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ML System (Re) Design: Our ML journey

ML System (Re) Design: Our ML journey

As a research-driven organization, the ability to experiment and prototype rapidly is one of the most important elements of the work we do. We started where most people start, using standard algorithms and experimenting with them. This strategy worked in the beginning because most projects were in the preliminary stages.…
What does the pest management tool mean for farmers?

What does the pest management tool mean for farmers?

Over the past three months, the team at Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence has been working with over 100 cotton farmers in Karnataka. A small village near Hubli was our pilot location. Agriculture contributes about 18% of India’s GDP, and cotton farming forms a major part of the country’s agricultural…
How do you build an app for farmers? 

How do you build an app for farmers? 

It is a tricky question to answer. How do you communicate with a set of users whose relationship with their phone is scant? Let’s take a step back. The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence uses AI to tackle difficult problems. Most of these problems have not been solved efficiently. One…
One cough at a time

One cough at a time

There is research that shows that a cough contains a lot of information. We wanted to prove that this cough has indicators that would help us screen COVID-19 patients. And we did. I urge you to read our blog that explains how Cough against COVID can increase testing by 43%…
Three tech innovations that could change agriculture post Covid19

Three tech innovations that could change agriculture post Covid19

  The world has changed. And it is not just social distancing and masks. Covid-19 has acted as an accelerant for new tech-enabled solutions entering industry. Agriculture has started to see changes as well. So, we at Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence look at three innovations that will change agriculture.…
Cough against COVID can increase testing capacity by 43%

Cough against COVID can increase testing capacity by 43%

So far, almost 1 million people have died as a result of contracting COVID-19. And over 30 million have contracted the disease already. Across the world, countries are recording a renewed spike in cases. The solution to controlling the pandemic, as suggested by healthcare experts around the world, is to…
Small space, big solution

Small space, big solution

We work with cotton farmers. Not only is cotton one of the biggest cash crops in the world it is also plagued with its own risks. Over the past few years, pests ravage farms, destroying, at times, over 50% of the total yield. Farmers are at a loss. Traditional methods…
We ran a pilot remotely, in the midst of a pandemic. It worked

We ran a pilot remotely, in the midst of a pandemic. It worked

  Running through treacle. It’s the best way to describe March. Everything was an effort. Getting the most basic message across took time. For the products and programs team, it felt like any effort was wasted. And they almost gave up.  In March, the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence was…
Agri crisis deepens as Coronavirus sweeps India

Agri crisis deepens as Coronavirus sweeps India

  Farmers in Wardha, a town a few dozen kilometres from Nagpur, have heard of social distancing. They may not all be literate but they know that they have to wear masks. Most pharmacies have run out of masks but these farmers make do. How? They have fashioned masks from…
Learnings from the lockdown: Invest in farmers to make agriculture supply chain uninterrupted

Learnings from the lockdown: Invest in farmers to make agriculture supply chain uninterrupted

The United Nations has warned that COVID-19 could possibly trigger a global food shortage. In India, despite there being clear instructions from the government, the current lockdown has clogged the agriculture supply chain. There are reports of trucks stuck in queues at entry points of cities waiting for passes. The…