Abu Dhabi, UAE – 23 April 2018: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to advancement of learning and discovery through application of knowledge, and Cognit, an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence (AI) solutions provider, teamed up to organize a one-day workshop for students on the use of IBM Watson Conversation technology to create a smart chatbot and leverage different kinds of AI, as natural language processing, to interact with people.
The workshop, held at the Main Campus of Khalifa University, was a joint initiative to train students for the Emirates Technology and Innovation Competition (ETIC) 2018 that runs from 23-26 April at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), as part of the Emirates Skills event.
Jointly organized by Khalifa University and the Ministry of Education, ETIC 2018 is themed ‘The Year of Zayed’. Students will be challenged to build chatbot solutions that reflect the values of the UAE’s Founding Father such as wisdom, respect, sustainability, and human development.
Khalifa University is currently leveraging AI in three strategic areas especially cybersecurity, health, and aerospace to achieve innovative outcomes. Research centers such as the Khalifa University Robotics Institute (KURI), Institute for Automation, Information Science and Communication (IAISC), and Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) already incorporate AI technology for their projects.
Amal Al Jaberi, CEO of Cognit, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to play an active role in the education of UAE new generations. This is not the first time we collaborate with Khalifa University for a formation day around AI as we believe these events are among the best ways to comply with the numerous initiatives that are happening at the government level. Our goal here is not only to arouse curiosity around this breakthrough technology that is revolutionizing our lives, but also to provide the youth with the instruments for becoming the agents of the change that is occurring in our society.”
Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, said: “As a research institution, Khalifa University remains committed to developing talent and human capital in AI, which offers benefits not only in streamlining costs, but also in bolstering education, and saving energy consumption. We are also keen to assist our students in further widening their knowledge and develop expertise that will be used across various industries. We are delighted to partner with Cognit to organize the workshop and update our students on the latest developments in this field. We trust the students learnt new skills that they will use to create innovative solutions specifically at the ETIC 2018 challenge.”
Participants at ETIC 2018 will be judged by a panel of AI experts and winners will be announced and awarded on 26 April. The challenge will have eight categories including computer programming, cyber security, mobile application programming, game development, drones: build and fly, electronics: design and build, renewable energy and artificial intelligence.
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