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MBZUAI accelerating the UAE’s AI ecosystem


The University has signed MoUs with Abu Dhabi Customs and the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi.

Participating as part of the Abu Dhabi Government’s pavilion at GITEX 2023, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) has embodied the event’s AI theme by unveiling two new centers and an institute, inking a number of key partnerships, and addressing AI’s role in critical industry issues during multiple panel discussions.

The university has launched the Institute of Foundation Models, dedicated to building, understanding, using, and managing risk related to advanced base models. The institute will further cement the UAE’s position of leadership in generative AI (GenAI) through academic research that can be used for multiple applications. This step will further support the university in attracting top AI scientists, innovators, and experts to develop large-scale, reusable, accessible, and affordable AI models.

During GITEX, the university also officially launched the MBZUAI Metaverse Center (MMC) and the MBZUAI Incubation and Entrepreneurship Center (MIEC).  

Underscoring the increased adoption of AI in Abu Dhabi’s growth sectors, MBZUAI has signed two new Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). In collaboration with Abu Dhabi Customs, faculty and students at the university will conduct research on the use of AI in automating and increasing efficiencies in the import of goods. A second MoU between MBZUAI and the Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi aims to help achieve the Emirate’s smart cities aspirations, including the use of AI to further the development of new roads, bridges and related infrastructure.

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