AI & 5G: UNIDO’s Global Alliance on AI at MWC’24

Barcelona, 26 February, 2024 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted a dynamic roundtable discussion at the Mobile World Congress 2024, delving into the symbiotic relationship between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and 5G technology in advancing industrial digitalization. Titled “AIM Global Roundtable: AI and 5G Advanced Implementation,” the event brought together a diverse array of experts and thought leaders to explore the transformative potential of these technologies.

In the fast-paced world of technological innovation, AI and 5G are emerging as pivotal forces reshaping industrial processes and operations. Recognizing this paradigm shift, UNIDO convened a distinguished panel of speakers and participants to delve into the nuances of their integration and application across various industrial sectors.

The event featured high level keynote speeches, including from Ciyong Zou, UNIDO Deputy to the Director General and Managing Director. These speeches provided valuable insights into the role of AI and 5G Advanced as foundational elements for industrial digitalization.

The roundtable discussion, moderated by Laura Rinker from the University of Hohenheim, fostered an engaging dialogue with esteemed academics and industry professionals from UNIDO, the Technical University of Madrid, IESE Business School, Siemens Austria, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, among others.

Organized under the umbrella of the UNIDO Global Alliance on AI for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM Global), the event provided a vibrant platform for stakeholders to explore the integration of AI and 5G in industrial digitalization. AIM Global, led by UNIDO, fosters collaboration to advance ethical AI adoption in manufacturing and industrial processes, driving sustainable global development. Key themes explored during the event included practical applications and impacts of AI and 5G Advanced technologies, and their implications for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the industry. The discussions underscored the pivotal role of digitalization in driving industrial innovation and sustainability.

“The AIM Global Roundtable provided a valuable platform for stakeholders to exchange insights and best practices in leveraging AI and 5G to accelerate industrial digitalization,” remarked UNIDO Deputy to the Director General Ciyong Zou. “By fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing, we aim to harness the full potential of these technologies to create a more inclusive and sustainable industrial landscape.”

AIM Global was presented at several panels and side-events during the MWC, including: “Better together: Bring 5.5g into reality” and Smart Farming and the Transformation of Agricultural Industry in the LAC, which discussed novel approaches to revitalizing the agro-industrial sector, improving food security, boosting employment and enhancing agricultural value chains. These approaches involve adopting efficient and sustainable farming techniques powered by geographic information systems (GIS) that optimize resource use, mitigate environmental impacts and increase yields. MWC Barcelona, renowned as the world’s premier mobile communications industry event, provides an ideal platform for such critical discussions. Attended by industry leaders, academics, and stakeholders, the event serves as a nexus for unveiling cutting-edge technologies and driving forward the global digital agenda.


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