EBTIC, an ICT research and innovation center founded by Khalifa University, Etisalat and BT, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) that will allow the two groups to collaborate for several years.
The MoU came about after the groups showed a shared interest in the adoption of big data in advanced predictive analytics. Additionally, EBTIC’s UAE researchers, including Ahmed Al Dhanhani, have interned at IHMC in the past.
“We were part of a team led by one of the principal investigators in IHMC and we benefited greatly from this internship,” Al Dhanhani said. “IHMC is a well-established research center and observing how they work from the inside was insightful. We had meetings with different researchers who are highly regarded on their areas and it was interesting to see how the researchers come from very different backgrounds, including computer scientists, mechanical engineers and medical doctors.”
IHMC is a global leader in researching new technologies that extend human capabilities. In 2015, it won second place honors at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, which is an event focused on the creation of semi-autonomous ground robots.
“The partnership between EBTIC and IHMC is based on common interest and approaches to innovation, and it stands to benefit both our center and the UAE in many ways,” Dr. Samer Al Samahi, director of EBTIC, said. “Especially through working together and cooperating in our research endeavors in the fields of big data and advanced analytics, and promoting and conducting scientific research relevant to challenges facing Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole.”