Celebrated academic and thought leader in machine learning and AI research, UC Berkeley Distinguished Professor Michael I Jordan, has been named laureate professor at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). He will also be honorary director of a new Laureate Faculty Programme, which he will help build with MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing.

Jordan’s appointment brings a wealth of experience to the university, and to the country, in artificial intelligence; in the interface of computer science and statistics; and in computational biology, natural language processing, and signal processing.
He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society. In 2016, he was cited by Science Magazine as the most influential author in computer science. And he holds an honorary doctorate from Yale University.
The Laureate Faculty Programme, which Jordan will help develop, recognises the unique and impactful contributions that globally renowned AI researchers, like Jordan, bring to the university community and the country.
MBZUAI, the UAE and the region benefit from the knowledge, skills and reputation of laureate faculty in the building of a vibrant academic culture and in the transfer of knowledge into impact for the local economy and academic talent pool.
The programme, which is the brainchild of Professor Xing, aims to be a “unique venue for leading researchers to dive into areas of inquiry, build research teams and communities, and carry out intimate scientific exchanges without worrying about administrative burdens and lack of access to funding, computing infrastructure, and data.”
Jordan joins as the first honorary director of the Laureate Faculty Programme at a critical moment in the institution’s development. MBZUAI established the Programme to recognise the unique and impactful contributions of globally renowned AI researchers who have taken up faculty positions at the university.
“Professor Jordan’s stature, both as a global academic, and as a leading mind in AI and machine learning, makes him the ideal person to lead our new Laureate Faculty Programme,” MBZUAI President, Professor Eric Xing said. “With this appointment, we’re seeking to deliver maximum impact for our student body, for our institutional partners, and for the UAE.”
Jordan was one of 16 eminent faculty to be featured as part of the inaugural cohort of the MBZUAI Executive Programme including faculty from MIT, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford and more. The Executive Programme was one highlight among many in the university’s second year that included student successes on the global academic stage, the signing of MoUs with global institutions, and the appointment of globally known faculty.-- TradeArabia News Service


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