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IIIT-H and Intel to set up an AI Research Centre focuses on Road Safety and Health

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New Delhi :

International Institute of Information Technology- Hyderabad (IIIT Hyderabad) have come together with Intel to set up an AI Research Centre which will be focussing on road safety and health. 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 this applied AI research centre to reduce road accidents and enhance its datasets for driving conditions in India, said Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India and vice president, Data Platforms Group, Intel.

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.

Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’ also wished good luck for this endeavor via his twitter handle. He in one his tweet said, .@intel, @iiit_hyderabad, Govt of Telangana & Public Health Foundation of India have come together to develop #AI solutions to reduce road accidents & enhance datasets for driving conditions in India.”

This tweet of his is followed by another tweet. “Advanced research in the area of public health & work on solutions to extend better access to healthcare to every individual will also be carried out.
Wishing the team lots of luck for this endeavour!”, tweeted the minister.

IIM Ahmedabad develops a COVID dashboard to ensure transparency about cases in campus

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New Delhi :

Indian Institute of Management (IIM Ahmedabad) has developed it’s own COVID dashboard to ensure transparency about cases in campus. The dashboard will show ongoing COVID results for the faculty, staff, students and contractual staff of IIM Ahmedabad.

Started its own Covid dashboard –
To ensure transparency about Covid cases on its campus, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has started its own Covid dashboard, which went fully functional on October 8, that shows ongoing Covid-19 results of tests done by the institute for its faculty, staff, students, contractual staff, etc., since September. Of over 1,000 tests held so far, 39 tested positive.

Developed by the Centre for Management of Health –
The dashboard, developed by the Centre for Management of Health Services at the institute, was created nearly two months after the campus lost its librarian Prof Anil Kumar H to Covid-19, in mid-July. At present, two faculty members and three students are infected, as per the dashboard.

Working with construction projects at the new IIM-A –
A dashboard was mooted since March in a bid to bring about greater transparency and better managing of infection on campus. By August-end, over 100 contractual labourers working with construction projects at the new IIM-A campus and residing near the campus, tested positive for Covid in a drive by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Tweeted the Education Minister –
It was indeed became mandatory for such a project to be launched for the betterment. “.@IIMAhmedabad has started its own #COVID-19 dashboard that will provide regular updates about the cases on its campus. The dashboard will show ongoing COVID results for the faculty, staff, students, & contractual staff of #IIMAhmedabad.”, tweeted the Education Minister.

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