CoE on gaming, animation coming up in city


A Centre of Excellence (CoE) focused on gaming, animation and Computer Vision is proposed to be established at Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) facility in the city. It is in a conceptual stage and approvals are awaited for the project, which is to be implemented in association with industry and academia, said STPI Director CVD Ram Prasad. The senior official, who earlier in the day addressed industry body CII’s IoT-AI Summit here on Thursday, was elaborating on plans of the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. STPI was established in 1991 as a society under MietY.The STPI, in association with different partners, has a 200-seater IMAGE (Innovation in Multimedia Animation Gaming and Entertainment) incubation centre. The proposed CoE, he said, was likely to be 100-seater and the investment likely over five years on the facility would be ₹20 crore.A release from CII said Mr.Prasad highlighted how innovation and disruptive technologies would drive the new age business he said. The Ministry, he said, along with the industry and Academia is setting up CoE in Artificial Intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things) and Blockchain in various States. According to the Ministry, the CoEs in the emerging sectors would help build next wave of budding entrepreneurs. Such facilities would aim at providing structural and fundamental support and extend requisite lab support, funding and mentoring.Addressing the summit, Director-Emerging Technologies in the Telangana IT, Electronics & Communications Department L.Ramadevi said State government has been leveraging and adopting digital technologies internally. One such initiative is the chat bots for government tourism sites (T-Aadab). Chat bots for RTA It planned to soft launch chat bots for RTA website. IoT and AI technologies are also used for various pilot projects to ease the traffic in the city and support disaster management initiatives and agriculture in the State, she said. Head, Data Analytics Cell of NITI Aayog Avik Sarkar said the Aayog is working on a national strategy paper on AI and all other emerging technologies. Focus areas of the strategy are healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and mobility.With access to cloud computing infrastructure remaining a major challenge in the area of skill development, Niti Aayog has proposed setting up of an artificial intelligence research analytics and knowledge assimilation platform (AIRAWAT) as a common commute platform to support AI, the release said.

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