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A half day conference on Artificial Intelligence: Potential Applications in Himachal Pradesh

A half day conference on Artificial Intelligence: Potential Applications in Himachal Pradesh” was organized by Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Shimla on 15.05.2018 at Conference Hall, H.P. Secretariat. The conference was chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Sh. Jai Ram Thakur. Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology and Health & Family Welfare, Sh. Vipin Singh Parmar was the Guest of Honour.

Experts were Prof. V. Kamakoti, Chairman, Artificial Intelligence Task Force constituted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB), New Delhi and Dr. Santanu Chaudhury, Director, Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan. Addl. Chief Secretary (Env, Sci & Tech) Sh. Tarun Kapoor and member Secretary, HIMCOSTE Sh. Kunal Satyarthi were other dignitaries present on the occasion. The conference was attended by Administrative Secretaries, Heads of various Govt Departments and faculty of various Universities and R&D institutions.

            The Hon’ble CM praised the Council’s effort to organize a conference in the latest field of research of Artificial Intelligence in the State. He welcomed the speakers and praised their presentations. He said that technology has progressed in the last 15-20 years in a very dramatic way. Telecom revolution which had raised apprehension of losing jobs in early stages later became the field to generate maximum job opportunities for the educated youth and changed the economic scenario of the country. Recently mobile technology has brought another important change in the lives of people.

            He emphasised that the present Prime Minister of India is laying great stress on Digital India mission. Praising the presentations made by the experts, he said that now we have to think how to derive benefits from their talks.

            He said that illegal construction is one big issue in the State. How to tackle it, is one big question. We have to see how we can use AI technology to monitor and stop illegal construction in current scenario.

            Traffic congestion is another problem the State is facing. In times to come, we have to think how to implement it to solve traffic problems of cities like Shimla.

            Illegal mining is also a very big issue of the State. This technology should be used to monitor individual incidences of illegal mining activity. Developmental projects like road construction should be monitored on regular interval basis using AI applications.

            Illegal felling of trees should also be monitored by developing appropriate mechanisms and such incidences should be recorded as proof.

            He said that we should take measures to incorporate this AI technology in our policy as it holds tremendous potential and applications in various sectors in the State.

The CM also said that the State has many resources and facilities, but now we have to work very hard in future by making best use of recent and upcoming technologies for holistic progress of the State.

Sh. Tarun Kapoor, Addl. Chief Secretary (Env, Sci & Tech) in his concluding remarks said that the HIMCOSTE, to begin with should take up 4-5 projects of various Govt. Departments on pilot basis. He appreciated the efforts of the HIMCOSTE for organizing this conference on an important and emerging field in the State.

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