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WEP 2017
January 8-21
Opening night Jan 7

Register To An Exciting Program 

This year’s WEP is offering fourteen enthralling days of a unique educational experience to explore the theme “Pushing the Limits: Challenging Engineering and Science”. With around 100 events, there is something for everyone’s taste! Many workshops and lunchtime lectures are already fully booked. But you can still register for all the keynote lectures.


Speakers who all have pushed the limits within their field will deliver nine exceptional keynote lectures:

  • Sunday Jan 8: His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi: Out of the Desert - My Journey from Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil
  • Monday 9: Ed Stone - The Voyager Journey to Interstellar Space
  • Tuesday 10: Christopher Fabian – Innovation at UNICEF: How to help balance an asymmetric world
  • Wednesday 11: Dirk Ahlborn - Hyperloop: The Future of Transportation
  • Thursday 12: Theo Jansen - Pushing the Limits of Kinetic Arts: Strandbeests
  • Sunday 15: Steph Davis – Choosing to Fly: Examining Fear, Risk and Resilience
  • Monday 16: Cindy Lee Van Dover – From Exploration to Exploitation? Opportunities and Imperatives in the Deep Sea
  • Tuesday 17: Martin Fischer - Preparing for the America's Cup: A technological and a human challenge
  • Wednesday 18: Estelle Metayer – Your future in Science and Technology: Breathtaking Opportunities and Significant Choices

Except for the first keynote lecture happening from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, all lectures will take place in the auditorium, building 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Many activities will be offered at the WEP Hub. The Opening night on January 7 will launch it at the University Library with many activities. It will be the beating heart of the program, open to everyone in the Community. The hub will deliver morning live talk shows with keynote speakers, exhibitions, creative activities, science and engineering challenges, book signing session, building with LEGO workshops and challenges… And there will be gifts for everyone.

 

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Opening Night

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy - Exhibition

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Tian Qin

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Student Orientation

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Gilles Lubineau | Marie-Laure Boulot

Throwing Ceramic Pots (1/3)

Location: Ceramic studio, IRC

By Chris Newns

The Art of Ceramics with Chris Newns

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Chris Newns

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session A

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP On Air with David Dureissex

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By David Dureisseix

The Challenges and Future of SABIC

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Khalid Al-Bahily

Monday, January 09, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Ed Stone

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Ed Stone

Throwing Ceramic Pots (2/3)

Location: Ceramic studio, IRC

By Chris Newns

What Drives Human Cognitive Development? (1/3)

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Kathy Schick | Nicholas Toth

Three 1/2-day courses on cognition and human evolution. One of the days will be a lab where students learn how to make stone tools ranging from 2 myr to 0.5 myr technologies. The course will ... more

VR Training and Hackathon (1/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Creating a Personal Pathway to Innovation - Session B

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By David Paredes

TMT - The Universe in High Definition

Location: Spine Auditorium between Buildings 2 & 3

By Ed Stone

LEGO Bridge Challenge

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Can origami be a source of innovation? Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By David Dureisseix

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session B

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP On Air with Wei Shyy

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Wei Shyy

VR Training and Hackathon (2/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Server Scalability

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Basel Al-Naffouri

Introduction to Origami - Workshop Session A

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By David Dureisseix

LEGO Bricks Workshop A

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Introduction to Origami - Workshop Session B

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By David Dureisseix

The Voyager Journey to Interstellar Space

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By Ed Stone

Apollo 13 - Screening

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WEP On Air with David Paredes

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By David Paredes

What Drives Human Cognitive Development? (2/3)

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Kathy Schick | Nicholas Toth

Three 1/2-day courses on cognition and human evolution. One of the days will be a lab where students learn how to make stone tools ranging from 2 myr to 0.5 myr technologies. The course will ... more

VR Training and Hackathon (3/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Additive Manufacturing: Creating Bigger, Faster, and Smarter Electronics

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Atif Shamim | Benjamin Cook

KAEC Train Station Visit

Location: KAEC Train Station

LEGO Tower Challenge

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Leadership as a Learning Experience

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Samar Al-Saggaf

Biological Flight and Aerodynamics of Small Moving Wings - Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Wei Shyy

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session C

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

VR Training and Hackathon (4/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

LEGO Bricks Workshop B

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Dirk Alhborn

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Dirk Ahlborn

What Drives Human Cognitive Development? (3/3)

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Kathy Schick | Nicholas Toth

Three 1/2-day courses on cognition and human evolution. One of the days will be a lab where students learn how to make stone tools ranging from 2 myr to 0.5 myr technologies. The course will ... more

VR Training and Hackathon (5/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

KAUST's Computational Ecosystem - Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By David Keyes

Free Building with LEGO Bricks A

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session D

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP Hub Theatre

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Basel Al-Naffouri | Lisa Rowland | Regina Saisi | Tim Orr

VR Training and Hackathon (6/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy - Lecture

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Tian Qin

Hyperloop: The Future of Transportation

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By Dirk Ahlborn

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Theo Jansen

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Theo Jansen

Throwing Ceramic Pots (3/3)

