The search giant today launched Google Research India—an AI lab in Bangalore. "The new AI research team in Bangalore that will focus on advancing computer science & applying AI research to solve big problems in healthcare, agriculture, education, and more, " says Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO, in a tweet.
This team will focus on two pillars: First, advancing fundamental computer science and AI research by building a strong team and partnering with the research community across the country. Second, applying this research to tackle big problems in fields like healthcare, agriculture, and education while also using it to make apps and services used by billions of people more helpful.
Google Research India will be led by Manish Gupta, a renowned computer scientist and ACM Fellow with a background in deep learning across video analysis and education, compilers and computer systems. Professor Milind Tambe will also join the initiative on a joint appointment from Harvard University as Director of AI for Social Good. Professor Tambe will build a research program around applying AI to tackle big problems in areas like healthcare, agriculture, or education.
The lab in Bangalore will be part of and support Google’s global network of researchers: participating in conferences, publishing research in scientific papers, and collaborating closely with one another. The company will also explore the potential for partnering with India’s scientific research community and academic institutions to help train top talent and support collaborative programs, tools, and resources.
“Starting Google Research India is an important step for us, and for me personally, too. As someone who grew up in India, studied at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and learned so much from the community there, I’m grateful that we now have the opportunity to help advance research and play a part in building the AI community in India,” says Jay Yagnik, Vice President and Google Fellow, Google AI in a blog post.
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