Research Priorities

Khalifa University of Science and Technology’s research priorities are addressed in two categories – “verticals”, which align directly with specific industry and sector needs, and “horizontals”, which relate to technical platforms and expertise that are utilized across industries and sectors.

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Clean and Renewable Energy

  • Solar and other renewable energy sources
  • Electrical power transmission and distribution
  • Energy storage
  • Energy efficient cities and buildings
  • Nuclear energy

Water and Environment

  • Desalination
  • Waste treatment and utilization (wastewater, industrial and municipal waste streams)
  • Environmental resources management

Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production

  • Reservoir characterization, evaluation and surveillance
  • Enhanced/improved oil recovery
  • Gas processes
  • Asset integrity
  • Drilling and completion


  • Genomics and bioinformatics
  • Medical imaging
  • Biomedical robotics and devices
  • Bio-materials and cellular mechanics
  • Healthcare management

Aerospace (aero/astro)

  • Space sciences
  • CubeSats and nanosatellites
  • Remote sensing and modelling

Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Transportation
  • Manufacturing logistics
  • Supply-chain strategy
  • Maintenance repair and overhaul



Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

  • Computational materials engineering
  • Composites
  • Enhanced materials systems (nanomaterials and nanocomposites, multifunctional materials, smart materials, metamaterials)
  • Biomaterials
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Additive manufacturing

Robotics, AI and Data Science

  • Unmanned systems (aerial, ground and marine)           
  • Biorobotics (bioinspired and medical)
  • Autonomous manipulation
  • Machine learning
  • Image and video analysis and processing
  • Data mining and big data analytics
  • Efficient algorithms and optimization
  • Biometrics and bio-imaging
  • Internet-of-Things

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

  • Next Generation Networks (NGNs) and NGN-enabled ICT applications and services
  • Cyber Security technologies and applications  
  • Electronic and photonic circuits and devices


  • Security
  • Security environments and security policies
  • Defense science and technology