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AUS and UoS faculty members win AED 350,000 research grant for Innovation In Cyber Security Award
A joint research project undertaken by faculty members from American University of Sharjah (AUS) and University of Sharjah (UoS) was awarded the first Innovation in Cyber Security Awards organized by Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC). Researchers from accredited higher education institutes within the UAE were asked to submit research proposals with a particular focus on cyber security.
The winners were awarded a research grant of AED 350,000 each. University of Dubai also received a similar research grant for its project.
Dr. Fadi Aloul and Dr. Imran Zualkernan from the AUS College of Engineering (CEN) worked in collaboration with a team of researchers from computer science and engineering at University of Sharjah on their project entitled “Improved Blockchain Infrastructure with IOT for Critical and Smart Government Applications.” The award saw over 100 researchers submitting 22 proposals.
Speaking about the two-year research grant, Dr. Fadi Aloul, Head of the Department of Computer Engineering and Dr. Imran Zualkernan, Associate Professor, said:
“We are very excited about this collaboration with DESC which opens a new avenue for collaboration on student research projects that touch on hot areas such as cyber security, blockchain and IoT. We hope this is the start of many projects to come.”
The award was presented by her excellency Sarah Al-Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Dr. Bushra al Blooshi, DESC Research and Innovation Manager. In this important occasion, Dr. Bushra said, “It is of great importance for us to establish an ongoing partnership with regional and global universities and contribute to our society through such initiatives. We value the involvement of academic institutions in conducting research work that address the demands and challenges of rapidly evolving technology.”
In light of ‘UAE Month of Innovation’ celebrated across the nation, DESC’s ‘Innovation In Cyber Security Award’ is a remarkable initiative that supports the country’s successful journey of excellence in the field of innovation. DESC ‘Innovation In Cyber Security Award’ competition is designed to encourage academic study and research excellence in the field of cyber security in line with the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, which is committed to protect Dubai from cyber risks and make the Emirate one of world’s smartest and safest cities electronically.
Founded in 2014, DESC aims to make Dubai the safest electronic city in the world and to implement information security practices and initiatives to combat threats, cyber-attacks, and cyber-crime across the Emirate.