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Sunday, November 29 2020 - 22:59
World's first graduate-level AI university appoints world-renowned academic Eric Xing as President
ABU DHABI, UAE, Nov. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet / --

The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the 
world's first graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) 
university, has appointed renowned AI academic Professor Dr. Eric Xing as 
President. Professor Dr. Xing will lead MBZUAI as the first intake of graduate 
students are set to commence studies in January 2021. 

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced 
Technology and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees, said: "We are excited 
to welcome Professor Dr. Xing as the president of MBZUAI. He is one of the 
world's foremost academics in the field of AI, and an exceptional business 
leader who understands the practical application of artificial intelligence. We 
are confident that Professor Dr. Xing will bring immense expertise to MBZUAI 
and our ambitions in this industry."  

Ranked as one of the top computer science professors worldwide, Professor Dr. 
Xing joins MBZUAI from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, where he most 
recently served as Associate Department Head of Research at the Machine 
Learning Department, part of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. 
Additionally, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Machine Learning 
and Health, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Medical 
Center. Professor Dr. Xing has also spent time as Visiting Associate Professor 
at Stanford University, and as Visiting Research Professor at Facebook Inc. 

A highly recognised and award-winning member of the AI community, the new 
MBZUAI President has authored or contributed to more than 370 research papers 
and reports. His research has been cited more than 35,000 times by leading 
academics and academic journals. 

Professor Dr. Xing is also the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of 
Petuum, Inc, which has raised over $120 million funding since 2016 and was 
selected as a 2018 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Dr. Xing said: "AI is one of the most 
transformational technologies of our time, with the potential to have an 
immeasurable positive impact on economies, industries, and society. As 
President of MBZUAI, my vision is to build and enable a generation of leaders 
who have the necessary understanding, expertise, and skills to unlock the full 
potential of AI through academic research and industry applications. It is a 
privilege to have this opportunity to lead such a ground-breaking 
establishment, and do so in the UAE, a country that has made AI a strategic 
national priority." 

Since launching in October 2019, MBZUAI has achieved several important 
milestones, including the completion of its state-of-the-art campus in Masdar 
City and the successful completion of its first admissions cycle. The 
university recently extended admission offers to 101 students for the first 
academic year commencing in January 2021. Students accepted into the first 
cohort were selected from an elite group of 2,223 applicants of 97 different 
nationalities. Admitted students come from 31 countries.


SOURCE: Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)