Integration of artificial intelligence and Hydraulic Engineering will lead to new clean energy technologies. To discuss the possibilities of bringing such technologies more general and more effective, the first Taiwan-India Joint Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Hydraulic Engineering was organised by IIT Ropar and its partner university, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan on December 17, 2020. The workshop was coordinated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC), New Delhi in association with Department of Science, India and Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.  The workshop was hosted by the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Centre on AI and ML (ITJRC), which is a first-of-its-kind bilateral centre co-located at IIT Ropar and CCU, Taiwan.

The workshop centred around the thematic area of AI and its ever-increasing applications in emerging topics like hydraulics and water resources management. It is noteworthy that these areas are of immense importance to both India and Taiwan, as well the greater region of Punjab. The occasion was graced by H. E. Bau-shuan Ger, Hon’ble Ambassador of Taiwan to India in the august presence of Dr. Shawn Shouhung Hsu, Director General, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Dr. Chadaram Sivaji, Director of International Bilateral Cooperation Division, Department of Science and Technology, India, Dr. C. T. Wang, Director & Counselor, Division of Science and Technology, TECC and Prof. S. K. Das, Director, IIT Ropar.

Notable speakers included Prof. Deepak Kashyap and Dr. Abhinav Dhall both from IIT Ropar and Dr. Wei-Ta Chu and Dr. Jaw-Fang Lee of the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. They spoke on wide ranging topics including Human-Centred AI, AI for ground water development and hydrodynamics to name a few. More than 250 participants attended the seminar from India and Taiwan. The workshop also had industry-relevant sessions by Karthigeyan Sethumadhavan, Country Head, Tata Consultancy Services, Taiwan and Ashwin Pershad, Business Head, Tech Mahindra, Taiwan highlighting the real possibilities of AI in business world. Dr. Shi-Ming Huang, Director, ITJRC, Dr. Pao-Ann Hsiung and Dr. Rohit Sharma, Vice-Directors of ITJRC chaired these sessions.

This event highlighted the close academic partnership between IIT Ropar and CCU, Taiwan. The learnings of the workshop are seen to be highly relevant to the agricultural and industrial needs of Punjab in particular as well as both these nations at large.

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