Accenture, Indian Institute of Technology Madras to conduct research for industrial automation, robotics, and advanced automotive technologies

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Accenture and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have established a Center of Excellence (CoE) to conduct joint research projects jointly create intellectual properties and thought leadership targeted at digital engineering and manufacturing across industries.

In a statement, Accenture said autonomous robotic systems (ARS), the industrial internet of things (IIoT), digital twin systems (DTS), and advanced automotive technologies, including electric mobility services, are some of the specific areas of partnership. Accenture stated that to encourage innovation and research in these fields, the CoE will also function as an incubator and identify disruptive early-stage firms.

“Advanced digital technologies can help enterprises drive new levels of productivity, competitiveness and sustainable growth in a fluid and rapidly changing environment, and industry-academia partnerships are crucial for developing solutions and talent for the future,” Accenture Advanced Technology Centers in India’s senior managing director and lead Manesh Zurale said. 

Raghavan Iyer, senior managing director, Innovation lead – Integrated Global Services of Accenture Technology, stated that the next industrial revolution would be fuelled by breakthrough discoveries in fields including artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), autonomous robotic systems, and digital twins.

“Through our collaboration with IITM, we look forward to create powerful and purposeful solutions that can drive impact,” Iyer added. 

Welcoming the partnership, IITM Director Dr V Kamakoti said: “As a premier technology institution in India, we have been actively collaborating with innovative organizations globally to co-innovate disruptive products and services in new and emerging areas. We are excited to be setting up this new Center with Accenture as it not only aligns with our interest and objectives, but also brings intellectual and practical skills that are necessary for our student researchers for the future”.

According to Accenture, its innovation drive has placed a strong emphasis on university engagement. Leading institutions worldwide have been working with Accenture to create innovative educational initiatives, research, thought leadership, and other projects, the company added. Accenture most recently established the Accenture Center for Advanced Computing in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

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