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IIT Conclave on AI showcased the technology’s role in redefining India’s education and industry landscape

Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019

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A conclave on AI is being organised by PAN IIT Alumni India (PIAI) to bring together leaders in academics, research, business, industry and policy-makers. The platform helped dive deep into challenges and opportunities with AI and to build a framework for its implementation in several industries. The recommendations from the conclave will be actioned along academia, government, industry and startup partners by the PAN IIT AI forum in the coming months.

 Vijay Goel, minister of state for statistics and programme implementation, who inaugurated the conclave reinforced the application of AI and ML across industries to propel India to be future- ready. Taking this thought further, K Ananth Krishnan, chief technology officer, TCS, shared his vision for AI’s future in India.

Of the various sessions that were held at the event, AI for Social Good addressed the fears associated with the new technology, while AI for Education, showcased the role of AI in re-defining India’s education landscape with a greater focus on improved learning outcomes. Sudha Ram, professor, CSE and IS, University of Arizona and Anand Rangarajan, director, Google emphasised, “Key is content creation and curation of information. AI is  helping with predictive suggestions towards sieving information on the web. We need to focus on creating more engaging content for the students to build connect.”

 The session on AI in manufacturing looked at the potential challenges in the manufacturing sector. P P Chakraborty, professor - director, IIT Kharagpur called for prognosis in manufacturing and its significance in quality, safety and lastingness of tools used in manufacturing processes.

 Finally, the session AI for Agriculture highlighted the potential of technology to enhance productivity of the agricultural sector. Right from selecting seeds to harvesting crop, AI holds potential to complement human effort at each stage of the farming industry. Accurate weather prediction, soil monitoring, early detection of pest infestation and disease identification are other areas of successful application of AI. The session was led by TA Gonsalves, director, IIT Mandi who further elaborated on these efforts. TV Prabhakar, CSE, IITK said that, ‘A farmer’s consistency doesn’t depend on one crop. In order to edify the agriculture sector, all we require is vision and leadership. Sriram Raghavan, VP, IBM Research & CTO IBM India/South Asia said, “We need digitisation in agriculture accompanied with educating our farmers about its use.” 

The conclave is also hosting  PanIIT AI Hackathon 2019, that aims to promote AI and ML among the wider community of young software and AI professionals and showcase the talent among them. 




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