Faculties from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has launched a platform named 'AI4Bharat'. The main aim of launching the platform is to address India’s problem and to give a boost to innovation in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
In a statement, the institute said “It will be a community of AI professionals, students, domain experts, policymakers and academicians collaborating on solving real-world challenges in Agriculture, Healthcare, Smart Cities, Digital India and sustainability”.
The platform was launched on Wednesday and aim to harness the AI technology to solve the real-world problems of the nation. The founders of the platform are Dr. Mitesh M. Khapra and Dr. Pratyush Kumar, both are assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.
"AI is one of the defining technologies of this age. However, much of the research in AI today is driven by the problems of the West. For instance, building autonomous cars takes priority over building systems that can monitor the condition of rural roads", Dr. Pratyush Kumar said while speaking about the role of AI in today's context.
"We need to change this by shifting the focus to India. This is where domain experts and the government would play an important role - identify problems that are unique to India and can benefit from AI," he added.
"To solve such problems it is important to move AI research and development out of silos and create a platform where AI professionals can come together to design and build impactful solutions. With this in mind, our immediate goal is to create a community of 100 selected AI experts and 50 domain experts," Dr. Mitesh M. Khapra said.