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Centre of excellence in AI launched in NIT Trichy

Trichy: A centre of excellence in artificial intelligence (CoE-AI) was inaugurated at NIT-Trichy on Wednesday by institute director Mini Shaji Thomas. Established at a cost of about Rs 1.2 crore sanctioned from the higher education funding agency (HEFA), the CoE has been set up to focus on interdisciplinary research in AI.
The initiative is expected to generate highly skilled manpower in terms of internships and project staff in due course of time with expertise in AI. There will also be focus on attempting to solve societally relevant problems such as crisis management, healthcare and decision support system in the light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “The centre has already been sanctioned sponsored projects from DRDO, Isro and Naval Research Board amounting to a total of Rs 1.5 crores,” said Mini Shaji Thomas. 

She said the Institute had taken initiatives to extend the facilities available at the CoE to other organizations on consultancy mode. In addition to these, the CoE-AI is planned to submit proposals to different government and private organizations to expand research and development activities. The core team of CoE-AI expect the centre to establish itself as an independent centre for research in AI in the long term, attracting and creating potential opportunities with its available expert facility and expertise in manpower. TNN


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