Making India ready for the AI age

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Artificial Intelligence is rapidly evolving. The pace of development and scale of impact of AI puts it in the unique position where education, research, and social good are converging rapidly. One Fourth Labs is founded to situate itself at the cusp of this convergence.

At the forefront, we develop learning content on AI. By 2020, we will have a course stack that spans from data sciences to machine learning to deep learning. We believe that such a coherent treatment of these topics that combine in equal measure the mathematical insight with practical skill will bring much value.

We recognised that capacity building is just the start. To ensure the right employment opportunities are generated, our business organisations - big and small - need support in adopting AI at the right time and at the right scale. We work closely with organisations in this major transformation.

Finally, we have to recognise that AI has the potential to create impact at scale disproportionate to the design and build efforts. Especially, given India’s severe and several challenges, we need to pool together people and processes to create AI solutions that solve real challenges.

 

What is in a name?

One Fourth Labs is named after turiya a philosophical construct from the Mandukya Upanishad that hypothesises that there is one background that underlies and transcends the three common states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Hence, the fourth that is the one. One Fourth.

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Team

 
 
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co-founder

Mitesh Khapra

Mitesh M. Khapra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras. He researches in the areas of Deep Learning, Multimodal Multilingual Processing, Dialog systems and Question Answering. He holds masters and Ph.D. degrees from IIT Bombay. He has worked for over 4.5 years at IBM Research and published over 25 papers. He was a recipient of the IBM PhD Fellowship and the Microsoft Rising Star Award. He is also a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award, 2018.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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CO-FOUNDER

Pratyush Kumar

Pratyush is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras since April 2018. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2009. He then completed his PhD in Computer Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2014. He then spent over 2.5 years at IBM Research, Bangalore and a few months consulting for machine learning startups. His current research focus is on hardware-software co-design of deep learning systems. He has authored over 35 research papers and has applied for over 20 patents.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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head, operations

Ruchi Khapra

 
 
 
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Machine Learning Engineer

Premkumar Selvaraj

Prem is Machine Learning Engineer working at One Fourth Labs. He completed his B.E in Computer Science from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He is a deep learning enthusiast with a vision to implement AI technologies across the country.

 
 

 
 
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Machine Learning Engineer

Manick Vennimalai

Manick is a Machine Learning Engineer working at One Fourth Labs. He holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai. Mechanical by qualification and Software by passion, he has 3 years of experience working in the healthcare IT sector.