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'Relearning' education in the age of AI

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After decades spent discussing how and what to teach in the classrooms, the focus is now turning more to implementation, experts said at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) conference in Doha, hosted by the Qatar Foundation on 19-21 November. Ministers and education experts discussed in Doha how to reap the benefits of the digital revolution as new challenges arise from teaching students across the world in the era of artificial intelligence. OECD countries spend on average 4.5% of their GDP on education. At the same time, education itself is transforming to adapt to a changing planet. The constant retooling of labour skills will be a central element of a European Commission paper on the future of the EU social pillar, to be published on 26 April, EURACTIV.com


Artificial Intelligence Speeds Efforts to Enhance Online Arabic Content

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Arabic is spoken by more than 440 million people worldwide and is the fourth most-common language used on the Internet today. Yet the Arabic language is seriously underrepresented online. Digital content in Arabic accounts for only 1 to 3 percent of all content online, according to a paper, "Digital Arabic Content," produced by the International Telecommunication Union for a summit in 2012. A recent study by the W3Techs survey firm found that Arabic was the language of fewer than 1 percent of websites it surveyed. Kareem Darwish, a senior scientist at the Arabic Language Technologies Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, in Doha, is part of a team working on tools that use artificial intelligence to change that.


On Sharing Models Instead of Data using Mimic learning for Smart Health Applications

arXiv.org Machine Learning

On Sharing Models Instead of Data using Mimic learning for Smart Health Applications Mohamed Baza, Andrew Salazar †, Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohamed Abdallah ‡, Kemal Akkaya ‡ Department of Computer Science, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, USA ‡ Department of Information and Decision Sciences, California State San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, USA ‡ division of Information and Computing Technology, College of Science and Engineering, HBKU, Doha, Qatar § Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA Abstract --Electronic health records (EHR) systems contain vast amounts of medical information about patients. These data can be used to train machine learning models that can predict health status, as well as to help prevent future diseases or disabilities. However, getting patients' medical data to obtain well-trained machine learning models is a challenging task. This is because sharing the patients' medical records is prohibited by law in most countries due to patients privacy concerns. In this paper, we tackle this problem by sharing the models instead of the original sensitive data by using the mimic learning approach. The idea is first to train a model on the original sensitive data, called the teacher model. Then, using this model, we can transfer its knowledge to another model, called the student model, without the need to learn the original data used in training the teacher model.


Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022 – TechCrunch

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Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its shared ride service MOIA and Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID. The aim is to develop the entire transport system, including the electric autonomous shuttles and buses, legal framework, city infrastructure and ride-hailing software required to deploy a commercial service there. The autonomous vehicles will be integrated into existing public transit. "For our cities to progress we need a new wave of innovation," QIA CEO Mansoor Al Mahmoud said in a statement.


Artificial Intelligence and Automation is Here to Stay, Education Should Brace up - Rose Luckin - Edugist

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Artificial Intelligence is now a part of our normal lives. We are surrounded by this technology from automatic parking systems, smart sensors for taking spectacular photos, and personal assistance. Similarly, Artificial Intelligence in education is being felt, and the traditional methods are changing drastically. At the World Innovation Summit for Education global summit in Doha, Qatar, I sat with Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, whose research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). "AI has come to stay in our life. So, I think we need the population at large to understand more about Artificial Intelligence (AI). So that they can use it to their benefits. And so that they can keep themselves safe. And we need a small percentage of the population to understand enough about AI. To be the people who develop the next generation of AI technology. And we need a small percentage of the population to understand enough about AI. To develop the next generation of ethical guidelines and regulations for AI. And actually, we don't really know how to regulate and provide people with the right guidelines for development. But we need more people to understand enough about AI to help with the process. And then the third area and that we need to pay attention to, is to change the way that we educate and train the people. Because the world is changing and much of that change is driven by automation. So, we need to think about how we change our education systems. So, these areas are not different. There are areas all of which we need to pay attention to."


QDGTP showcases 8 artificial intelligence use-cases at Qitcom

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Eight artificial intelligence (AI) use-cases from six entities in Qatar were showcased during the Digital Transformation Workshop organised by the Qatar Digital Government Training Programme (QDGTP) in partnership with Microsoft. The event, an initiative by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), was held on the sidelines of the recently concluded Qitcom 2019 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha. The six entities included General Authority of Customs (GAC), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Al Jazeera, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), Aspetar, and Aspire. Ali el-Sheshtawi from GAC presented a machine learning module developed by the authority to help in document processing by reducing risk of human error and time taken in handling documents, while HMC, represented by Ramez Raafat and Babu Ramesamy, presented the chatbot and auto coding use-cases respectively. Through the chatbot use-case, intelligent agent within the organisation will help shorten the path and time to get the needed information and understand the correct actions needed.


QDGTP showcases 8 artificial intelligence use-cases at Qitcom

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Eight artificial intelligence (AI) use-cases from six entities in Qatar were showcased during the Digital Transformation Workshop organised by the Qatar Digital Government Training Programme (QDGTP) in partnership with Microsoft. The event, an initiative by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), was held on the sidelines of the recently concluded Qitcom 2019 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha. The six entities included General Authority of Customs (GAC), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Al Jazeera, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), Aspetar, and Aspire. Ali el-Sheshtawi from GAC presented a machine learning module developed by the authority to help in document processing by reducing risk of human error and time taken in handling documents, while HMC, represented by Ramez Raafat and Babu Ramesamy, presented the chatbot and auto coding use-cases respectively. Through the chatbot use-case, intelligent agent within the organisation will help shorten the path and time to get the needed information and understand the correct actions needed.


Qatar says Saudi Arabia invites it to summit amid boycott

FOX News

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar says its ruling emir received a letter from the king of Saudi Arabia. The letter marks the highest-level, publicly known contact between the two nations since the kingdom and three other nations began boycotting it nearly two years ago. Qatar's Foreign Ministry late Sunday said the letter from King Salman to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani requested Doha's presence at an emergency summit being held in Mecca later this week over alleged sabotage of ships off the United Arab Emirates and a drone attack by Yemen's rebels on a Saudi oil pipeline amid U.S.-Iran tensions. Qatar did not say whether it would attend the meeting. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been boycotting Qatar over a political dispute since June 2017.


Artificial Intelligence to create more jobs than it eliminates: US professor

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Doha Bank hosted a knowledge sharing session on "Strategic customer profitability through customer centricity" on Saturday. The event was attended by Dr Bala V Balachandran, J L Kellogg distinguished professor of Accounting & Information Management, Northwestern University, the US. He is also founder, dean and chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, India. Doha Bank CEO Dr R Seetharaman introduced Dr Balanchandran. The session was also attended by prominent professionals and top corporates.