A Decade of Innovation that drives Progress

Technology has opened up a world of unimaginable possibilities. Much of the meteoric rise of innovative computing and engineering began in universities.

By Naser Al Wasmi, NYU Abu Dhabi Public Affairs


A desktop robot built at NYU Abu Dhabi can teach people to pen perfect Arabic. 

Hand-guiding haptic technology has proven to improve learning outcomes for grade school students as well as children with learning difficulties.

Dynamic Drones

NYU Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Airport are working together to protect and monitor state-of-the-art infrastructure at the city’s new international airport, and ensure the safety of workers.

The aerodynamic design of the airport roof isn’t safe for humans to inspect. So a sophisticated drone with robotic arms has been constructed to do the work instead, “minimizing the risks and hazards of using humans in difficult tasks,” explained Anthony Tzes, professor of computer and electrical engineering.


It’s difficult to protect systems from hackers, and systems are at the core of everything we do. 

A team of experts have developed a logic-locked, unhackable microprocessor chip that won’t work unless you have the password — a major breakthrough in cybersecurity.

Smart Materials

Imagine a future where your smartphone can automatically mend its broken screen while you sleep.

Smart crystals grown in a lab have been discovered to heal cracks on their own at room temperature, in less than 24 hours. 

“We believe other self-healing crystals exist and they are waiting to be discovered,” said Patrick Commins, research scientist.