Infosys Foundation to grant Rs 24 cr to IIIT-Deli for artificial intelligence projects

Infosys Foundation, philanthropic arm of Infosys, on Monday said it would provide grants of Rs 24 crore over the next three years to the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi to establish the Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence on its Okhla campus.

The centre will initially be headed by Dr Srikanth Saripalli, an expert in robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), currently spending his sabbatical at IIIT-Delhi. It will facilitate work on both fundamental and applied aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and focus on areas such as, robotics, machine learning, computer vision, AI for software systems, large-scale data analytics, etc. Several faculty members of IIIT-Delhi will be associated with the center, and research will be conducted by PhD scholars, post-docs, students, and visiting researchers, a statement said.

"Research is the backbone of our national scientific advancements - our collective aspiration. Research requires investments in time and effort. The objective of the Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence is to facilitate research in Artificial Intelligence that will greatly benefit our society.

The team, led by Dr Saripalli, comprises some of the most skilled research experts. Our endeavor is to facilitate the creative exchange of ideas in collaboration with IIIT-Delhi and the government. We will also provide training opportunities for students and teachers in AI and robotics," Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation said.

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