RIT-D developed a 5 year strategy to build the institutional research infrastructure, accelerate global competitiveness in a select few relevant areas, expand and increase the external funding base, and promote partnerships between RIT, RIT-New York, other campuses of RIT, other universities and the industry. RIT-D guarantees global competitiveness of faculty research by coordinating the proposal review process with RIT-NY and other universities worldwide. Furthermore, RIT-Dubai aims at solving problems of regional significance via the creation of multi-disciplinary research Centers that draw upon the expertise of RIT-D faculty and external collaborators. Internal research funding, extramural research funding, institutional review and the ethical conduct of research are major pillars that are created and reviewed continuously.
At this stage RIT-D has established two research centers that carry research and development projects relevant to the needs of the local community and in partnership with local and international partners.
Energy & Sustainability Center
A research facility that would start work on the area of sustainability and renewable energy is being built. This facility is used by faculty across disciplines. The activities of the group build on the Alternative Energy and Sustainability concentration of the Master of Engineering degree-program at the University, and focus on sustainability and energy efficiency aspects of interest in Dubai and the UAE. The necessary paradigm shift in the sources of the energy we use and how we use it represents a truly global challenge, and our group, part of the worldwide network of expertise that Rochester Institute of Technology embodies and represents, is uniquely positioned to accept this challenge.
We are currently working on projects aimed at reducing the energy signature of the Dubai build environment. Where investigating the implementation of alternative energy technology into the building envelope and in extreme climates. We also study water conservation and present public sustainability information. Furthermore, we are interested in the study of the rapidly growing field of E Mobility and its deployment in the region.
Our partners include EMAL (www.emal.com
), Emirates Green Building Council, Al-Mulk Holding, and Gulf Aluminum Council.
EMAL and the Gulf Aluminum Council have approved the sponsorship of RIT-D organized international Symposium on Sustainable Energy: Aluminum sector. This conference is part of RIT-D’s strategy to enhance research and innovation in one of the main areas that is identified for RIT-D which is Energy and sustainability.
Our aim is to work and collaborate with industry and government entities to truly address national and regional relevant issues, and we look forward to hearing from you.
RIT-D and Fractal Systems (www.fractal.ae) combined their efforts to establish the mechatronics Center. Experts from both organizations will jointly conduct development and research projects based on the needs of the community.
The current projects that are investigated are:
- The Hexacopter : A Drone with six propellers and a GPS control mainly used for Aerial Photography and security: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTEhmx4ImU
- The Zeppelin : A Blimp with two rotating propellers and one directional propeller, mainly used for Aerial Branding and event filming.
- The Holoscreen : Transform via a heat detector film any window or glass into a touch screen.
- Sliding screens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z9twmA0sbg
- The Abacus: Mega mechatronics animated structure displaying the Index Market fluctuation. 3D video of the project : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiBpFv6738w
- The Atom: another Mega mechatronics structure displaying on a massive hemispherical LED screen the genesis of the Oil. Link to a video displaying the project : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRV-qnrvszk
- Dubai 2020 : A mega structure in regard of Dubai 2020 International Expo, representing the City of Dubai and on which we applied Electronic layers to make it interactive. Find here a video of this project : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORqHRGYxcWU
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