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MBZUAI Introduces Specialised Graduate Programs in Robotics and Computer Science



MBZUAI has taken a significant step in addressing the increasing global demand for robotics and computer science disciplines by establishing two new departments and launching four associated graduate programs. The rise in demand for these fields is projected to reach USD $225 billion for robotics and $140 billion for computer science by 2030.

These new departments will complement MBZUAI’s existing computer vision (CV), machine learning (ML), and natural language processing (NLP) departments, which are already ranked among the top 20 globally by CSRankings. The aim is to serve as academic homes for faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and students pursuing studies in robotics and computer science.

In line with the formation of the new departments, MBZUAI has introduced master’s and Ph.D. programs in both disciplines. These programs will contribute to the development of the UAE’s artificial intelligence ecosystem, reinforcing its position as an international hub for AI research and innovation.

MBZUAI President and University Professor, Eric Xing, emphasized the university’s commitment to fostering research excellence and innovation in AI, while also empowering students to become pioneers with highly sought-after skills in advanced AI tools and applications across various industries.

The Robotics Department will focus on cutting-edge research, emphasizing robot learning and algorithms rather than the development of new robot hardware. Topics of interest include deep learning, control theory, human-robot interaction, precision agriculture, and environment monitoring, among others. Robotics has transformative potential across industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation, making robotics expertise in high demand globally.

On the other hand, the Computer Science Department will delve into foundational technologies driving IT’s exponential growth, with a focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability. The global computer science job market is thriving, with projections showing a 14.5% CAGR from 2021 to 2027, and an estimated 3.5 million jobs by 2026. The program will cater to the high demand for advanced computer science skills, both in the UAE and worldwide.

The master’s and Ph.D. programs in robotics and computer science are designed to span two and four years, respectively, with compulsory internships integrated into the curriculum. These programs will offer students a blend of theoretical knowledge and industry engagement to maximize their impact in the field.

MBZUAI Acting Provost, Professor Timothy Baldwin, emphasized that the university’s distinctive and globally competitive programs in robotics and computer science will equip students with deep skills in AI and robotics, positioning them at the forefront of academia, industry, and government.

As of now, there are no comparable programs in the UAE, allowing MBZUAI to distinguish itself and position the country as a global AI leader. The interdisciplinary nature of AI will be highlighted as these departments integrate computer science and robotics with fields like CV, ML, and NLP. Applications for the 2024 admissions year will open on September 1, 2023, providing students with an opportunity to be part of these groundbreaking programs.

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Ugreen Debuts Robot-Shaped Nexode RG 65W GaN Charger



Tech accessory maker Ugreen has launched a unique addition to the fast charger market – the Nexode RG 65W. This charger stands out not just for its powerful performance, but also for its playful design resembling a small robot.

The Nexode RG boasts a compact size made possible by Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. This allows it to deliver a powerful 65W output, enough to rapidly charge laptops in about 30 minutes. Additionally, it features two USB-C ports and a single USB-A port, enabling users to charge three devices simultaneously.

The Nexode RG also boasts functional extras. Removable “boots” offer a playful touch while doubling as a stand and a protective cover for the prongs during travel. For user safety, the charger features a built-in temperature monitor to prevent overheating, short circuits, and overvoltage. Ugreen goes a step further by constructing the Nexode RG with flame-retardant materials, providing additional peace of mind.

Key Features of the Ugreen Nexode RG 65W Charger:

  1. 65W Fast Charging: Power up devices such as laptops and smartphones rapidly with GaN technology.
  2. Triple Port Charging: Charge up to three devices simultaneously with two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.
  3. Compact Design: GaN technology allows for a small and portable form factor.
  4. Robot Design: A playful design with different facial expressions and removable stand “boots.”
  5. Safety Features: Built-in safeguards for overcharging, overheating, and short circuits.

The Ugreen Nexode RG 65W charger is now available for AED 189.

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Sony Intros ULT POWER SOUND Series of Speakers and Headphones



Sony Middle East and Africa has launched ULT POWER SOUND series – a new series of wireless speakers and headphones designed to make you feel like you have dived into the front row of the arena. Built for music lovers, it produces powerful deep sound designed to make your heart tremble. The new range consists of wireless speakers ULT TOWER 10, ULT FIELD 7, ULT FIELD 1, and wireless headphones ULT WEAR. All models in the series include the ULT button, providing signature sound quality by enhancing the music with one or two different sound modes.

Turn your home into party central with massive bass, 360° Party Sound, 360° Party Light and karaoke, thanks to a supplied wireless mic. You can even connect the speaker to your TV to boost the sound of the things you love to watch.

Liven up your day with punchy bass and expressive lighting wherever you go. The ULT FIELD 7 lets you take the party anywhere thanks to the waterproof and dustproof construction plus a long battery life means you can party for longer. You can even connect to a mic for karaoke on the go.

Bring your favourite tunes anywhere with enhanced bass built into a compact package with the ULT FIELD 1. Complete with a multi-way strap for ease of use, take your waterproof, dustproof and even shockproof speaker anywhere for longer, thanks to a long battery life.

With exceptional bass and improved Noise Cancelling, Sony’s new ULT WEAR headphones let you bring your favourite festival or club feel with you, everywhere you go.

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Safari to Get Smarter? Leaked Code Hints at AI Assistant



Eagle-eyed developer Nicolás Álvarez has spotted clues in Apple’s backend code suggesting a major upgrade for Safari in iOS 18: a browsing assistant powered by artificial intelligence. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris confirmed the existence of the code, but details remain scarce.

The assistant might leverage Apple’s privacy-focused iCloud Private Relay to transmit relevant data for analysis, potentially requiring an iCloud+ subscription. This aligns with the rumoured focus on generative AI in iOS 18, aiming to streamline iPhone experiences.

Several browsers already boast AI tools like Microsoft Edge’s GPT-4-powered Copilot and Arc Search’s webpage summarization. Apple’s assistant could offer similar functionality or even go beyond.

Another intriguing discovery by Álvarez was “Encrypted Visual Search” within the code. While details are sparse, it could be related to last year’s leak of a “Visual Search” feature for Apple’s unreleased Vision Pro headset. This feature allowed copying and pasting real-world text into apps. Perhaps Apple is refining the technology for a secure iPhone debut, or it might be an extension of the existing Visual Look Up feature for identifying objects in photos.

With Apple’s WWDC keynote scheduled for June 10th, we can expect official details on these potential features in just a few months. So, get ready for a potentially smarter Safari experience in iOS 18!

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