IIT Madras inaugurates Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Today, inaugurated The Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC-DSAI). For the establishment, Bosch will be investing ₹20 crore for the center’s development and performing multidisciplinary interactions with government, academic, research and industrial collaborators on core challenges in Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The issues that brought along with this project needs to be in a collective manner, talking about which, B. Ravindran, faculty at IIT-Madras who heads RBC-DSAI says, “The center, in addition to fundamental research, will create a portal of curated India-specific data sets that are easy to access and interpret through a set of open tools and interfaces.”

The Centre claims that IIT Madras constitutes of the largest Deep Reinforcement Learning group in India. The Deep Reinforcement Learning group is responsible for developing AI education and inculcate AI skilled manpower. Researchers to be admitted to the center will be held responsible for looking at the data across various disciplines including biology, transportation, water distribution, process modeling, online social media, telecom, and reaction networks.

The Centre will also be conducting fundamental research in various disciplines of AI and Data Science, which include deep learning, reinforcement learning, network analytics, interpretable machine learning, and domain aware AI. They will also conduct research projects, knowledge management and dissemination, outreach projects, and setting up collaborative facilities and laboratories.

Applied research will begin with subjects namely manufacturing analytics, financial analytics, smart cities, systems biology, and health care.

“The center’s mandate requires interaction with industry and other universities, including international student and faculty exchanges. The objective is to advance scientific innovation for societal benefit,” said Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras.

“Artificial Intelligence is a core technology for all areas of connected life – from connected mobility to buildings, factories, and cities. The expertise of our Indian engineers contributes to expanding the AI skills set of Bosch,” said Michael Bolle, member of Bosch’s board of management, during the opening ceremony.


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