Growing up in a middle-class family in Kolkata and Midnapore in West Bengal, India, Dr Sayonsom Chanda was no stranger to strong winds and relentless rain knocking down electricity for hours, days, and even weeks. He and his family lived in East Midnapur through the horror of the 1999 Odisha cyclone and Sidr cyclone in 2007. It was one of the core reasons for him to start Sync Energy in 2017. The startup builds artificial intelligence (AI) tools that simplify emergency and disaster response planning for electric power distribution companies. The platform helps electric utilities reduce customer downtimes and be better informed about the impact of a disaster before it actually strikes. This, in-turn, will help electric power companies to decrease costs associated with emergency-related power outages.
The academic collaboration is expected to bring real world industry exposure to students and scholars of IIT Patna, and to provide an opportunity to the faculty members to work closely with Flipkart on research projects. As a part of this MoU, IIT Patna will undertake a number of programs such as joint research activities, writing research papers, organizing seminars, internship / mentorship opportunities, etc. "The aim behind this collaboration is to create industry-focused applied research which could help reach e-commerce to more consumers and sellers alike. With this MoU, we aim to establish deeper academia collaborations which could help students and the academia to leverage our data and platform knowledge to work on India specific e-commerce challenges, in addition to publishing research papers," Mayur Datar, Chief Data Scientist Flipkart, said. IIT Patna's computer science professor Asif Ekbal said the research is particularly aimed at developing robust machine translation techniques for translating the large amount of user reviews written in English to the Indian vernacular languages. Flipkart works closely with academia through some of the leading institutes including Indian Institute of Science (IISC), IIT (Kharagpur, Bombay and Kanpur), IIM (Ahmedabad and Kolkata) and a few foreign universities like Carnegie Mellon University and University of California, San Diego.
Kolkata: What happens to creativity when the world is in the midst of a crisis? Be it the World War-I or WW-II, the great depression or the pandemic of 1918-20, we have seen how fashion has evolved. Right from shortening of hemlines and disappearance of sleeves to military-style garments for men and the veil on the hats during the Spanish Flu outbreak, designers have been quick to adapt. The fact that necessity is the mother of invention has been proved to be true once again by Kolkata-based designer Abhishek Dutta who has come out with a convertible garments range which can be extremely useful during this Covid-19 outbreak. Laid low by the pandemic just like many others of his ilk, Abhishek has utilized his time to experiment with Artificial Intelligence (AI) which will be showcased in the second half of his Autumn-Winter collection.
NEW DELHI: Information technology major IBM said on Thursday it is collaborating with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) in the high school curriculum (grade 11 and 12) for the current academic year (2020-21). The curriculum is part of CBSE's Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action (SEWA) programme and will be introduced in about 200 schools across 13 states -- Delhi-NCR, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab. The IBM AI curriculum is structured around a course framework for students consisting of base strands of knowledge (basics, history, applications), skills (design thinking, computational thinking, data fluency, critical thinking) and values (ethical decision making, bias) in AI. It is further made robust with problem-based learning outcomes and assessment methods for teachers to build foundational skills of AI in students making them not just consumers of AI but creators as well. To meet CBSE's requirements for grades 11 and 12, the curriculum was co-developed with Australia's Macquarie University and Indian implementation partners -- Learning Links Foundation and 1M1B.
"Innovation drives this world and we are driven to innovate," says Anuj Agarwal, when describing the technology that he and his team Aeromobix Systems are developing to Auto Futures. One look at the impressive work that they have been doing to make drive-by-wire technology a reality on Indian roads, and you begin to see that what he says makes so much sense. Kolkata-based Aeromobix Systems was founded in March 2018 by CEO Anuj Agarwal, who happens to be an avid automotive enthusiast and an out-of-the-box thinker. Committed to deliver top notch solutions and services in the future mobility domain, the company is one of the only ones in India focusing on drive-by-wire technology. Speaking to Agarwal, you can clearly tell that he is a firm believer of making things simple and getting the mundane out of life.
The tech industry's great new hopes – artificial intelligence (AI), big data and blockchain – are making their presence felt in an unexpected new field: Indian real estate. As the world starts to rely more on these innovations, India is catching up, and making room. There are AI labs coming up in established tech hubs like Bengaluru and surprise destinations like Kolkata. Now, Hyderabad is set to house India's first blockchain district. Experts point out that this signals an impending boost for the housing market there.
Santanu Pattanayak works as a Staff Machine Learning Specialist at Qualcomm Corp R&D and is an author of the deep learning book Pro Deep Learning with TensorFlow - A Mathematical Approach to Advanced Artificial Intelligence in Python. He has around 12 years of work experience and has worked at GE, Capgemini, and IBM before joining Qualcomm. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and is an avid math enthusiast. Santanu is currently pursuing a master's degree in data science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad. He also participates in Kaggle competitions in his spare time where he ranks in top 500.
The land of art, literature and culture will now see the government authorities keeping a close eye on the lawbreakers. In a move that will empower the law enforcement authorities, the Kolkata Police is now expanding the footprint of the CCTV cameras AI-powered devices in crime detection. According to a noted news wire, Kolkata Police has already installed 3,000 closed-circuit cameras all across the city. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma said, "We are expanding it. Recently, you have seen instances of crime detection by analysing the CCTV footage… With the installation of such cameras, catching those indulging in anti-social acts will become simpler."
Artificial intelligence enabled automation is sweeping through society and it will have a species level impact on humanity during this century. During a keynote address on August 22, 2019, at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture in Kolkata, we explore this evolution and the nuances of humanity's future. It's a great honor and immense pleasure for me to return to this forum after three years to discuss a topic that I had spoken on back in October 2016: The Future of Capitalism. Some of you may have heard that talk either here, in person, or on YouTube. Let me summarize the basic premise of what we discussed, before I address today's topic, Man and Superman. I had said that I am optimistic about the next couple of decades. I believe, strongly, that entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial capitalism can be democratized, and wealth can be created in the middle of the pyramid using capitalistic principles. In the next 2-3 decades, the potential for distributed capitalism is very high and the outcome should be extremely positive around the world. That is the mission upon which my current work with One Million by One Million is based. We're trying to help a million entrepreneurs achieve a million dollars in annual revenue and beyond, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and 10 million jobs. However, beyond our entrepreneurship development work, there is tremendous inequality due to technology and automation on the horizon.