The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in cooperation with the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi, has organised "R&D for Future of Transport" event.
The event saw the participation of several directors of strategic companies and relevant institutions. The endeavour is to develop partnerships and promote innovation in the transportation sector. Dr. Ahmed Murad, Associate Provost for Research, said that the UAE University prioritises scientific research, highlighting that transportation is one of the most important strategic research priorities.
"The university works to enable this priority by establishing the Emirates Centre for Mobility Research, which contributes to enhancing the transport-related plans by providing innovative research solutions to create a sustainable transport environment. The data indicates that researchers at the UAE University published 340 research papers during the period 2018-2022," he added.
An official from the ITC said that the UAEU is a strategic partner for the Centre in the research and development field and is involved in creating initiatives and innovative solutions that can enhance the future of the transport sector in Abu Dhabi. The ITC praised the role of educational institutions and the nation's youth in developing transport services, highlighting that research and development is the main pillar in shaping the future. It will further support the ITC's efforts to build a smart, safe, integrated, and sustainable transport framework that is in line with the leadership's vision, meets the customers' expectations, and enhances the quality of life for the current and future generations.
The Centre relies on its Strategic Transport Evaluation and Assessment Model for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (STEAM+) through multiple media to predict the rates of transport demand. It uses artificial intelligence techniques and big data to support decision-making, guide, and prepare integrated comprehensive plans for Abu Dhabi, contributing to achieving sustainable development goals.
The ITC had worked on managing the zero-vision strategy project under the Joint Committee for Traffic Safety umbrella. The strategy was developed to accelerate achieving zero deaths, providing a safe and sustainable transport system, and support development plans in partnership with key partners and stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
News Source: Emirates News Agency