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IBM Renews Partnership with IIT-B and IISc for Hybrid Cloud and AI Innovation, Including Generative AI


IBM’s Renewed Partnership Drives Innovation in Hybrid Cloud and AI

IBM  has reaffirmed its commitment to fostering technological innovation by extending its research collaboration with two esteemed Indian institutions: the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. This partnership is poised to drive groundbreaking advancements in the fields of hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI). 

A Platform for Innovation 

The collaboration seeks to harness the intellectual prowess of students, faculty, and industry researchers to tackle complex global challenges. By pushing the boundaries of knowledge and exploring novel approaches, the project aims to enhance various facets of technology, paving the way for a more advanced and efficient future. 

“Collaboration fuels innovation, and our collaboration with IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore underscores the importance of combining diverse expertise” 

Dr. Amith Singhee, Director IBM Research India

The renewed collaboration will focus on several key areas:

  • Extending the prior research in natural language processing and question answering, while striving to provide more comprehensive and accurate responses. In terms of performance optimization, the major focus will be on achieving fast and efficient results when performing inferencing on devices such as smartphones and in hybrid cloud environments.
  • Machine learning for time series involving deep generative AI models for multi-variate data, and self-supervised representation learning models. These innovations can bring the power of foundation models and generative AI to multiple application areas such as health care, Industry 4.0 and smarter cities.
  • Creating sophisticated computer programs that can detect and explain fake news and half-truths using advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques. The aim is to improve upon the earlier research on biases and trust in AI, making sure that false information is accurately identified and thoroughly explained.
  • Building new technologies to orchestrate and optimize workloads in a hybrid cloud environment, including edge clouds, quantum-classical, and serverless. The goal will be to leverage observability and analytics capabilities spanning the hybrid multi-cloud environment to efficiently manage resources and seamlessly orchestrate workloads, to improve the performance and reliability of applications.
  • Developing techniques for sustainable computing, involving devising methods to accurately quantify and optimize carbon emissions for hybrid cloud workloads and studying emerging architectures for their performance-power tradeoff.

“The synergy between the abundant talent in IIT Bombay and a technological leader like IBM can not only expand the horizons of knowledge but also address problems of national importance, such as affordable healthcare, educational outreach, and smart management of growing industrial and urban infrastructure“,  said, Prof. Sachin Patwardhan, Dean (R&D), IIT Bombay.

The engagement with IBM researchers is helping us explore some of the practical dimensions of the research challenges in Cloud platforms and sustainability, and investigate the means to democratize access to quantum hardware in the Cloud for scientific and enterprise applications. Our doctoral students also appreciate the chance to engage with leading researchers and practitioners from IBM Research, saidProf Yogesh Simmhan, Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, IISc. 

 Dr. Amith Singhee, Director IBM Research India said, “Collaboration fuels innovation, and our collaboration with IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore underscores the importance of combining diverse expertise.”

Over the years, these collaborations have yielded significant research outcomes and technological advancements, spanning a wide range of topics. From natural language processing and complex question answering to trust and explainability in AI, these partnerships have resulted in numerous research publications, MTech and PhD theses, and advancements that contribute to India’s technological landscape. For instance, the collaboration between IBM and IIT Bombay has paved the way for advancements in machine learning for Indian languages and addressing challenges related to understanding Hindi language sense, intent, sentiment, and documents.

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