Prominent voices from research, academia and industry echoed the need to revisit AI and emerging technologies to ensure inclusiveness and diversity. This information session on “Inclusiveness and Diversity in AI and Emerging Technologies” was hosted by Taylor and Francis Group in partnership with the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI) from IIT Madras and INDIAai (the national AI portal of India), the session highlighted the importance of representing people from different backgrounds in AI, the biases that exist in AI systems AI and the initiatives taken to make data more accurate, transparent and accessible.
Aimed at fostering an in-depth conversation on building knowledge and capacity within India’s AI research ecosystem, session speakers included Jibu Elias, Head of Content and Research at INDIAai; Malika Malik, AI practitioner; Dr. Himanshu Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Madras; Dr. Sriparna Saha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna; and Amith Vijayakumar, Director, Insights & Analytics, Taylor & Francis Group.
“Taylor and Francis Group is pleased to have facilitated this discussion on the importance of an inclusive and diverse ecosystem for artificial intelligence in academia and industry. It is part of our mission to support and connect the work researchers and diverse knowledge creators to maximize their contributions and the impact of their work.We are grateful to our partners, the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, IIT Madras, the INDIAai and other leading experts who raise awareness and address the concerns of AI researchers,” said Nitasha Devasar, Managing Director, Taylor and Francis India and Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, India, South Asia and Africa.
“IIT Madras is committed to inclusivity and diversity. The Institute has been selected as a pilot institute for “Gender Advancement through Institutional Transformation (GATI)”, an initiative that aims to establish a framework for gender equality. At the Robert Bosch Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI), we promote training programs that particularly encourage women to work in data science and AI. We are also collaborating with SuperBloom Studios to increase the representation of women in STEMM in social media and Wikipedia,” added Dr Himanshu Sinha, Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Madras.