IIIT Hyderabad and its Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Centre (INAI)’s iRaste project has been cited in the International Road Federation (IRF) India Chapter’s prestigious 2023 annual yearbook.

The section of the book on ‘Driver behaviour improvement with collision avoidance systems’ cites the work underway under iRaste project (INAI and iHub-Data), where 340 buses in Nagpur city and 200 buses in Telangana inter-city routes have been fitted with collision warning sensors; anytime a near-accident (collision avoided) incident occurs the data is logged. And all data is analysed to identify grey and blackspots on the roads that are accident prone, and jointly with Central Road Research Institute these grey spots are analysed to identify ways to reduce the collision warning situations. To eventually reduce road accidents and fatalities.

The first pilot phase of the project, popularly referred to as Project Telangana – 20 or ts20, which has been featured in the IRF yearbook is a project on road-safety conducted in the city of Hyderabad, in Telangana, using Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) installed in a fleet of vehicles. The objective of this project was to study the impact of collision alert systems on driver behaviour. The vehicles in this project operated on the roads of Hyderabad and were observed over a period of six months. The project included two phases – a control period, where drivers were observed to set a baseline performance of driving behaviour, followed by observation period, where the change in performance was observed against the baseline performance. This report presents the findings and data analysis from the study. It was observed that presence of a CAS system changed the behaviour of 54% drivers on average to adopt safer driving behaviour, and among those drivers who changed behaviour, the average improvement in driving behaviour was about 34%. From the analysis and results on various aspects in the study, it was concluded that the use of a collision avoidance system leads to a change in behaviour – improved safer driving among drivers. This study paved the way for the iRASTE project – presently ongoing, large-scale ADAS based road safety project with over 350 vehicles in India.

The yearbook is a seminal compilation of major initiatives across the country around roads and road safety and is actively connected to Ministry of Road Transport and other government agencies. The International Road Federation as an organization has a formidable reputation for its work in the field of Road Safety. Its past work has helped provide important inputs for shaping our road policies. The IRF India Chapter yearbook 2023 on Safe Roads & Safe Mobility will influence a large number of people to come forward and contribute to the cause of Road Safety. This will be an enabler to reduce the fatalities on the roads.

Commenting on the validation of their research by a reputable entity such as the International Road Federation (IRF), Prof C V Jawahar, Dean, R&D IIITH said, “We are happy that our TS-20 study on the effectiveness of ADAS systems, first of its kind in India, using real data from 20 vehicles and drivers covering half-a-million kilometers in 6 months, has been feaured in the IRF Yearbook 2023. This study paved the way for the iRASTE project – presently ongoing, large-scale ADAS based road safety project with over 350 vehicles in India.”


NMIMS Hyderabad appoints Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh as Director


NMIMS, Hyderabad appointed Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh as its new Director. In his 22 years of illustrious journey, Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh has been heading various departments with premier institutions in Hyderabad. He has been passionate about Institute Building, Human Resource Building, Leadership, L&D, Mentoring, Academic Research, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. A visionary, Dr. Siddhartha has mentored many professors and deans of various institutes and has been instrumental in shaping the careers of his students who have proved to be leaders in their respective domains.

Speaking on the appointment, Dr. Ramesh Bhat, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS, said, “We welcome Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh, an award-winning and globally recognized academician, and an educationist. We at NMIMS believe in having the best faculty and leadership to set a benchmark institution that transforms and created excellent talent globally. With over 2 decades of experience in R&D and AI and associated domains of Computer Science, we are delighted to have Dr. Siddhartha on board as a Director, of NMIMS Hyderabad. His excellence in multiple aspects of education will help the campus achieve the next level of innovation.”

Dr. Siddhartha Ghosh, Director of NMIMS Hyderabad Campus, said, “I am thrilled to be a part of this remarkable journey as a Director, of such an esteemed institution. I look forward to the support of the management as we move towards achieving to be the best Deemed-to-be University, the best B-School with multi-dimensional specializations. I believe that NMIMS stands to build its students as its marquee ambassadors and make a mark in the global landscape.”

Dr. Siddhartha has won accolades for co-authoring two books in addition to sixty-two national and international research publications.