Blog: Colloquium on artificial intelligence at IIT Madras – Times of India
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and
(RBC DSAI) hosted a colloquium on ‘Artificial Intelligence – A Priority for India’ recently this week. Leading researchers, academics, policymakers and industry leaders in India came together to understand and deliberate on the state of research and innovation in AI and Machine Learning in the country.
The colloquium was anchored by RBC DSAI,
, a premier multi-disciplinary AI Centre in India, along with
, a non-profit organisation which studies the evolution of technology domains in India.
S Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman of itihaasa Research and Digital and Axilor Ventures, said, “Artificial Intelligence is an important technology driving global economic growth in the 4th industrial revolution, in which India should develop national capability and global leadership. This is essential to meet our aspirations of becoming a USD 5 trillion economy in the next five years.”
itihaasa Research and Digital has published the first-of-its-kind report on the landscape of AI research in India that sets the agenda for how humans can build a strong capability in AI.
Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “There is a lot of excitement surrounding AI and it is our job in the university to figure out the way forward in such a way that its benefits and potential for misuse are clear. We should move forward on AI in a sensible fashion. It is not just important to do research in AI and discover better AI/ML algorithms but also to leverage AI to meet India’s challenges and development goals.”
Around 30 speakers delivered lectures during the Colloquium, which attracted more than 200 participants, with 65 per cent from industry and the rest from the academic and student community.
Commenting on the design and intent of the Colloquium, Prof B Ravindran, Head of RBC DSAI, IIT Madras and Faculty, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras said, “The themes of the roundtables were chosen to reflect the key challenges that need to be addressed for wider adoption of AI, particularly in India. The deliberations in the colloquium would lead to greater awareness of these issues, and hopefully, result in more sustained dialogues between the different stakeholders in evolving India’s AI policy.”