National Center of Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) was inaugurated at the main campus of National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) at NUST on 16th of March, 2018. Speaking at the occasion, Minister for Interior and Planning, Development and Reform Mr Ahsan Iqbal emphasized the importance of Artificial Intelligence for modern Knowledge-based Economies. Encouraging youth to take up research and education in the fields relating to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, he mentioned how the federal government’s laptop scheme has changed the knowledge landscape in Pakistan and brought Pakistan to one of the leading countries in the world in terms of Information Technologies-based entrepreneurship.
The labs and their respective Principal Investigators have been selected through a competitive evaluation and rigorous selection process carried out by Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Planning Commission of Pakistan. Out of all the chosen top researchers of Artificial Intelligence in Pakistan, NUST has been chosen as the best University on competitive grounds.
In his remarks on the occasion, Lt Gen Naveed Zaman HI (M), (Retd) appreciated the joint efforts of team of researchers from 6 universities that worked in close collaboration for preparing the proposal of the National Center.The inauguration ceremony was attended by experts of Artificial Intelligence both from academia and industry as well as students of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics from various universities across Pakistan.