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IBM announces SUR awards

Posted on Nov 29, 12:18PM | IBNS

IBM on Wednesday announced Shared University Grant (SUR) Awards, 2012, for different Smarter Planet projects in collaboration with five leading educational institutes of India - Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), PEC University of Technology, NIT Silchar and IIT Guwahati. "Through these projects, IBM encourages leading institutes, to participate in solving issues that bring value to the technology community, and our world," said country manager, University Relations, IBM India and South Asia Bhooshan Kelkar. "They select areas of interest catering to innovations and we provide them the grant which can be used by the research scholars for investigating computing power or anything. The projects generally focus on industry-relevant technologies to solve real-world problems, through academia-corporate partnerships," he added. Overall 10 universities have been selected for projects, this year, to help develop solutions for important sectors like banking, finance, education, and healthcare, said an official. The award recipients for this year are professors Atanu Biswas (ISI, Kolkata), Samir Bordoloi (NIT Silchar), Keyur Sorathia (IIT Guwahati), Divya Bansal (PEC University of Technology), who are the principal investigators of the project. IBM gives about 60-70 awards each year globally and India has already been benefitted with 34 such awards since 1997, with more than 1000 students registered/were working on 95 projects from across the country in 2011, resulting in 60 technical assets (academic and code packages) last year. This year the ISI, Kolkata will work on developing models or statistical techniques to help understand the life cycle of an industrial component or parts most likely to fail. While NIT Silchar will work to develop Natural Language Processing (NLP) to create solution to build pictorially grounded language and its usage as a universal translator applicable in mobile devices, IIT Guwahati will explore usage and enhancement of 'Spoken Web' solution in a multilingual country to help pregnant women get awareness regarding maternal health through human gestures and speech. The PEC University on the other hand will develop mechanisms for information security to calculate risk and provide high level risk treatment or plan transfer in banking industry based on RBI guidelines, risk assessment and legal compliance. "We are proving an exposure and trying to bridge the gap between academia and industries through these projects," said director of NIT Silchar, NV Deshpande.