Now NITI Aayog to facilitate AI-led solutions for health, agriculture and smart mobility

Fri, 2018-09-14 11:55 -- SCC India Staff


In order to set up the International Centre for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) model for developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects, NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) has announced a collaboration to conduct advanced research and incubate AI-led solutions in healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility segments.

The learning and best practices developed through this model will be used by NITI Aayog to set up the future ICTAIs across the country. "Through this collaborative effort, the model ICTAI is chartered to develop AI foundational frameworks, tools and assets, including curated datasets and unique AI algorithms. The intent 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", NITI Aayog said.

With a goal to support the skill and talent development for world-class AI talent, it will also focus on collaborating with industry leaders, startups, AI services and product companies to develop technology. “NITI Aayog had recommended ICTAIs for applied research in AI in the National Strategy Paper. The private sector collaboration is deemed tobe essential in making fundamental research get adopted for solving actual problems that India faces, especially in the five sectors identified in the paper– healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and mobility,” informed Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog. NITI Aayogs’ collaboration with TIFR and Intel aims to help it experiment and establish the foundational governance practices required to enable such applied research institutions succeed in the long-term, according to Roy.

Adding on, Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India and Vice President, Data Centre Group said, “Artificial Intelligence is going to be a transformative driver of economic growth and social progress, and Intel’s vision is to drive human-centric AI to benefit humanity in an inclusive manner. In India, through the AI-for-All initiative, we aim to deliver the twin goals of solving hard problems of humanity and helping India achieve its vision of global AI leader by bringing together a rich ecosystem of research, innovation, technology development and deployment.”

"There are also a number of important issues related to ethics, privacy, etc. that AI and related technologies raise which are important to address. TIFR is excited to be in this collaboration; this centre will be an important role model for future partnerships between industry, academia and government, which are the need of the hour in our country", Professor Sandip Trivedi, Director, TIFR added.