Location: Ceramic studio, IRC

By Chris Newns

VR Training and Hackathon (7/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

The Merchant Teacher

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Ghazi Binzagr

Free Building with LEGO Bricks B

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Luke Reveruzzi

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session E

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP On Air with Adam Summers

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Adam Summers

VR Training and Hackathon (8/8)

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy - Workshop

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Tian Qin

Building Strandbeests with Theo Jansen

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Theo Jansen

Pushing the Limits of Kinetic Arts: Strandbeests

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By Theo Jansen

An Evening of Improvisation

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By Basel Al-Naffouri | Lisa Rowland | Regina Saisi | Tim Orr

Friday, January 13, 2017

VR Hackathon Intensive Challenge Day 1

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Saturday, January 14, 2017

VR Hackathon Intensive Challenge Day 2

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Fun In the Sun & Community Picnic

Location: Safaa Stadium

Drone Race

Location: Safaa Stadium

By Luca Passone | Ryan Boekeloo

VR Hackathon Open House

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Ciro Continisio | Oliver Eberlei

Sunday, January 15, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Steph Davis

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Steph Davis

Make! The Basic Concepts of IoT (1/3)

Location: University Library, Level 3, Computer Lab 3134 ≤ 33

By Gregory Wickham | Peter Rautek |

Programming the Multiverse: An Introduction to Quantum Programming

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Aleksandar Radovanovic

How Radiant is our Reef? - Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Anika Mauritz | Jenny Krutschinna

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session F

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Women in Science and Speed Mentoring

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Marie-Laure Boulot | Shannon Bennett |

KAUST Research Poster Competition - Opening and Judging Session

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Make! The Basic Concepts of IoT (2/3)

Location: University Library, Level 3, Computer Lab 3134 ≤ 33

By Gregory Wickham | Peter Rautek |

Explore KAUST's CMOR

Location: CMOR

Prospecting for Biomimetic Models in the Sea - Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Adam Summers

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session G

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP On Air with Shannon Bennett

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Shannon Bennett

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Martin Fischer

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Martin Fischer

Make! The Basic Concepts of IoT (3/3)

Location: University Library, Level 3, Computer Lab 3134 ≤ 33

By Gregory Wickham | Peter Rautek |

Indoor Positioning and Navigation (1/3)

Location: Spine Auditorium Between 4 and 5

By Ayman Naguib

Science Fair

Location: Spine

Undergraduate Poster Competition

Location: Building 20, Lobby

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WEP On Air with Keynote Speaker Estelle Metayer

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Estelle Metayer

Indoor Positioning and Navigation (2/3)

Location: Spine Auditorium Between 4 and 5

By Ayman Naguib

Graphite: An Endangered Natural Resource

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Pedro Da Costa

The Imitation Game: Evolutionary Photonics

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Andrea Fratalocchi

Puppet Making workshop- Session 1

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Museum Sonobudoyo

Javanese Traditional Music workshop

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Museum Sonobudoyo

Blue Biotechnology: The last frontier - Lunchtime Lecture

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Vasileios Roussis

Puppet Making workshop - Session 2

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Museum Sonobudoyo

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session H

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

Alumni Lecture Series

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Ahmad Showail | Dinorath Olvera Ramos | Jenna Lloyd-Randolfi | Muna Khushaim

Farmers Market - Day 1

Location: Discovery Square

Thursday, January 19, 2017

STEAM Innovation Challenge Morning Session

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Amal Dokhan | Gordon McConnell

WEP On Air with Ayman Naguib

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Ayman Naguib

Indoor Positioning and Navigation (3/3)

Location: Spine Auditorium Between 4 and 5

By Ayman Naguib

Our unsustainable quest for sustainability

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Tadeusz Patzek

COP 22: KAUST researchers and climate change

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2325

By Boon Ooi | Ibrahim Hoteit | Youssef Belmabkhout

First Dhow Boat Race

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Myraida Rivera Marzan

Using Your Business To Add Beats to People Lives

Location: Building 9, Lecture Hall 2322

By Yasser Joharji

Link Up! with WEP Speakers - Session I

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

WEP On Air with Yasser Joharji

Location: WEP HUB (University Library)

By Yasser Joharji

STEAM Innovation Challenge Afternoon Session

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Amal Dokhan | Gordon McConnell

Farmers Market - Day 2

Location: Discovery Square

Final Gala and Award Ceremony

Location: Building 20, Auditorium

By Miyoko Shida Rigolo | Museum Sonobudoyo

STEAM Innovation Challenge Evening Session

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Amal Dokhan | Gordon McConnell

Friday, January 20, 2017

STEAM Innovation Challenge - Friday - Full Day

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Amal Dokhan | Gordon McConnell

Farmers Market - Day 3

Location: Discovery Square

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Guided Bird Walks (4)

Location: South Beach

By Brian James | Marios Mantzourogiannis

STEAM Innovation Challenge - Saturday - Full Day

Location: Building 19, Conference Hall 1, 2 and 3

By Amal Dokhan | Gordon McConnell