Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine at IIT Roorkee
Founded in 2021, The Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is a unique interdisciplinary program which includes both Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
The school will soon be housed in a new, 36,000-square-foot building, a dedicated facility on IITR’s main campus. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, providing invaluable experiences to students poised to solve some of today’s most pressing problems.
Students today have vast amounts of data available to them. Fortunately, they also have the greatest capacity to capture, analyze, and utilize that data to create products and services that can address worldwide concerns such as air pollution, climate change, and poverty. Data Science applied to marketing improves dynamic pricing for businesses. Data Science can also become a tool for coaches to analyze their opponents before a big game. But it doesn’t stop there. Data Science also makes better matches between organ donors and those who need transplants. The possibilities continue to expand as we explore the various ways Data Science can enhance our ever-evolving world.
No one today would argue the value of scientific instruments such as the microscope or telescope. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is another such tool, expanding possibilities in every scholastic field, bringing prosperity to myriad fronts: serving industrial as well as humanitarian needs. AI enables scientists to analyze existing data and literature–without bias–in a matter of seconds. Thus life-saving vaccines and treatments are being discovered and prepared to go into clinical trials years earlier, potentially saving countless lives. A greater understanding of endangered animals and how they communicate becomes possible through the use of AI, potentially saving entire species from extinction. Beyond our own world, AI gives new insights into the formation of galaxies that can help us better comprehend our planet and the universe at large. These examples merely scratch the surface of the interdisciplinary work made possible through AI. Innovation is inevitable as the boundaries between various fields of study are blurred thanks to the indispensable tool of Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Durga Toshniwal
Head of School — Mehta Family Center for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Professor Anath Grama
MFF CARE Advisor for IIT Roorkee
Roorkee is a city in the state of Uttarakhand, in northern India. It is on the banks of the Ganges canal on the national highway between Delhi and Dehradun. Roorkee is home to one of the country’s oldest military quarters. This cantonment is best known for being the headquarters of Bengal Engineer Group: a military engineering regiment in the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army.
Roorkee is known as an education hub, with its first major institution (Roorkee Engineering College) established in the early 1800s. Since then, dozens of additional world-class institutions have grown to attract hundreds of the brightest and best students from all over India and across the globe.
The Roorkee campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IITR) is the oldest engineering institution in India. The Institute ranks among the best technological institutions in the world and has contributed to all sectors of technological development. The Institute offers bachelor’s degree courses in 10 disciplines of Engineering and Architecture and postgraduate degrees in 55 disciplines of Engineering, Applied Science, Architecture and Planning. Additionally, IITR offers doctoral work in all Departments and Research Centers.