ABU DHABI (Metro Rail News): World’s first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and the California-based, Virgin Hyperloop, a leader in hyperloop development have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate a collaborative approach to research and innovation in the field of AI.
In a virtual ceremony, the MoU was signed by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MBZUAI, and Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop, in the presence of Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim President at MBZUAI; Dr. Ling Shao, Executive Vice President and Provost at MBZUAI; Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement at MBZUAI, and Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop.
MBZUAI and Hyperloop will engage the best AI minds of both teams to seek three core purposes: joint fundamental research in several key AI domains, such as computer vision; massively parallel cloud computing initiatives and a range of solution-oriented commercial projects in the smart transportation industry.
Transporting passengers and goods at speeds exceeding 1,000km/h, hyperloop is a completely new form of transport with the aim to become the most sustainable means of mass transportation of the 21st century. The potential of AI, which is fundamental to Virgin Hyperloop’s future operations in the Middle East, will form the core basis to explore knowledge exchange opportunities between MBZUAI and Virgin Hyperloop.
Speaking on the release, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber said: “This partnership exemplifies the immense capacity of AI to reshape the world around us by breaking boundaries. Virgin Hyperloop will change the way we move around the world. MBZUAI will help enable this by providing access to some of the world’s most talented AI professionals, as well as superior research facilities, which can contribute to realizing Virgin Hyperloop’s vision.”
Sultan Bin Sulayem said:
Mr. Dhaliwal said:
MBZUAI will offer Master of Science, MSc, and PhD level programs while also engaging policymakers and businesses around the world so that AI is harnessed as a force for positive transformation.
The University has already begun the process of vetting the applications for 2021 intake, with thousands of applications received from over 80 countries.