Federal Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives, Prof Ahsan Iqbal highlighted the indispensable role of the National Center of Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) in advancing economic growth through the utilization of AI technologies for modern knowledge-based economies.
He made these remarks while inaugurating the AI – TechVerse 2023 at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) on Tuesday. The event was attended by senior officials, industry leaders, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and students from all over Pakistan. AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time, and it has already made a significant impact on society, remarked the Minister while addressing the opening ceremony of the event. He called for increased collaboration and dedication to leverage AI’s potential and create a prosperous future for all. “From healthcare to finance, entertainment education.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister praised NCAI’s contributions to Pakistan’s innovation and growth. He emphasized the pivotal role of NCAI in developing a new generation of thought leaders who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to steer Pakistan toward progress in the digital age. The Minister applauded NCAI for being more than just a hub for AI research and development.
It is noted that six national centres which include Robotics and automation, Artificial intelligence, Cyber security, Cloud computing and big data, GIS/ Space Applications, and Livestock Breeding, Genetics and Genomics were established by the Planning Minister in 2017-18. Minister had directed these centres to explore central Asia as a potential market and also asked them for brand development and international marketing of their products and technologies.
AI TechVerse 2023 featured discussions, debates, and workshops conducted by experts in the field, providing participants with new insights and perspectives on the latest AI trends and developments. A total of 173 research paper submissions were received for the IEEE International Conference on AI, with 37 papers being shortlisted for presentation. The conference attracted renowned authors and researchers from around the world, including Norway, the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Germany, Sweden, and Kuwait.
NCAI has been actively engaged in policymaking for national and international bodies concerning AI and its allied technologies. Its diverse team of researchers and experts provides a holistic approach to AI research and innovation, ensuring a wide range of perspectives and expertise.