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 and apply these solutions to improve the efficiency in services and contribute to excellence in government performance.
The AI lab, which was announced at GITEX Technology Week 2019 that took place at the Dubai World Trade Center until October 10, 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. Using the latest technologies is one of the key pillars that will help ADDA propel the emirate’s digital future as a leading global hub for technological innovation.
The ’AI 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 Visualization. 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.
provides the opportunity to master the use of AI and machine learning techniques and equipment, develop simulation models, and interact with all AI experts. The TRA has trained more than 70 Abu Dhabi Government employees on AI technologies. It also plans to train 120 more to be trained over the next two months. The Authority has made the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory available to all government employees in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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. One of its key focus was exploring initiatives that will enhance government work at all levels based on AI solutions, in line with the UAE Strategy for Artificial intelligence.
H.E. Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of 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.
H.E Dr. Al Saadi added: “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.”
She emphasized 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. Dr. Al Saadi further commented that having the skills will enable them to employ AI tools in developing government services in the Emirate.
As part of its joint initiative with IBM, ADDA held a series of training courses, interactive workshops and panel discussions for Abu Dhabi Government employees, where AI experts discussed practical applications based on AI technologies. The initiative was aimed at raising awareness about today’s emerging technologies among employees and support their decision-making when it comes to creating innovative government solutions for all sectors in the Emirate.