Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence headquartered in Abu Dhabi, which provides research and consulting services in the burgeoning fields of artificial intelligence, was inaugurated at the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) campus, in the presence of His Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Professor Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Mr. Stephane Michel, President Exploration & Production Middle East and North Africa and Member in Board of Trustees of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Mrs. Pascale Sourisse, President Thales International.
H.E. Nusseibeh stated, “Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence - Abu Dhabi recognizes the importance of digital transformation and the increasing efficiency of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and addresses the emirate’s need for research and development in the field.” He added, “The university aims to transform into a scientific beacon for intellectual freedom, creativity and innovation, and expects to have a significant impact on the development of human civilization by arming future leaders with science, and fortifying them with knowledge.”
He revealed that the center has been developed under the wise guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, and his Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“To support the UAE’s vision in empowering innovation, and in tandem with our strategy to provide the most advanced digital solutions that strengthen the university’s position in the UAE and the region; we are keen to offer the latest technology in the service of knowledge in artificial intelligence. In addition, the center is imperative to our strategy to develop new programs in science and research,” commented Jean Chambaz.
The Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence - Abu Dhabi is modelled after and will be supported by its counterpart at Sorbonne University in Paris, an institution which ranks among the top universities in the world, notably in the fields of mathematics, computer science and robotics. He added that the establishment of Sorbonne Center for Artificial intelligence-Abu Dhabi at SUAD will boost cooperation between the university’s academic and research programs and our partners Total and Thales Group. “Our aim is to partner with an array of prestigious UAE institutions to advance research and literature in the field of artificial intelligence, whilst also contributing towards the sustainable development of the UAE”.
Dr. Laurence Renault, Deputy Executive Director for Academic Affairs at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) commented, “Keeping pace with the 4th industrial revolution, the opening of the Sorbonne Center for Artificial intelligence-Abu Dhabi will position SUAD as a leading research center on Artificial Intelligence and its applications, notably to Climate, Environment, Exploration of the Universe, Health and Medicine – not to mention an in-depth reflection on the Ethical and Sociological issues at stake in this development.”
“We are happy to contribute towards the development of SUAD, a fast growing university that enables its youth to shape tomorrow’s world,” she concluded.