DST sets up Tech Innovation Hub for data at IIIT-H with crore funding of 110 rupees
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HYDERABAD: The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology will establish a Technology Innovation Center (TIH) for data-driven technologies at IIIT-H with funding of 110 billion rupees.

IIIT-H was selected by the National Mission for Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems to house the hub and is the only facility alongside the IITs and IISc that made it into the first list of 17 selected TIHs.

The TIH data, which will be part of the Applied AI Initiative announced by IIIT-H in January this year in conjunction with the Telangana government and chip maker Intel, will play a key role in developing and promoting data-driven technologies, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning across the country, IIIT-H said on Thursday.

TIH-Data, a Section 8 company, will be a central source for all data-driven technologies on mobility, healthcare, systems, buildings and India-specific problems. It will support TIH projects for academics, R&D institutions as well as industry and other funding agencies. It will take part in international projects, support student start-ups and support incubators, and initiate international cooperation projects.

While the hub was being set up, a special initiative around Covid-19 at IIIT-H as part of DST’s Rakshak initiative began. As part of this, a project was started to curate and compile data sets that can be used to address Covid-19-related solutions around diagnostic and treatment protocols.

Prof. PJ Narayanan, Director of IIIT-H, described the selection as TIH as a great achievement and said, “We will focus on creating and curating various data sets under the Data Foundation which will be set up under the Hub. Data and its fair, transparent and open access are crucial for the development of ML-based solutions. Translational research will be a particular focus of our hub. ”

“With IIITH having the largest AI research group in the country, we look forward to taking our research from the lab to shore and making important contributions to data-driven technologies,” he added.

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