IIIT-Hyderabad forays into artificial intelligence; launches AAAI

The Indian chapter of AAAI will organize various meets, workshops, symposia and seminars on AI for industry, academia and startups through the year.

By Author  |  Published: 5th Jun 2017  4:13 pm
IIIT-Hyderabad
International Institute of Information Technology-Hyderabad logo. Source: Twitter

Hyderabad: The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)-Hyderabad on Monday has announced the launch of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), India chapter on its premises.

AAAI, a non-profit society, will be dedicated to advancing scientific understanding of mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.

It will also promote research in, and responsible use of, artificial intelligence, increasing public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.

PJ Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad said, “An Indian chapter of AAAI is very timely, considering how computers influence almost every aspect of our lives, right from banking, to healthcare to entertainment. The underlying technology will have a very high positive impact, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The Indian chapter of AAAI will organize various meets, workshops, symposia and seminars on AI for industry, academia and startups through the year. This is in keeping with AAAI’s objective of increasing knowledge and interest in AI across India.

The India chapter office bearers for AAAI include Prof. Kamalakar Karlapalem of IIIT-Hyderabad, C Anantaram, Principal Scientist at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Prof Vineeth Balasubramanian from IIT-Hyderabad.

To mark the occasion, a special lecture by Subbarao Kambhampati, professor of Computer Science at Arizona State University, and current president of the Association for the Advancement of AI (AAAI) was organized.

Prof Kambhapati spoke on the rise of AI and the challenges of Human-Aware AI Systems, and delved on the recent progress and heightened expectations of AI in a broader perspective.  He identified important open problems, including the need for human-aware AI systems.