ATRC announces new commercialisation arm, three new specialised research centres

ATRC announces new commercialisation arm, three new specialised research centres

ABU DHABI, 5th January, 2022 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), the overarching entity mandated to shape Abu Dhabi’s advanced technology R & D ecosystem, today announced the launch of VentureOne, a new commercialisation arm to bring innovative research solutions to market at speed, and monetise all IP being generated at TII’s centres and beyond.

Three specialised advanced technology research centres – in Propulsion, Alternative Energy, and Biotechnology – were also launched to coincide with ATRC’s first anniversary celebrations, bringing the total number of deep-tech research entities within its umbrella to 10.

VentureOne is to help facilitate IP creation, strengthen the start-up ecosystem, and boost the market viability of the research breakthroughs to ensure that they go mainstream and impact the broadest cross-section of the global population.

The three new research centres are set to add value to the thriving advanced technology ecosystem already in place in Abu Dhabi while strengthening its credibility as a preferred R & D hub that attracts global experts and nurtures local STEM talent to carry out ground-breaking research.

With aerospace and space becoming key national priorities for the UAE, the Propulsion Research Centre is engaged in technologies that enable aerial vehicles to increase performance with regard to speed and range, fuel efficiency, emissions, noise, landing field length and handling.

Meanwhile, as the impact of climate change reaches critical levels, the Alternative Energy Research Centre is focused on enabling water security and ensuring improved and varied tech applications.

Based on the experiences of the last two years, the Biotechnology Research Centre is engaged in strengthening the UAE’s R & D capabilities in genetic engineering, biomaterials, and autonomous devices, to name a few core areas. The breakthrough solutions the centre is working on will add immense value in the food and agriculture as well as healthcare sectors.

Speaking about the new centres, Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary-General of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), said, "We commend the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his unwavering support and direction in establishing a transformative R & D hub in Abu Dhabi.

"There was initial scepticism about the ability of a young entity to achieve what many established research hubs have been unable to do – attract global talent and patent breakthrough solutions right here to give the country greater autonomy in the advanced technology space."

Al Bannai also noted that ATRC’s growth plans for TII, its applied research pillar, and ASPIRE, its programme management pillar as well as their entities, are well aligned with the UAE’s Principles of the 50 and Projects of the 50 that aim to make the nation’s economy one of the best and most dynamic in the world.

He also underscored the focus on growing human capital, and driving the UAE’s digital, technical, and scientific excellence as higher goals for the entities.

In the past 12 months, TII’s research centres have signed 65 global partnership agreements with 37 universities, research centres, and industrial stakeholders worldwide. In addition, the centres have welcomed on board 101 nationals as associate researchers and scientists – surpassing its target for 2021. TII has also developed over 200 publications to its credit and filed five patents. TII boasts 34 globally renowned expert Advisors on its Scientific Advisory Boards at its centres.

The Cryptography Research Centre has developed the National Crypto Library, shaped a Post Quantum Cryptography software library, and launched the UAE’s first secure cloud technologies programme. The Directed Energy Research Centre has opened the region’s first electromagnetic compatibility lab and shaped the prototype of a ground-penetrating radar for the detection of unexploded landmines. Meanwhile, the Quantum Research Centre has commenced efforts to build the region’s first quantum computer and launched the first simulation version of "Qibo", a versatile open-source quantum computing programming framework, in collaboration with researchers worldwide.

The Secure Systems Research Centre has partnered with Purdue University on a first- in-the-region motion capture facility, and gained membership of DroneCode, a US-based non-profit run by Linux Foundation to foster the use of open-source software on flying vehicles. In addition, SSRC is an accredited member of RISC-V, a non-profit organization controlled by its members, which directs the future development and drives the adoption of the RISC-V free and open Instruction Set Architecture (ISA).

Furthermore, ASPIRE, ATRC’s technology programme management pillar has launched the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge’s Maritime Grand Challenge 2023. The competition will bring together universities, research institutions and individual innovators from all over the world to collaborate on finding a practical solution to global maritime security challenges such as illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling, and human trafficking.