Islam Ashry recently undertook a field trial in north-western Saudi Arabia that is likely to have implications for the Kingdom’s date industry. Ashry, a research scientist at KAUST, spent a week collecting data from an optical fiber wrapped around many date palms at TADCO farm in Tabuk. The aim was to detect what one Saudi official called a hidden and deadly enemy.
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters published an editorial by Prof. Boon S. Ooi as the new Editor in Chief on February, 2022.
The 2021 Spring Issue of KAUST Impact featured an article highlighting the KAUST Photonics Lab's effort "to alleviate the negative impacts the pest is having on Saudi Arabia’s date industry."
An article published in GreenBiz on September 15, 2021, by Prof. Boon S. Ooi and Prof. Carlos Duarte discusses the disparity between the capabilities of technology in space exploration and oceanic exploration.
Giant clam inspired photo-conversion for high-speed communication work highlighted in the September issue of Photonics Focus Magazine.
The semipolar micro-photodetector used for gigabit-per-second visible-light communication (VLC) paper has been awarded an IOP Publishing Top Cited Paper Award (Saudi Arabia).