Premier Information Technology University’s latest initiative to support students in research
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi has always been aiming at supporting and nurturing their students in research. As part of this research-focussed academic approach, the Institute has partnered with Raxter.io (RAx) – an Indian company specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) based products for literature review, critical reading, concept extraction, semantic knowledge mining, content discovery, and recommendation tools for researchers, reviewers and publishers. This partnership will bring together the vision of promoting IT-based research among young scholars in a leading technology institute and the technological acumen and sophistication of a home-grown AI-based research organization, for the betterment of the researching students.
IIIT-Delhi is one of the leading comprehensive research-led teaching institutes in India. On one hand, promoting cutting-edge research is in the institutional DNA of IIIT-Delhi, and on the other hand, the motto at RAx is to assist researchers at every stage of their research journey like resource exploration, collaboration, critical analysis, literature review and drafting. Therefore, this collaboration will lead to a symbiotic relationship between both the institutions, leading to the holistic development of student researchers, in a sustainable manner.
As part of this collaboration, RAx will sponsor and support select Ph.D scholars from IIIT-Delhi for their research projects. The company’s hand-holding of IIIT-Delhi’s students will involve support to publish their research papers in Tier-1 conference proceedings and journals, creating a community-driven open-source framework in scholarly document processing and the curation of proprietary intellectual property. It will also assist the research students to explore related research problems in the broader field of Natural Language Processing, Recommendation Systems, and Knowledge Graphs. Dr. Tanmoy Chakraborty, Head of Centre for AI at IIIT-Delhi and Laboratory for Computational Social Systems will be working as the PI from the Institute.
Dr. Chakraborty is extremely optimistic about this collaboration, “Here at IIIT-Delhi we do not believe in just churning out IT professionals and crowding the already concentrated industry. IIIT-Delhi acknowledges the power of research as a key component of not only academia but also society at large. We believe in supporting and nurturing young researchers and what better resource could they have than the expertise of a company like RAx?”
Sourish Dasgupta, the founder of RAx said, “We are extremely excited to be partnering with IIIT-Delhi because we are being able to share our expertise with young researchers. By combining IIIT-Delhi’s research-focussed approach with the RAx team’s top-notch NLP-ML technology, we will be able to provide superior and smarter knowledge acquisition and management platforms to researchers. Often there remains a huge gap between researchers and publishers during scholarly communication, which in turn hampers the entire academic ecosystem. This collaboration is a much-needed step towards narrowing that gap.”
Both IIIT-Delhi and RAx are open to future opportunities of collaboration. This collaboration is also expected to spread nationally to the other IIITs located in multiple cities across the Indian states of Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat etc.