The ISSAI team, including Deputy Director Yerbol Absalyamov, Senior Data Scientist Askat Kuzdeuov, Data Scientist Madina Abdrakhmanova, Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Tolegen Akhmetov, and Senior PR Coordinator Aliya Mukhidinova, actively participated in Digital Almaty 2024, one of the largest digital forums in Eurasia. The event was jointly organized by the Digital and Space Ministry of Kazakhstan, Akimat of the City of Almaty, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan from February 1 to 3.
The sixth Digital Almaty forum, held in 2024, was themed “Industry X – Digital Evolution of the Future”. It convened statesmen from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries, along with leading experts and entrepreneurs. The aim was to share experiences and ideas on ushering in a new era of digital industry.
At the forum, the ISSAI team showcased several new research projects, including Tilmash, Soyle, ISSAI Dauys App, and Kazakh text-to-speech 2. These projects were presented to the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Alikhan Smailov, and the Eurasian Economic Union delegation. During the plenary session, Prime Minister Smailov announced that supercomputers would be available to the country’s research institutes by the end of 2024.
In the Innovation Zone, ISSAI postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Tolegen Akhmetov, demonstrated an augmented reality solution for industrial safety. This demonstration piqued the interest of industry representatives, students, researchers, and the general public.
Professor Yaacob Ibrahim of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), who is also Singapore’s former Minister-in-charge of Cybersecurity, met with Professor Atakan Varol, the Founding Director of ISSAI. They discussed the future prospects of AI development in Kazakhstan. Professor Varol also delivered a presentation during the Machine Learning panel session at the forum.
Throughout the forum, the ISSAI stand was bustling with dialogues and guests, including well-known economist and journalist Rakhim Oshakbayev, Assem Zhapisheva, the founder and journalist of the Masa media platform, and many others.