SHARJAH, With the creation of smart cities high on the UAE government's agenda, a new course from the Centre for Executive and Professional Education, CEPE, at the American University of Sharjah, AUS, will help executives apply the benefits of Artificial Intelligence, AI, to their Smart City projects.

The Certificate in AI for Smart Cities is being delivered by CEPE in conjunction with the AUS College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Topics to be covered include Big Data, Machine Learning, Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Cyber Security and Blockchain, and Cloud Computing.

Participants require no prior knowledge of AI, as the course has been designed for mid- to high-level executives from across the Middle East tasked with developing Smart City solutions. It is an introductory course intended for those who want to better understand how AI can transform their operations, with a focus on learning from global best practice and case studies.

AI holds enormous value for the UAE and wider GCC. A recent report from PwC found that AI will likely generate US$15.7 trillion for the global economy by 2030. The same report suggested the UAE will see AI contribute to approximately 14 percent of the GDP by 2030 equivalent to $96 billion. The report also points out that the impact of AI may be even greater at both the regional and the global level if governments and industries continue to promote and invest in innovations driving AI.

AI has the potential to overcome intractable challenges with urban development such as energy and water consumption, traffic congestion, crime, education and administrative inefficiencies. As the Middle East undergoes a population boom and cities become more congested, utilising AI to make cities run more efficiently and effectively will be critical to maintaining and improving inhabitants' standard of living.

Several AI and Smart City faculty experts from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will deliver the course. The coordinator of the course, Dr. Fadi Aloul, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, believes educating those responsible for leading government and business in how to exploit AI is essential for the realisation of its potential in the region.

Source: Emirates News Agency