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Center of Excellence for Telecom Applications (CETA)


Partner: University of California, San Diego

It is a joint Center of Excellence in Telecommunication applications located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is a direct result of the powerful partnership between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the University of California – San Diego (UCSD). This center is a pool of experts that provides wireless operators, government, vendors and regulators with a diversified portfolio of services. The center's services are mainly focusing on promoting research in advanced telecommunications networks. It provides an appropriate environment to qualify Saudi distincts by training graduate students and researchers and their involvement in working with UCSD professors and specialists. The center is well-equipped with a highly qualified team that possesses tremendous research, development, business and telecom deployment experience.


This project strives to identify and implement theoretically formulated cross-layer and cognitive networking solutions in the form of practical software and/or application-layer solutions to enhance the device's performance.

The aim of this project is to develop applications using the IoT concept. KCST researchers were able to use mobile PPG sensors to measure the heart rate variability by applying innovative digital signal processing techniques to remove the noise from the PPG signal which is collected by mobile devices such as mobile phones.

In this project, we address problems of the modern 5G networks which will be very dense and need to optimally choose their communication strategies. The teams are working on designing a protocol to mitigate the interference between users when MIMO technology is used for high data rate. They also designed a MIMO antenna that works in the millimetric wave for 5G network.

This project seeks to advance the fundamental science and technology of quantum emitters and nanolasers by conducting research into the development of nanoscale engineered electro-optic materials and devices. The center organized a workshop at UCSD for more than 2 months. KACST researchers had a chance to work with professors and students in the university on many research problems related to electro-optics. KACST researchers also receivedprofessional training on designing and fabricating nano-scale electronic devices using photolithography technology in the UCSD clean room. 

This project involves product creation and design of operational prototypes. The teams are done with the preliminary design for the antenna, and currently working on designing the IC that will be used to steer the antenna beam.

SHAREK is an example of a mobile application that enables Saudi nationals and residents to notify governmental agencies about any criminal or incidents they see, or for complaints. It also allows the agency to manage the notifications, locate incidents and manage requests and complaints.