Microsoft Research launches SCAI centre in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Microsoft Research India on Wednesday announced the launch of a centre for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI).

Part of the Microsoft Research (MSR) Lab in Bengaluru, this centre would focus on creating and nurturing projects that can have real-world and large-scale societal impact.

Through SCAI, MSR India would collaborate with a number of partners, such as academia, startups and NGOs, the company said.

"There are so many opportunities to leverage recent advances in cloud computing and AI technologies to address long-term societal challenges spanning multiple sectors and realms, including health and wellness, education, transportation, and agriculture," Technical Fellow and Director at Microsoft Research, Eric Horvitz said.

Managing Director of Microsoft Research India, Sriram Rajamani said: "... we will partner with like-minded collaborators to apply technology to solve some of the most pressing problems in todays world."

SCAI will engage with NGOs, academics and startups through external collaborations; graduate and undergraduate students through the SCAI Fellow program in collaboration; and actively seek collaborators though calls for proposals, a company statement said.

SCAI collaborators will be provided with financial grants, access to Microsoft researchers, technologies, as well as access to business insights from Microsoft for Startups, it was stated.