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Hub71 and e& enterprise to launch UAE's first AI Center of Excellence


Hub71 and e& enterprise, part of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group), have launched the region's first AI Center of Excellence (AI CoE) in Abu Dhabi. The AI CoE will provide a platform for AI solutions to be built and scaled from Abu Dhabi. By offering resources and expertise, the center is said to transform the future of AI, support a thriving innovation ecosystem, foster local talent, and boost the country's socio-economic growth. The partnership was signed at Hub71's headquarters in Abu Dhabi by Badr Al-Olama, acting chief executive officer of Hub71, and Salvador Anglada, chief executive officer of e& enterprise. Al-Olama said: "The region's first AI Center of Excellence at Hub71 will provide a robust ecosystem for innovative technology ideas to grow and scale, and will allow startups to benefit from Hub71's community, programmes and knowledge sharing platforms." Today, we signed an agreement with #eandEnterprise to develop #AI by launching the first Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence in the region to create a smarter & safer sustainable world through the co-creation of industry-specific and use case-driven (Al) solutions.

Petuum and Inception Institute for AI Partner for Advanced AI


Petuum, the creator of the world's first composable platform for MLOps, and the Inception Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), have agreed to partner on the development of revolutionary AI applications. Petuum has recently announced a limited release of the composable platform, which includes the AI OS, Universal Pipelines, Deployment Manager, and Experiment Manager, for select private beta partners. Through the partnership with Petuum, IIAI's enterprise AI/ML teams will operationalize and scale their applications into production. Founded in 2018, IIAI's mission is to build full-stack AI solutions and operating systems for enterprise businesses and developers. Besides being the research arm for G42, IIAI is also empowering stakeholders with AI applications and incubating new technology at the cutting edge of ML innovation.

IoT sensors helping farmers boost production - Urgent Comms


Abu Dhabi-based agritech company Silal is teaming up with a Dutch horticultural-software provider Hoogendoorn to deploy IoT sensors across 100 farms this year in an effort to boost agricultural production in the United Arab Emirates. The project, to be known as the Digital Agronomy Service, aims to help local farmers and advisers make smart decisions when it comes to crop management, fertilization and irrigation and thereby maximize the amount of locally grown produce available for consumption. The service will deploy a wide range of sensors to measure environmental conditions that can affect the health of the crop, including temperature, humidity, vapor difference, radiation, pH, soil moisture, electric conductivity and more. The sensors will also track crop growth and needs, such as water, energy, CO2, fertilizers and agrichemical applications. Silal's agricultural engineers will then use AI-powered computers to process the data and help the company devise prudent crop-growth plans and projects.

AI reduces miss rate of precancerous polyps in colorectal cancer screening


Most colon polyps are harmless, but some over time develop into colon or rectal cancer, which can be fatal if found in its later stages. Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the world, with an estimated 1.9 million cases and 916,000 deaths worldwide in 2020, according to the World Health Organization. A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes or abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Between February 2020 and May 2021, 230 study participants each underwent two back-to-back colonoscopies on the same day at eight hospitals and community clinics in the U.S., U.K. and Italy. One colonoscopy used AI; the other, a standard colonoscopy, did not. The rate at which precancerous colorectal polyps is missed has been estimated to be 25%.

Israel's OurCrowd set to open AI R&D centre in Abu Dhabi


JERUSALEM, March 21 (Reuters) - OurCrowd, one of Israel's largest venture firms, plans to open an artificial intelligence-based research and development centre in Abu Dhabi by early June that will help with investment decision making, a company official said. The Global AI Innovation Centre will employ about 50 engineers and OurCrowd will be the first client, although the service will be open to anyone, said Sabah al-Binali, a partner at OurCrowd, in an interview with Reuters on his first ever visit to Israel. He said OurCrowd was investing a "massive" amount in the project, which aims to analyse huge amounts of data, without giving figures. "Trying to build AI internally is very expensive but we believe we can almost modularise and make it almost like a utility where you can just use it as a service," said al-Binali, head of OurCrowd Arabia and comparing the plan to Amazon's Web Service. OurCrowd in November received a licence to operate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which followed a normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE in 2020.

Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Soccer And Could Decide The 2022 World Cup


The LED screen informs of a VAR review following a goal scored by Zayed Al Ameri of Al Jazira Club ... [ ] which was later disallowed during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 1st Round match between Al Jazira Club and AS Pirae at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on February 03, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Refereeing decisions at the World Cup have been debated decades later. From whether the ball crossed the line in the final in 1966, through Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" two decades later, to some of the decisions made by the video assistant referee at Russia 2018, any perceived mistake by the referee will be scrutinized by fans years later. Referees need all the help they can get, and they could be about to be given a hand from artificial intelligence. Over the past few years, FIFA has been trialing the use of limb-tracking offside technology, which uses AI along with a series of cameras around the stadium to follow players' limbs and instantaneously creates virtual offside lines for referees.

Applying laser technology to solve humanity's challenges

MIT Technology Review

Directed energy is "the ability to create a high amount of energy in a controlled volume at a given distance in order to trigger physical reactions to study the interaction between the energy and the matter," says Dr. Chaouki Kasmi, who is the Chief Researcher at DERC, which is part of the Abu Dhabi government's Advanced Technology Research Council. The research at DERC reflects the multitude of applications that are possible using directed energy, but the research projects have at least one thing in common: the goal of solving real-world scientific or technical challenges. For example, one of DERC's recent developments is a landmine detection system – the ground-penetrating radar - designed to help developing or previously war-torn countries detect and neutralize unexploded landmines. They have their sights set much higher and further with projects focused on using lasers for communications on land, to the moon, and even underwater--truly making the entire world a better place with directed energy technology. "The disruptive innovation that we are bringing today is how we can make it affordable for developing countries. The idea is to create a technology that could really help solve a worldwide problem at low cost. And this is very important for us as we would like to have the system deployed at scale," says Dr. Kasmi.

Analysis: Can the UAE be a safe haven for Russian oligarchs?

Al Jazeera

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in particular, the emirate of Dubai, has a reputation for being a playground for the rich, and one that does not ask too many questions about how wealth has been obtained. That looks likely to continue, despite increasing Western pressure to squeeze Russia financially, turning the UAE into an even more attractive proposition for rich Russians seeking a safe haven for their wealth, and undermining the effort to force Russia to pull back from its invasion of Ukraine. Abu Dhabi has signalled that it is trying to pursue a balancing act between the United States and its European partners on one side, and Russia on the other. The UAE, which was already home to 40,000 Russian nationals before the outbreak of war, abstained from a US-drafted United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine, an indication that the UAE is prioritising good ties with Vladimir Putin's government above catering to Western interests in Ukraine. It has also reportedly assured Russia that it will not enforce sanctions against it unless required to do so by the UN, a scenario that is unlikely considering Russia's veto on the Security Council.

Abu Dhabi students develop AI-powered solution for food security, reducing waste – Khaleej Times


The artificial intelligence-powered solution for the agriculture industry consists of … said the students pursuing masters in machine learning.

UAE invests in drones, robots as unmanned warfare takes off


Large, black drones with the orange logo of EDGE, the UAE's arms consortium, were on display at this week's Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX), along with remote-controlled machineguns and other "smart" weapons. The exhibition comes at a time of growing unmanned attacks around the region, including the January 17 drone-and-missile assault by Yemen rebels that killed three oil workers in Abu Dhabi, the first in a series of similar incidents. "Autonomous systems are becoming ever more prevalent around the world," Miles Chambers, EDGE's director of international business development, told AFP. "We are really heavily investing in developing our autonomous capability... as well as in electronic warfare and in our smart munitions. These are our three pillars." EDGE, an Abu Dhabi-based defence consortium that groups 25 Emirati firms, was formed three years ago but reached an estimated $4.8 billion in arms sales in 2020 -- nearly all of them to the UAE government.