The IIT, AIIMS and CSIR-IGIB Delhi would be working together in devising an AI engine to distinguish between TB and silicosis
The Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, along with seven other institutions will be using innovative technologies to improve lives of the people of Sirohi, one of the most backward districts of Rajasthan.
According to Santanu Chaudhury, Director of IIT Jodhpur, technologies like AI, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, sensors and drones will be used in areas of health, agriculture, solar energy, drinking water and communication facilities to improve the lives of the people.
The initiative is being described as Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR).
Work has already begun in the district and based on the success of the project in Sirohi, it will be replicated in the districts of Dholpur, Karauli, Baran and Jaisalmer in the future.
AI to fight silicosis
Primarily, they will be focusing on tackling the widespread occupational hazard of silicosis, a lung disease caused by breathing in tiny bits of silica.
The IIT, AIIMS and CSIR-IGIB Delhi would be working together in devising an AI engine to distinguish between TB and silicosis by way of augmenting doctors’ ability, said Chaudhury, adding this augmentation would speed up diagnosis.
Other initiatives include improving the quality of soil and its productivity, AI-based plant disease diagnosis and solar trees to provide electricity.