Indian Statistical Institute, University of Technology Sydney Extend Cooperation in AI Research


ISI is making available lab and research space in Kolkata so that PhD students from India and Australia can work together to grow the scale of research in AI

Further strengthening their partnership, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS’) Faculty of Engineering and IT have established a new joint research cluster (JRC).

The cluster will focus on artificial intelligence (AI), character and video recognition, document analysis and biometrics.

The signing of this JRC is a culmination of years of academic cooperation and development of a strong friendship, said UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Iain Watt.

UTS is already conducting extensive research in these areas in its Centre for Artificial Intelligence and School of Software. Meanwhile, ISI has built strong expertise via research undertaken in its Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit.

Building on their expertise, the new joint research cluster will enable accelerated collaboration between researchers from both institutions to grow the scale of research.

The cluster will also enable PhD students from India and Australia to work together closely in the lab and research space in Kolkata provided by the ISI.

“With ISI being one of India’s key academic institutions, this joint cluster will create further linkages between our academics and offer an exceptional opportunity for UTS staff and students working with ISI experts,” said Professor Michael Blumenstein, Associate Dean at the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Joint venture aims to address real-world problems

Through this collaboration, the institutions believe that they would be able to respond to research challenges at an international level and generate practical software solutions that address real-world problems in the areas of health, document analysis, drone-based technologies, as well as various other applications of AI and machine learning.

ISI Deputy Director Dipti Prasad Mukherjee said, “The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding and Joint Research Cluster initiative between Indian Statistical Institute and UTS will enable the two institutions to grow international research collaborations in the broad area of artificial intelligence, including pattern recognition and computer vision.”

“There also exist opportunities to partner with industry, seek out international funds, and strengthen our cooperation through jointly supervised PhD students,” the official added.


(With inputs from