NYU Abu Dhabi Celebrates 10 Years

NYU Abu Dhabi is marking a milestone anniversary — 10 years of excellence in higher education, innovative research, and community enrichment in Abu Dhabi, our home. Throughout 2020, we will honor our University's many accomplishments over the last decade, and set the stage for the next great chapter.
10 Years of Innovation

Over the last decade of growth and accomplishment, the University has produced a number of remarkable innovations.

Putting it on Paper

Researchers from the Division of Engineering have developed a new technique that utilizes filter paper to cryopreserve human cells, offering scientists an efficient alternative to conventional, long-term cryopreservation methods. This new approach produces comparable results but requires significantly less storage space and offers advantages over storing, managing, and distributing vials of cryopreserved cells.

The Unhackable Chip

Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi’s Design for Excellence (Dfx) lab have developed new innovations in computer chip technology that present landmark achievements in IT security. Secured by a secret key so that only authorized users may utilize them and immune to reverse-engineering, ‘logic-locked’ computer chips will provide future users with new guarantees of security for their devices.

Work Away From Home

NYUAD students developed an app called Loga that could enable refugees to earn a meaningful wage by digitizing Arabic language documents using their smartphones. 

Keeping Hackers at Bay

NYU Abu Dhabi researchers have designed the Co-processor for Partially Homomorphic Encrypted Execution (CoPHEE), a microprocessor that provides support for data privacy using cryptography. CoPHEE is a first of its kind microprocessor aimed at mitigating data leakage and limiting the threats and vulnerabilities from hackers.

Think Big Data

Advances in the acquisition, organization, manipulation, and analysis of large quantities of information have created “a complete revolution” in recent decades, professor of economics Christian Haefke says. 

Robots to the Rescue

NYUAD and the Abu Dhabi Airport Commission are working to protect the infrastructure and the workers at the city's international airport’s new terminal. A drone with a robotic arm has been developed to inspect inaccessible areas of the airport to increase productivity, efficiency, and safety.

Brilliance on Display

Four NYU Abu Dhabi students have developed an electronic touchscreen system to transform ordinary underpasses along the Corniche waterfront into bright canvases of LED public art. VersaTiles allows passers-by to express themselves on the walls of the underpass by pressure painting color patterns on a matrix of LED lights.

Space Data

The Center for Space Science at NYUAD will open the Space Data Center (SDC), the first location in the UAE that acquires, archives, and processes selected scientific data sets from space missions. The SDC will host observations from the Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Kepler, among other space missions, that are essential to performing research in solar, stellar and planetary physics. 

Smart Self-healing Crystals

The Smart Materials Lab at NYUAD has developed the first smart self-healing organic crystalline materials that can heal after scratching, damage, or breakage without any chemical or biological intervention. The crystalline materials rely on the ability of their own molecular structure to repair itself within a short period of time.

A Touch of the Future

The Applied Interactive Multimedia (AIM) research group at NYU Abu Dhabi is exploring the interface between man and machine. Working with interactive multimedia, the AIM lab is researching ways in which haptic feedback can influence emotions and mimic human touch.

10 Years of Community

Here, culture, contribution, and cooperation are as important as classroom. In our first 10 years, we’ve developed programs that empower youth, protect our beaches and local wildlife, and benefit the broader community.

10 Years of Growth

Here, we’ve developed into a globally recognized institution, attracting the very best students, faculty, and staff from around the world.

Experience NYU Abu Dhabi

Here, we have built a cultural destination for our neighbors in Abu Dhabi to be inspired, curious, and moved. Live performances, art exhibitions, and lectures by global thinkers are yours to be discovered.