Spanish Company VirtuE R&D to join Sharjah RTI Park

Spanish AISharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park, has welcomed VirtuE R&D, a Spanish company specialised in the development of AI application for phycology

The company has plans to launch a scientific research centre to pursue the development of game-based digital programmes, utilising AI technologies to promote a more self-conscious society.

“This addition to our community comes in line with the vision and directives of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Federal Supreme Council of the UAE and the sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, aiming to develop all methodologies and approaches of learning and sustainable knowledge transfer to the local community in Sharjah and the UAE,” said Hussein Al Mahmoudi, CEO of Sharjah RTI Park.

The launch of this project reflects a major step forward to bring about the necessary up-to-date expertise and technology through knowledge transfer to help achieve development and success in this rapidly changing world by transferring the necessary modern skills, knowledge and science.

These partnerships built up by the Sharjah RTI Park are in line with the UAE Strategy for artificial intelligence, aimed to break the ice for the UAE to become best in all areas worldwide and to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071 through the highly efficient investment and application of the latest AI technologies and tools in all fields of work, along with the optimal investment of all potentials, and employing the available human and physical resources and capabilities in a creative manner that helps accelerate the execution of development programmes and projects to reach the future.

“Using deep learning processes based on Affective Computing and Artificial Neural Networks, we aim to compute the mapping of the human limbic system through a game-based, wholly digitised therapy system, capable of replicating exactly every benefit provided by a human therapist, but at a fraction of the cost and free from the human error, such as non-objective diagnoses and personal projections, that traditional therapy is heir to,” said project founders.

According to the WHO, mental disorders affect one of every four people globally and represent one of the most frequent causes of illness and disability worldwide. Every day hundreds of millions of people suffering from a mental disorder go untreated, due to the prohibitively high cost of and limited access to a human therapist, as well as the dissuading power of all associated stigmas.

The Health and Wellness market, valued today at US$4.2tn, has grown by 12.8 per cent over the last two years, according to The Global Wellness Institute.

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