Technology Innovation Hub

The Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) (AI4ICPS) is being established under the aegis of the National Mission on ICPS (NM-ICPS) of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Government of India. AI4ICPS aims to create a multidimensional ecosystem to foster innovations of AI and ML interventions to ICPS spanning across several sectors. This shall be enabled through translation of academic research resulting in pre-/prototypes of such AI and ML interventions at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 to TRL7 ready scalable products and processes for industry sectors including but not limited to (i) healthcare, (ii) precision agriculture and nutritional security, (iii) manufacturing, (iv) transportation, (v) environment and pollution, (vi) infrastructure and energy, (vii) education, (viii) judiciary and legal, and (ix) communication. Innovation in interventions shall include but not be limited to (a) artificial intelligence including search, optimization, heuristics, logic, reasoning, formal methods, (b) machine learning including deep and reinforcement learning, bayesian learning, physics integrated learning, federated learning, edge computation for learning and inference, cloud-hybrid computing, (c) enabling technologies including fairness-accountability-transparency-explainability (FATE) of AI, certification, security, certification, safety and safety analytics, machine vision, speech, natural language processing (NLP), text analytics, augmented and virtual reality, technology for internet of things (IoT), etc.


1. Technology Development through development of products and prototypes from existing knowledge (TRL3), technology or product delivery in specific sectors (TRL2-3), expert driven research (TRL3). 2. Human Resources Development (HRD) and Skill Development (SD) through fellowships, project grants and program laboratory upgradation for undergraduate (UG), post graduate (PG), doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, early-career Research Assistant Professors and Chair Professors on ICPS, programs for up-/re-skilling of industry workforce across the height of the organizational pyramid. 3. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Startup Ecosystem through grand challenges and competitions, promote and accelerate young technology entrepreneurs, entrepreneur in residence, seed and ignition funding support, technology business incubator, dedicated innovation accelerator. 4. International Collaborative Research Programs through support for Indian component of expenses for project staff, workshops and meetings, travel support, etc.

1. Research and New Knowledge Generation through research in core and thematic areas, and translational research in AI and ML for ICPS which shall contribute to TRL3 ready technology development
2. Innovation, Technology Commercialization and Startups through its Industry - TIH - Academia co-working Product Engineering Group (PEG) which co-work at the Hub and shall contribute to TRL 4-6 translation.
3. National Knowledge Portal (NKP) on AI4ICPS for providing study materials as curated coursework and certification material through online content delivery network (CDN) channels, datasets, APIs and standard code release, benchmarks and case studies, access to digital twin simulators of CPS for virtual environment experiments.
4. Live Testbeds on AI4ICPS which shall consist of cloud connected and IoT/ IoE enabled physical systems across the sectors of interest for live tryouts of cloud based AI and ML for plant control and plant operations.
5. Cloud for ICPS which is reactive and responsive in realtime to train and develop AI and ML algorithms for ICPS intervention and enable AI compute as a cloud based service.
6. Technology Certification and Audit services for AI and ML intervention to ICPS, and their safety and verification.
7. Incubation, Acceleration and Launchpad services for hand holding of new ventures, startups and spinoffs, as well as scout for innovation potential early on through student projects, challenges and competitions, etc. This shall also facilitate marketplace connection for new ventures and identify academic IPs with commercial potential.
8. Consultancy Services for technology scaling up and upgradation, and technology product auditing within the scope of the Hub.
9. Reskilling and Upskilling services through workshops, seminars, schools with sector specific focus on AI and ML intervention, as well as enabling direct to home delivery of contents through the KNP.
The organization of AI4ICPS shall be functioning under the leadership of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) enabling the several activities through offices of the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Office of CIO shall administer HRD and Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Startup Ecosystem activities. CTO shall administer Technology Development activities following a project based mode. COO shall administer financial, legal, contracting, HR, secretarial activities for enabling Offices of CEO, CIO and CTObe functional. The Hub Governing Body (HGB) which serves as the Board of Directors (BOD) of AI4ICPS registered as a Section 8 Company and set its overall direction in consultation with the Advisory Board (AB). An Executive Council (EC) shall oversee operation of AI4ICPS.

    TIH-Targets List

S.No. Target Area Set Targets Achieved Targets
1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total 1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total
1

Technology Development

1.1 No of Technologies (IP, Licensing, Patents etc) 0 0 7 10 15 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.2 Technology Products 0 0 7 10 15 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 5 15 20 25 25 90 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 6 20 24 25 30 105 0 0 0 0 0 0
2

Entrepreneurship Development

2.1 Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.2 Start-ups & Spin-off companies 12 12 12 12 12 60 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.3 GCC - Grand Challenges & Competitions 1 1 1 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.4 Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) 2 2 2 2 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 8 8 8 8 8 40 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.6 Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (DIAL) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.7 CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 2 2 2 2 2 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.8 Job Creation 750 2500 3000 3125 3750 13125 0 0 0 0 0 0
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 68 68 68 68 68 340 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 10 12 12 14 14 62 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 5 15 5 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 2 2 2 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 2 2 2 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 90 180 180 90 90 630 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 5 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 1 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 966 2846 3363 3397 4037 14609 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Set Targets 14609 Total Achieved Targets 0