Hyderabad: Marking 2020 as the Year of AI, the Telangana government on Thursday signed eight memorandum of understanding (MoUs) with companies like Intel, Nvidia, Adobe, and academic institutions like IIT-Kharagpur, IIIT-Hyderabad and IIT-Hyderabad.
Intel, Public Health Foundation of India and IIIT-Hyderabad will jointly set up a research centre in applied AI in healthcare and smart mobility, while IIT-Kharagpur will look at setting an research and development park and centre of excellence in AI in Hyderabad. Similarly, Nvidia will work as a technology partner for Telangana government and will collaborate with various incubators in the areas of data sciences and set up a High Performance Computing AI centre.
IIT-Hyderabad which already has a separate department of AI and is the only institute to provide a bachelors programme in AI, will work with the State government as strategy partner in using AI in transportation and healthcare. While Adobe will look at capacity building and mentorship in AI through its MoU, the Wadhwani AI will run projects in agriculture and healthcare using AI. The MoU with Hexagon looks to train school students on AI through its three month programme along with organising Hexathons (Hexagon hackathons) in Hyderabad. Lastly, a MoU with Norwegian Cluster for Applied AI was signed to set up joint R&D centres with European Commission for AI startups.
Speaking at the event, Intel India and vice-president of Data Centre Group, Intel Corp, Nivruti Rai said AI is going to create $13 trillion to the world economy. “By using AI in healthcare, we will look to increase access in reach to patients and we aim to make Telangana the first state to transplant dead organs to living human beings, which will in turn lead to an increase in organ availability by 30 per cent.”
Along with the MoUs, the Telangana government also pilot projects called IGRS Medha chatbot wherein the chatbot will answer public queries for the stamps and registration department. Another project launched was the Telangana AI-based crowd estimation and management application which will be used by the police and transport department.