MBZUAI Talks Webinars

How will our cryptographic toolkit be impacted by quantum computers and Machine Learning?

Date: November 16th, 2021
Time: 6pm – 7pm GST

This talk will focus on the impact of quantum computers on cryptographic algorithms and the changes that are required to protect against both passive and active quantum attacks. We cover the new set of post quantum cryptographic (PQC) schemes that are being proposed to protect current and future systems, the implied security thereof, as well as their practicality when deployed in real world systems. I also discuss standardization efforts, industry challenges, and complexities of the roadmap to transition current cryptographic systems and secure communications solutions to quantum-resistant alternatives. We will also outline the role of Machine Learning in advancing cyber security solutions, including:

  1. Cryptographic schemes for privacy preserving technologies.
  2. Theoretical and implementation-focused (side channel) cryptanalysis techniques.
  3. Vulnerability management and automated incident response systems.

We cover the role of cryptography in securing Machine Learning models:

  1. Ensuring confidentiality of both data and model during training and classification.
  2. Protection of models from being tampered-with or introducing bias for profit or control.
  3. Protection against model poisoning.
  4. Introducing cryptographic randomness in training Deep Neural Networks.

Speaker: Professor Najwa Aaraj

Chief Researcher for the Cryptography Research Centre at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) & Adjunct Professor of Machine Learning @ MBZUAI


Advances in Operational Artificial Intelligence and Impact on Society

Date: October 19th, 2021
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

The talk presents an overview on the origins and the major advances accomplished lately in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and specifically Operational Artificial Intelligence. As demonstrated by the significant accomplishments made in this field, experts are heralding a new technological era that may well correspond to the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is expected that AI will grow the world ‘s GDP by 15% by 2025. This amounts to more than 15 Trillion dollars per year of growth. We are indeed on the cusp of revolutionary technological developments fuelled by advances made in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. These developments have impacted other technological innovations made in the field of Internet of Things, self-driving machines, virtual assistants, human machine intelligent interface, natural language and speech understanding, cognitive robotics, virtual care systems, eHealth and Fintech, to name a few. Although AI constitutes an umbrella of several interrelated technologies, all of which are aimed at imitating to a certain degree intelligent human behavior or decision making, deep learning algorithms are considered to be the driving force behind the explosive growth of AI and their applications in almost every scientific and technological sector: disease diagnosis, remote health care monitoring, financial market prediction, self-driving vehicles, social robots with cognitive skills, intelligent manufacturing, surveillance, cybersecurity, intelligent transportation systems, to name a few. The talk highlights the milestones that led to the current growth in AI, discusses some of the major achievements in the field of Operational AI, future directions and enumerates challenges in making the Operational AI useful to humanity and safe for society.

Speaker: Dr. Fakhri Karray

Professor and Provost @ MBZUAI


AI in Government

Date: September 7th, 2021
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

Description: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming the new norm in the digital domain. Some might even argue that it is a domain with its own dimension setting beside the digital domain. Organizations today are required to consider AI when they are embarking on any transformation activities. The same applies to governments around the world, where many have already started to utilize AI while others are still studying and exploring potential use cases. This talk will cover the following key points when it comes to AI adoption in the government:

• The history of digital transformation in government

• Why AI is a must for the government of the future

• Challenges of adopting AI

• Potential Use cases of AI in the government

• Recommendations for AI adoption in the government

Speaker: H.E. Dr. Mohamed Abdelhameed Al Askar 

Director General @ Abu Dhabi Digital Authority


From Performance-oriented AI to Production- and Industrial-AI

Date: April 6th, 2021  
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

Machine Learning systems for complex tasks – such as controlling industrial manufacturing processes in real-time; or writing medical imaging case reports – are becoming increasing sophisticated and consist of a large number of data, model, algorithm, and system elements and modules. Traditional performance-oriented bespoke approaches in the ML community are not suited to meet highly demanding industrial standards beyond performance, such as safety, energy-efficiency, and scalability typically expected in production systems in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.

In this talk, I discuss technical challenges toward production- and industrial-AI from the following aspects: theoretical foundation for panoramic learning with all experiences, compositional strategies for building Pan-ML programs from Lego-like blocks, optimization methods for tunning systems, and systems framework for scaling up and scaling out ML productions. I will provide a few examples of our effects to address each of these challenges in the form of first principle formula, new algorithms, software toolkits, and composable systems.

Speaker: Professor Eric Xing

President @ MBZUAI


Commercial Applications of AI with a focus on AI Infusion in China

Date: December 8th  
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

Artificial intelligence has become a driving force for technological innovation and positive progress around the world. Over the past 30 years, AI superpowers have emerged, leading the way in the development of AI and setting an example of how a supportive ecosystem enables AI, and technology development as a whole, to thrive.

