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NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR tie-up to set up Model International Center for Transformative AI

Sep 11, 2018 16:09 IST
NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR tie-up to set up Model International Center for Transformative AI

NITI Aayog, Intel, and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) on September 7, 2018 collaborated to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI).

The research centre will be set up with an aim to develop and deploy Artificial Intelligence-led application-based research projects. Aiming to solve major challenges in India, the center will focus on application-based AI research in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility.

Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence

Based in Bengaluru, the Model ICTAI aims to conduct advanced research to incubate AI-led solutions in three important areas – healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility – by bringing together the expertise of Intel and TIFR.

It aims to experiment, discover and establish best practices in the domains of ICTAI governance, fundamental research, physical infrastructure, compute and service infrastructure needs, and talent acquisition.

The model ICTAI will develop AI foundational frameworks, tools and assets, including curated datasets and unique AI algorithms.

The aim is to develop standards and support policy development related to information technology such as data-storage, information security, privacy, and ethics for data capture and use.

It plans to develop AI foundational technologies to promote applied research that can scale for national impact and will lead to the creation of a vibrant and self-sustaining ecosystem.

Another key area of its focus will be collaboration with industry leaders, startups, AI services and product companies to productise technologies that will be developed at the model ICTAI.

The learning and best practices developed through this model ICTAI will be used by NITI Aayog to set up the future ICTAIs across country.

This initiative is part of NITI Aayog’s ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’, a Discussion Paper that focuses on establishing ICTAI in the country through private sector collaboration.

 

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