ITIDA signs ITAC contracts


The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has announced the winners of the 15th round of the Information Technology Academia Collaboration (ITAC) programme.

Six out of 38 participating projects signed ITAC contracts.

ITAC programme finances the research projects resulting from the cooperation between research at universities and research centres and Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies. This cooperation strengthens bonds between scientific research, the Information Technology industry and market needs.

The programme is divided into three categories.

The first category focuses on e-design and ICT applications in security, transportation, health, agriculture, energy, education and helping people with disabilities.

The second category tackles cloud computing, content analysis, social networks and business, while the third category focuses on defined research areas as per the government entities requirements.

The early and automatic detection of cow mastitis was the first winner, aiming to automatically detect infections that directly affects cow’s milk.

Out of the belief that people with disabilities are part of society and their integration is important to boost society forward towards prosperity, comes the second winning project.

It helps people with disabilities to use computers through brain signals, which are translated into orders to control surrounding devices especially computers.

Among the winning medical projects comes the 3D remote scan using cloud computing to serve rural areas. This project helps diagnose medical scans quickly and accurately.

Another project tackled the solar energy domain. The idea is to create a device to measure the effectiveness of solar panels, relying on electric circuits, microprocessors and integrated systems.

ITIDA in Smart Village

Since its inception in 2006, ITAC has provided funds for 80 joint research projects with companies and research centres.