CSIR Collaborate With Intel and IIIT
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CSIR Collaborate With Intel and IIIT To Develop Solutions To Fight COVID

To mitigate SARS-CoV-2 transmission, faster testing, and rapid prediction of patients at risk are crucial. To help achieve faster and less expensive COVID-19 testing and coronavirus genome sequencing to understand the epidemiology and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based risk stratification for patients with co-morbidities, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is collaborating with Intel India and International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad.

An end-to-end system that consists of multiple applications, data collection/aggregation gateways, testing devices, AI model-hub platform, and a data exchange software development kit (SDK) is being developed by Intel India as a part of the initiative.

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CSIR constituent labs like CSIR-CCMB, CSIR-IIP, CSIR-IGIB, CSIR-IMTECH, and CSIR-CLRI will work with various diagnostic chains and hospitals to carry out comprehensive diagnostics.

Stratification algorithms that can help in drug and vaccine discovery for long-term preparedness to combat the epidemic will be developed by IIIT-Hyderabad.

Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, DG-CSIR, noted that multi-disciplinary partnerships are key to tackling the challenge of COVID-19. He hopes the collaboration of CSIR with Intel India and IIIT-Hyderabad will bring complementary strengths in genomics, big data, and AI.

In the fight against COVID-19, Intel India will collaborate with both CSIR and IIIT-Hyderabad to rapidly develop and deploy solutions. This initiative is an example of Intel India’s focus on deploying advanced technology to develop and implement effective solutions in times of urgent needs.

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Since the SARS outbreak in 2002, the technology has become cheaper, far more efficient, and accessible. Technology is crucial in this pandemic period to develop drugs,  vaccines, and diagnostics with higher speed, accuracy, and predictability, said Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India.

IIT-Hyderabad is also excited to work with an industry leader like Intel and country’s top scientists from CSIR for developing better solutions for fighting COVID-19. “We are looking forward to contributing our bit to this activity through our expertise in algorithms, science, and AI,” said PJ Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad.