Infosys To Provide INR 24 Crore To IIIT-Delhi For Research On Artificial Intelligence


Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, today announced that it will provide a corpus grant worth INR 24 crore over the next three years to the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi to establish the Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence in its Okhla campus.

The center will initially be headed by Dr. Srikanth Saripalli, an expert in robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), currently spending his sabbatical at IIIT-Delhi. The center will facilitate work on both fundamental and applied aspects of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and focus on areas such as, robotics, machine learning, computer vision, AI for software systems, large-scale data analytics, etc. Several faculty members of IIIT-Delhi will be associated with the center, and research will be conducted by PhD scholars, post-docs, students, and visiting researchers.

Research will draw on real-time data to develop a deeper understanding of AI for societal benefits, and the application of AI in education and related areas. The Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence will start a specialized MTech course
IIIT-Delhi will publish research papers, develop tools, and conduct faculty and research development programs in AI and robotics.

Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation said, “Research is the backbone of our national scientific advancements – our collective aspiration. Research requires investments in time and effort. The objective of the Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence is to facilitate research in Artificial Intelligence that will greatly benefit our society. The team, led by Dr. Saripalli, comprises some of the most skilled research experts. Our endeavor is to facilitate the creative exchange of ideas in collaboration with IIIT-Delhi and the government. We will also provide training opportunities for students and teachers in AI and robotics.”

Pravin Rao, Chief Operating Officer, Infosys said, “Infosys is a firm believer that the future will be transformed by automation and artificial intelligence. The Infosys Centre for Artificial Intelligence at IIIT-D will provide students and faculty an environment that encourages research in AI and related areas, providing an opportunity to work in the realm of truly transformational technologies. This contribution by the Infosys Foundation is a continuation of its efforts to encourage education and research in India and we look forward to sharing and exchanging knowledge with the members of this lab.”

Dr. Srikanth Saripalli, Head, Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence said, “We are delighted to have set up the Center for Artificial Intelligence with support from Infosys. We will work closely with Infosys and the government to develop and deploy more intelligent tools and technologies. With autonomous cars, Internet of Things and big data gaining momentum, AI will play an important role in everyday life. IIIT-Delhi is at the forefront of this revolution and will take the lead in this endeavor. We are grateful to Infosys for their support.”

Dr. Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIIT-Delhi said, “We are delighted that the Infosys Foundation has agreed to provide us with a generous grant to establish the Infosys Center for Artificial Intelligence. Collaboration between academia and industry needs to be strengthened in India, especially when there is a pressing need for innovation and R&D. Infosys, by supporting this research center, has created a model for industry-academia research engagement. We are very grateful to the Infosys Foundation for their generous support.”