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Object detection, how it works and how we use it

Object detection, how it works and how we use it

Versions of object detection are all around us. It causes a small amount of outrage on social media when people discover it. You’ve come across it when Facebook or Google managed to locate you in pictures where you weren’t “tagged”. Facebook draws a box around your face and asks, “Is…
Going offline and other changes

Going offline and other changes

For a product manager, launching a new version of an app should not be hard. Updating the UX/UI is exciting. But we operate in a different world. Everything we do needs to be measured. We have to ask the question, “Is this too much change? Will it isolate our user?”…
The state of TB in India

The state of TB in India

As of publishing this post, over 140,000 people have died because of Covid19 since the emergence of the pandemic late last year. It is a disturbing number. The virus has overwhelmed health services and dominated headlines. But tuberculosis (TB), according to the annual TB report, claimed around 73,000 lives in…
Google employees join the Wadhwani AI family on a 6-month Fellowship program. 

Google employees join the Wadhwani AI family on a 6-month Fellowship program. 

This month we welcome nine Google Fellows into the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Wadhwani AI) family, albeit temporarily. The Google.org Fellowship program is a pro-bono program that matches Google employees with Google.org (Google’s philanthropic arm) grantees for up to six months on full-time technical projects. During this time, they…
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…