IIT Hyderabad and NVIDIA Establish Joint AI Research Center in India
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad is collaborating with NVIDIA, a multinational technology company, to establish India’s first ‘NVIDIA AI Technology Centre’(NVAITC) to accelerate research on Artificial Intelligence and its commercial adoption.
Highlighting the significant benefits of this state-of-the-art facility, Prof. B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “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.”
He further added, “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 B.Tech in AI program.”
This collaboration between IIT Hyderabad and NVIDIA will focus on advancing AI research in the areas of Agriculture and Smart Cities besides Language Understanding.
The projects that would be taken up include increasing crop yield using AI algorithms and applying AI-based solutions to support safer transportation systems and better ways of managing traffic, among others.
It must also be noted IIT Hyderabad was the first Indian Educational Institution to offer such a full-fledged B.Tech. program in AI and likely the third institute globally to offer a full-fledged B.Tech. Program in Artificial Intelligence in the Academic Year 2019-20.
IIT Hyderabad also has a Department of AI, which offers B.Tech., M.Tech. and different Minor Programs in AI besides undertaking cutting-edge R & D that is strongly entwined with academics.
The mission of the AI Department is to produce students with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of the theory and practice of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, enabling them to become leaders in the industry and academia nationally and internationally.