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Wadhwani AI turns three

Wadhwani AI turns three

Last week was our third anniversary. You will recall that just three short years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence. I am happy to report that in 2020, we have made considerable progress in our mission to use AI-based solutions to address key societal…
Building our anthropometry solution, one field visit at a time

Building our anthropometry solution, one field visit at a time

In December of last year, we reached Bharuch in Gujarat. A five-hour journey from Mumbai to Vadodara via a flight and then a drive. Masked and socially distant. This was our third visit to access how healthcare workers weigh babies. It was not the way we wanted to conduct our…
TB-LPA and an urgent need for a solution

TB-LPA and an urgent need for a solution

  Numbers in medicine hold great importance. Especially when it comes to TB. India carries the world’s largest burden of drug-resistant TB. Global TB reports suggest that there are 124,000 MDR-TB cases annually. Before you move forward, it is important to understand how India handles this TB pandemic. This post…
Laying data pipelines to identify low birth weight babies

Laying data pipelines to identify low birth weight babies

At Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence, we work on finding elegant solutions to difficult problems. One such problem is the identification of low birth weight babies. We detailed the role health workers play in a post last year. And in an earlier post, we identified the role AI can play…
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…