Celebrated academic and thought leader in machine learning and AI research, UC Berkeley Distinguished Professor Michael I. Jordan, has been named laureate professor at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). He was also named honorary director of a new Laureate Faculty Programme, which he will help build with MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing. Jordan's appointment brings a wealth of experience to the university, and to the country, in artificial intelligence; in the interface of computer science and statistics; and in computational biology, natural language processing, and signal processing. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society. In 2016, he was cited by Science Magazine as the most influential author in computer science.