Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
13 January 2015
ITIDA Signs Four New Funding Projects in ITAC Round 15

ITIDA CEO Hussein El-Geretly has signed four new funding projects, making the number of winning research projects reaches 10 out of 38 projects that took part in round 15 of the Information Technology Academia Collaboration (ITAC) program.

ITAC aims to develop Egypt ICT industry through funding research projects-the fruit of collaboration between researchers in universities, research centers and ICT companies—connecting scientific research and the ICT industry from one side and market needs from the other side.

The program comprises three research areas the first of which is specialized for strategic research fields and includes nine fields, most prominent of which are research on network security, electronics design and ICT applications in security, transport, health, agriculture, energy, education and helping people with disabilities.

The second area comprises six research fields representing latest technologies, research interests and global ICT market trends including, among others, mobile applications, cloud computing, applications of content analysis, social media and businesses, and data analysis. The third area comprises specific research points in line with requests from government bodies, ministries or governorates.

Among most prominent projects that have received funding is the project for establishing an independent security system to sense water pollution with nanotechnology sensors.

The second research paper is in the field of medical  imaging which is a millimeter-wave transmitter and receiver for medical imaging applications.

The third research project focuses on smart phones and aims to create integrated electronic chips that perform as a weather station for smart phones and tablets. The fourth project addresses accelerating Fast Fourier transforms, being a main transform in most of applications for digital signal processing.

El-Geretly honored the graduation project Wasel which ITAC funded during the 2013-2014 academic year. The project won first place in Made in Egypt competition. Wasel is an incubated project in the Technology Innovation and  Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC).

Since its inception in 2006, ITAC has funded 84 joint research projects between companies and research bodies.
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