India Ranks Third in AI Research, But Far behind From World Leader China

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As per a new report, the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology are among the key centres for AI research.

India ranks third in the world in terms of high quality research publications in artificial intelligence (AI), with 12,135 citable documents.

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However, India is far behind China, which tops with 37, 918 documents, and the second rank holder United States with 32,421 documents.

The ranking was revealed in a report released by research agency Itihaasa, which was founded by Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO and co-founder of Infosys, The Hindu reported.

The agency calculated the number of ‘citable documents’— the number of research publications in peer-reviewed journals — in the field of AI between 2013-2017 as listed out by Scimago, a compendium that tracks trends in scientific research publications.

The report is titled ‘Landscape of AI/ML (Machine Learning) Research In India’.

India at 5th position in citations

When calculated using another metric ‘citations’— or the number of times an article is referenced — India was found at the fifth position, trailing behind the United Kingdom, Canada, the U.S. and China.

This result suggests that India must work at improving the quality of its research output in AI, said Dayasindhu N., one of the authors of the report.

As per the report, the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology are among the key centres for AI research.

The agency interviewed 25 AI researchers across the country, who said that the government and industry has till now provided adequate support and funding for AI research.

Healthcare, financial services, monsoon forecasting, retail and education are the key fields likely to benefit from AI. AI is also “unlikely to lead” to a destruction of jobs, the report added.

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