About Research Translation & Integrative Activities

The Research Translation & Integrative Activities (RTIA) unit engages with key stakeholders of KAUST to facilitate the effective translation of research outcomes to educational, economic and societal impact. Through a multi-faceted approach, RTIA develops and implements strategic initiatives and programs that integrate KAUST-supported research to practice; bridge the research and development gap; connect scientific breakthroughs to business innovation and education; and foster synergistic collaborative research dialogues and partnerships within Saudi Arabia, the Middle East region and the world. RTIA also explores and identifies new strategic research opportunities that align with the KAUST research portfolio and maximize the return on investment in research by KAUST. RTIA designs knowledge management and decision support tools to systematically link RTIA activities with other OSR teams and relevant units within KAUST.

There are currently two positions open in the RTIA; Translation Lead and Research Translation Officer, to apply please submit an application here.

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  • Rory Jordan, PhD

    Manager, Research Translation & Integrative Activites


    Telephone: +966 (0) 12 8083275

    Building 16, Level 3, Rm #3438

  • Hanan M. Alshargi, PhD

    Research Translation Advisor


    Telephone: +966 (0) 12 8082344

  • Talha T. Hassan

    Research Translation & Integrative Specialist


    Telephone: +966 (0) 12 8082189

    Building 16, Level 3, Rm #3428

  • Melanie Balkner-Zielke

    Research Translation & Integrative Activities Facilitator


    Telephone: +966 (0) 12 8087172

    Building 16, Level 3 Rm #3408

KAUST Sensor Initiative



The mission of the Sensor Initiative is to bring together a consortium of international experts to advance sensor technologies and explore novel applications through an interactive and diverse global community of sensor pioneers and prepare the next generation of sensor experts through community mentorship.



The vision of the Sensor Initiative is to create sensor technologies that focus on tackling the ever growing challenges within the health and medical services, the Internet of Things, the environment and urban development, ultimately creating impact for KAUST, the Kingdom and the world.

Sensor Meeting 2020:

The next Sensor Initiative Meeting will take place in KAUST April 19-20, 2020. If you have any questions please contact Naadiya Carrim (naadiya.carrim@kaust.edu.sa).

Additional Information:

  • To learn more about the origins of the Sensor Initiative click here
  • Read about our Sensor Workshop from May 2017 here
  • Read about our Sensor Workshop from May 2018 here
  • Visit KAUST's Sensors Lab under Prof Khaled Salama here
  • To learn more about the novel sensing technologies being developed please click here

Sensor Projects funded under the Sensor Initiative:

  1. Coupled Animal and Artificial Sensing for Sustainable Ecosystems (Leads: Prof Carlos Duarte and Prof Burton Jones)
  2. Self-Powered Platforms for Personalized Health Monitoring (Lead: Prof Hussam Alshareef)
  3. Perpetual Wireless Sensor Networks for Large Scale Wide Area Monitoring (Lead: Prof Mohamed Slim Alouini)
  4. High Performance Magnetic Sensors and Sensing Tools for Subsurface Energy Applications (Lead: Prof Xixiang Zhang)
  5. Development of FET-Based CNT Chemical Sensors (Lead: Prof Xixiang Zhang)

Sensor Project External Partners:

  1. Mark Meekan (AIMS)
  2. Mani Srivastava (UCLA)
  3. Victor Eguiluz (IFSIC)
  4. Michael Strano (MIT)
  5. Rory Wilson (Swansea University)
  6. Otto Wolfbeis (Uni of Regensburg)
  7. Antje Baeumner (Uni of Regensburg)
  8. Zhong Lin Wang (Georgia Tech)
  9. Moe Win (MIT)
  10. Geert Leus (TU Delft)
  11. Gang Xiao (Brown University)
  12. Tim Swagger (MIT)
2019 KAUST Sensor Initiative Meeting:
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OSR Director, Dr Teofilo (Jun) Abrajano opening the annual meeting.

2018 KAUST Sensor Initiative Meeting:
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Delegates from the 2018 Sensor Initiative Meeting, KAUST.

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Senior Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Economic Development, Professor Jean Frechet opened the 4th Annual Sensor Initiative with one clear agenda "Our goal is success".

Students and Postdocs interact at the Live Hands on Demo Session.

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Students discuss the recent discoveries in Sensor Science at the interactive poster session.

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Sensor Student Day Q&A Career Panel Session L-R: Prof Antje Baeumner, University of Regensburg, Prof Tad Patzek, ANPERC (KAUST), Prof Sahika Inal, KSC (KAUST), and Prof Khaled Salama, AMPMC (KAUST).


2017 KAUST Sensor Initiative Meeting:

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Delegates from the 2017 Sensor Initiative Meeting, KAUST.


Researchers from KAUST and international universities take part in the poster session.


Prof Gang Xiao, Brown University, presents to the crowd during the second day of proceedings.


2016 KAUST Sensor Initaitive Meeting:


Prof Jean Frechét, Senior Vice-President for Research, speaking with delegates at the 2016 Sensor Initiative, KAUST.


Prof Husam Alshareef (KAUST) speaking to the Sensor Initiative delegates.


2015 KAUST Sensor Initiative Meeting:


Delegates from the inaugural Sensor Initiative, KAUST, 2015.

KAUST-KFUPM Initiative

  • Read about our KAUST-KFUPM Initiative, November 2016 Meeting here
  • Read about our KAUST-KFUPM Initiative, May 2017 Meeting here

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Delegates from the 2017 KAUST-KFUPM Initiative, KAUST.

Dates for your diary!

Our next KAUST-KFUPM Meeting will take place April, 2018, in KFUPM.

