Honeywell, IIT Hyderabad, set up AI research lab

23rd August 2021
Honeywell,  IIT Hyderabad,  set up AI research lab
Srinivasa Rao Dangeti, Innovation & Technology Director at Honeywell ( right) with two officials from IIIT-H

Hyderabad, August 23, 2021: Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS), the engineering and technology development arm of the software industrial leader,  has joined  the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, to establish an Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab and jointly research AI and related emerging technologies.
The lab will be managed, maintained and upgraded by IIT Hyderabad. The two organizations will also develop courses pertaining to emerging technologies Honeywell uses in its portfolio to enable IIT Hyderabad students to gain industry exposure. The core content and other details on these courses will be mutually reviewed and regularly updated based on the requirements from IIT Hyderabad and the facilitators available from Honeywell.
The lab was inaugurated  this week by  Union today by Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan.
“IITH is the first institute in the country to offer full-fledged BTech in AI in line with the recommendation of NEP 2020,” said Pradhan. “I am confident with the recommendation of NEP 2020 such collaboration would become more common and further strengthen to achieve the goal of internalization at home.”
HTS and IIT Hyderabad will together research technologies that solve problems of the future, with AI is as the major focus area. Additionally, the two organizations formed a mutual association to provide industry-specific domain training, remote project mentoring, engineering certificate course, training workshops and hackathons for students of IIT Hyderabad and select employees of HTS. The association will provide industry collaboration for IIT Hyderabad, an academic environment for Honeywell employees to conduct research, and enable students to upgrade their skills and improve their employment opportunities.
“Honeywell works with many top researchers globally, and we are pleased to extend that work with some of the greatest minds of the country at IIT Hyderabad,” said Samuel Pratap, President, HTS. “The creation of this lab will blend experiences between fundamental research and applied research. Our vast pool of talented industrial application engineers will support this endeavour with their knowledge and experience in AI and emerging technologies to help solve real-world problems,” he added.
Professor B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “It is indeed a momentous occasion to witness this development which will definitely lead to myriad technological developments and opportunities to serve the nation and society at large. The young and vibrant minds at IITH are all geared up to make the institute feature among Top 500 global institute soon.”