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IIT-B ties up with IBN to fuel AI research

Thursday, September 13, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

First institution outside North America to do so

The Indian Institute of Bombay (IIT-B) and International Business Machines IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced yesterday that the university will join the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Horizons Network as part of a multi-year collaboration to advance AI research.

With this collaboration, IIT-B becomes the first institution outside North America to join the IBM AI Horizons Network. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-B – a prominent research institution that has a long history of leadership in data mining and information retrieval systems – will be a part of the advanced AI research team. By joining the AI Horizons Network, IIT-B will pair its world-class faculty and top graduate students with leading AI scientists from IBM Research, India, to advance and accelerate the application of AI, machine learning, natural language processing and related technologies to business and industry.

Teams will investigate new techniques for knowledge representation across documents, graphs, charts, and other forms of multimedia content. This area of research will be critical in helping develop new AI applications in key industries such as financial services, retail and healthcare, which rely heavily on rich, multimodal content. The collaboration will also work to advance the field of training and building domain-specific AI agents (chatbots), which are designed to aid humans in complex decision making, such as making trading and investment choices in financial services.

Additionally, work is planned to explore new, domain-neutral training approaches which could enable faster, more efficient training of AI systems.

Speaking on the relevance of collaboration, professor Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT-B, said “This partnership will enable the IIT Bombay faculty to work in collaboration with researchers around the world on the frontiers of Artificial Intelligence focusing on industrially relevant problems and will provide access to large data sets. We look forward to fruitful collaboration, which will make a significant impact on the field.” Arvind Krishna, senior vice-president of Hybrid Cloud and director, IBM Research, said, “Through this collaboration with IIT Bombay, we aim to accelerate the pace of innovation for Artificial Intelligence in India, working hand-in-hand with some of the top scientists and research scholars in the country.”

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