Intelligent Systems centre launched at IIIT Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Jan 16 (IANS) The Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS) was inaugurated at International Institute of Information Technology – Hyderabad here on Monday.

The KCIS has been set up with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Foundation to give a fillip to research, teaching and entrepreneurship in the area of intelligent systems.

The Kohli Research Block was set up on the IIIT campus with 60,000 sq.ft. of built-up area spread across four floors to provide a world-class ambience for related research activities.

Telangana Minister for Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao inaugurated the KCIS in presence of TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran, former TCS Deputy Chairman F.C. Kohli, IIIT -Hyderabad Chairman Raj Reddy, and Moza Bint Nasser, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at the Carnegie Mellon University.

The KCIS coordinates research among the relevant groups in the institute as well as industrial and academic research groups within the country and abroad.

It has active research groups in natural language processing, information retrieval, speech processing, computer vision, image processing, machine learning, cognitive science, data sciences & analytics, and robotics.

“KCIS will provide an impetus to advancements in Information Technology. It will bring academics, students, researchers and professionals together with infrastructure conducive to sophisticated research in intelligent systems,” said TCS CEO and Managing Director N. Chandrasekaran.

“KCIS is probably the only centre in India with the tools and technology capable of monitoring, analysing, diagnosing, and resolving day-to-day problems of society,” Raj Reddy said.

“It can find intelligent systems and solutions to address the critical problems of the society such as poverty and hunger, slavery and torture, and disease and suffering, and create tools that enable an illiterate person to be as productive as a PhD,” he added.

IIIT – Hyderabad Director P.J. Narayanan said the infrastructure of Kohli Research Block would be second to none in the country.

“The research at KCIS with support from TCS will impact the society deeply through innovative products, technology transfer and start ups,” he added.