King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

A national flagship for scientific research and technology development...

Industry: 
Technical & Scientific Research Services
Country: 
Saudi Arabia
Reference: 
Dr. Mohamed Al-Kanhal, Professor
Reference: 
Dr. Mansour Al-Ghamdi, Professor
Relationship Summary: 

Systematic Computer Science provided technology consulting and development services to more than one project in KACST, as well as intensive training.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) (Arabic: مدينة الملك عبدالعزيز للعلوم والتقنية), is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's flagship national organization for scientific research. It was established in 1977 in the capital, Riyadh, as the Saudi Arabian National Center for Science & Technology (SANCST). In 1985, it was renamed to its present name. Its main functions today involve scientific research, science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and providing services such as the patent office. KACST currently has over 2500 employees.

One of the primary efforts of KACST is to target a set of key "technologies" for localization and development. These strategically important technologies are as follows:

  • Water
  • Oil And Gas
  • Petrochemicals Technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Information Technology
  • Electronics, Communications, and Photonics
  • Space and Aeronautics
  • Energy
  • Environmental Technology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Medical and Health
  • Agriculture Technology
  • Building and Construction

In each of these areas, KACST has set the national mission and vision, objectives, plans for meeting the objectives, and key performance indicators for assessment purposes. Implementation of the plans depends on coordination between KACST researchers and administrators, university researchers, other government bodies, and the private sector.

KACST has worked together with both Saudi Arabian and foreign organizations:

  • The National Commitee for Traffic Safety
  • The National Standing Advisory Committee of Food Irradiation
  • The National Committee of Medical & Bioethics
  • The National Education Committee
  • The National Committee for Geographic Information Systems
  • The National Committee for Biological Safety
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • The Fedora Project (a very popular Linux distribution)
  • Ubuntu (the most popular Linux distribution)

With regards to their work with foreign organizations, KACST collaborated with IBM on advancing machine translation technologies, advancing intellectual property development and establishing a National Women Software Development Centre. They are researching with IBM to find a solution to create a water desalination plant powered by solar electricity, which could significantly reduce water and energy costs. KACST has also created Arabic fonts for the Linux/GNU operating system.

Systematic Computer Science has provided technology consulting and development services to more than one project within KACST, including projects in robotics and OCR. KACST has also employed Systematic Computer Science to deliver an intensive course on Java programming that covered the material required for Sun Certified Java Programmers.

Systematic Computer Science provided technology consulting, development, and training services to multiple KACST departments