innovation on campus, and to transform the ideas of our young students into a reality that will contribute to the country’s national innovation strategy.”

Huawei’s strong legacy of innovation, with more than 176,000 employees globally and over USD$9.6 billion invested into R&D, positions the company as a strategic partner for the country during its digital transformation.

The IEEE Association’s student branch at Canadian University Dubai recently launched their new ‘Innovation Corner’ in Block B during an event attended by a large number of engineering students and faculty.

During the event the IEEE student branch Chair, Shaheerah Khan explained the purpose of the innovation corner and how it will benefit students during their academic journey.

IEEE student branch Secretary Mehak Butt announced the first self-learning workshop “Introduction to Arduino”, an open source hardware which was then followed by a short speech from Dr. Hichem Ben El Mechaiekh, Dean of Engineering and Architecture who emphasized the importance of supporting of student initiatives which contribute to a better student-life, especially the ones that keep students updated with the latest technology, trends and innovation.

The ‘Innovation Corner’ is a collaborative learning space made for students to develop new technical skills through well-developed hands-on activities and with the aid of different kinds of technological tools. This new space will provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills every week. It will also allow them to develop their own innovative projects.

Some future activities that the students would have a chance to work on in the corner will include: working with embedded systems including Arduino, Raspberry-Pi, the IoT to name a few, as well as innovative technologies such as image processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and last but not least - Web and Application Development.

Students from across Canadian University Dubai (CUD) have been showcasing their creative and enterprising talents during the University’s inaugural Innovation Expo, held recently on campus.

The two-day event saw a wide-ranging exhibition of art, design and technology-based projects, demonstrating the best examples of imagination and innovation among University’s six undergraduate schools.

From the School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, telecom engineering student, Omar Sherif, showcased his own innovation created especially for the CUD community. His new mobile application combines a number of features including event notifications, course resources and a messaging platform to support student life on the University campus. There was also a robotics display from members of the CUD Robotics Club.

Among the showpieces on display from the School of Communication and Media Studies were original exhibits from students’ work in digital advertising, print advertising, media campaigns, digital photography and corporate publications design.

Representing the School of Business Administration, e-business student Soheil Sharafat demonstrated his portfolio of creative websites, including one designed specifically for the Dubai Customs Intellectual Property Awards.

Students from the School of Environment and Health Sciences took an innovative approach to showcasing its two core disciplines, as students exhibited models and collages of the body’s vital organs, created out of recycled materials.

An impressive display of designs, models and laser cuttings were on display from the School of Architecture and Interior Design, while the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences put on an exhibition of sketches and paintings inspired by iconic artist, Leonardo da Vinci. Along the same theme, students from the CUD Art Club delivered a series of lectures, providing their own insights into the renowned painter, scientist and inventor.

One of the main attractions throughout the exhibition was a workshop by French sculptor, Pierre Kauffmann, who was on campus to provide students and guests with hands-on tips for working with clay to create innovative sculptures.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Kauffmann said, “I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and personal expression that the students have displayed through their efforts in this exhibition, and particularly in their sculpting, as many of them were trying it for the very first time.”

The exhibition was opened by University President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Karim Chelli, who praised the students for their work in showcasing innovation from such a broad range of perspectives. Day two of the event saw CUD Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, take a tour of the exhibition, which was also opened up to members of the public.