The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-M) in Madras witnessed the unveiling of The Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC-DSAI).
“Artificial Intelligence is a core technology for all areas of connected life – from connected mobility to buildings, factories, and cities. The expertise of our Indian engineers contributes to expanding the AI skills set of Bosch,” said Dr. Michael Bolle, member of Bosch’s board of management, during the inaugural ceremony.
Bosch stated that it would invest Rs 20 crores over a five year period in the center. The mission of the new center is to create societal impact through multidisciplinary interactions with government, academic, research, and industrial collaborators on core challenges in Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The RBC-DSAI will undertake foundational research in many areas of AI and Data Science, namely deep learning, reinforcement learning, network analytics, interpretable machine learning, and domain aware AI. The areas of activity include research projects, knowledge management and dissemination, outreach projects, and setting up collaborative facilities and laboratories.
“The center’s mandate requires interaction with industry and other universities, including international student and faculty exchanges. The objective is to advance scientific innovation for societal benefit,” stated Prof, Bhaskar Ramamurthi who is Director at IIT-Madras.
Applied research would begin in four verticals: manufacturing analytics, financial analytics, smart cities, systems biology, and health care. Several technologies currently require large datasets to improve their accuracy and to adapt these technologies for the Indian context.
Identifying basic issues in the way data is collected and shared; warranting a collective, open-source mechanism, Prof. B. Ravindran, head of RBC-DSAI, said, “The center, in addition to fundamental research, is setting out on an ambitious task of creating a portal of curated, India specific data sets that are easy to access and interpret through a set of open tools and interfaces.”