Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (LocalWire): Odisha can chart out a data-driven strategy to propel the next phase of its growth leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, agreed participants in a global virtual conference, Odias in ML, organized by a group of Odias, also called Odias in ML, with a shared interest in Artificial Learning and Machine Learning recently.
Odias in ML is an umbrella organization for Odias in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Data Science.
This is an organization of volunteers from the Odia community participating in various capacities in the field of machine learning.
The first-of-its-kind conference saw participation of a multitude of stakeholders including researchers, IT professionals, data scientists, academicians, linguists, administrators, entrepreneurs, business executives, media persons, and community leaders.
The conference comprised four sessions, themed AI for Odisha, AI for Odia language, Research & Career Opportunities in AI; and Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities in AI.
Speaking on the topic of research and career opportunities in AI/ML for Odisha, Prof Prasant Mohapatra, Vice Chancellor of Research, University of California Davis, identified two specific areas – agriculture and healthcare – where leveraging data and application of AI/ML could help Odisha significantly.
The community agreed to work towards forming teams for developing fundamental lexicographic tools needed for NLP in Odisha.
Dr. Pragyasmita Nayak, Chief Data Scientist at Hitachi, outlined how Odisha could leverage data for its development and administration.
Prof Chitta Baral, Professor of Computer Science at University of Arizona, talked about his research in the area of natural language processing.
Various speakers and panelists also suggested that Odias across the world should consistently collaborate with each other in this area to create opportunities for Odisha and Odias.
“The response to the conference was beyond all our expectations. We immensely thank the Odia community for their overwhelming support and encouragement.
We will continuously work to strengthen the Odias in ML community and will work closely with government, educational institutions and various external stakeholders like technology companies and institutions to continuously further the cause,” said Anjan Kumar Panda, Convenor, Odias in ML.