CIT faculty and students are engaged in cutting-edge applied research, developing
solutions and products that serve the needs of society. CIT research output has increased
over the past few years with contributions to many prestigious and often cited publications
and world class journals, conferences and books as well as many international patents.
CIT’s research covers a wide range of issues relevant to the needs of the nation.
These areas include Data Science, Health, Education, Communications Networks, Transportation,
Information Security and Privacy, Microelectronics and Energy. CIT faculty have taken
part in several internally and externally funded research projects in cooperation
with ICT, SRC and the Emirates Foundation, and ADEC among others. Some of these research
projects have been participated in by UAE national research assistants, including
undergraduate and graduate students from the CIT.
The College of Information Technology (CIT) offers research capabilities on a global
scale. Our highly experienced faculty and graduate students can provide a wealth of
standardized and customized solutions to serve society’s needs. The college has a
broad range of active research interests that include:
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
- Artificial Intelligent
- Communications and Mobile Networking Systems
- Data Analytics/ Data mining
- Grid/ Cloud Computing
- Smart Grid Systems
- Information, Network and Cyber Security
- VLSI design
To support these research activities the CIT is home to some of the most up-to-date
laboratories anywhere in the world. There are 20 specialized laboratories that include
laboratories dedicated to Robotics and AI, Data Science, Information Security and
Privacy, Drones and IoT, Grid and Cloud Computing and Immersive Learning.
The CIT hosts a distinguished lecture series to engage both faculty and students in
current research activities. It also hosts the Middle-East’s largest and most prestigious
annual IT research conference: ‘The International Conference on Innovations in IT’,
which has become a hub for IT research innovation and has received worldwide recognition.
The College of Information Technology offers a remarkably diverse array of research
opportunities for both faculty and students. Faculty and students can enjoy access
to over 20 specialized research laboratories. Research support is provided through
the following grants:
These are university funded grants that are available to all UAEU faculty through
a university wide competition. They include the following:
- UAEU Program for Advanced Research (UPAR)
- Research Start-up Grant Competition
- UAEU Interdisciplinary Center-based Research Grant Competition
- UAEU Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Program
Call for proposals, proposal templates and submission deadlines for internal grants
are announced here.
These are externally funded projects from international and national institutions
interested in conducting research in information technology. The faculty, the college
or the university at large may initiate these opportunities. Externally funded grant
opportunities when available are announced through the college website or here. Some of the current external grants available include:
- The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Fund
- National Research Foundation (NRF)
- Aerospace by Dassault Aviation
- Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency
- Space Science and Technology Center
- Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)
College Research Support Programs
These are college funded research opportunities available only to CIT faculty and
students intended to support research. They include:
- The Faculty Research Seed Grant: A funding opportunity to support junior faculty to
initiate a research project.
- International conference travel funding at the College level: Each faculty is given
the opportunity for financial support to attend a reputable conference for a full
paper review once a year.
The College of IT (CIT) seeks to foster high quality research and to improve the college’s
long-term research capacity by establishing and executing a research strategy, that
is designed to deliver excellent research outcomes commensurate with UAEU’s strategic
priorities and the national drive towards a knowledge-based economy. This strategy
comes timely with the UAE Vision 2021, and the nation’s innovation strategy. To help
achieve that, the CIT established research groups with the aim to produce high quality
research and successfully engage the college in strategic sponsorship, partnership
and collaboration with national and international entities and to be the catalyst
for a future interdisciplinary research center in Intelligent Systems at the CIT.
The three created Research Groups are in the areas of Data Science, Cyber Security
and Connected Autonomous Intelligent Systems.
Please click here to view the Google Scholar Profile for the College of Information Technology. Please
note that the publications listed on Google Scholar are categorized by faculty and
not by their current place of employment. Therefore, some publications listed on this
website may not have been done whilst the faculty member was employed at the United
Arab Emirates University.
The CIT provides opportunities for cooperation with industry partners and government
agencies through joint research and/ or consultancy services. Our research partnerships
and consultancies include: the National Science Foundation, IBM, SAP, EMC, Cisco,
DASSAULT, FEWA, ADWEA, DEWA, Thuraya, Du, Etisalat, the UAE Air Force, ADEC, Abu Dhabi
Police, Dubai eGov, Intel, Advanced Technology Investment Company and the Semiconductor
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Mohamed Adel Serhani
Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Information Technology
Phone: +971 3 7135572