Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are ideal capturing devices for high-resolution urban 3D reconstructions using multi-view stereo. Nevertheless, practical considerations such as safety usually mean that access to the scan target is often only available for a short amount of time, especially in urban environments.

“The theme of our research is how we can empower humanity with technology,” said Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, professor of electrical engineering at KAUST. Using the skills from his time in industry, and the support he is granted by KAUST, Hussain creates flexible, wireless electronics to inexpensively turn everyday objects into smart devices.

Shozo Yokoyama, the Asa G. Candler professor of biology at Emory University's Department of Biology, spoke with us on Facebook Live about the importance of the past in understanding the present and in making predictions about the future of species. Yokoyama was on KAUST campus as part of the research conference on Big Data Analyses in Evolutionary Biology, hosted by the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC).