Experts discuss KAUST vision at IT Summit
Dhahran, October 31, 2007
The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Interim (KAUST) IT summit brought together 17 of the world's experts in computer science, e-science, data intensive supercomputing, and academia.
The experts discussed the digital infrastructure needed to support the university's vision of building world-leading research in the next 10 to 15 years.
'This is a truly unique event in its attendance level and mixture of renowned experts each in his specialised area of IT. To our knowledge it is the first of its kind due to the stature and mixture of people from both industry and academia. The first of its kind in Saudi Arabia on this level,' said KAUST Interim CIO Majid Al-Ghaslan.
As the realisation of a decades-long vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, KAUST is being built with an image to be a world class international research university. It is dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, which will also benefit the region and the world.
The commitment was evident in the choice of the global participants at the summit. Leaders of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) met with a mix of from both industry and academia, including those at the forefront of information technology developments as well as e-scientists.
The panelists included Internet pioneer Dr Larry Roberts, recognised as one of the founding fathers of the Internet; Tony Hey, corporate vice-president of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research and former director of the U.K's e-Science Initiative; Ramesh Rao, University College of San Diego; Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at Amazon.com; Usama Fayyad, Yahoo!'s chief data officer and SVP of the Strategic Data Solutions group, among others.
The KAUST IT Summit, which concluded yesterday (October 30), discussed technological solutions to address the problem of efficiently connecting data, computers, and people with the goal of enabling derivation of novel scientific theories that are essential to the conduct of 21st century science, engineering research and education at KAUST.- TradeArabia News Service