Roorkee: Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) alumnus Dr Sunil Kumar Vuppala has won the prestigious Zinnov Award 2020 for his contribution to the field of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics. Vuppala was from 2004 batch of Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of IIT-R. The objective of the award is to recognise the contribution of individuals as well as the organisations that enable business innovation along with diversity. Vuppala, a data scientist, is currently serving as the Director of Data Science at Ericsson. "I am elated to have received the award. The tech-driven education at IIT Roorkee laid the foundation for my strong fundamentals in the emerging technologies domain," said Vuppala.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee (IIT-R) in partnership with leading online learning platform Coursera on Thursday launched two new online certificate programmes for professionals looking to build skills in data science, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). The six-month certificate programme in AI and ML will consist of video lectures, hands-on learning opportunities, team projects, tutorials and workshops. The programme will also teach classical ML techniques and provide hands-on programming experience with'Tensorflow' software for model building, robust ML production and powerful experimentation. The certificate programme in data science will help professionals build skills in data science, machine learning, critical thinking, data collection, data visualization and data management. "We are delighted to partner with Coursera to help fulfil the goal of inclusive education of the New Education Policy," Professor Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said in a statement.
When it comes to innovations in AI, Tier-1 institutes such as IIT have been trying to leave no stone unturned. IITs have been performing a lot of research work in the field of emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, blockchain, among others. The institutes are also joining hands with the government and various other prominent organisations to launch the Centre of Excellence (CoE), Research & Development Centres (R&Ds), among others. In this list, we have curated the top AI initiatives, in no particular order, by IIT in the year 2020. In January, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has evolved an AI-aided method to read legal judgements.