Skoltech and ZYFRA create collaborative laboratory for applied research in Artificial Intelligence


As part of the Open Innovations forum, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology has signed a landmark agreement with ZYFRA, a leading Artificial Intelligence developer for the industrial and healthcare sectors, on the establishment of a collaborative laboratory to conduct research into Artificial Intelligence and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The laboratory is designed to be an international university competence centre for the research and development of new AI technology for capital-intensive industries; manufacturing in particular.

The base for the laboratory is the Skoltech Center for Computational and Data-Intensive Science and Engineering (CDISE), although the resources of other Skoltech departments – as well as those of external experts – may play a part in the project.

The application of AI in manufacturing is set to snowball in the coming years, analysts say, and even overtake the most progressive sectors such as FMCG and banking.

According to a survey by Industrial Analytics, some 45 percent of top executives in the industrial sector believe predictive and prescriptive analytics to be a priority area over the course of the next three years. Another 34 percent of respondents are considering adopting these analytics in the workplace. The market should satisfy this demand with products and solutions that are adapted to suit specific industries, such as metals or the chemicals sector.

“The laboratory will bring together Russian and international expertise in the field of intellectualising the industrial sector. It will build relations with the academic world and develop new methods and approaches in line with global trends,” said Alexei Ponomarev, Vice President for Strategy and Industrial Cooperation at Skoltech.

“Collaborating with Skoltech will grant ZYFRA access to advanced scientific knowledge and Artificial Intelligence technologies. For our part, we will apply these technologies to the production process, acting as the bridge between science and the demands of the industrial sector,” said Igor Bogachev, Chief Executive Officer at ZYFRA.

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