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Machine intelligence set to revolutionise data analytics

Vijesh Kamath, Bengaluru, Jan 20, 2016, DHNS: 0:47 IST

Knowledge commission constitutes 18-member task group to prepare plan

Consider this. traffic police in Bengaluru have installed CCTV cameras at various busy road junctions to capture and record traffic movement. The data is later monitored by police personnel for traffic volume, violations, accidents, road safety purposes among others. The process takes time and manpower.

Now, enter machine intelligence and data analytics technology with which it is possible to analyse the data for these parameters on a real-time basis. To tap the potential of data analytics - an emerging technology - for various eco-systems in the State, the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (KKC) has constituted a special task group on machine intelligence.

Machine intelligence uses technology to enable machines to perform tasks traditionally conducted by humans with speed and efficiency. The 18-member task group is co-chaired by Chiranjib Bhattacharya, professor, Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science and Venkatesh Valluri, chairman and president of Ingersoll Rand (India Region).

The task group, which comprises representatives from software companies, industry and academia, held its first meeting on December 22 and will be coming out with a “Karnataka - Machine Intelligence Plan” in six months.

“Data analytics is a new science and we are looking at using the technology to address issues in the field of transportation, compilation of census and survey data, healthcare, education, rural and urban development, governance, citizen services specific to Karnataka,” says Mukund Rao, member secretary of KKC.

Rao, who is also a member of the special task group, said the panel will come out with a roadmap for development and industrialisation of technologies and applications related to machine intelligence for the next 10 to 15 years.

“KKC, in association with the department of Information Technology, held a round table on the sidelines of Bangalore ITE.Biz last month. Experts participated in the discussion and several ideas emerged. We will be taking it forward,” Rao said.

The panel will look at developing a business model for machine intelligence and recommend steps that the government could take to encourage commercial development of the technology.

Rao said the group also plans to involve universities and students in the run-up to the preparation of the Karnataka Machine Intelligence Plan.

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