Centers of Excellence (CoE) are places where companies can produce a significant competitive advantage over AI. Centers of Excellence facilitate the adoption of AI practices in an organization and help form a structure to evolve and maintain those processes.
Even during the pandemic, India remained a favorable hub for establishing centers of excellence and innovation centers for AI.
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Analytics India Magazine brings together AI centers of excellence and innovation hubs that were launched in India in 2021.
The Gem & Jewelery Skills Council of India (GJSCI) in August launched a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Artificial Intelligence in Jewelery and Excellence in Data Science (JADE) with IIT-Bombay and Persistent Systems. The tech company and institute will also help integrate AI, ML, and data science techniques into gemstones and jewelry. The CoE aims to address the supply chain challenges of the Indian gemstone and jewelry industry. The integration of technology will help to minimize rejects, improve the current low success rate of designs, generate high returns to market and increase efficiency.
The Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur announced in June that it will form an Artificial Intelligence and Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence (AIIDE) at its nearby Noida campus. The UP state cabinet approved the proposal as part of the UP 2020 start-up policy. This center was formed in association with the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), which provides industry links and commercial connections. The CoE has planned and targeted sectors such as cybersecurity, AI, IoT and AR for development and even provided assistance to 50 startups each year.
The Minister of Informatics / BT, Science and Technology and Higher Education of Karnataka announced in October the opening of a Center of Excellence (CoE) for AI and computer engineering. given to Hubballi. This center of excellence was to be part of Karnataka’s digital economy mission as part of the Beyond Bengaluru program. The CoE aims to facilitate the growth of graduate startups.
Kotak-IISc AI-ML Center
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) set up a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI-ML) Center in September in association with Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL) at the IISc Bangalore campus. The center called Kotak-IISc AI-ML Center offers bachelor’s, master’s and short-term courses in AI, ML and Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, and Fintech. The center also aims to promote innovation in AI and ML to develop a talent pool capable of meeting new industry demands.
In July, the National Institute of Financial Management Arun Jaitley (AJNIFM), Haryana, together with Microsoft, formed a strategic partnership to create a center of excellence for AI and emerging technologies. The CoE seeks to explore cloud, AI and emerging technologies to shape the future of public financial management in India. As part of the training effort, public sector officials will receive training on emerging technologies in financial management that will help them deal with potential risks such as money laundering, the role of responsible technology in finance and the use of machine learning models for decision making.
In November, KLA Corporation, a US semiconductor manufacturing company, inaugurated two facilities in Chennai as part of its expansion into India. The IA-Advanced Computing Lab (AI-ALC) which had been operated in conjunction with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras was established as a center of excellence for research and development focused on IA.
AI-ACL researchers and engineers worked collaboratively with AI experts from AI Modeling and the Michigan Center of Excellence and formed a global team to advance research in AI, image processing, software and physical modeling.
In June, Massive Analytic, a UK-based precognition AI company, announced a £ 1million investment in India to expand its employee base and create a center of excellence for AI and ML. This scaling up was led by Pankaj Arora, chief engineer of big data analytics. Under his leadership, the team at Massive Analytic India focuses on health and safety and helps the company become a leader in medical diagnostics.
In October, Jishnu Dev Burman, Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura, inaugurated the state’s first innovation hub at Sukanta Academy. This project was an initiative of the National Council of Science Museums. The hub was supposed to open here a few years ago, but has been delayed due to the pandemic. The hub has been a platform for students to engage in creative and innovative activities.
In February, Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, inaugurated the Technology Innovation Center at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mandi. The hub was developed with an investment of 110 crores. A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the district administration and IIT Mandi for the development and deployment of the landslide monitoring system.
In September, Motorola Solutions established its first research and innovation center at Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT), based in Changa, Anand, Gujarat. The center aims to provide practical opportunities and internships to the students of the center.
Corsight AI, an Israel-based company, signed a memorandum of understanding with Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (AMTRON) in August to develop an artificial intelligence center of excellence in a tech town near Guwahati. The CoE becomes a place where Corsight AI assists AMTRON to build a strong portfolio of facial recognition technology development and services.
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