IIT Bombay teams up with IBM to accelerate AI research in India

Published on: Sep 12, 2018 18:57 IST
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As a part of a multi-year collaboration, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and IBM today announced that the university will join the AI Horizons Network to advance Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. Now after joining the AI Horizons Network, IIT Bombay will pair its world-class faculty and top graduate students with leading AI scientists from IBM Research - India to advance and accelerate the application of AI, machine learning, natural language processing and related technologies to business and industry, said a statement from the institute.

In the deal the teams (the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay - one of the preeminent research institutions in the world, with a long history of leadership in data mining and information retrieval systems - will be collaborating with IBM) will investigate new techniques for knowledge representation across documents, graphs, charts, and other forms of multi-media content.

This area of research will be critical in helping to develop new AI applications in key industries such as financial services, retail, and healthcare, which rely heavily on rich, multi-modal content, the statement said.

The collaboration will also work to advance the field of training and building domain-specific AI agents (chatbots), which are designed to aid humans in complex decision making such as making trading and investment choices in financial services. Additionally, work is planned to explore new, domain-neutral training approaches which could enable faster, more efficient training of AI systems.

With this collaboration, IIT Bombay becomes the first institution outside North America to join the IBM AI Horizons Network, said the statement.
"Over its 20-year history, IBM Research - India has been at the forefront of research advances in technologies like AI and blockchain. We have always had strong collaborations with the leading academic institutions in India," said Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud, and director, IBM Research. "Through this collaboration with IIT Bombay, we aim to accelerate the pace of innovation for AI in India, working hand-in-hand with some of the top scientists and research scholars in the country," he added.

Speaking on the relevance of collaboration Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay said "This partnership will enable IIT Bombay faculty to work in collaboration with researchers around the world on the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence focusing on industrially relevant problems and will provide access to large data sets. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration, which will make a significant impact on the field."

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