June 15, 2024

IBM and MBZUAI unveil AI Center of Excellence for Climate and Culture

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Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) in collaboration with IBM formally launched an AI Center of Excellence recently as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week’s (ADSW) World Future Energy Summit.

The Center aims to advance collaboration to improve the adoption of AI technology and help drive sustainability. The Center will develop carbon-neutral solutions to existing energy supplies, combat climate change, and further natural language processing (NLP) for Arabic dialects.

Industry sources added that Experts from IBM and MBZUAI plan to focus on decarbonization, with advanced research into climate change mitigation and adaptation. Joint research teams will work on the development of foundational AI models, which could help inform the deployment of clean and renewable energy in the electrification of multiple sectors across the economy. This approach will set the stage for the proper utilization of a carbon-neutral solution while also enabling adaptation and resiliency.

The AI Center of Excellence will also work to improve NLP for Arabic dialects, making AI more accessible and flexible for Arabic speakers. Improving NLP capabilities in Arabic dialects will help to address civic, social, and business challenges, while providing real-life applications such as personalized customer care, AI-powered assistants, improved search, and fraud detection, to name a few.

H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate for COP28, and Chairman of MBZUAI

“The only way to Net Zero is through disruptive technologies and innovations that fundamentally re-program our energy production and consumption — harnessing big data to help drive more effective decision-making and problem-solving. In line with the vision of our leadership to benefit from the most advanced technological innovations, we are delighted to launch the Center of Excellence. This partnership between MBZUAI and IBM underscores the commitment of both organizations to develop AI solutions that work for the benefit of humanity,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate for COP28, and Chairman of MBZUAI.

Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO

“IBM’s collaboration with MBZUAI will leverage AI to address some of the most pressing issues of our time including sustainability and net zero strategies,” said Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO. “The new Center of Excellence will also develop local digital skills and attract leading researchers that will help deliver the UAE’s National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031.” 

Industry sources further affirmed that the deployment and use of clean energy solutions is one of the main pillars of the UAE’s model of addressing the challenge of climate change and reducing GHG emissions, in line with the UAE Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative. The AI Center of Excellence plans to leverage the talents of IBM researchers with expertise in data science, machine learning, and NLP, in collaboration with MBZUAI faculty and students. The teams will work together toward the advancement of both fundamental and applied research objectives. 

Industry sources also quickly added that through the IBM SkillsBuild platform, IBM will provide MBZUAI students and faculty with access to IBM tools, software, courseware, and cloud accounts for teaching, learning, and non-commercial research. In addition, MBZUAI will have access to curated AI curricula, lectures, labs, industry use cases, design-thinking sessions, and an AI Practitioner certification.

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For more information regarding IBM collaboration and appointment please read the articles on: Shukri Eid appointed General Manager for IBM Gulf, Levant and Pakistan

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