US India Artificial Intelligence Initiative Launched, To Boost Bilateral Cooperation In Research And Development

by Swarajya Staff - Mar 19, 2021 01:35 PM +05:30 IST
US India Artificial Intelligence Initiative Launched, To Boost Bilateral Cooperation In Research And DevelopmentFlags of the United States and India (Manpreet Romana/AFP via Getty Images)

The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum’s (IUSSTF) US India Artificial Intelligence (USIAI) Initiative was launched on Wednesday (17 March).

IUSSTF is a bilateral organization funded by the department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the US Department of States.

USIAI Initiative focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI) cooperation in critical areas prioritized by both countries. It will serve as a platform to discuss opportunities, challenges, and barriers for bilateral AI research and development collaboration, enable AI innovation, help share ideas for developing an AI workforce, and recommend modes and mechanisms for catalyzing partnerships, DST said in a statement.

“Indo-US relationship in the field of science and technology is very old and collaborations have resulted in great benefits for both the countries. We need to further scale it up in various fields, and AI can play a major role in the future. We have identified the barriers for growth in India that could be useful for the United States too,” said Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

The US-India AI Initiative will provide an opportunity for key stakeholder groups to share experiences, identify new research and development areas that would benefit from synergistic activities, discuss the emerging AI landscape, and address the challenges of developing an AI workforce.

The ambitious flagship initiative, USIAI, leverages IUSSTF’s unique ability to bring together key stakeholders from India and the United States to create synergies that address challenges and opportunities at the interface of science, technology, and society.

Over the next year, IUSSTF will conduct a series of roundtables and workshops to gather input from different stakeholder communities and prepare white papers that identify technical, research, infrastructure, and workforce opportunities and challenges, and domain-specific opportunities for research and development in healthcare, smart cities, materials, agriculture, energy, and manufacturing.

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