Telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have joined forces for collaborative research in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Ericsson has committed to being a Platinum Consortium Member for a period of five years as part of this partnership.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlines that Ericsson Research will actively participate in and support all research endeavours at the Centre for Responsible AI (CeRAI).
Dr. Magnus Frodigh, Global Head of Ericsson Research, emphasised the importance of AI in future networks, including 6G, which aim to seamlessly integrate the physical and digital realms. These networks will enable immersive AR/VR experiences and connect humans and machines through AI-controlled sensors.
Ensuring trust, fairness, and privacy compliance with responsible AI practices is crucial. The partnership with CeRAI at IIT Madras aligns with the Indian Government’s vision for the Bharat 6G program.
CeRAI is an interdisciplinary research center focused on responsible AI, aiming to become a premier hub for fundamental and applied research in this field. It aims to have an immediate impact on deploying AI systems within the Indian ecosystem.
Prof. B. Ravindran, Faculty Head of CeRAI at IIT Madras and Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI (RBCDSAI) at IIT Madras, stressed that future networks will facilitate easier access to high-performing AI systems. Embedding responsible AI principles from the outset is essential.
The collaboration marks a significant step toward advancing responsible AI research and development, especially in the context of emerging technologies like 5G and 6G networks. Ericsson and IIT Madras aim to address the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in these evolving networks.