Inaugural joint Skoltech-UoS workshop focuses on AI applications and new technologies

Skoltech and the University of Sharjah (UoS) held a joint workshop on October 6, where researchers discussed opportunities for further cooperation in AI research between the two partner institutions. Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, and Skoltech Provost Keith Stevenson, opened the online workshop, welcoming the participants.

In November 2019, UoS and Skoltech signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at cooperation in the field of higher education, scientific research and community service, with a focus on a number of topics ranging from biotechnology to artificial intelligence and quantum technologies.


Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah


The October 2020 workshop topics included artificial intelligence and machine learning in healthcare diagnostics and drug discovery; applications of AI technologies in cybersecurity, robotics and computer vision, and aerospace engineering; as well as advanced manufacturing and materials, and renewable energy and power systems.

“We hold collaboration with our international partners as a top priority. Artificial intelligence is one of the key strategic areas supported by the government of UAE <…> I hope that this joint workshop between the University of Sharjah and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology will lead to the exchange of ideas on the use of AI in many fields. We also look forward to continuing joint collaborative research projects, consolidating the experts of both institutions,” Professor Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy said.

As Skoltech Provost Keith Stevenson noted, “one of the things that Skoltech aims to be is a leader in artificial intelligence, building on its strengths not only in applied mathematics but in computational sciences and other basic sciences.”

“The topic today of artificial intelligence is one of our largest programs, with the critical need of the Russian Federation and the global need for creating new methodologies and new technologies that stem from the applications of AI. As a scientist myself, it’s quite encouraging to see so many willing to come and tackle some of the biggest problems in the world,” Stevenson added.

The workshop participants decided, among other things, to look into organizing a joint international conference in AI and even a joint lab to work on this promising avenue of research. The next joint workshop is tentatively planned for the spring of 2021.

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