The centre will undertake foundational research in many areas of AI and Data Science, namely deep learning, reinforcement learning, network analytics, interpretable machine learning (ML), and domain aware AI.
Global technology and services provider Bosch Group on Wednesday inaugurated the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC-DSAI) at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M).
The centre aims 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).
Bosch has planned to invest 2.5 million Euros (over Rs 20 crore) over five years in the centre, according to a news agency report.
The centre will undertake foundational research in many areas of AI and Data Science, namely deep learning, reinforcement learning, network analytics, interpretable machine learning (ML), and domain aware AI. The areas of activity include research projects, knowledge management and dissemination, outreach projects, and setting up collaborative facilities and laboratories.
Applied research will begin in four verticals: manufacturing analytics, financial analytics, smart cities, systems biology and health care.
Advancing scientific innovation for societal benefit
“The centre’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,” Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras, was quoted as saying.
Besides, the centre will create a portal of curated India-specific data sets that are easy to access and interpret through a set of open tools and interfaces, according to B. Ravindran, faculty at IIT-Madras who heads 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 Michael Bolle, Member of Bosch’s Board of Management, during the opening ceremony.