Technology Innovation Hub

This Detailed Project Report is to establish a Technology Innovation Hub at IIIT Hyderabad in the areas of Data Banks, Data Services, & Data Analytics, herein referred to as the TIH-Data, under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems executed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The hub will help coordinate, integrate, and amplify basic and applied research in broad Data-Driven Technologies as well as its dissemination and translation across the country. The world has seen explosive growth in computers, mobile phones, communication, information dissemination, etc. in the past two decades, driven largely by the advances in hardware given by Moore’s law. The next revolution will be spurred by the advances in “intelligence” that can be applied to the vast amounts of data and information that is available today. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has given reliable and stable algorithms and applications using Machine Learning (ML) in different hues. A critical ingredient of modern ML-based AI is the abundance of reliable and representative data on specific problem areas. Data is today recognized as a critical enabler, being referred to as the “new oil1” and the “new electricity2” by experts based on its foundational value in growth of different disciplines. IIIT Hyderabad has become a major player in the research landscape on India. The institute has 30 faculty members and over 200 research students in related areas. It has created several datasets including those for OCRs, Speech, and Language Translation. The IIIT 5K- word dataset released in 2012, the IIIT STR dataset released in 2013, the Indian Driving Dataset (IDD) released in 2018 are used extensively by global academics and have been downloaded thousands of times. The Indian Brain Atlas created by IIIT using the scans of 100 healthy individuals will become the benchmark for diagnosis of neural anomalies of the Indian population. The institute has also established a highly productive incubation and start-up effort, which formed as the foundational model to establish T-Hub by the Government of Telangana. All of this was achieved while staying completely self-reliant in finances. The institute has created strong connections with all national funding agencies, the Government of Telangana, as well as the top companies like Google, Microsoft, TCS, Amazon, Flipkart, and others.
Data is at the core of the TIH Hub proposed to be established at IIIT Hyderabad. This Hub differs from other Hubs for its mandate to prepare a critical resource for the future use by researchers, start-ups, and industry. Collecting, collating, and distributing useful data from multiple domains for use by the national and global community will be a significant effort at TIH-Data. This requires not only the expertise of computer scientists and data scientists, but also the cooperation of experts from multiple domains, such as Healthcare, Transportation, Smart Building, Systems, etc. The Data Foundation of the TIH-Data will coordinate the data collection, storage, distribution, processing, etc. Research and Technology Development to exploit such data is another key activity of the proposed Hub. This will be carried out in collaboration with other academic research groups and domain experts. Broad directions for the activities will be laid out by the Hub based on which proposals will be called, evaluated, and selected for execution. Effective ways to monitor and guide such projects will also be set up as part of the Hub. Reaching out to the broader society to enhance societal expertise in data-driven technologies will be another important activity of the Hub. This would be done through support to undergraduate and post-graduate students and attractive fellowships to PhD students. TIH-Data will also boost the research ecosystem through a number of competitive post-doctoral fellowships and faculty fellowships established across the country. Workshops and short courses for industry professionals, start-up employees, and others are planned to spread the expertise in data-driven technologies widely in the country. ...

Data science and associated areas are highly active internationally. The Hub will have an intense emphasis on collaborating with international experts in associated areas. This will include joint research, visiting schemes for international experts, involvement in the processes and problems of the Hub, etc. A series of workshops, conferences, and meetings are also planned to bring global experts in direct contact with the Indian researchers and students in associated areas. Start-ups provide the most promising and speedy conduit for advanced technologies to be taken directly to potential users. Start-ups rely on innovations not only in the underlying science and technology, but also in their adaptation to novel application areas and users. Promoting innovations and start-ups in the area of Data-Driven Technologies and broader AI will be an important activity of the Hub. It will have access to the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of IIIT Hyderabad, one of the largest academic incubators in the country. Research should leave the lab and reach the land. This is a challenge in Indian context as the academia is ill-prepared to do the translation. India has significant research capacity in most areas, but only a few success stories exist of the research leading directly to technologies that can be taken forward by start-ups or can be transferred to industry. The primary endeavor of academia is to develop basic research, not to apply it on real-world scenarios. The start-ups are often stymied by the gap between academic output and what they need. Institutions need to create explicit channels to translate research output into prototypes and field-ready products. TIH-Data proposes to establish a Applied Research and Translation team of technical experts, domain experts, and product developers, coordinated by a product management team. This team will help translate the research output to the needs of the industry and start-ups. IIIT-H has very positive experiences from a Product Lab it established in 2017. The Hub will build on and scale up this experience for this purpose.
Societal applications of data-driven technologies is of special interest to the proposed TIH- Data. It is proposed to establish a group focused on technology for societal applications within the Applied Research wing. This requires close collaboration of the technologists with experts in Healthcare, Transportation, and other domains. It also needs the participation of user agencies such as Government Departments, NGOs, etc., to keep the systems practical and useful. The results are expected to reach the society directly through relevant agencies. IIIT is already in close to finalizing a few projects in transportation safety and public health along with the Government of Telangana, independently of the Hub. Structurally, the proposed TIH-Data will be a Section 8 company that manages the Research & Technology Development, HRD & Skill Development, Innovation & Start-ups, and the International Collaborations directly. A Hub Governing Body will be in charge of policy setting, execution, and monitoring of the Hub. Activities will be envisioned and detailed through the Technical Advisory Council and executed by the Executive Committee. A Hub Academic Head will oversee all aspects and a CEO/COO assisted by a suitable management team will help carry out the activities. The TIH-Data will, in addition, establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in IIIT Hyderabad. The Data Foundation and the Applied Research & Translation Wing will reside in the CoE, which will be headed by appropriate academic leaders who will also contribute to the overall operations of the Hub. TIH-Data will be set on a high-speed path by the initial funding from NM-ICPS. The activities need to continue and flourish for a long time as they are of fundamental value and import to the country. Generation of resources from other governmental and private sources is necessary to ensure this. Several promising avenues will be explored for this including sponsored research from governmental & private sources, technology transfer & licensing, short courses & executive education, etc. IIIT Hyderabad has great experience in not only being self-sufficient for its activities, but also in growing steadily in education, research, infrastructure expansion, etc. The institute got land and some initial buildings from the state government in 1998. All operational and expansion expenses were raised by the institute through tuition fees, competitive research grants, executive education, CSR donations, etc. This experience puts the TIH-Data at a comfortable pedestal to grow into a world- recognized entity in various data resources and data-driven technologies.

    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 3 5 10 12 30 1 0 0 0 0 1
1.2 Technology Products 0 3 3 6 8 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 10 10 20 25 35 100 13 0 0 0 0 13
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 5 10 15 20 25 75 3 0 0 0 0 3
2

Entrepreneurship Development

2.1 Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.2 Start-ups & Spin-off companies 0 5 8 10 15 38 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) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 2 3 5 8 10 28 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) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2.8 Job Creation 50 500 1500 3000 4500 9550 10 0 0 0 0 10
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 20 40 60 80 100 300 54 0 0 0 0 54
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 10 10 10 10 10 50 9 0 0 0 0 9
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 5 8 8 8 8 37 2 0 0 0 0 2
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 0 3 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 0 3 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 80 100 120 200 250 750 4 0 0 0 0 4
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 3 23 3 0 0 0 0 3
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 0 1 1 2 2 6 4 0 0 0 0 4
Total 186 705 1770 3385 4979 11025 104 0 0 0 0 104
Total Set Targets 11025 Total Achieved Targets 104