KAUST Research Open Week 2023

KAUST Research Open Week 2023 under the theme "Research for the Future of Saudi Arabia”

KAUST Research Open Week (KROW) was held from 27 February 2023 to 2 March 2023. A week-long forum held at the University Campus under the theme “Research for the Future of Saudi Arabia”. KROW is an opportunity to bring science to the heart of KAUST community and celebrate the excellent research in KAUST. KROW provided a unique forum for a broader discussion providing networking opportunities to faculty, research staff, students and colleagues from industry and government entities.

MERGE Group participated in the Scientific Exhibition, Poster Session and ANPERC Open Doors. KAUST Digital Twin booth at the Scientific Exhibition in Building 19 led by Professor Shehab Ahmed, Mohammed Ayachi, Maha Alsabban and Otavio Jose Dezem Bertozzi Junior was buzzing with guest attendees and community who wanted to discover the applications of city and behavioral models of digital twins to help planning and development of smart cities. Maha Alsabban was interviewed by OKAZ Organization for Press and Publication during the session. Click here for the interview on twitter.

Poster Session was held at the University Library. This was an opportunity for researchers to present their latest science and engineering work. Guang Ooi, Moutazbellah Khater and Tarek Mostafa participated with a poster titled “Digital Non-Destructive Testing for Energy Pipelines”. The poster was presented by Guang Ooi and highlighted a multi-frequency data acquisition model, coupled with a novel convolutional recurrent hybrid neural network, developed to fully visualize metallic pipelines. KROW poster session has seen a significant turnout, with experts, fellow researcher and community who are excited about cutting-edge technology attended the session. 

Alexis Koulidis, Guang Ooi, Jelena Skenderija and Zia Ullah participated in ANPERC Open Door. For 2 hours, ANPERC opened their lab for the entire KAUST community to get the know its facilities and student projects. More about ANPERC Open Door can be found here

During KROW, the alignment of KAUST with the new strategic direction of Saudi Arabia was highlighted. MERGE group has played an essential role in shaping the future of the Kingdom. It has been a busy but successful week for the group.

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