Ankit Shah including his team members Rohan Badlani, Benjamin Elizalde, Anurag Kumar National Institute of Technology, Surathkal received the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award-2017 for developing an application on Never Ending Learning Of Sound. He carried his project under guidance of Prof. Bhiksha Raj.
Sound recognition is critical to the development of artificial intelligence. However, sound recognition remains an arcane task for computers, given the incomplete understanding of how humans are able to recognize sound and understand its meaning naturally. Never Ending Learning of Sound (NELS) is a system that will continuously learn about sounds through direct supervision or automatically, and expand its vocabulary of sounds through analysis of audio and multimedia recordings and thei r corresponding metadata. It will eventually present a comprehensive repository of sounds – an invaluable resource in many fields – ranging from automatic video content analysis to audio forensics. India is on its path to a digital transformation, and a semantic understanding of sounds from NELS will help create smarter cities, robotics, automated surveillance systems and will also redefine tangible experiences for approximately 60 million deaf people in India. NELS will identify known sounds and detect the occurrence of new. Then, learn to recognize new sounds and associate their semantics and metadata to increase its vocabulary. It will also learn hierarchies in the structure of sounds, learn physical and common-sense structural and temporal relationships between sounds, and associations between sounds, their meaning and semantics and categories. NELS system will provide the largest and most up-to-date available repository of sounds in the world.
Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), honored Ankit Shah and his team from Department of Computer science, Information technology & related fields, National Institute of Technology Surathkal, with the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) Award 2017 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 5.