IIT Hyderabad Sets Up Joint AI Research Centre with NVIDIA to Boost Commercialization

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad is setting up an Artificial Intelligence (AI) centre in collaboration with a multinational technology firm, NVIDIA, to boost Artificial Intelligence and its commercial adoption.

The NVIDIA AI Technology Centre (NVATIC) is the first of its kind in India with a focus on advancing AI research in the areas of agriculture, smart cities and language understanding.

It would be taken up for increasing crop yield using AI algorithms and applying AI-based solutions to support safer transportation systems. The centre was launched on July 9.

The NVAITC will accelerate research for the 220 faculty at IIT Hyderabad.

Highlighting the significant benefits of this state-of-the-art facility, BS Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said in a statement: “As an IIT with a strong fundamental and technological research focus, the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad is very happy to join NVIDIA’s NVAITC program. This combination of NVIDIA’s leading-edge technology for AI Compute and some of the finest minds in the country from IIT Hyderabad will bring synergy to help find solutions to uniquely Indian challenges, be it enhancing crop yield or safer cities. This will build on the strong AI capabilities IIT Hyderabad has built, including the country’s first BTech in AI program.

 “Our collaboration with IIT Hyderabad will accelerate AI research and help create innovative solutions to real-world challenges,” said Vishal Dhupar, managing director for NVIDIA South Asia.

 IIT Hyderabad also has a Department of AI, which offers BTech, MTech and different minor programmes in AI besides undertaking research and development that is strongly entwined with academics.

Earlier Telangana state government announced 2020 as the ‘Year of AI’ intending to establish Hyderabad among the top 25 global AI innovation hubs.