Data-Driven Exploration Initiative

Through the course of 2016 “Data Driven Exploration in Materials and Environmental Sciences” was identified as an area of strategic interest for KAUST. There are currently two projects funded under the Data-driven Exploration Initiative from the Office of Sponsored Research and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research, Prof Jean Frechét;

i) Virtual Red Sea and ii) Data-Driven Discovery of New Sorbents and Catalysts


Virtual Red Sea

Lead Principal Investigators: Prof Ibrahim Hoteit and Prof Omar Knio


External Collaborators: Bruce Cornuelle (Scripps-UCSD, USA), Trevor Platt (Plymouth Marine Lab, UK), Pierre Lermusiaux (MIT, USA)


Aim: To create a multiscale forecasting platform based on advanced general circulation models (GCMs) that can assimilate massive amounts of data gathered by remote and on-site monitoring systems.  This data-driven platform has the potential to provide actionable information and prediction from hours to annual time frames.


Data-Driven Discovery of New Sorbents and Catalysts

Lead Principal Investigator: Prof Mohamed Eddaoudi


External Collaborators: Matthew Dyer and Matthew Rosseinsky (University of Liverpool, UK)


Aim: To develop capabilities for virtual synthesis and surface reactions involving metal organic framework materials (MOFs).  The initial focus is to use data-driven approaches to computationally synthesize and discover MOF structures, and perform virtual experiments in molecular separation and catalysis using these “digital materials.”

The IA office is always eager to support further initiatives at KAUST. Through funding from the OSR we provide support where possible.

2018 Initiatives

Research Collaboration with KSU:

In 2018, the RTIA team initiated a workshop between KAUST and King Saud University (KSU), since then many staff in the OSR have played an integral role in seeing these research collaborations come to light. Five research projects within the areas of communications, en-ergy storage, nanomaterials and desali-nation technologies were awarded joint funding for 3 years.

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Delegates from KAUST and KSU at the inauguration of the KAUST-KSU initiative, February 2018, KAUST.

Research Collaboration with KAU:

Similarly in 2018, the RTIA team initiated a workshop between KAUST and King Abdulaziz University (KAU). The areas of collaboration include cancer research, energy harvesting and storage, solar technology, CO2 valorization, renewable energy and desert agriculture.

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Delegates from KAUST and KSU at the inauguration of the KAUST-KAU initiative, October 2018, KAUST.

On Sunday October 6, 2019, a delegation from KAUST set off to our neighbors in Jeddah, KAU, for the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between our two institutes. The delegation included President Tony Chan, Vice President for Research Donal Bradley, VP and Senior Associate to the President Najah Ashry, OSR Director Jun Abrajano, and OSR colleagues Naadiya Carrim and Hanan Alshargi.
Read more about the MoU on the KAUST website or in Arab News.

Gordon Research Conference: Salt and Water Stress in Plants (May 2018): Funded 2 day pre-conference meeting for students and early career researchers.

2017 Initiatives

Six-Sigma Course: Funded 3 day interactive course for KAUST Postdoctoral Fellows (November 2017)

Career Panel Discussion: Funded an evening event 'Postdoc Careers outside of Academia' (Oct 2017)

Scientific Advisory Boards

KAUST’s mission is to advance science and technology through bold and collaborative research, educate future scientific and technological leaders, catalyze the diversification of the Saudi economy and address challenges of regional and global significance, thereby serving the Kingdom, the region and the world. KAUST has developed four primary strategic research thrusts to support and drive KAUST’s research agenda, namely Energy, Environment, Food, and Water. To support these thrusts, KAUST has established goal-driven Research Centers selected for both their importance in advancing fundamental knowledge in science and engineering and for their potential to make a strong contribution to the Economic Development of Saudi Arabia. Research Centers are the primary research units at KAUST. The Centers are strategic and focus on topical areas that drive research projects toward achieving their goals, i.e. economic impact and top quality science. The Research Centers are supported by i) independent Scientific Advisory Boards appointed by the KAUST President as part of the Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning of the University and ii) through internal annual reviews. The IA team evaluates the scientific output and ensures the smooth running of these events for each Center.


The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel consist of 4-6 external experts that review and discuss the Research Center’s activities. An SAB occurs every two years.


RSRC SAB Members in the KAUST Visualization Core Lab. L-R: Mr. John Gunn (former CEO, AIMS), Prof Jack Middelburg (Utrecht University), Prof Terry Hughes (James Cook University), Prof Madeleine van Oppen (University of Melbourne/AIMS), and Prof Curtis Suttle (University of British Columbia).


RSRC SAB Members viewing the 3D Coral Reef in the Visual Core Lab, KAUST, October 2017.

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CBRC SAB Members in KAUST, May 2017. From L-R: Prof Partha Majumder (National Institute of Biomedical Genomics), Prof Karsten Suhre (Weill Cornell Medical College), Prof Russ Altman (Stanford University), Prof Ioannis Xenarios (University of Lausanne), Prof Annick Dejaegere (University of Strasbourg), Prof Bill Martin (University of Dusseldorf), and Dr. Manus Ward (Integrative Activities Team Lead).

To learn more about KAUST’s Research Centers please visit the links below:

Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)

Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)

Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC)

Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) - To learn more about the CCRC SAB Meeting 2015 click here.

Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC)

KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)

KAUST Solar Center (KSC)

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Visual Computing Center (VCC)

Water Desalination Reuse Center (WDRC)

Successful Career Development Workshop

"A unique opportunity for Postdocs and Research Scientists": Funded 3 day career workshop faciliated by Paul Mullan (March 2018).

Research Leader Development Program

"Pathways to Career Success": Co-funded 2 day career development workshop for Postdocs facilitated by Dr. Paul Dalby (Jan 2018). Read more about this unique workshop here.