UTS celebrates new joint research cluster in India
The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) and UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT have extended research cooperation by establishing a new joint research cluster (JRC). The cluster’s focus areas will include artificial intelligence (AI), character and video recognition, document analysis and biometrics. Immensely popular research fields worldwide, AI research, for example, is growing at an incredible rate, with many applications being translated for industry use.
UTS already conducts extensive research in these areas in its Centre for Artificial Intelligence and School of Software. ISI has built strong expertise via research undertaken in its Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition Unit.
Both institutions have strong research groups, capabilities with complementary strengths, and a joint body of work in the fields. Building on ISI and UTS expertise, the research cluster enables accelerated collaboration between researchers from both institutions to grow the scale of research. The cluster will also enable PhD students from India and Australia to work together closely, including in lab space in India made available by ISI.
The joint research cluster extends the partnership between ISI and UTS.
‘Dr Umapada Pal at ISI and I have collaborated for many years, and it’s wonderful to now see our research cooperation take the next step’, said Professor Michael Blumenstein, Associate Dean at the Faculty of Engineering and IT. ‘ISI being one of India’s key academic institutions, this joint cluster will create further linkages between our academics and offer an exceptional opportunity for UTS staff and students working with ISI experts.’
During the recent visit to ISI, UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Iain Watt noted that ‘the signing of this JRC really is a culmination of years of academic cooperation and development of a strong friendship. ISI making available lab and research space in Kolkata for UTS staff and students is fantastic, and will further strengthen our partnership’.
ISI Deputy Director Dipti Prasad Mukherjee said that ‘the recently signed MoU and Joint Research Cluster initiative between Indian Statistical Institute and UTS will enable the two institutions to grow international research collaborations in the broad area of artificial intelligence, including pattern recognition and computer vision. There also exist opportunities to partner with industry, seek out international funds, and strengthen our cooperation through jointly supervised PhD students’.
The collaboration enables UTS and ISI to respond to research challenges at an international level, and generate practical software solutions that address real-world problems in the areas of health, document analysis, drone-based technologies, as well as various other applications of AI and machine learning. There are also potential partnership opportunities to provide research solutions to national and global companies.
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