GOOGLE ANNOUNCES AI RESEARCH LAB IN INDIA
The tech giant Google has launched Google Research India, an AI lab in Bengaluru. The AI lab will partner with researchers across India and employ the developments to improve the apps and services. The lab will also use researches in the field of healthcare and education for the betterment. According to the company, the Bengaluru-based lab will be a part of Google’s global network of researchers and will support them by publishing research papers and participating in conferences.
Google Research India team will be led by Dr. Manish Gupta and Professor Milind Tambe will join the initiative on a joint appointment from Harvard University as Director of AI for Social Good. Professor Tambe will design a research program while applying AI to tackle big problems in areas like healthcare, agriculture, or education. Dr. Manish Gupta is a renowned computer scientist and ACM Fellow with a background in deep learning across video analysis and education, compilers and computer systems. According to Jay Yagnik, Vice President and Google Fellow, Google AI, the Bengaluru team will focus on basically two things:
• Advancing fundamental computer science and AI research by developing a strong team and partnering with the research community across the country
• Applying this research to tackle great problems in healthcare, agriculture, and education while also using it to make apps and services used by billions of people more helpful.
He also said that the company is looking for partnering with the scientific research community and academic institutions in India to help train top talent and support collaborative programs, tools, and resources. The company is hiring for its Bengaluru-based lab.
Jay Yagnik further quoted that, “Artificial intelligence is opening up the next phase of technological advances. And with its world-class engineering talent, strong computer science programs and entrepreneurial drive, India has the potential to lead the way in using AI to tackle big challenges…. Starting Google Research India is an important step for us, and for me, too. As someone who grew up in India, studied at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and learned so much from the community there, I’m grateful that we now have the opportunity to help advance research and play a part in building the AI community in India.”