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Khalifa University Displays Innovative Information Security and Facial Recognition Software

Khalifa University Displays Innovative Information Security and Facial Recognition Software

Published: 20th of February, 2017

Khalifa University displays innovative student and faculty research projects as part of its participation at the fourth International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017). In addition to showcasing the University’s achievements in the areas of robotics, facial recognition software and aerospace design, students and faculty are also on hand to discuss the research behind the devices and demonstrations.

The leading university’s booth show visitors the “Moon Cloud”, a software platform that enables users to have complete security assurance evaluation of their services during their operations. Moon Cloud provides compliance assessment for cloud services, traditional IT solutions, on premise solutions, and Internet of Things.

Visitors are also shown the “Pioneer Robot” which identifies, traces and warns users about sources of indoor radiation. The SHARK ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), an underwater vehicle designed to reach depths of up to 100 meters.  A Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, which uses the latest manufacturing technologies and is capable of using less fuel and carrying a larger payload, whilst demonstrating improved communication and maneuverability than current UAV’s.  

Other robotic innovations on display include a UAV that utilizes a tether system to recharge, and a UAV capable of making quick and thorough inspections of large-scale aircraft and reporting possible flaws to users faster than the commonly used manual inspection process.

The University also showcases software capable of verifying identify through facial recognition. The “Access System using Kinect-based Face Authentication” uses motion detecting input devices (Kinect) to correctly identify someone through facial images. The system works in two modes: Authentication mode and Suspect Detection mode.  In the authentication mode the user enters there name and a pin code. 

In addition, visitors to the stand have the opportunity to learn about the Emirates Technology and Innovation Center (ETIC) which is a joint venture between Emirates Advanced Research and Technology Holding (EARTH) and Khalifa University. ETIC aims to become a driving force for innovation in the field of computer-aided technologies and other selective-system technologies with applications for the military and the defense industry.

“Khalifa University was pleased to have this opportunity to present its research to leaders in the defense and security industry at IDEX 2017,” said Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Khalifa University’s Executive Vice President. “IDEX is a great platform for us to present our programs that tie heavily in with local, regional and worldwide security. We currently boast Master’s programs in International and Civil Security, Information Security, and options to specialize in Robotics and Aerospace Engineering at a PhD level.”

He added: “We believe in pushing boundaries and creating technologies that will benefit the UAE, and the world, and the student projects on display at this event will be a small taste of that.  This is one of the reasons we have been chosen to host Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge. I highly encourage people, especially Emirati security professionals interested in pursuing a graduate degree, to visit us and discuss the opportunities available for them at Khalifa University.”

Khalifa University currently offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace, Biomedical, Communications, Computer (with optional concentration in Software Systems), Electrical and Electronic (with optional concentration in Power Systems), Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Civil and Chemical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (optional concentrations in Financial Mathematics/Mathematical Biology). 

At the graduate level, the University offers a variety of highly specialized programs, including an M.A. in International and Civil Security and MSc in Information Security, Nuclear Engineering, and M.Sc. by Research in Engineering (Electrical and Computer) and a M.Sc. in Systems and Engineering Management, as well as, a Ph.D. in Engineering (with the option to specialize in Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Biomedical, or Robotics Engineering).

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