Telangana Robotics Framework – Transforming the Indian AI Landscape1 month ago Rituka M
State of AI in Telangana
Unveiling the “State of AI Ecosystem in Telangana” report during RoboGynIndia on 14 – 15th August 2023, the report underscores Telangana’s efforts in the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This comprehensive report, curated by the Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM), powered by NASSCOM and initiated by the State government, illuminates Telangana’s meteoric rise as a global AI powerhouse. Moreover, the report accentuates the harmonious convergence of cutting-edge research, diverse talent, robust infrastructure, and strategic partnerships in this field in Telangana.
Transforming how AI is perceived, projects such as quality assessment of agricultural commodities, pensioners’ life certificate authentication through selfies, pothole detection, and mapping are some of the projects Telangana is tapping to infuse technology for efficient, secure, and citizen-friendly solutions.
T-AIM, an initiative of the Telangana Government organized Grand Challenges to help catalyze innovation and harness entrepreneurial spirit to address existing challenges in the public sector. Moreover, the report also highlights the prominence of Telangana’s AI prowess through the SCImago Institutions Rankings 2022, where 6 universities from Telangana secured spots within the top 1,000 globally for research publications in computer science.
Notably, the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH) and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) have led with 508 and 552 ranks, respectively. Between 2011 and 2022, Telangana has made substantial contributions to AI research, with an impressive 1,774 AI-related publications. Telangana’s strength lies in robotics and computer vision, contributing to 61 percent of total patent filings, the report says.
The State has championed diversity, witnessing a Gender Parity Index (GPI) of 1.09 among the student population. Recognizing the pivotal role of diversity in eliminating decision biases during AI model training, T-AIM is constantly working on multiple initiatives. Addressing the extant need for AI talent, T-AIM has embarked on multifaceted initiatives such as the Academic Grand Challenges, nurturing innovation, problem-solving, and talent identification among students, it adds.
Further, T-AIM’s Revv Up program has propelled over 142 AI startups, providing them access to market, funding, mentorship, and state-of-the-art AI computing infrastructure. The State’s strategic partnerships facilitate AI startups’ soft landing in foreign markets and incentivize participation in international events. The robust startup ecosystem in the State has been adding further impetus to the growth of these startups.
The report will now guide the State to discern and capitalize on various opportunities that will expand the AI landscape in Telangana. Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) will collaborate synergistically with all pivotal stakeholders and enablers within the State’s AI ecosystem to orchestrate a series of strategic initiatives.
Telangana Robotics Framework - A First for India
Established by the Emerging Technologies Wing of the Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications (ITE&C) Department of Telangana, the Telangana Robotics Framework is India’s first-ever extensive strategy with regard to the field of Robotics.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the State Government and 5 organizations in order to encourage the growth of the robotics ecosystem. These 5 partner companies are academic institutions, incubators as well as industry associations.
Additionally, this framework has been developed under the guidance and collaboration of the All India Robotics Association (AIRA) and with guidance from various industry experts, academic communities, and stakeholders.
Telangana Robotics Innovation Centre (TRIC)
Under the framework, the State has established a one-of-a-kind innovation centre known as the Telangana Robotics Innovation Centre (TRIC). The framework will be implemented through this centre launch to undertake key pillars of infrastructure access, fostering research and innovation, business empowerment, development of a capable workforce, and responsible deployment.
Additionally, the Telangana Robotics Innovation Center (TRIC) will be responsible for the implementation of this framework and will be the central place to instigate the main pillars of the framework, as mentioned in the notification.
Being the first ever Robo Park in India, the Telangana Park will be created to facilitate users with a wide range of machinery, including testing, co-working options, and co-manufacturing options at competitive rates.
Moreover, Telangana will also launch a Robotics Accelerator for startups to ensure easy access to superior infrastructure, market knowledge, and investors.
Under the guidance of Minister K.T. Rama Rao, Telangana aims to pursue Robotics as not only a source of automation of repeated tasks but also unveiling new amounts of creativity, innovation, and efficiency.