Sunday 19 September 2021 - 2:27:34 pm

MBZUAI, Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science establish joint AI Programme

ABU DHABI, 24th February, 2021 (WAM) -- The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) have announced the establishment of the MBZUAI-WIS Joint Programme for Artificial Intelligence Research (the AI Programme).

The new programme will promote collaborative initiatives in fundamental artificial intelligence (AI) research and will explore AI applications in domains such as healthcare, genomics and more; and follows an MoU which was signed by the two sides in September 2020.

Drawing upon the combined expertise of MBZUAI and the Weizmann Institute, the AI Programme will carry out both basic and applied research in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Computational Biology, Neural Sciences, and more, toward the vision of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

Joint research projects conducted by teams from both institutions will form the core of the programme. The collaboration will encompass joint research projects, joint training programmes, mutual visits, AI conferences and workshops, and student and staff exchange programmes.

The agreement will also seek to recruit highly qualified researchers and staff to support and facilitate the AI Programme’s central mission.

Professor Eric Xing, President of MBZUAI, and Professor Alon Chen, Weizmann Institute President, inked the new partnership agreement during a virtual ceremony in the presence of officials from both establishments.

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees, attended the event and delivered opening remarks.

Speaking on the announcement, he said, "The collaboration between MBZUAI and WIS aligns with our leadership’s vision of extending and strengthening bridges of collaboration in the service of our nation and humanity and seeks to enable socio-economic progress through AI innovation. We are confident that partnerships that leverage talent, technological and research capabilities will deliver breakthroughs in AI that will empower the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and contribute towards finding solutions for the greatest challenges we face as an international community – such as COVID-19, food security and more.

"MBZUAI is proud to work with leading institutes such as the Weizmann Institute of Science, to bring about a future built on knowledge, sustainability and resilience."

Professor Chen, in turn stated, said that through the new programme "we are bringing together some of the greatest minds in the fields of AI, natural and exact sciences, with the ambition of extending boundaries and empowering our scientists with access to exceptional resources. Together we will advance AI, discovering new means of leveraging the immense possibilities of this diverse and exciting technology for the benefit of humanity."

For his part, Professor Xing commented, "The establishment of the AI Programme further strengthens our partnership with the Weizmann Institute, laying the foundation to enhance the global AI ecosystem and further advance in areas of science, technology and higher education. This will provide our students and faculty with access to world-class resources beyond our own University, fostering a culture of international partnership and knowledge-sharing."

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions and offers masters’ and doctoral-level degrees across five faculties. Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, institute scientists are advancing research on the human brain, artificial intelligence, computer science and encryption, astrophysics and particle physics, and they are tackling diseases such as cancer, and addressing climate change through environmental, ocean and plant sciences, and more.


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