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KAUST Unveils New Google Collaboration Accelerating AI Research in Saudi Arabia

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has collaborated with Google to boost KAUST’s pursuit to advance research in multilingual, multimodal machine learning, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

According to the deal, Google announced $100,000 in seed research grants to AI researchers at KAUST.

The researchers will promote the use of generative and large language models (LLMs) in various topics, including health, cross-cultural language understanding, sustainability, privacy and education.

Google emphasized its unwavering support to empower local researchers and institutions to introduce relevant solutions to users, businesses and governments in an AI-first world.

“By investing in pioneering research with KAUST, we hope to continue fostering multilingual, multimodal machine learning breakthroughs that will benefit the region and beyond.” Sarah Al Husseini, Google’s Head of Public Policy in Saudi Arabia, said.

Furthermore, the Dean of the faculty in Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) at KAUST, Gianluca Setti, stressed that the new collaboration reflects Google’s recognition of the exceptional talents in KAUST’s CEMSE faculty.

“These grants will allow our faculty to strengthen the efforts in multilingual, multimodal Machine Learning, and the development of LLMs in areas with tremendous potential for societal impact,” Setti added.

The announcement of the new collaboration grants coincides with KAUST’s establishment of its new Center of Excellence in Generative AI.

The center is basically designed to accelerate progress in generative AI research and development in the Kingdom through the creation of general-purpose generative AI models.

Consequently, these models will provide the best suitable solutions for research, development, and innovation priorities in the Kingdom.

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