Wipro Partners With IISc For Advanced Research in Autonomous Systems, Robotics

  • Wipro to invest Rs. 9.6 crore over an initial period of three years 
  • Wipro IISc Research and Innovation Network launched to drive idea discovery, research and innovation 

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Wipro has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, to promote collaborative research in autonomous systems, robotics and 5G, especially in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and human machine interaction.

As part of this initiative, Wipro will be funding Rs. 9.6 crore over an initial period of three years (Rs. 3.2 crore per year).

Under this agreement, the two organizations have jointly launched the Wipro IISc Research and Innovation Network (WIRIN), a hybrid industry academia collaboration unit, which will drive idea discovery, research and innovation in technology and product design.

WIRIN comprises of senior professors and research staff from IISc and engineers, developers, architects and researchers from the autonomous systems, robotics and 5G domains at Wipro.

They will focus on the research and development of cutting-edge technologies in artificial intelligence, machine learning, visual computing, human computer interaction and vehicle-to-everything communication.

Speaking about the collaboration, Abidali Z. Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Wipro Limited said, “We are excited to collaborate with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, one of the most prestigious research institutes in the world, to develop innovative solutions for autonomous systems, robotics and 5G.  This is a significant step towards strengthening our position to be at the forefront of these transformative technologies.”

The idea behind this collaboration

The key objective of the initiative is to promote research and education in this emerging area leading to end-to-end system development and capacity building.

The principal activities of the initiative include:

  • Collaborative research projects involving IISc faculty members and Wipro researchers in topics and problems of relevance to autonomous systems and robotics.
  • Funding of Ph.D. fellowships in this area.
  • Setting up a state-of-the-art Autonomous Systems and Robotics Lab, in particular a scalable autonomous system simulator – SDV in a box and global environment in a lab.
  • Funding travel of faculty members and students to international conferences of repute for presenting their papers.

“IISc believes collaboration between academia and the industry is a great way of solving challenging real-world problems. We welcome and thank Wipro for supporting this high-impact, collaborative research and innovation initiative to solve complex problems in autonomous vehicular systems, robotics and 5G,” said Anurag Kumar, Director of IISc Bangalore.

The insights from the research will be leveraged by Wipro for its customers and the industry ecosystem. The Institute will benefit from advancing its research goal and capacity building besides commercialization of the research outcomes.