Software company Microsoft and Irish researchers will continue to work on a system that uses artificial intelligence to connect refugees to online education courses.
Richard Bruton, Ireland’s minister for communications, climate action and environment, said on 12 March that an international research contract signed to develop the system would be renewed. The project links Microsoft with academic researchers at Lero—the Irish Software Research Centre based at the University of Limerick—and at University College Dublin.
The team has developed a chatbot in Arabic and English called Hakeem, an Arabic name meaning wise. Young people will soon be able to use this bot to search for skills training, further study or a trade, showing how technology can help young people anywhere to gain access to online education and learning opportunities, the research team said.