MBZUAI, Virgin Hyperloop team up for AI research in the Middle East

Collaboration seeks to accelerate global development of hyperloop technology and sustainable transport innovation in the Middle East

MBZUAI, Virgin Hyperloop, Artificial Intelligence

Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) and Virgin Hyperloop have joined hands to initiate a collaborative approach to research and innovation in the field of AI. The partnership will pursue three core objectives: joint fundamental research in several key AI domains, such as computer vision; massively parallel cloud computing initiatives, and a range of solution-oriented commercial projects in the smart transportation industry.

The potential of AI, which is fundamental to Virgin Hyperloop’s future operations in the Middle East, will form the core basis to explore knowledge exchange opportunities between MBZUAI and Virgin Hyperloop.

Speaking on the announcement, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “This partnership exemplifies the immense capacity of AI to reshape the world around us by breaking boundaries. Virgin Hyperloop will change the way we move around the world. MBZUAI will help enable this by providing access to some of the world’s most talented AI professionals, as well as superior research facilities, which can contribute to realising Virgin Hyperloop’s vision.”

His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem said: “Our region has great potential to emerge as a global powerhouse from the current economic situation. The transportation and technology sector – and that includes advancements in AI in particular – will define our regional capabilities in the long-term. The UAE’s education sector, through partnerships such as our new collaboration with MBZUAI, will have a meaningful role in enabling and driving this very exciting and growing industry.”

Mr. Dhaliwal said: “With hyperloop, we find ourselves at an important crossroads of transport innovation. AI will play an important part and it promises to transform the customer experience, from seamless check-ins to smooth system operations. Together with our institutional partners at MBZUAI, we want to further accelerate the global hyperloop development, leading to the commercialisation of the most sustainable means for mass transport in the 21st century.”

In a virtual ceremony, the MoU was signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MBZUAI, and His Excellency Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop, in the presence of Professor Sir Michael Brady, Interim President at MBZUAI; Dr. Ling Shao, Executive Vice President and Provost at MBZUAI; Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Executive Vice President for Outreach and Engagement at MBZUAI, and Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop.

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