IIT-H, NVIDIA tie-up to establish joint AI research centre

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is tie-up with a multinational technology company, NVIDIA to establish India’s 1st ‘NVIDIA AI Technology Centre’ (NVAITC). This centre is established to accelerate research on Artificial Intelligence and its commercial adoption.

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Significance of the Tie-up:

  • The projects to be taken up include, Increasing crop yields using AI algorithms and applying AI-based solutions to support safe transportation systems and better ways to manage traffic among others.
  • The collaboration focuses on improvising AI research in the aspects of agriculture, smart cities and language understanding.
  • The NVAITC will accelerate research for the 220 faculty at IITH, which is already among India’s foremost research institutions.
  • This will build on the strong AI capabilities IITH has built, including the country’s first B.Tech in AI programme.”

Important facts:

  • IITH already houses two NVIDIA DGX-1TM systems and an NVIDIA DGX-2TM system dedicated to research being undertaken at the institute.
  • Telangana govt has signed 8 Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with various companies, including NVIDIA among others on January 2, 2020.
  • The State government recently announced 2020 as the ‘Year of AI’. NVIDIA is already a partner of the government in this endeavour.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • NVIDIA Headquarters: California, United States.
  • NVIDIA Co-Founder, President and CEO: Jensen Huang.
  • Director of IIT-H: B.S.Murty.

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