Conference Presentations

NYUAD offers competitive grants to NYU Abu Dhabi students whose posters, papers, and creative works have been accepted for presentation at academic conferences.

Presentations vary across disciplines; from research papers presented at scientific conferences, to exhibitions in museums, and film screenings at film festivals.


Not only was I honored to be selected to share my research, I was humbled by the feedback that I received, which was both critical and complimentary. Because I am still developing this research paper for my Capstone, I am able to incorporate the suggestions that I received into it.

Nada Ammagui attended the Undergraduate Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA. 

Nada Ammagui, Class of 2020

Past Presentations

    • Mark Xu presented his research at the The Third International Conference on Economic Research in Tukey, in fall 2019.
    • Catherine Palmer presented at the American Society of Cell Biology | European Molecular Biology Organization in the USA, in fall 2019.
    • Christos Plachouras presented a paper he co-authored at the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference in the Netherlands, in fall 2019.
    • Hamza Haider was invited to present his NYUAD Precious Plastic research at Dutch Design Week 2019, in fall of 2019.
    • Jessica Abdala and Nada Ammagui presented their individual projects at the annual meeting of MESA (Middle East Studies Association) 2019, in the USA, in fall 2019.
    • Shawaiz Tabassum and Edison Murairi each presented their research at the 235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, in the USA, in January 2020.
    • Diego Kleiman was invited to present his research at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, in the USA, in spring 2020.

It is difficult to express in words how rewarding the feeling is, of talking to some of the most important people in the field, like professors who founded sub-fields of music information retrieval or head researchers at Google, Spotify, or Sony. It is an amazing feeling for an undergraduate like me to be asked for my business card in order to be asked further questions about my work, or to be emailed about opportunities post-graduation.

Christos Plachouras is a computer science and music major. He attended the International Society for Music Information Retrieval and Digital Libraries for Musicology conferences. 

Christos Plachouras, Class of 2021

Undergraduate Research Report 2019 (PDF)