Klitschko, Hakkinen to star at sports AI summit in Dubai

Klitschko, Hakkinen at sports summit in Dubai

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen will headline a stellar cast of speakers at the first of its kind conference in Dubai.

The Dubai Artificial Intelligence in Sports (DAIS) conference and exhibition will be held on October 14-15 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Organised by Dubai Sports Council, DAIS will bring together top decision-makers from the world of sport and leading minds from the world of Artificial Intelligence to showcase the benefits of a union between the two, a statement said.

The two-day event will provide the most complete picture yet of the scope of AI’s ability to enhance every facet of the global sports industry, and “The Flying Finn” Hakkinen, winner of the F1 World Championship in 1998 and 1999, has signed up for DAIS along with Klitschko and a number of other high-profile names.

Hakkinen will be sharing the stage alongside Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Championship, and Bibop Gresta, chairman of Transportation Technologies, on Day 2 of the conference, discussing The Future of Sports, while Klitschko will headline the closing session of Day 1, titled Sporting Legends – My Vision for Sport, alongside Veikka Gustafsson, a Finnish mountaineer who has ascended all 14 8,000m-plus mountains in the world without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Other speakers at the conference include Colin Webster, president of Intel ESport Federation; Christian Guttmann, a leading scientist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science; Prof Marc Raibert, who was professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT before founding Boston Dynamics, a robotics company known for creating BigDog, Atlas, Spot, and Handle; Bryn Balcombe; chief strategy officer for Roborace, a motorsport competition for human and AI drivers; Donnie Nelson, general manager of Dallas Mavericks; and Stephane Houdet, a French wheelchair tennis player and former world No 1.

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