Research Newsletter
Spring 2016 - April Issue
Wearable Technology Project Featured on MIT Technology Review 
Effat-KAUST collaborative project on wearable technology for the sensory impaired was featured on MIT Technology Review - Arab Edition last week.

The project investigates the role of wearable devices that are equipped with multi-modal sensors such as Google Glass to assist individuals with hearing or visual impairments in identifying objects or sounds in their surrounding environment. Click here to read the full article.

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Internal Research Grant Winners
Dr. Mohamad Abidin, Visual & Digital Production Department, received an internal research grant for the project "Utilizing Holographic Display for Cultural Heritage Interactive Navigation."

The project proposes a practical and digital approach to preserving and recreating cultural heritage elements such as historical buildings in 3D model as digital preservation and representation.

The project is done in collaboration with Effat University's Virtual Reality Research Center
Dr. Mohammed Asmatullah Khan, Biometric & Sensor Systems Lab, received an internal research grant for the project "FPGA Implementation of Real time Iris Recognition System." 

The project aims at implementing different multi-modal biometric techniques on FPGAs and exploring optimized solutions for future biometric applications. 
Dr. Zaki Mallasi, Design Computation Lab, received an internal research grant for the project "SBRC Responsive Facade Prototype - Integrating Environmental Receptors with Building Information Model." 

The project focuses on current advancements in Digital Design Computation (DDC) and their relation with contemporary architectural facades. This is done through tackling major challenges related to responsiveness mechanisms as well as 

The project is done in collaboration with Effat University's Smart Building Research Center
Dr. Benaouda Bensaid, General Education Department, received an internal research grant for the project "The Spiritual Drive for Islamic Sustainability."

The project investigates the role of spirituality in planning and achieving effective sustainability as well as explores the various obstacles that may hinder the integration of both spirituality and sustainability. 
13th Learning & Technology Conference (L&T) Sheds Light on Learning and Multi-Dimensional Technologies
Effat University's annual Learning & Technology Conference was held this April in its 13th version. The conference theme covered multi-dimensional technologies and their role in enhancing learning environments. 

The conference featured both Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology, and Dr. Hayat Sindi, CEO of i2 Institute, as keynote speakers. The speakers highlighted the role of their respective institutions in promoting science and leveraging technology for the ultimate benefit of learners. 

For more than a decade, the L&T has been held annually at Effat University attracting prominent keynote speakers as well as covering a wide range of cutting-edge themes.
Business Professionals from Leading Tech Companies Discuss Multi-Dimensional Technologies at the L&T
A group of industry experts from leading companies gathered at the 13th Learning & Technology Conference to discuss potential role of multi-dimensional technologies in enhancing learning environments. 

These included representatives from Microsoft, Visual Experience, Nesma Holding, and Education E-Solutions.

This was part of a panel discussion at the 13th Learning & Technology Conference held earlier this month. 
Second Islamic Finance Conference Discusses Role of Micro-Loans in Poverty-Stricken Communities
The Second Islamic Finance Conference was held on the 20th of April under the theme of "Islamic Micro-finance and Social Responsibility." 

The conference attracted a number of prominent keynote and invited speakers who shared their experiences and insights on Islamic micro-finance and micro-loans and their potential role in supporting the underprivileged in poverty-stricken communities.

Speakers included His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Mohammed Ali, President of Islamic Development Bank Group, Mr. Yasser Saud Dahlawi, CEO of Shariyah Review Bureau, among others. 

The Islamic Finance Conference is held annually focusing on related themes and topics. 
Research at Effat
Dr. Ahmad Khuddro, English & Translation Department, published an article titled "Audiovisual English-Arabic Translation: De Beaugrande's Perspective" in the International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature.  


Dr. Omar Kittaneh, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, published a paper titled "Stopping Criterion for Anisotropic Image Diffusion" in the International Journal for Light & Electron Optics (Optik). (ISI - Impact Factor: 0.677)


Dr. Mueen Uddin, Information Systems Department, published a paper titled "Techniques to Implement in Green Data Centers to achieve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Global Warming Effects" in the International Journal of Global Warming.
Dr. Noraini Yusof, Architecture Department, published a paper titled "Linking the environmental practice of construction firms and the environmental behaviour of practitioners in construction projects" in the Journal of Cleaner Production (ISI) - (Impact Factor: 3.844)
Dr. Wadee Al Halabi, Computer Science Department, published two papers titled "Qualitative spatial reasoning methodology to determine the particular domain of a set of geographic objects" and "Research Gate: An Effective Altmetric Indicator for Active Researchers?" in the journal of Computers in Human Behavior (ISI) - (Impact Factor: 2.694).
Dr. Muhammad Khan, Entrepreneurship Department, published a paper titled "Mapping entrepreneurship ecosystem of Saudi Arabia" in the journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.
Architecture Faculty Awarded Chartered Institute of Building Research Award 

Dr. Mohammed Fageha, Architecture Department, received the Chartered Institute of Building Research Award for Excellence in Building Research. The award was for Dr. Fageha's PhD thesis titled "Managing Stakeholders' Participation to Improve Project Scope Definition Completeness and Enhance Project Outcome."

The award is granted by Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

Upcoming Events
The Brain Forum 2016

The Brain Forum 2016 will be held this year on the 26 - 27 of May in Lausanne, Switzerland. The conference provides an opportunity for scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals to come together and share their perspectives "to advance our understanding of how the brain works and to accelerate the application of that understanding to human needs."

Click here for a list of this year's conference speakers and here for the full program.

KAPSARC Publishes its First Quarterly for 2016

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Center (KAPSARC) published its first quarterly in April 2016. This edition highlights the Center's efforts in research and others related to energy policy issues in Saudi Arabia as well as its energy workshop series. The workshops cover a variety of related topics such as: energy vulnerability, global gas and coal markets, etc. 

The upcoming workshops will be held during the months of May and June. These will be:
  • KTAB/Bargaining Models - Washington - May 2
  • Local Content/East Africa - Addis Ababa - May 30
  • Human Geography of Energy - Denver, Colorado - June 7

Click here to read KAPSARC Quarterly in its full version.
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