Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Amazon have announced a partnership to collaborate on artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI-ML) projects in speech, language and multimodal domains. The Amazon IIT Bombay AI-ML initiative will be situated in IIT Bombay’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering and will fund research projects, Ph.D. fellowships and community events over multiple years.
Milind Atrey, Dean of Research and Development at IIT Bombay, stated that the collaboration would spur development in AI and ML domains, as well as other areas, through community projects, research projects and fellowships. Rohit Prasad, Senior Vice President and Head Scientist for Alexa at Amazon, added that the company’s research and development activities in India aim to engage with users of the voice-based virtual assistant in Hindi and other Indic languages.
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According to Prasad, the investment in one of the world’s leading academic institutions will allow Amazon scientists and IIT Bombay students/faculty to collaborate on developing new AI systems that can learn and adapt to different languages, accents and dialects, leveraging India’s multilingualism as a learning lab. These efforts will help advance technology fundamental to the future of conversational AI.