Speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence as chief guest, Federal Minister for Science & Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain emphasised the critical importance of Artificial Intelligence in the modern era and its role in Digital Transformation, Knowledge Economy and development of Smart Cities.
Hosted by National Centre of Artificial Intelligence at National University of Sciences & Technology, the three-day international e-conference was virtually attended by participants from all over the world.
The Minister asserted that at present the concept of smart cities remains a novel idea in Pakistan, stressing the need for its comprehensive understanding. Highlighting the wide prospects of AI in developing Smart Cities.
He praised the lead role of NCAI in fostering AI-related R&D in Pakistan with an emphasis on indigenous technology development for the industry.
He further emphasised the significance of 5G, AI and drone technology, vis-à-vis aiding struggling farmers to improve crop yield, and, in so doing, contributing to the economic growth of the country.
Earlier, the conference was opened by Dr Yasar Ayaz, Chairman NCAI and Professor at NUST School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.
He highlighted the achievements of NCAI including the establishment of 9 research labs spread across 6 universities in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi, working on development of AI solutions both for the Public and Private sector in Pakistan.