Government, UAE

Abu Dhabi fuels digital transformation with new AI Lab

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) has launched the ‘Artificial Intelligence Lab,’ a new initiative which will provide a dedicated platform to develop innovative digital solutions using AI and machine learning.

According to ADDA, the AI Lab will apply these solutions to improve the efficiency in services and contribute to excellence in government performance.

The AI lab, which was announced at the recently concluded ‘GITEX Technology Week’, forms part of ADDA’s strategy to employ cutting-edge technology applications in developing innovative digital solutions for various government services in partnership with Abu Dhabi government entities.

The lab offers high-performance computing abilities and has been made available for all Abu Dhabi government entities as a service, where users can access the platform and have the opportunity to know more about machine learning techniques, develop simulation and predictive models with their data sets, engage with AI experts, and experiment with Data Sets for Data Visualisation.

ADDA has trained more than 70 Abu Dhabi government employees on AI technologies and has already adopted plans to train 120 employees more over the next two months.

The initiative was launched following an agreement signed between ADDA and IBM in March 2019, where the parties have agreed to initiate key areas of cooperation in several fields.

Dr Rauda Al Saadi, director general, ADDA, said that launching the ‘Artificial Intelligence Lab’ is testament to the Abu Dhabi’s strong drive to promote digital transformation and the integration of government services through leading technologies.

She noted that it is a major step forward in its efforts to leverage AI technologies in advancing digital government services that meet the needs of people and businesses, especially in key sectors such as housing, education, health, and work and leisure, with the ultimate goal of achieving happiness and prosperity for the Abu Dhabi society.

“The ‘Artificial Intelligence Lab’ will serve as an integrated platform for learning, analysis and exchange of expertise and knowledge in various fields of AI in line with the Emirate’s commitment to invest in human capital and continuously develop the skills and capabilities of government staff,” said Dr. Al Saadi.

She further emphasised the importance of strengthening strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors in the field of digital technology, which is part of the Emirate’s efforts to prepare a digitally empowered generation, as well as the continuous efforts to advance the capabilities of Emiratis.

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