The four-month program will be offered by IIIT-Hyderabad's Machine Learning Laboratory in partnership with TalentSprint.

IIIT-Hyderabad launches AI and Machine Learning program for techies
Atom Technology Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:49

The International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)-Hyderabad on Tuesday announced the launch of a programme in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for technology professionals.

IIIT-Hyderabad's Machine Learning Laboratory in partnership with TalentSprint will offer the four-month programme on foundations of AI and ML from January 2018 to address rising demand.

The programme fee will be between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh. The institute expects 1,000 students for the specialised course in the first year.

P.J. Narayanan, Director of IIIT-Hyderabad, told reporters that the first batch will have 300 students. The number will be scaled up to 500.

As one of the largest AI research clusters in the country, the institute is seeing a rising demand from the industry for AI and ML advisory services, technology prototypes and capacity building, he said.

American research and advisory firm Gartner Inc has forecast the creation of 2.3 million jobs in AI, ML, and Deep Learning (DL) within three years.

The hands-on teaching approach will enable engineers in industry to build deep ML programming capabilities in their companies, according to Narayana.

IIIT-H has been working on AI and other various latest technologies across fields. According to a Business Standard report, it is also working on components of driverless car technologies.

"We are actually working on components of driverless car. We are not hoping that the car will be running on Hyderabad roads without a driver," Business Standard quotes Narayanan as saying.

Researchers at IIIT-H have also started working on a project that uses AI to detect and understand the condition of roads to be able to help government authorities in their repair and upkeep.

"We are working on a project where we send a car fitted with a few cameras on the roads and the back-end algorithms helps in detecting potholes, water logging or obstructions. These basic facts, that the GHMC may want to know, are not easy to collect and we can help them collect it automatically," IIIT-Hyderabad director Prof PJ Narayanan told Times of India. 

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