8th April 2024

Representatives of the US Embassy Astana visited ISSAI laboratories

On April 8th, representatives of the US Embassy in Astana, including Mr. Gregory Sadowski, economic assistant, and political officer Mr. Benjamin Overby, visited the ISSAI laboratories. During this visit, the esteemed guests were informed about the Institute’s recent developments and achievements.

The visit began with a presentation by ISSAI postdoctoral researcher Azamat Yeshmukhametov, who showed the latest innovations in using artificial intelligence for robotics and highlighted their adaptability in various fields. Following this, postdoctoral researcher Zhanat Makhataeva shared her research on a project involving AR and AI, with a focus on external object representation and the advancement of AR-assisted technology to aid people with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

ISSAI deputy director of operations Yerbol Absalyamov demonstrated the Institute’s research advancements in AI for the Kazakh language, computer vision, facial recognition, and AR developments.

Additionally, a separate meeting was organized with Prof. Atakan Varol, Mr. Yerbol Absalyamov, and data scientist Aknur Karabay. Representatives of the US Embassy expressed interest in the Institute’s computational resources, future plans for development, project commercialization, and possible cooperation with universities and institutes in the United States. In response, the ISSAI team inquired about the current situation regarding sanctions that affect the supply of Nvidia products to Kazakhstan. Mr. Gregory Sadowski and Mr. Benjamin Overby replied that they did not have information on this issue but would clarify it with their colleagues from the Export Control Department. Both sides expressed gratitude for the meeting and showed interest in future collaboration.

The guests from the embassy mentioned that they had previously conducted meetings with the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, NIT JSC, and Astana Hub concerning the development of AI in Kazakhstan.

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