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Details of Saudi Crown Prince’s innovation-packed visit to Boston

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited the IBM Watson Health Center and Mechatronics Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston on Saturday on the second leg of his US tour.

During the visit, IBM Watson's Senior Vice-President, David Kenny, briefed the Crown Prince with a video presentation on artificial intelligence and improved research performance on drugs using artificial intelligence.

Prince Mohammed met with MIT President Leo Rafael Reif, who accompanied the Crown Prince on a tour of the institute and visited the Mechatronics Lab, which uses modern technologies in artificial limbs.

At the Institute's Innovation Exhibition, the crown prince saw many examples of modern AI innovations and selected technical products for a number of Saudi universities and companies.

Four agreements were signed between MIT, Aramco, SABIC, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

The signing of these scientific and technological cooperation agreements took place on the sidelines of the Innovation to Impact Forum held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The most prominent of these agreements was a partnership between MIT and KAUST to collaborate on a new Saudi project named "Future Destination." The partnership includes joint agreements on research, student exchanges and entrepreneurship.

With the framework of its research and scientific cooperation with MIT, KAUST reviewed the use of bio-energy in the field of oil and gas exploration, and using alternative energy for smart cities and various other areas, including networks for the Internet of Things, in addition to the introduction of a new generation of sensors to monitor the state of the Red Sea and its organisms, to preserve the environment and protect them for future generations.

In the KAUST pavilion at the Forum, four programs were presented. The first, an advanced research program, seeks to invest in future technologies. The second program aims to promote innovation at all stages through a technology investment project in emerging companies. The third aims to establish an environment that will contribute to increasing bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the United States. The fourth program aims at qualifying talented researchers in Saudi Arabia through the Technology Leaders Program, which provides a unique opportunity to advance Saudi researchers and students.

In the SABIC booth, specialized products were exhibited in the plastics engineering industry, and specialized techniques in the manufacture of automobiles, sanitary equipment and medical devices.

At the Aramco pavilion, the Saudi Aramco Research Center in Boston presented models of the Center's programs, including the 70% crude oil conversion of chemicals, oil and gas simulation program, 3D manufacturing, nanotechnology and CO2 conversion to chemicals to reduce emissions.