Accenture and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have established a Center of Excellence (CoE) to undertake collaborative research projects and jointly develop intellectual properties and thought leadership focused on digital engineering and manufacturing in all sectors.
Specific areas of collaboration will include Autonomous Robotic Systems (ARS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Twin Systems (DTS), and advanced automotive technologies such as electric mobility services. The CoE will also function as an incubator and identify early-stage disruptive startups to drive innovation and research in these areas.
“Advanced digital technologies can help businesses achieve new levels of productivity, competitiveness and sustainable growth in a fluid and rapidly changing environment, and industry-academia partnerships are key to developing solutions and talent for the future,” said Mahesh Zurale, Senior Managing Director. , Manager – India Advanced Technology Centers, Accenture.
“With the increasing use of digital technologies in manufacturing, breakthrough innovations in areas such as AI, IoT, autonomous robotic systems and digital twins are needed to fuel the next era of the industrial revolution,” said Raghavan Iyer, Senior Managing Director, Head of Innovation. – Integrated Global Services, Accenture Technology. “Through our collaboration with IITM, we look forward to working with some of the brightest talents in technology to create powerful and useful solutions that can make an impact.”
Welcoming the partnership, Dr. V Kamakoti, Director of IITM, said, “As a leading technology institution in India, we are actively collaborating with innovative organizations globally to co-innovate disruptive products and services in new and emerging areas. We are excited to set up this new center with Accenture because it not only aligns with our interests and goals, but also provides the intellectual and practical skills our research students need for the future.
Academic collaboration has been key to Accenture’s innovation program. The company collaborates with leading universities around the world to jointly develop thought leadership, research, educational programs and other forward-looking activities. More recently, Accenture collaborated with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore to establish the Accenture Center for Advanced Computing.