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IIT Kharagpur innovation hub on AI & ML to translate research to industrially scalable products

IIT Kharagpur innovation hub on AI & ML to translate research to industrially scalable products
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Kolkata, Nov 25 (PTI) IIT Kharagpur has set up a

technology innovation hub on artificial intelligence (AI) and

machine learning (ML) to translate academic research to

industrially scalable products and processes, a spokesperson

said.

The institute recently set up a special purpose

vehicle, the IIT Kharagpur AI4ICPS I Hub Foundation (the

Technology Innovation Hub on Artificial Intelligence and

Machine Learning) for translation of academic research at the

''proof of concept level'' to ''industrially scalable products

and processes'', focussed on AI interventions, the spokesperson

said on Tuesday.

"While research has been happening in AI and ML for

decades, mostly limited to software with limited inclusion in

consumer goods and daily used gadgets, graduating innovation

to technology readiness for industrial production is crucial,"

Principal Investigator Dr Debdoot Sheet, who is also Assistant

Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and

the Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence said.

"The Hub is envisioned to be a unique establishment in

the country to undertake a diverse spectrum of activities

linking academic research to the industry through an inclusive

co-working partnership," he added.

The institute received a grant of Rs 170 crore from

the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

under the NM-ICPS to set up the infrastructure and undertake

the related research and training programmes.

"We are also committed to promote fundamental research

and foster the creation of start-ups to scale production for

their off-shelf market availability," Sheet said.

The hub will further develop critical infrastructure

for the nation, an AI Cloud for CPS, a National Knowledge

Portal for training human resources on the future-ready AI

technology for CPS.

"Tractors and farm machines, 3D printing technology,

structural health and road traffic, wastewater engineering,

energy-efficient buildings, next-gen wireless communication,

human physiology and in-silico disease models are to name a

few of the 32 technologies to be developed at the hub," said

Dr Ashish Ranjan Hota, Assistant Professor in the Department

of Electrical Engineering.

The R&D work will span over core research in

algorithms, methods, enabling technologies like machine

vision, speech, natural language processing (NLP), text

analytics, technology for the internet of things (IoT), and

application of AI and ML technologies in a diverse range of

industry verticals including healthcare, precision

agriculture.

"IIT Kharagpur is a pioneer in AI education and

research with more than a hundred faculty members working in

theory and methods of AI and its applications across various

disciplines.

"This hub will create a multidimensional ecosystem to

foster innovation and commercialisation of AI&ML interventions

to ICPS spanning across several sectors along with

facilitation of new knowledge creation, upskilling human

resources, entrepreneurship and job creation," said Director,

Prof Virendra K Tewari.

Along with Dr Sheet are Prof Surjya Pal, Prof Sudeshna

Sarkar, Dr Ashish Ranjan Hota, Dr Rajendra Machavaram and

over 80 faculty members from diverse disciplines of the

institute in driving the hub''s establishment.

Their R&D work will have close collaboration with over

50 companies and PSUs who are engaging early on, scouting for

potential technologies, the spokesperson said.

Research collaborations are also being discussed with

over 30 global research partners towards furthering the

objective of an unifying effort to converge the world in

building AI for industries of the future across sectors

ranging from agriculture to heavy machinery. PTI SUS

RG RG


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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