IIIT-Hyderabad, Bharat Dynamics Limited Launch COE for AI in Missile Tech

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COE will function as an AI Laboratory for Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) and undertake projects to explore use of AI in BDL products and processes

A Center of Excellence (COE) for AI in Missile Tech, jointly established by the IIIT-Hyderabad and Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL), was formally launched on Wednesday.

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The COE will take up projects relating to AI activities in missiles, manufacturing, inspection and allied areas. It will function as an AI Laboratory for BDL within IIIT-H research groups. The COE will undertake up to five projects in a year as per mutually agreed scope, including both software and hardware.

Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director of IIIT-Hyderabad, commented on the launch, “The top-ranked AI research group at our Kohli Centre for Intelligent Systems is very well positioned to enable the use of AI in BDL products. It’s also a matter of pride for us to be a part of products of national importance.”

BDL wants to produce efficient and user-friendly defence equipment

As part of this effort, BDL would integrate AI in its products and processes, according to Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd), CMD of BDL.

“BDL with its partnership with IIIT-H, one of the top ranked AI research groups, will be able to integrate AI strategy in our products to accelerate the journey of producing efficient and user-friendly defence equipment,” he said.

The COE was launched by Prof PJ Narayanan and Commodore Siddharth Mishra (Retd).

Since its inception in July 1970, Bharat Dynamics Limited is engaged in the manufacture and supply of guided missile and defence equipment.

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