In the upcoming MBZUAI Talks session, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee will be discussing the evolution of AI and how this technology is set to create tremendous value over the next decade. Like electricity did, AI will ultimately liberate us, as humans, to focus on what we are really good at.

Speaker: Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Board Member @ MBZUAI


Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ling Shao

EVP & Provost @ MBZUAI


The role of AI in Revolutionizing Autonomous Vehicles

Date: November 3rd 
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

Deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads promises increases in efficiency and safety, and requires evaluating risk, understanding the intent of human drivers, and adapting to different driving styles. Autonomous vehicles must have intelligent situation awareness and behave in safe and predictable ways without requiring explicit communication.

This talk describes new machine learning algorithms that enable increased capabilities for autonomous vehicles. Specifically, we will address how to integrate risk and behavior analysis in the control look of an autonomous car. I will also describe how Social Value Orientation (SVO), which captures how an agent’s social preferences and cooperation affect their interactions with others by quantifying the degree of selfishness or altruism, can be integrated in decision making and provide recent examples of developing and deploying self-driving vehicles with adaptation capabilities.

Speaker: Professor Daniela Rus

Board Member @ MBZUAI

Moderator: Dr. Behjat  AlYousef

EVP Outreach & Engagement @ MBZUAI


Evolution of Artificial Intelligence: Past, Current and Future

Date: October 6th 
Time: 6pm – 7:15pm GST

In this talk, I will highlight the major developments and breakthroughs in AI over the past decades and glance into its potential future. As we move through the history of AI developments, we will look at the inception of AI as a field, its historical perspective in the context of other scientific disciplines, major breakthroughs and notable events.

I will discuss in detail recent breakthroughs in deep learning and discuss the state-of-the-art deep learning-based methods in computer vision, image understanding, natural language processing, autonomous driving, game play and reinforcement learning. Finally, I will discuss the limitations of AI, possible future research directions and challenges associated with AI research.

Speaker: Dr. Munawar Hayat

Computer Vision Department @ MBZUAI

Biometric Recognition: How do I Know Who You are?

Date: September 1st
Time: 6pm – 7pm GST

Biometric recognition refers to the automated recognition of individuals based on their biological and behavioral traits such as fingerprint, face, iris, and voice. The first scientific paper on automated fingerprint matching was published by Trauring (1963). Since then, progress in representation and recognition approaches has enabled biometric systems to accurately recognize individuals in real-time in applications ranging from unlocking personal smartphones to large-scale national ID and law enforcement systems. Despite this progress, a number of challenges and lack of understanding continue to inhibit the full potential of biometrics. In this talk I would like to share with you some of these challenges, requirements, opportunities for basic and applied research, and some ongoing projects in my laboratory.

Speaker: Professor Anil K Jain

Board Member @ MBZUAI

Moderator: Professor Ling Shao

EVP & Provost @ MBZUAI


How Does AI Help Fight the COVID-19 pandemic?

Date: August 4th
Time: 6pm – 7pm GST

There is no doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming an integral part of our everyday life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AI has been extremely crucial in tackling not only the healthcare consequences of the disease but also other important implications which affect social, economic and policy making decisions. In this talk, I will present some innovative AI solutions which helped fight the pandemic on different scales. I will discuss how and where AI help

  • Detect, respond and recover from the pandemic
  • Predict infection
  • Facilitate healthcare solutions
  • Accelerate research to understand and treat COVID-19

Finally, I will touch on issues which emerge with using AI in fighting the pandemic such as privacy, the need for big data, generalisability of solutions, data noise, and human acceptance.

I illustrate these developments from my own work in: (i) imaging the liver and related organs for (non-alcoholic) fatty liver disease, steatohepatitis, liver cancer, and COVID recovery; and (ii) breast cancer. I conclude by looking forward to just a few of the many opportunities that are ripe for development.

Speaker: Dr. Mohammad Yaqub

Computer Vision Department @ MBZUAI

AI in Medical Imaging: With Examples from Cancer, COVID, and the Metabolic Syndrome

Date: July 7th
Time: 6pm – 7pm GST

Medical imaging has been developing rapidly providing important information to clinicians. It is increasingly quantitative – delivering precise numbers rather than pictures that rely on interpretation by a clinician. AI underpins medical image analysis because: medicine is complex so doctors need assistance; and because doctors are drowning in data when they need information.

I illustrate these developments from my own work in: (i) imaging the liver and related organs for (non-alcoholic) fatty liver disease, steatohepatitis, liver cancer, and COVID recovery; and (ii) breast cancer. I conclude by looking forward to just a few of the many opportunities that are ripe for development.

Speaker: Professor Sir Michael Brady

Interim President @ MBZUAI

Moderator: Professor Ling Shao

EVP & Provost @ MBZUAI


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