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IBM Renews Partnership with IIT-B & IISc to Drive Hybrid Cloud Advancements, Generative AI

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

September 12, 2023

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Primary objectives include machine learning for time series data, particularly deep generative AI models for multivariate data and self-supervised representation learning models.

American technology giant IBM has recently extended its research collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (IISc).

This partnership aims to drive advancements in healthcare by utilising hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

One of this collaboration's main focuses is machine learning for time series data, particularly deep generative AI models for multivariate data and self-supervised representation learning models.

These innovations have the potential to significantly enhance healthcare by improving predictive capabilities, personalising treatment plans, and ultimately benefiting patient outcomes.

Applying deep generative AI models in healthcare can lead to more accurate diagnoses, real-time patient health monitoring, and optimised healthcare delivery. This technology allows healthcare professionals to analyse vast amounts of medical data quickly and efficiently.

However, the impact of this collaboration goes beyond healthcare alone. Industries such as Industry 4.0 and the development of smarter cities can also benefit from the transformative power of AI and hybrid cloud technologies.

Additionally, the research extends to natural language processing and question-answering to provide comprehensive and accurate responses. This aspect of the collaboration has the potential to improve the accessibility of healthcare information and enhance communication between healthcare professionals and patients.

IBM, a global leader in hybrid cloud and AI has provided solutions to clients in over 175 countries since its founding in 1911. Their innovations in AI, quantum computing, and industry-specific cloud solutions play a crucial role in digital transformations across various sectors.

This collaboration is not new, as IBM initiated its partnership with IIT-B in 2018 as part of the IBM AI Horizon Network, with the shared goal of advancing AI research in India. In 2021, IBM and IISc jointly established the IBM-IISc Hybrid Cloud lab, reinforcing their commitment to pioneering research in hybrid cloud technologies.

Moreover, IIT-Bombay has made significant strides in the field of healthcare. In August, IIT-Bombay collaborated with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to develop an innovative 'Placenta-On-A-Chip' device.

This technology is essential for safeguarding unborn babies from potential harm caused by drugs and chemicals during pregnancy.

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