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  • Steve Halor

Saudi team receives $1.2 million U.S. National Science Foundation research grant

In a significant development, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a substantial research grant of $1.2 million to a distinguished research team comprising three esteemed American universities. Spearheaded by the accomplished Saudi academic and esteemed faculty member at the University of California, Dr. Faisal Nawab, this collaborative effort aims to delve into groundbreaking scientific endeavors.

In a recent statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Nawab, an esteemed expert in the field, revealed the esteemed universities that are part of the groundbreaking research team. These prestigious institutions include the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Davis, and New Jersey Tech. The primary objective of this ambitious project, as highlighted by Dr. Nawab, is to tackle the pressing issues surrounding data protection and privacy in the realm of Internet applications and smart cities. In a recent statement, he emphasized that the primary objective of the project is to facilitate the necessary changes in the existing data infrastructure to align with the prevailing user data protection laws and regulations. This includes the forthcoming personal data protection system, spearheaded by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), which the Kingdom is actively developing.

He announced that the team's ambitious mission is set to span four years. The initial outcomes of their endeavors are slated to be unveiled at the highly anticipated Data Systems Development Conference in Italy. Furthermore, these findings will be showcased and deliberated upon on an annual basis at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In a recent interview, Dr. Nawab, a renowned researcher at the University of California, shed light on his collaborative efforts with various Saudi universities and entities. These partnerships have been instrumental in advancing his research laboratory's mission. Notably, Dr. Nawab commended Saudi Arabia, specifically the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), for pioneering the implementation of comprehensive systems and regulations to safeguard user rights and ensure the protection of personal data.

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