AI Activities in India

Work in Artificial Intelligence began in India in the early 1980's. The Management Information Systems (MIS) Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta has been actively involved in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research since the early 1980s. The AI work in India got a significant boost with the UNDP funded Knowledge Based Computing Systems (KBCS) project. This project started in November 1986 with a view to building institutional infrastructure, keeping abreast of the state-of-the-art technology, training scientific manpower and undertaking R&D in certain specific socio-economic areas that are amenable to this technology.
The major centres of the KBCS project were Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai; National Centre for Software Technology (now Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), Mumbai; Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Pune; Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata; Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; and Department of Electronics (now Department of Information Technology), Govt. of India.
The project has been highly successful in spreading research and application of different techniques of Artificial Intelligence to not only most Universities and research institutes in India but also across large sections of India's very successful software industry.
Under the umbrella of the Computer Society of India (CSI), India's national body of IT professionals, a Special Interest Group in AI (SIGAI) has been formed recently, to consolidate the AI activities going on in the country. It will provide a forum for the interaction amongst the researchers. The SIGAI of India will link to SIGAI of ACM and do similar kind of functioning within the country. The activities of SIGAI are envisaged to be: Publication of newsletters, organizing an annual meet of Indian research scholars working in AI related areas, providing support for members to attend conferences, giving grants to prospective authors of AI related books, Supporting high quality AI conferences in the country.
A number of organizations are involved in active AI research in India. For brief description of the organizations and their work, see the links in the left menu.