Who We Are

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is a leading global research center dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. Our teams of scientists, researchers and engineers work in an open, flexible and agile environment to deliver discovery science and transformative technologies. Our work means we will not only prepare for the future; we will create it. Working together, we are committed to inspiring innovation for a better tomorrow.

Our rigorous discovery and inquiry-based approach helps to forge new and disruptive breakthroughs in:

We are part of Abu Dhabi Government’s Advanced Technology Research Council, which oversees technology research in the emirate. As a disruptor in science, we are setting new standards and serve as a catalyst for change.

Faced with a future of limitless possibilities and supported by strategically funded investments, we are encouraging a culture of discovery. Our work reinforces Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s status as an R&D hub and a global leader in breakthrough technologies.



Strong leadership guides us and encourages knowledge sharing, new research, breakthrough discoveries and transformative technology for the greater good.

Scientific expertise

Our success depends upon our talented team – and our ability to attract leading advisors. Our people are some of the most creative and innovative in the world. They are driven by their pursuit of transformative innovation and their commitment to change the world for the better.

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We have a unique set of research capabilities. We are keen to work collaboratively with a wide range of like-minded organisations from around the globe for the benefit of all involved.

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Research capabilities

We invest significantly in the development of our exceptional research facilities and centers. We access substantial funding in order to ensure that our team has the best advanced technology work environment.

Our purpose and objectives
Our purpose
We exist to help create a better world. We develop the most advanced, disruptive technological innovations designed to solve society’s greatest challenges.
Our objectives
We attract the best scientific talent by offering world-class facilities and resources. We partner with the best academic, scientific partners by offering access to knowledge and research collected from a diverse, distinguished talent base. We service the best clients by offering proprietary knowledge and data, a clear path from research to innovation, and a shared commitment to advancing the long-term public good.
What we do

At TII, we help society overcome its biggest hurdles through a rigorous approach to scientific discovery and inquiry, using state-of-the-art facilities and collaboration with leading international institutions.

Today, we have built a research environment focused on solutions and driven by proprietary and partnership research.

01. Partnership research

We partner internationally from research institutes and academic bodies to pioneering start-ups. Together, we enable pioneering advances, IP development, and product and system improvements.

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02. Proprietary research

We conduct research across 10 key areas of focus. Outcomes are deployed to help solve the challenges of our partners and customers, or they are developed for commercialization.

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Our Team

Our leadership team brings a passion for innovation, along with expertise, having studied and worked at some of the most prestigious and pioneering universities and companies in the world.

In addition, each of our research centers is supported by its own independent consultative scientific panel comprised of accomplished scientists with expertise in their respective fields.

Dr. Ray O. Johnson
Dr. Ray O. Johnson Chief Executive Officer Technology Innovation Institute and ASPIRE
Dr. Chaouki Kasmi

Chief Researcher

Directed Energy Research Center
Dr. Gustavo Dos Santos Chief Researcher Propulsion and Space Research Center
Dr. Najwa
Dr. Najwa Aaraj

Chief Researcher

Cryptography Research Center /
Autonomous Robotics Research Center
Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar
Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar

Chief Researcher

Secure Systems Research Center
Prof José Ignacio Latorre
Prof. Dr. José Ignacio Latorre

Chief Researcher

Quantum Research Center
Prof. Mérouane Debbah Chief Researcher AI and Digital Science Research Center
Prof. Phil
Prof. Phil Hart Chief Researcher Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research Center
Prof. Vincenzo Giannini Acting Chief Researcher Advanced Materials Research Center