Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, confirmed that the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, focuses on development of capabilities in the field of science, technology and artificial intelligence as essential factors to achieve a qualitative leap at the level of economic and social development.
In an interview with the media, he touched on the pioneering role of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in vital sectors, such as the economy, sustainability and innovation in the energy sector, and expected artificial intelligence to increase an estimated $16 trillion contribute. in the global economy.
The dialogue covered several axes, including the “Thumama” platform in ADNOC, which since its launch in 2017 has achieved a commercial value of $1.1 billion through the use of modern technology, artificial intelligence and digitization techniques.
Al Jaber said that in 2017, the UAE developed an ambitious national strategy in the field of artificial intelligence that embodies the country’s goals to become one of the leading countries in this field by 2031, within the framework of the UAE Centenary 2071 The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence will play a pivotal role in achieving this vision by helping to create new economic, educational and social opportunities for citizens, governments and businesses in an environment where innovation thrives.
He added that there is no doubt that artificial intelligence is a key factor in achieving a qualitative leap in the level of economic and social development in our current era, and it is expected to be the strongest and most efficient engine be to achieve economic prosperity. , and improves the ability to keep up with market changes, shocks and fluctuations that it may witness, therefore the Our ability to benefit from this powerful growth engine requires the presence of experienced and qualified experts in artificial intelligence disciplines, such as computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing and robotics, especially as there is global competition to attract top talent in these fields.
Al-Jaber pointed out that as stated in the speech of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, several weeks ago, which His Highness’s vision aimed at strengthening our capabilities locally in the field of science and technology and to develop technology explained. its development, to achieve benefits for all sectors of the economy and society, and in line with this vision. Regarding the nurturing, training, refinement and development of these competencies inside and outside the country, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence has set itself ambitious goals, as the university will mainly contribute to research and education, and a leading role on intellectual level will play to help the UAE take advantage of advanced technology in the present and the future. He said, “So far, the university has managed to attract 34 of the best researchers to join its faculty, 58% of whom have worked in the top 100 artificial intelligence institutions in the world. These experts focus on refining the capabilities of the next generation of talent in the UAE and around the world, with the aim of unleashing the ability of this generation to lead the sector and push it to new heights.”
The university currently hosts 133 students from 37 countries, reflecting the cultural and social diversity in the UAE. It should be noted here that the university will graduate its first class of students in December this year.
One of the most important features of the university is its focus on innovation, as the university not only seeks to develop talent, but is an innovation center and a research institution specializing in artificial intelligence at the state level. When we look at successful business communities and companies around the world, we notice that they are the fruit of large national investments in people, companies and research that form the basis of innovation and entrepreneurship. There is no doubt that universities improve everything we have mentioned, so establishing a research university dealing with artificial intelligence was the best option.
During his speech, Al Jaber said that the UAE is focusing on taking advantage of the physical and digital assets of artificial intelligence in two main areas, namely the assets of industry and emerging sectors on the one hand, and the smart government on the other hand , and the first area includes many great opportunities to take advantage of artificial intelligence technology, including resources Energy, logistics and transportation, tourism and hospitality, healthcare and cyber security. In the energy sector for example, we introduce advanced technology in all phases and aspects of the value chain, to improve asset efficiency and optimize performance. Taking another example from the oil and gas sector, we see that the artificial intelligence-based “Thumama” platform of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has reached a commercial value of $1.1 billion since its launch in 2017, using modern technology, artificial intelligence and digitization techniques.
The digital control center “Panorama” at “ADNOC” is one of the largest predictive platforms in the world, as the world leader center collects information and real-time data from the various companies of the “ADNOC Group” and uses smart analytical models, the center displays 250,000 real-time data points from all operational sites. , to provide complete data integration between offshore and onshore facilities. Since the launch of the Panorama Center in 2017, it has generated a commercial value of more than $1 billion.
ADNOC has also launched AIQ as a joint venture with G42 to develop artificial intelligence applications, support value chain technologies, predictive maintenance and use blockchain solutions in hydrocarbon resource calculations.
Artificial intelligence is changing the way we work every day, by prioritizing productivity, improving predictability and focusing on protecting the environment and people.
Al Jaber emphasized that in line with the leadership’s vision that human cadre development is an absolute priority, the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence continues to encourage and support experiential learning by offering internship opportunities for various cadres working inside and outside the UAE studies, where we offer learners valuable opportunities for learning and career development Through practical application and skill development.
In response to a question about examples that embody the role the university is playing in this change, Al Jaber said: “The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence has signed several strategic partnership agreements for research and development in the field of artificial intelligence with a number of reputable institutions, such as the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and the Institute for Technological Innovation Weizmann Institute of Science, and other institutions.
It also recently signed a collaboration agreement with technology giant IBM to launch a new center of excellence dedicated to artificial intelligence research and development. The center brings together university students, faculty and IBM researchers to collaborate on the development of natural language processing tools, including Arabic, as well as AI applications that address challenges in climate action and healthcare.
He added that in the healthcare sector, the university has collaborated with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) to develop artificial intelligence algorithms capable of predicting a heart attack before it occurs. Students from the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence are also working to improve the mechanisms for diagnosing and treating cancer, and screening for autism spectrum disorder in children. Students also benefit from artificial intelligence in designing solutions to improve driver safety levels and reduce violations committed in the transport sector. These efforts have been appreciated by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.
Al Jaber emphasized: “Our goal is to help companies and institutions in the public and private sectors to reorganize their priorities, and it will be necessary to understand the importance of change and the benefits provided by artificial intelligence, such as advances in explaining technology, automation, and predicting results, which will reflect positively on their performance.”
He pointed out that today the UAE occupies a leading global position in a number of important fields, for example, the percentage of graduates from faculties of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is 22% in the country, compared to 16% in the United States . States of America, and these young people have basic skills related to artificial intelligence, such as Computer Science, programming knowledge and statistical analysis, and can quickly develop skills to become an AI practitioner. While UAE nationals currently make up 13% of the university’s students, the prospects for improving the level of national talent in the field of artificial intelligence at the university look very promising.
The Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, confirmed that thanks to the vision of our wise leadership, we have developed a national plan for the state to play a leading role in the field of artificial intelligence worldwide. AI is expected to contribute an estimated $16 trillion increase to the global economy. The UAE has prioritized artificial intelligence through the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, and the appointment of the world’s first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The establishment of the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, which encourages the spread of advanced technology applications, including artificial intelligence, in the industrial sector to improve flexibility and increase the competitiveness of the national product is the best evidence of the current landscape in the country.
He added: “As His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State said, on the occasion of the opening of the Mohammed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, (building capacity in the field of artificial intelligence embodies the pioneering spirit that characterizes the UAE… and by launching a university specializing in artificial intelligence).Today in Abu Dhabi we are taking an ambitious step to harness the potential of technology to drive progress and pave the way for new innovations that benefit the UAE and the world.”
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