Wednesday 19 June 2019

Khalifa University, Alibaba Cloud launch AI lab

RIYADH, September 28, 2018

Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, have launched the joint innovation laboratory of Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy.

Both parties intend to leverage the laboratory as their innovation hub for clean energy solutions, utilizing artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and big data technologies to develop future energy technologies and energy-saving materials.

The launch was announced during the opening ceremony of the recent Computing Conference 2018 hosted by Alibaba in Hangzhou, China.

The Lab will focus on three research themes – AI-enabled subsurface energy production and processing, machine learning-enabled clean energy materials development, and AI/cloud computing-powered smart renewable energy systems. Initial projects are expected to be rolled out from now until 2023. The projects will be sponsored by Alibaba Cloud and led by Dr Zhang from Khalifa University as the principal scientist leading the research collaboration.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, executive vice-president, Khalifa University, said: “Our partnership with Alibaba Cloud to launch the Joint Innovation Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy illustrates the role of Khalifa University in contributing to the overall advancement of science and technology in the UAE. Khalifa University prioritizes research and innovation in the UAE’s strategic areas such as energy and artificial intelligence. We firmly believe this joint lab will be an effective platform for our students and faculty, providing extra stimulus to developing novel technologies in these areas.”

“The Lab will be able to draw on the expertise and contributions from multidisciplinary scientists, professional engineers, talented students, industrial partners, and government stakeholders for research and innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence, energy science and engineering,” said, Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.

“Alibaba Cloud has always been at the forefront of driving the future technology. We are excited to see how our cloud computing technology can advance research breakthroughs and empower science. For us, this is the true meaning of inclusive technology.”

Faculty and scientists from Khalifa University will provide their technical expertise to advance The Lab’s research effort while Alibaba Cloud will make available research scientists and specialists as well as advanced cloud computing resources to support the lab’s development. – TradeArabia News Service

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