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UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good announces panel of judges and international speakers

DUBAI, 1st February, 2016 (WAM) -- The UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, will be addressed by international speakers and specialists in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence during award event on Friday, February 5th, and Saturday February 6th, at Dubai Internet City.

The Organisng Committee of the award has also announced the Judging Committee, which consists of experts in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. The judging panel will evaluate 20 teams from the UAE and around the world who have made it to the semi-finals of the National and International Competitions of the award.

Saif Al Aleeli, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation and Coordinator General of the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good, said the first edition of the award witnessed remarkable success, attracting 664 submissions from 121 countries around the world. The huge interest generated by the award underlines its importance as a global platform to honour innovators and highlight their achievements to strengthen the UAE’s position as a regional and global leader in the field of advanced robotics applications. It also reflects the UAE’s positive contributions in the adoption of successful practices and culture of innovation to serve humanity, Al Aleeli said.

The international speakers who will address the event include Dennis Hong, a Professor and the Founding Director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA. He will speak on the future relationship between robots and people.

The award also hosts David Lang, Co-founder of OpenROV, a community of ocean lovers who build underwater robots. He will speak about his experiences in putting up the initial designs for an underwater robotic explorer, and launching OpenROV to build and constantly improve upon these small remote operated underwater robots.

Figuring among the top speakers is Federico Pistono, a social entrepreneur, computer scientist, award-winning journalist, author and public speaker. He is also Founder and CEO of Konoz, an online platform to help spread free and open knowledge around the world.

The Judging Committee of the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good includes several prominent international experts such as Justine Cassell, Associate Vice-Provost for Technology Strategy and Impact at Carnegie Mellon University; David Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Robotics; Kim Jong-Hwan, Chair Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Stuart Russell, Professor at University of California, Berkeley; Yang Guang-Zhong, Director of The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery and Deputy Chairman, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London; and Alex Wyatt, founder of August Robotics, a recent start-up focused on integrating people-friendly robotics into day-to-day life and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Other prominent experts in the panel include Eesa Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai and Former CEO of ICT Fund; Abdulla Ismail, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Assistant to the President for Corporate Outreach, Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai; Paolo Dario, Director of The BioRobotics Institute Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa; and Ana Paiva, Professor at Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon.

The Judging Committee also includes Saeed K. Al Dhaheri, Professor at UAE University; Khalifa H. Harib, Associate Professor at UAE University; Nabil Bastaki, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, UAE University; Imad Elhajj, Associate Professor at American University of Beirut; Mohamed Al Marzooqi, Director of Training in Etisalat Academy, UAE; and Sabri Al Azazi, Senior Advisor for IT and Technology at the General Management Office of the Abu Dhabi Municipality.

The ‘UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good’ was launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, during the third Government Summit in February 2015, as one of the initiatives of International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, which was formed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum during Global Agenda Council hosted by the UAE Government last year.