Sino-Pak Center for Artificial Intelligence (SPCAI) organized the National Artificial Intelligence Forum (NAIF) 2021 here on Thursday at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology (PAF-IAST). Chairman Prime Ministar Task Force on Science and Technology Dr Atta ur Rahman inaugurated the forum.

The forum was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Government of Pakistan, and Pak-Austria Fachhochschule: Institute of Applied Sciences & Technology (PAF-IAST). Managing Director SPCAI Dr Atif Shakoor, CEO Care Dr. Shoaib, Vice Chairperson United Nation Commission on Science and Technology for Development Dr. A Min Tjoa also joined the event

While addressing on occasion Prof Dr Atta ur Rehman highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence and said that our youth should be equipped with modern knowledge and required skills to lead the country as innovation driving economies.

Dr Muhammad Mujahid, Rector PAF-IAST emphasized over skills orientation, focused and relevant research towards solving the problems and effective academia industry linkages. He also congratulated organisers over successful event.

NAIF was the first of its kind convention in the history of Pakistan, with an aim to gather policymakers, regulators, practitioners, experts, innovators, end-users, investor groups, researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, interested public, and representatives from various industries from Pakistan and abroad under one roof to initiate a grand national discourse about the importance and effectiveness of AI in socioeconomic settings. The forum is an effort to develop an awareness of the role and impact of AI in Pakistani society and industry, as well as industrial processes, social fabric, and economic growth.

More than twenty experts from various academic and industrial background, participated in the event as guest speakers. The cohort of speakers was also included internationally acclaimed experts currently serving in world-renowned educational institutes and AI-related companies. Other than guest speakers, more than 150 professionals from different walks of life attended the event as participants.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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