The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence was formed in 2018 to build AI solutions that benefit underserved populations in developing countries. We partner with government bodies and global nonprofits to ensure that our innovations will improve the lives of those who need them the most.

Currently we are building AI-based solutions in the agriculture and health domains, such as pest management for cotton farms, maternal, newborn and child health, tuberculosis and COVID19.

Pest Management  
Our solution is being developed to help reduce crop losses through integrated pest management in cotton farms.

Tuberculosis  
We are creating technologies towards: 

  • Automated reading of TB LPA test results.
  • Providing differentiated interventions for TB patients by applying critical resources appropriately. We predict a score for patients most likely to prospectively not adhere to the treatment regimen, when they come in for their first treatment.

Newborn Anthropometry  
We are creating a smartphone-based anthropometry technology, which will allow frontline workers to track baby weight in rural homes and hospital settings.

COVID-19  
We provided epidemiological forecasting for COVID-19 to assist in resource planning. We also conducted research to identify signature patterns for COVID-19 using cough sounds.

Vision

Systems that are sustainable and scalable can transform the lives of billions of people. We believe that using AI to solve problems at the bottom of the pyramid can lead to a better, more equitable world for all.

“We are in an age where efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals are accompanied by a revolutionary explosion of digitally available data and the penetration of internet-enabled smartphones into previously inaccessible rural locales. AI technology is the natural tool for leveraging this vast scaleup in the quantity and breadth of data into actionable machine learning models that direct on-the-ground interventions for underserved populations. “It is expected that while we are in the midst of this accelerated growth, data sources will be unstable, incomplete, and erroneous, presenting a key challenge in developing AI models. At the other end of the tech pipeline, AI solutions should be designed to facilitate delivery to the last mile user without significantly perturbing existing public systems.”

– Alpan Raval, Chief Scientist, AI/ML

Approach

Effective solutions start with a systematic, long-term commitment to use AI for good. This involves working closely with partner organizations to create a conducive environment for defining problem areas, and developing and implementing solutions – a process we define as ‘AI-readiness’.

AI-Readiness

This refers to a partner organization’s ability to create and use AI solutions to achieve certain benefits. 

Ability: The capacity to engage in AI problem definition and to support AI solutions sustainably.

Create: Once a specific problem is defined, the actions (including technologies and methods) that may be used to build AI solutions.

Use: Activities involved in effective application of the solutions

Benefits: Anticipated benefits at the beginning of the project should match benefits accrued once it is implemented. It includes course correction and actions to modify a partner’s Ability.

 

We have identified the key filters to measure the AI-readiness of an organisation or a specific project.

For our partners, AI-readiness provides a link between long-term activities to be performed at the organization-level and precise benefits accruing from the implementation of AI in specific projects.

ML Engineer

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

An ML Engineer at Wadhwani AI will be responsible for building robust machine learning solutions to problems of societal importance; usually under the guidance of senior ML scientists, and in collaboration with dedicated software engineers. To our partners, a Wadhwani AI solution is generally a decision making tool that requires some piece of data to engage. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the information provided using that piece of data is sound. This not only requires robust learned models, but pipelines over which those models can be built, tweaked, tested, and monitored. The following subsections provide details from the perspective of solution design:

Early stage of proof of concept (PoC)

  • Setup and structure code bases that support an interactive ML experimentation process, as well as quick initial deployments
  • Develop and maintain toolsets and processes for ensuring the reproducibility of results
  • Code reviews with other technical team members at various stages of the PoC
  • Develop, extend, adopt a reliable, colab-like environment for ML

Late PoC

This is early to mid-stage of AI product development

  • Develop ETL pipelines. These can also be shared and/or owned by data engineers
  • Setup and maintain feature stores, databases, and data catalogs. Ensuring data veracity and lineage of on-demand pulls
  • Develop and support model health metrics

Post PoC

Responsibilities during production deployment

  • Develop and support A/B testing. Setup continuous integration and development (CI/CD) processes and pipelines for models
  • Develop and support continuous model monitoring
  • Define and publish service-level agreements (SLAs) for model serving. Such agreements include model latency, throughput, and reliability
  • L1/L2/L3 support for model debugging
  • Develop and support model serving environments
  • Model compression and distillation

We realize this list is broad and extensive. While the ideal candidate has some exposure to each of these topics, we also envision great candidates being experts at some subset. If either of those cases happens to be you, please apply.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree or above in a STEM field. Several years of experience getting their hands dirty applying their craft.

Programming

  • Expert level Python programmer
  • Hands-on experience with Python libraries
    • Popular neural network libraries
    • Popular data science libraries (Pandas, numpy)
  • Knowledge of systems-level programming. Under the hood knowledge of C or C++
  • Experience and knowledge of various tools that fit into the model building pipeline. There are several – you should be able to speak to the pluses and minuses of a variety of tools given some challenge within the ML development pipeline
  • Database concepts; SQL
  • Experience with cloud platforms is a plus
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ML Scientist

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

As an ML Scientist at Wadhwani AI, you will be responsible for building robust machine learning solutions to problems of societal importance, usually under the guidance of senior ML scientists. You will participate in translating a problem in the social sector to a well-defined AI problem, in the development and execution of algorithms and solutions to the problem, in the successful and scaled deployment of the AI solution, and in defining appropriate metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of the deployed solution.

In order to apply machine learning for social good, you will need to understand user challenges and their context, curate and transform data, train and validate models, run simulations, and broadly derive insights from data. In doing so, you will work in cross-functional teams spanning ML modeling, engineering, product, and domain experts. You will also interface with social sector organizations as appropriate.  

REQUIREMENTS

Associate ML scientists will have a strong academic background in a quantitative field (see below) at the Bachelor’s or Master’s level, with project experience in applied machine learning. They will possess demonstrable skills in coding, data mining and analysis, and building and implementing ML or statistical models. Where needed, they will have to learn and adapt to the requirements imposed by real-life, scaled deployments. 

Candidates should have excellent communication skills and a willingness to adapt to the challenges of doing applied work for social good. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.Tech./B.E./B.S./M.Tech./M.E./M.S./M.Sc. or equivalent in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or a relevant quantitative field. Work experience beyond the terminal degree will determine the appropriate seniority level.
  • Solid software engineering skills across one or multiple languages including Python, C++, Java.
  • Interest in applying software engineering practices to ML projects.
  • Track record of project work in applied machine learning. Experience in applying AI models to concrete real-world problems is a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
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