An AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered drone which at the time of natural atrocity can precisely point out how many people are trapped and need to be rescued; this project turned out to be the winner of the “Microsoft Academia Accelerator” on last Tuesday.
This very particular solution was presented by the team of IIT Madras (Indian Institute of Technology). Surprisingly the other 2 winning teams were also from respective IITs. IIT Guwahati’s team became the First runner-up by making a Mixed Reality app that eases up the time-consuming tasks like navigation, communication, current and real-time status of the people that are needed to be rescued.
An early warning system presented by IIT Jodhpur team won the Second runner-up place; this system is responsible for taking precautionary when disasters are detected. Microsoft notifies that Rs 5 lacs, Rs 3 lacs, and Rs 1 lac were awarded to the respective winning teams.
The winning teams will get technical and financial assistance from AI for Earth community. The theme of this competition by Microsoft was “Predict natural disasters by building state of the art technology”.
This Microsoft challenge was launched in 2017, with a budget of $50 million for 5 years for enhancing the AI technology globally. According to Microsoft, Indian students have the capability to put forward commendable AI-based ideas that can change the perspective of AI in the future and that’s why they focus on India when it comes to technology.
This initiative by Microsoft will surely enable growth in AI field and will also enlarge the mighty power of Indian minds when it comes to IT.