“So we are looking at national level problems and population scale data for now. We will look at solutions in the area of smart mobility; because we see 17 deaths every hour in India due to road accidents. And that’s why smart mobility is very very critical for us,” Rai told ET in an interview.
Intel India, in collaboration with Government of Telangana, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad, and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), has set up an applied AI research centre.
Rai said the research centre would focus on image recognition classification and healthcare data processing among other key activities.
Intel and IIIT, Hyderabad collaborated to build the world’s first open dataset of driving conditions in India and launched it globally in 2018. The company said the research centre would expand the driving dataset and determine applications in the Indian context. The dataset can give alert drivers about road conditions to reduce accidents. With the open source dataset of Indian driving conditions, startups, academia, government and industry can help enable road safety, improved infrastructure and better driving behaviour, said Intel.
The research centre will also advance research in the area of public health and work on solutions to extend health coverage to every individual and better access to healthcare. .
“This pandemic has taught us that healthcare is such a critical segment to build intelligence and leverage the technology backbone such that we can have our 1.3 billion population accessing the 600,000 doctors. So how can we take their intellect and build an expert system for diagnosis and for treatment, that is the goal,” said Rai.
The research centre is currently working on ‘standardisation of population scale data’ and building models. Rai of Intel said apart from healthcare and smart mobility the centre would expand its activities into agriculture and education sectors.
Intel is building tools and frameworks on opensource platforms, allowing startups, academicians, industries, governments and others to use them.