IIT Madras Signs  for Research in Artificial Intelligence

Chennai : Indian Institute of Technology Madras signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) today, 28th February 2018, with Applied Materials India to conduct research in Data Sciences, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The industry sectors that can potentially benefit from this initiative are Semiconductors, Pharma and Display.

With the current interest and developments in the field of AI, this move will be a step towards taking cutting-edge technology concepts to reality. 

Speaking about the Agreement, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We look forward to collaborating with Applied Materials in the fast-expanding field of AI. IIT Madras is already a leader in this area, and bringing the expertise from academics and industry together gives us unique opportunities for making early breakthroughs in applications.  IIT Madras strives to stay abreast of developments in technology and welcomes this opportunity to add momentum to its research into AI.”    

The work that will be carried out under the JDA includes research on using representational neural networks and machine learning methods to combine time-series and images for Technology Enabled Software Solutions (TES), advanced image analysis using novel algorithms based on graphics processors or hybrid compute architectures, and evaluation/investigation of an optimal computational environment to develop advanced big data analytics using devices such as GPUs, CPUs, FPGAs, hybrid clusters and others.

Dr. Om Nalamasu, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Applied Materials Inc., said, “Materials engineering innovations are key to achieving the new compute models, chip architectures and materials systems needed to realize the potential of Artificial Intelligence. Applied Materials’ collaboration with IIT Madras is focused on the breakthroughs that can accelerate this new era.”

Mr. Srinivas Satya, Country President and Managing Director, Applied Materials India, and Dr. Om Nalamasu signed the JDA on behalf of Applied Materials India with Prof Krishnan Balasubramanian, Dean, Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research from IIT Madras.

Mr. Srinivas Satya said: “For more than a decade, Applied Materials and the Indian Institute of Technology have been working together to advance the semiconductor ecosystem in India. We are excited to build upon this success to shape a long-term and productive relationship with IIT Madras.”