Pakistan’s first AI lab nears completion under CPEC

ISLAMABAD   -   The work of Pakistan’s first high-standard artificial intelligence laboratory under CPEC at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) is being completed while the equipment installation is almost 100 percent finished, Gwadar Pro reported on Saturday.

At the beginning of this year, the laboratory under CPEC--Qingluan Artificial Intelligence Laboratory was officially established at NUST, with joint efforts of NUST and Guangzhou Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“Research, development and customisation is currently underway. I would say work is almost finished to 75 percent,” NUST China Study Centre’s   Deputy Director, Muhammad Khubaib Shabbir, told Gwadar Pro.

He said that the lab has been put into full use; both students and teaching staff are keen on researching Pattern and Facial Recognition algorithms.

“Currently, Cogniser-V1 intelligent video analysis project-a pilot project with the government of Pakistan, and a commercial project, namely GymBot are the main projects that are under development,” Muhammad   Shabbir revealed.

“Ideally, Cognizer-V1 is one of the most sophisticated surveillance equipment, which has the capability of converting ordinary cameras and surveillance equipment into a smart equipment, using AI and Computer Vision Algorithms,” he said.

In the case of Pakistan, the country is blessed with a large number of artificial intelligence application scenarios and a huge market, thanks to its world’s 6th largest population. Moreover, the country is never short on talents.

Due to the backward industrial conditions and obstruction of international exchanges during the epidemic, the progress of commercialisation in Pakistani scientific research institutes has been extremely slow.

“Our other key project, ‘GymBot’, can be a perfect example of science commercialisation. It is designed to be a deep learning device, using AI and Computer Vision Algorithms and serve as an auxiliary tool under various gym scenarios, monitoring whether the clients’ postures are correct.

Experts in various fields are joining the research team to finalise the product. The core functions have been developed already. Now what the team is doing is developing additional modules to integrate and research new areas to better customise the device,” said Muhammad   Shabbir while sharing details.

He said, “It is important to keep in mind that Guangzhou Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences has shared the source code for ‘GymBot’. This enabled the researchers from Pakistan to get first-hand experience of the latest results on AI developments and offered them a chance to learn from it, enhance it and make it more usable for the local community. This will most definitely open new doors of opportunities for Pakistanis.”

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