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MBZUAI, Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel deepen research ties

ABU DHABI, 13th April, 2022 (WAM) -- A delegation from Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), led by President Eric Xing, concluded a two-day engagement at the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel.

The visit provided an opportunity to deepen research and innovation ties as both institutions seek to leverage each other’s human capital and expertise in fundamental artificial intelligence (AI) inquiry, said an MBZUAI press release on Wednesday.

The delegation was received by Weizmann Institute President Professor Alon Chen and senior members of faculty. Xing, and Associate Provost Professor Mohsen Guizani, along with other senior members of the MBZUAI delegation, met with Professor Ziv Reich, Vice President at the Weizmann Institute, as well as department representatives from the Institute.

During the visit, talks centred on knowledge sharing, as well as collaboration across a range of research projects, which are being overseen by a joint MBZUAI-WIS review board. The collaboration is focused on advancing research in natural and machine intelligence and developing new tools and technologies for the benefit of society as well as executing a shared vision for training the next generation of AI leaders.

"Our partnerships with world-leading academic institutions like the Weizmann Institute enable us to create a vibrant ecosystem of AI innovation," Xing said. "We are proud of our continued association with WIS, which promotes intellectual exchange and collaboration as well as enhances our understanding and knowledge of AI and related fields. We are confident that together we can inspire a new culture of innovation, research, and knowledge sharing in the region."

In 2021 the two institutions formally established the MBZUAI-WIS Joint Programme for Artificial Intelligence Research (the AI Programme) to promote AI research and carry out, both basic and applied, research in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, computational biology, and more.

"Working together, we are advancing scientific research, development, knowledge transfer, and the use of AI for human well-being and progress," Chen said. "The WIS-MBZUAI partnership has given us a platform to leverage the expertise of the brightest minds in the fields of AI and utilise their strengths to benefit humanity."


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