Technology Innovation Hub

Speech analytics is the process of analyzing recorded voice to gather information to improve communication and future applications. Video analytics is the process of analyzing videos (live or recorded) for security and safety applications. Text analytics is the process of deriving high quality information from text. As Speech science in Indian languages holds enormous potential thanks to both the diversity of Indian languages, as well as large number of speakers for each language. Almost half of the top-20 most spoken languages in the world are from India. Further, with the deep penetration of mobile phones in the country today, almost 700 million people now have access to technology and the web. This is a perfect combination to unlock the potential for Speech, Video and Text analytics in the country. The area of “Speech, Video and Text Analytics” aims to create a strong and seamless ecosystem for leveraging the potential and exponential growth of interdisciplinary cyber physical systems (ICPSs). The Centre will make an impact for the nation by facilitating the creation of national competence in essential technologies of future and by catalyzing the translation of that technology into useable applications for greater welfare of the society. The CPS expertise available at the Indian Institute of Technology Patna (IITP) as well as in the country will facilitate and integrate the nationwide efforts of the start-up India program for knowledge generation, innovation, product development, and commercialization.

IIT Patna has been pursuing extensive research and development in the areas of “Speech, Video and Text Analytics”, and showcasing its presence at both national and international levels. It has established itself as a leading institution of Research and Development in “Speech, Video and Text Analytics” by publishing its research in the well-acclaimed journals and conferences, undertaking important R&D projects duly sponsored by the various Government agencies such as MeITY, SERB, DRDO, MHRD; and Industries such as Elsevier, Accenture, L Soft, Samsung Research, Honeywell, Wipro, Bosch etc; and representing several national and international bodies such as “Chairman, AI Standardization Committee, Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Govt. of India”, “Member, Advisory Committee on Artificial Intelligence, NITI Ayog”, “Member-at-Large (MAL), Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing”, “President, Association for Computational Linguistics” etc. As per the CS ranking, it ranks 14th in Asia and 1st in India for Natural Language Processing research in terms of publications during the last 5 years (2015-2020). Under the umbrella of “Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence”, several research groups, viz. Artificial Intelligence-Natural Language Processing-Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Network Science Lab, Centre for Endangered Language Studies4 and groups working in the areas of Computer Vision, Image Processing, IoT, Big Data Analytics, Robotics etc. in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences have undertaken research and development in the cutting edge areas of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Data Science, Speech Processing, and Video Analytics.
The proposed facility along with the existing facilities at IIT Patna will create a technology or knowledge or innovation based start-up ecosystem in alignment with the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) with special emphasis on “Speech, Video and Text Analytics” for the holistic development of the nation. The proposed i-Hub would take up research and developments into the following three sub-categories to remain consistent with the sub-mission of NM-ICPS, and based on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL):
a. Expert-driven new knowledge generation /Discovery: We will take up projects that focus on creating new knowledge in the broad areas of“Speech, Video and Text Analytics”.
b. Development of products /prototypes from existing knowledge (by experts or teams) Most of the projects have the mandates to generate a prototypes, either through new knowledge or by using the existing knowledge. We have also designed a set of problems which we intend to open up as “Call for Proposals”. These have been designed in consultations with the industry collaborators, such as Accenture, Microsoft, Wipro, TCS Innovation Lab, IBM Research etc; and academic collaborators form abroad and India.
c. Technology /product delivery in specific sectors, i.e., projects that involve knowledge generation and also conversion to technology, demonstration of full working technology (by experts or teams) Most of these projects have been prepared in consultation with the industry experts, PSUs or collaborators from academics, both national and international. The i-Hub also emphasizes for the deployment of the products at the end of the project tenure. TIH will ensure that each project yields with a prototype, tool or product, deployed to the stakeholders, and/or commercialized through startups and industries.

    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 5 5 5 5 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.2 Technology Products 0 0 5 5 5 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 0 10 10 10 15 45 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 0 10 15 20 25 70 0 0 0 0 0 0
2

Entrepreneurship Development

2.1 Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.2 Start-ups & Spin-off companies 0 0 5 15 15 35 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.3 GCC - Grand Challenges & Competitions 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.4 Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 0 0 7 7 7 21 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.6 Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (DIAL) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.7 CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.8 Job Creation 0 2000 2000 2000 2750 8750 0 0 0 0 0 0
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 0 50 60 70 40 220 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 0 8 20 12 2 42 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 0 15 8 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 0 100 110 100 100 410 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 3 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 2207 2263 2249 2967 9699 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Set Targets 9699 Total Achieved Targets 0