Abu Dhabi, IBM plan to set up AI Centre of Excellence

Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority signs deal with tech giant to drive development of artificial intelligence
Abu Dhabi, IBM plan to set up AI Centre of Excellence
IBM will work with ADSSSA and share skills and expertise on AI and machine learning, including providing access to IBM tools and solutions for enablement, development and testing.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 17 Oct 2018 02:06 PM

The Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA) has announced that it is collaborating with tech giant IBM to create a Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Abu Dhabi.

The move comes in a bid to increase the skills and develop in-depth knowledge on AI of Abu Dhabi government professionals. 

The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of their participation at GITEX Technology Week 2018 being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The MoU aims to initiate the development of the centre of excellence where ADSSSA and IBM Middle East will work together to assess the feasibility, advancement and implementation of possible opportunities to create AI-based solutions across Abu Dhabi government entities.

IBM will work with ADSSSA and share skills and expertise on AI and machine learning, including providing access to IBM tools and solutions for enablement, development and testing.

The collaboration has the end goal of bringing significant economic, social and environmental progress in line with the Abu Dhabi Government’s vision and economic stimulus program Tomorrow 21, a statement said.

Dr Rauda Al Saadi, director general, ADSSSA, said: “ADSSSA is moving ahead with the implementation of its key strategies towards the creation of ‘One Government’ service model for all Abu Dhabi government services.

"Artificial Intelligence is one of the latest technological advances that has the potential to transform the way we deliver government services in a smart and efficient manner. Our collaboration with IBM is testament to our continuing efforts to continuously raise the level of the technology intelligence of all government staff and advance our efforts in implementing our digital transformation strategy.”

"AI has the capacity to make sense of massive volumes of data," added Amr Refaat, general manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. "By expanding digital intelligence exponentially, AI technologies can deepen and augment human capabilities and translate data into actionable insights. This will also help organizations drive innovation, improve operational efficiency and make better capital decisions."

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