Chennai,October 25, 2017, : IIIT-Hyderabad’s Machine Learning Laboratory announced Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, a new state-of-the-art program for technology professionals. The program will be executed in association with TalentSprint. As one of the largest AI research clusters in the country, the institute is seeing a rising demand from the industry for AI and ML advisory services, technology prototypes, and capacity building. American research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. recently forecasted the creation of 2.3 million jobs in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) within the next three years.

While some of thetop engineering institutions in the country have strong academic and researchprograms in AI and ML, the number of engineers that graduate from them is stillquite negligible in comparison to demand in these areas from the industry. In orderto strengthen the competitiveness of the Indian IT sector, IIIT-Hyderabad hasembarked on a series of initiatives to disseminate its deep knowledge of AI, MLand DL across the industry. This 4-month program on the Foundations of AI and ML is thefirst such initiative. The hands-on teaching approach will enable engineers inindustry to build deep ML programming capabilities in their companies.


Speaking on theoccasion, Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director of IIIT-Hyderabad, said “We arepleased to launch this high impact program that will enable software engineersto build well-designed AI and ML solutions. We are taking a holistic view.Beyond our excellence in technology and research, we are also conductingstudies on the societal impact of AI. We are building awareness andappreciation of these new-age technologies among management and top leaders aswell.”


Dr. Santanu Paul,Co-Founder and CEO of TalentSprint, said, “It has been repeatedly said in thelast year that AI/ML is the next industrial revolution. From self-driving carsto chat-bots to robo-advisors, the new age of computing is already upon us. Webelieve that this program is the bridge that will help today’s technologyprofessionals successfully cross over to the new era of automation and intelligentsystems. We are very excited to work with IIIT-Hyderabad to deliver thisworld-class offering”.


Commenting onthe launch, R. Chandrasekhar, President of NASSCOM, said, “The fourthIndustrial Revolution is about harnessing complex, high-volume, high-speed datainto insights for decision-making. It’s true for enterprises and to no lesserextent for governments. Unarguably, proliferation of Deep-tech such as AI /Machine Learning is central to this revolution. It is most commendable thatIIIT-H through its outreach program has decided to offer its deep researchexperience for the benefit of working professionals, through afirst-of-its-kind 4-month program on AI and Machine Learning Techniques.Indeed, it is an important step towards capacity building. I am confident thatit would prove highly beneficial to the industry while enabling it to leveragethe new opportunities”


The programwill be directed by Dr. C.S. Jawahar, a leading expert in the field of AI andML. He will be supported through the program by a team of academicians andindustry leaders. Industry professionals may apply for the program by visiting:http://cie.iiit.ac.in/aiml/

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