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From 2D videos to 3D babies: Introduction to the anthropometry journey 

From 2D videos to 3D babies: Introduction to the anthropometry journey 

A Unicef report estimates that 50% of low birth weight babies fall through the cracks and are never identified. This comes up to about 10 million babies per year. Low birth weight babies (LBW) are prone to grow up with several developmental disorders. But if one can identify these babies…
Embedded with the Cough against Covid team

Embedded with the Cough against Covid team

Mangal is in her early 20s. A few months ago, when the pandemic struck, she was pursuing a postgraduate course in respiratory therapy in Pune, a city close to Mumbai. The college where she was studying closed due to the lockdown. She wanted to pursue an internship but her professors…
Empowering the Asha worker

Empowering the Asha worker

Asha in Hindi means hope. In 2005, the government of India, as part of the National Rural Health Mission, started the Asha (Accredited social health activist) worker program. It was meant to be a beacon of light aimed at protecting the health of women in India’s rural populace. In rural…
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…