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19 Jan 2023

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UAE and IBM Collaborate on New AI Center of Excellence

ABU DHABI, UAE - Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) has launched an AI Center of Excellence, in collaboration with IBM. The Center aims to improve the adoption of AI technology and help drive sustainability.

“(It) will develop carbon neutral solutions to existing energy supplies, combat climate change, and further natural language processing (NLP) for Arabic dialects, ” according to IBM. “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 use of carbon neutral solutions while also enabling adaptation and resiliency.”

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, according to a statement from the UAE government. H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate for COP28, and Chairman of MBZUAI, said, "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.”

Photo of Jonathan Adashek, Professor Eric Xing, Arvind Krishna, Sultan Al Hajji from IBM.

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