4th Saudi Star Drift Championship kicks off

Abdullah Bakhashab, Abdullah Sobh and Tarek Turk address a press conference before the start of the 4th Saudi Star Drift Championship.
Updated 14 November 2017
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4th Saudi Star Drift Championship kicks off

The 4th Saudi Star Drift Championship kicked off in the Kingdom on Nov. 10 amid fierce competition and excitement following the success of the competition in the past three years. The championship consists of four rounds being held all over the country. It is organized by Abdullah Bakhashab, Saudi motorsport developer, under the patronage of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and is sponsored by Nissan Saudi Arabia, Total Saudi Arabia and Alif Alif FM.
The first round took place on Friday at the Alkhobar Corniche, while the second round will be held on Nov. 24 in Riyadh at the Dirab Circuit. The third round will be launched in Baha in December at Al-Aqeeq on King Fahd Road whereas the last round will take place in Jeddah on Dec. 20-21 at the International Exhibition and Convention Center, Madinah Road.
Bader Al-Houssami, CEO, Nissan Saudi Arabia, said: “Nissan is proud to be a pioneer in developing motor sport championships in the region, especially in Saudi Arabia. We are committed to sponsoring this championship which has been running for the past three years and developing the talents of youth who have proved their capability and skills regionally and globally. We are more than delighted to partner with Abdullah Bakhashab. We will continue to sponsor more sports championships for youth.”
Tarek Turk, marketing director, Total Saudi Arabia, said: “Total is keen to support and sponsor such championships in line with Total Global strategy focusing on supporting youth sports. We are committed to developing all types of youth sports in the Kingdom, especially the ones that are very popular among youngsters. We participated in sponsoring the Hail Rally and noticed that the sport was very popular among youth. We want to expand our partnership in these events. We are glad to be a part of such sports which attract a wide segment of youth under the supervision of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation.”
Bakhashab added: “I would like to thank Nissan Saudi Arabia, Total Saudi Arabia and Alif Alif FM for sponsoring this event and for their constant support for Saudi youth. These events help young Saudis to acquire more skills and experience.”


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”