The Higher Colleges of Technology hosted the 2ndedition of the Advances in Science and Engineering Technology (ASET) multi-conferences, from March 26-28, 2019 at the HCT-Dubai Men’s campus, which saw 250 researchers and academics from 20 countries contribute to finding solutions to global challenges in engineering and technology.
This year’s conference, sponsored by the IEEE and STRATA, aimed to promote a culture of innovation and applied research, in line with the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 for developing and innovating solutions for future challenges.
For the first time, local industry representatives participate in this conference, such as STRATA Manufacturing, Emirates Aluminium Company and Etisalat, to present their latest products and the cutting-edge technologies which support the national economy.
Under the umbrella of ASET, the specialized international conferences discuss the future vital areas and issues at the level of healthcare technologies, renewable energy and the environment, Internet of Things and Mechatronics, sustainable infrastructure and advanced materials and manufacturing, and state-of-the-art research topics in different engineering disciplines and technology.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, said that ASET, as an annual conference, aims to provide a forum for international researchers and academics to discuss the new high-tech trends and researches that are of interest to industrial and academic communities, locally and internationally. He added that the HCT offers the unique opportunity to participate in these conferences free for all students and faculty from UAE universities, colleges and institutes to benefit from the knowledge and expertise.
He emphasized that this year’s conference focuses on the areas that are in line with the future HCT journey toward transformation into economic free zones, in line with the directives of the UAE wise leadership. This requires establishing close relationships with the industry and enhancing applied research skills and innovation to enable HCT to graduate companies and entrepreneurs.
Dr. Al Shamsi added that ASET also provides an opportunity for students to present their graduation projects and benefit from the expertise of six world-known keynote speakers, as well as sessions presented by pioneering industries in the UAE, such as STRATA Manufacturing, Emirates Aluminium Company, Etisalat and Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority.
The students had the chance to discuss their research results with hundreds of scientists from all over the world, and will inspire future research ideas, enhancing the HCT focus on faculty research funded by HCT.
Dr. Mohammed Al Jarah, HCT Vice President for Academic Affairs and Executive Dean of Engineering, said that ASET is an international conference that is popular with academic and research institutions worldwide. He pointed out that the keynote speakers presented important future facts and visions in the areas of healthcare, renewable energy, aviation, space, Internet of Things and sustainable environment. They presented the latest developments and exposed the frontiers of R&D in Engineering and technology and their effects on human welfare. They further presented prototypes of technological research ideas that were purchased and applied by companies, which motivates today’s youth to think of implementing projects in the area of advanced technology.
Professor Brad Nelson from ETH Zürich, Switzerland, who is specialized in Robotics and intelligent systems, spoke about the future and success of Nano robots in healthcare, especially in surgery. He said the challenges are in not appreciating that incremental change is good, but the need for reducing costs of systems, rapid training of surgeons, among others. He said the developing countries are facing more challenges due to the inaccessibility of surgery and the neglect of surgery in global health despite its importance.
Professor Stefan Dimov, Director of the Centre of Advanced Technological Industries in The University of Birmingham, UK, spoke about enhancing production lines through the technologies of manufacturing metal elements. Professor Soteris Kaligero, Head of Mechanical Engineering in Cyprus University of Technology, spoke about renewable energy systems and their current status and future projections.
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensingin the University of California, Irvine, USA, spoke about new technologies in the area of the environment and the role of new sensing devices and data sciences in the development of meteorological predictions, discussing the challenges and opportunities of planning and applications of water resources.