Mumbai: Wadhwani AI, India’s first research institute dedicated to developing artificial intelligence solutions for social good was inaugurated in Mumbai. The institute will focus on researching ways to harness the power of AI to solve deep rooted problems in healthcare, education, agriculture, and infrastructure to accelerate social development.
The project is the initiative of Sunil Wadhwani, the Pennsylvania-based co-founder and co-chairman of Mastech Digital, Inc. that had revenue of over $40 million in 2017, and Romesh Wadhwani, the California-based founder of Symphony Technology, who was named as one of the richest men in the United States in 2016.
The institute will collaborate with renowned education and research centers such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, University of Southern California, NYU, University of Washington, Alan Turing Institute, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras and IIT Delhi, among others.
The Wadhwani brothers have committed $30 million for the first 10 years of the institute, which has tied up with the Maharashtra government to identify problems and find solutions. Wadhwani AI also intends to created a talent pool of AI and data science experts. It will be led by AI pioneer and founding MD of Microsoft Research India, Dr. P. Anandan.