|24 July, 2019

Omar Sultan Al Olama: Artificial Intelligence is among top topics of interest for Emirati youth

2nd edition of The UAE AI Summer Camp launched across the country

Dubai: His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, stressed that modern technology has been increasingly grabbing the attention of the Emirati youth, a key indicator to the importance of enhancing their skills and knowledge on the tools and applications of artificial intelligence to help them create their own future.

This came at the launch of the 2nd edition of the UAE AI Summer Camp in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain, witnessing wide participation of school students and university undergraduates from all over the country.

His Excellency added that the initiative reflects the objectives of the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 to be a leading country in Artificial intelligence by building a generation of talented young people capable of employing modern technology, and it supports the strategic directions of the UAE in employing artificial intelligence to anticipate future challenges and develop an integrated development process in line with the constant changes in various sectors.

The UAE AI Summer Camp aims to establish a new generation of technology experts and enable them to take part in manufacturing the future, to strengthen the UAE economy by developing a business environment based on investment in artificial intelligence and modern technology. The camp will help train more than 10,000 students in AI skills by the end of 2019.

Government Cooperation

The four-day event is organized by the UAE National Program for Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with AREA 2071, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority, the eGovernment Authority in Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain Smart Government Department.

The camp allows participants the opportunity to learn about emerging technologies, and how to employ artificial intelligence to achieve sustainable development goals and design innovative solutions to the challenges of the future.

Sessions and In-depth Workshops

This year, students are participating in a variety of training sessions and workshops covering the latest technological trends, with the aim of acquiring new skills, developing current ones, as well as understanding the impact and application of such advanced technologies.

These sessions include a detailed workshop on the application of Arduino, an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Students will be introduced to motors, H-Bridge and ultrasonic sensors and their use on the Arduino board to build and program autonomous obstacle avoiding vehicle system.

Students will also gain a robust understanding on artificial intelligence, its uses and impact on key industries. The workshop covers foundational machine learning algorithms, starting with supervised and unsupervised learning, to exploring deep learnings of recent advancements in the field of AI. Students will be engaged in various activities related to AI, this includes hands-on experience with AI-powered Cozmo robot.

During the AI Summer Camp, students will also be introduced to different concepts of robots and robotics, learning the fundamentals of robotic arms and their purpose of use. They will be familiarized with its mechanical features and trained on how to program it.

In addition, students will experience working with drones, in a specific workshop that highlights latest advancements in this technology. Students will learn how to pilot a drone including its safety procedures, familiarize themselves with aerodynamics concepts which allow them to apply different scenarios to practice and enhance their piloting skill.

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