NHAI Signs MoU With IIT Delhi For Establishing CoE in UP

CIOReview India Team | Friday, 07 August 2020, 09:20 IST

national highway authority of indiaNHAI – National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), ruled by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, aimed at setting up a Centre of Excellence (CoE). This will use artificial intelligence in data-driven decision making and advanced data management system for highways. At the signing, Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Chairman, NHAI, and Dr. V. Ram Gopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi were present among other senior officials.

The arrangement ensures that IIT Delhi to provide space and infrastructural facility support to house the CoE, alongside giving scientific and technical expertize, extending research facilities inline with the academic activities of the Institute. For attracting students and scholars, solving different transportation and highways absorbed to research solutions, and building start-ups and incubators, efforts will be entrusted. NHAI is bestowed the task of providing critical data, supporting the necessity to collect information resources, which includes data software – ‘Data Lake’. NHAI is given the task to provide financial support for research-based activities and different activities according to the CoE.

A two-tier management structure will govern and manage the CoE operations regarding Advanced Data Management System for Highways. A form of highest-level committee advisory board will be guiding the activities of the platform in collaboration, which adds initiation, continuation of work, joint-collaborative projects’ approval and suggestions on mechanisms for accomplishing the goals.

The committee is trusted to look after the activities enrolled and is expected to give an on-time review on the cumulative progress.

The second-tier involves the formation of a co-ordinated committee for undertaking entire coordination and timely work progress. The Dean and R&D of IIT-Delhi will head the coordination committee and will be co-chaired by a senior official from the NHAI. The members will include the academic and research institutes’ experts. A professor will be appointed as a coordinator of the center by the IIT Delhi board.

Foremost efficient digitized systems are expected in the end, where the arrangement will work for a time-period of five years, and NHAI will equally thrive on this. The partnership will ensure advancement in different fields, which are associated with new-age data-driven traffic, construction management systems for highways, benefitting NHAI as well as India on large-scale.

The latest technology of AI-based data analytics of highways and traffic patterns at CoE will be facilitating data-driven decision making in the national sphere.

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