IBM and MBZUAI Collaborate to Enhance AI for Climate and Culture

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IBM and the Mohammed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) have announced a partnership to advance artificial intelligence (AI) research in the areas of climate change and culture.

The AI Center of Excellence is a collaboration between IBM and MBZUAI to improve the adoption of AI technology and drive sustainability.

The centre will focus on decarbonisation, researching climate change mitigation and adaptation, and developing foundational AI models to inform the deployment of clean and renewable energy.

It will also work on improving natural language processing for Arabic dialects to make AI more accessible and flexible for Arabic speakers, address civic, social, and business challenges, and provide real-life applications such as personalised customer care, AI-powered assistants, improved search, and fraud detection.

“The only way to Net Zero is through disruptive technologies and innovations that fundamentally re-program our energy production and consumption—harnessing big data to help drive more effective decision-making and problem-solving. We are excited to start the Centre of Excellence, which is in line with what our leaders want for us to get the most out of the latest technological advances. This partnership between MBZUAI and IBM underscores the commitment of both organisations to develop AI solutions that work for the benefit of humanity,” said H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, President-Designate for COP28, and Chairman of MBZUAI.

“IBM’s collaboration with MBZUAI will leverage AI to address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including sustainability and net zero strategies,” said Arvind Krishna, IBM Chairman and CEO. "The new Centre of Excellence will also improve people's digital skills and bring in top researchers to help the UAE's National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 come to life."

The UAE's AI Center of Excellence plans to collaborate with IBM to address the challenge of climate change and reduce GHG emissions by leveraging the talents of IBM researchers in data science, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP). The teams will work toward both fundamental and applied research objectives.

IBM will provide access to their tools, software, courseware, and cloud accounts through the SkillsBuild platform for teaching, learning, and non-commercial research.

MBZUAI students and faculty will also have access to curated AI curricula, lectures, labs, industry use cases, design-thinking sessions, and an AI Practitioner certification.

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