PAF-IAST had got approval for establishing the Sino-Pak Center of Artificial Intelligence from Public Sector Development funds. The core objective of the center to build national capacity to carry out R&D in the emerging field of artificial intelligence by producing expertise through MS/PhD programs in collaboration with Chinese and Austrian universities. To solve local problems using AI and market them through the technology park. Provide high-value shared services to industrial partners. Develop an advanced workforce in AI and Data Science through training and applied work. Help in creating ecosystem for startups and spin-off companies to make Islamabad an IT hub for software companies/businesses. To lead other Pakistani universities, institutes, and industries into the era of artificial intelligence by managing and sharing the infrastructure and trained human resource.

Objectives

The Center aspires following scientific objectives:
  1. Build national capacity to carry out R&D in the emerging field of artificial intelligence by producing expertise through MS/PhD programs in collaboration with Chinese and Austrian universities.
  2. To solve local problems using AI and market them through the technology park.
  3. Local problems are eradicated through technology-based solutions, while commercialization will spur new employment opportunities
  4. Provide high-value shared services to industrial partners.
  5. Develop an advanced workforce in AI and Data Science through training and applied work.
  6. To engage faculty and students in applied research to fulfill the industrial requirement by providing innovative solutions, especially focusing on Pakistan’s social and economic fabric.
  7. To establish partnership with international research centers and leverage their rich experience to develop Center for Artificial Intelligence as an internationally renowned center in AI, attracting international projects and customers.
  8. Help in creating ecosystem for startups and spin-off companies to make Islamabad an IT hub for software companies/businesses.
  9. To lead other Pakistani universities, institutes and industry into the era of artificial intelligence by managing and sharing the infrastructure and trained human resource with them.

Research and Application / Product Development Focus Areas

Specifically, the proposed center will focus on the following scientific goals:
  1. Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for development of intelligent healthcare systems and smart rehabilitation devices.
  2. To help improve quality and ensure maximum yield of crops using advanced Artificial Intelligence technologies in agriculture
  3. Development of intelligent algorithms for monitoring and controlling of traffic and necessary surveillance using traffic and security cameras.
  4. Developing smart grids and intelligent power management systems for resolving the energy crisis of Pakistan.
  5. Prediction of floods and environmental disasters using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies for suggesting best preemptive measures.
  6. Bringing Artificial Intelligence into manufacturing technologies for enhancing industrial and strategic production.
  7. Developing intelligent software for Urdu speech recognition, real-time translation, and optical character recognition in order to bring Urdu language at par with other major languages in the digital world.
  8. To develop Artificial Intelligence tools for use in various sectors critical to socio-economic development of Pakistan. These include finance, defense, creative learning and education etc.