Technology Innovation Hub

The TIH on Computer Vision and Augmented and Virtual Reality (CV and ARVR), named as iHub Drishti, will: (i) focus on advancing the research outcomes in core problems related to CV and, ARVR, (ii) augment imaging with additional (multimodal) sources of input such as haptics, language, and IoT to advance state-of-the-art in the domain areas, (iii) create technology solutions for socially relevant and industry-facing problems, (iv) support and nurture start-up ecosystems, (v) stimulate skilling and reskilling educational programs, and (v) to advise governments for appropriate policy-related matters in the domain of CV and ARVR. The proposed TIH will focus on the core research areas of (i) Seeing and Sensing, (ii) Dependability, (iii) Real-time Computer Vision Systems, and (iv) Data Collection, Curation and Annotation for developing technologies in the following applications areas:
1. Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems
2. Computer Vision for Better Living: Healthcare and Biosphere
3. Imaging for Document Analysis
4. CV and VR for Industry 4.0
5. Dependable AR-VR for X

iHub Drishti, a Section 8 company, is hosted in the premises of IIT Jodhpur. The hub, steered by the Hub Governing Board and the Director of the TIH, will host teams of faculty members, research scholars, developers and scientists who will work towards developing the technologies. Further, four different kinds of partners are identified: (i) research collaborators from national and international institutions, (ii) domain expert partner institutions, (iii) hub and spoke model (mentor-mentee) based partner institutions, and (iv) research labs and industry including startups. The TIH envisions creating an ecosystem in and around the thematic areas and building collaborations with other TIHs to foster the overall growth and development of CPS technologies. The facility would include a mix of office and laboratory spaces with state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities, that will cater to the collaborating institutions. The TIH will also build a network of researchers and developers, both externally hired and from the student body, such that in the next 5 years, iHub Drishti becomes the main hub of technologies related to computer vision, virtual and augmented reality in the entire country. The proposed TIH will initially focus on fundamental research, developing Intellectual Properties and building prototypes (TRL 3-4). Based on the technologies generated, these IPs will be translated into dependable products and processes in association with startups, industry and it’s own team of executives. The experts, through iHub Drishti, will also provide consulting services to other companies and government institutions. It is envisioned that iHub Drishti will be self-sustaining by the end of five years with continuous growth in research, technology and product portfolio.

    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) 1 2 6 6 6 21 1 0 0 0 0 1
1.2 Technology Products 0 2 5 5 5 17 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 10 20 30 30 30 120 10 0 0 0 0 10
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 10 20 30 30 30 120 17 0 0 0 0 17
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 1 5 10 10 10 36 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.3 GCC - Grand Challenges & Competitions 0 1 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.4 Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 0 5 5 6 6 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.6 Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (DIAL) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.7 CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.8 Job Creation 0 1000 2500 2500 3000 9000 0 0 0 0 0 0
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 10 40 60 60 60 230 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 3 10 10 10 10 43 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 4 10 10 0 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 0 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 30 100 100 100 100 430 30
(55)
0 0 0 0 30
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 4 24 0 0 0 0 0 0
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 73 1223 2779 2765 3262 10102 60 0 0 0 0 60
Total Set Targets 10102 Total Achieved Targets 60