The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the world’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi School of Government (ADSG),the learning and development arm of Abu Dhabi Government, has launched a specialized ‘AI for Leadership’ immersion training course tailored to government sector leaders seeking to master the key concepts behind Artificial Intelligence and how to incorporate it into their respective organizations.

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Held from 13-16 December 2020, the ‘AI for Leadership’ course aims to empower leaders to contribute to the success of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 and key initiatives aimed at diversifying the economy and delivering improved government services. Designed by AI experts at MBZUAI, the course will equip Abu Dhabi government leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to leverage AI applications effectively through exposure to AI applications in various business cases. The four-day course is open to all senior decision makers in the government sector who seek a better understanding of the applications of AI technology within their respective sectors.

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The course will include opening remarks by H.E. Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, in addition to high level speakers from public and private sector organizations such as the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), ADSG, EDGE, Group 42, IBM, and numerous others who will share experience in applying AI across various industries of relevance to the UAE National priorities including energy, healthcare, technology, agriculture and capacity building. It will be facilitated by a member of the MBZUAI faculty Dr. Mohammed Yaqub, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Fahad Khan, Associate Professor, as well as leaders in AI from the government sector and the industry.

‘AI for Leadership’ will include workshops covering key AI concepts like Machine Learning, Artificial Neural Networks, Deep Learning and Reinforced Learning, in addition to Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision and Remote Sensing among many others. The course will also focus on use cases of government and industrial case studies of AI implementation and strategy. Among these are: ADNOC’s Panorama Digital Command Center and the impact of AI in the Oil & Gas sector; using Machine Learning to advance cryptographic technologies; computer vision for healthcare & automation of medical screening to accelerate disease detection; leveraging AI to combat emerging pathogen epidemics; computer vision to make cities safer and boost quality of life; and the Abu Dhabi AI Lab platform for advancing AI in Abu Dhabi government entities.

This course, delivered through our strategic collaboration with ADSG, is aimed at empowering decision makers to understand and adapt AI applications within their businesses

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement in (MBZUAI)

Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement said, “AI is changing lives and businesses. The UAE has been pioneering future applications of AI through strategic adaptation to AI. As the UAE continues to digitize its economy, this course, delivered through our strategic collaboration with ADSG, is aimed at empowering decision makers to understand and adapt AI applications within their businesses. Government services will only fulfil their AI advancement through the support of their leaders and executives.

Dr. Nama Salmeen Alameri, Dean of the Abu Dhabi School of Government, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with the Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence to offer senior-level leaders within Abu Dhabi’s government sector access to the latest training and perspectives on how to effectively incorporate AI into business strategy and operations. Artificial Intelligence technologies are going to change the lives of millions of people across the globe and it is essential that the government sector is prepared to benefit from their deployment.”

“Home to some of the world’s AI pioneers, the UAE has recognized and anticipated the impact of AI on its economy and growth, and has already worked to incorporate AI into its short and long term strategies and plans,” she added.

“ADSG is committed to developing an empowered and skilled government workforce capable of navigating the challenges and opportunities of the future, and ensuring that government sector leaders are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to make effective use of AI is crucial to the future success of the Abu Dhabi government,” added D. Alameri.