A winning collaboration
The winning team was diverse in terms of the intellectual capital it brought to the collaboration, as it pooled in scientific minds from industry and academia.
“Collaborations of this nature help move the project forward at a greater pace due to deeper technical expertise, as well as novelty of collaborating with industry from a student perspective,” says Dr. Pravin Paruchuri, Associate Professor at IIITH.
Dr. Paruchuri, Dr. Sujit Gujar, and Sanjay Chandelkar, of the IIITH team, have expertise in multi-agent systems, microeconomics, game theory, and machine learning. Their strengths were complemented by the team from TCS Research, which included scientists—Dr. Sanjay Bhat, Dr. Easwar Subramanian, and Bala Suraj Pedasingu. The TCS Research team holds subject matter expertise in mathematical finance, computer science, artificial intelligence, and autonomous systems. While TCS Research developed the algorithms to bid in energy auctions for procuring electricity, IIITH created the solution that enables the sale of the energy procured.
"At a premier multi-agent conference, once the steering committee posed the question, ‘we have written so many impactful papers as a community, but mostly this impact is academic in nature. Have we really made an impact on society through our research?' This collaboration is one step towards it by appropriately engineering multi-agent and game theory-based solutions to deploy on practical test beds,” said Dr. Sujit Gujar, Assistant Professor, IIITH, highlighting the essence of what collaboration can bring to the table.
The partnership between the research teams at IIITH and TCS Research dates back to 2017. At that time, TCS Research was exploring the possibility of diversifying into problems that involved multiple decision-making agents, an area of expertise of the Machine Learning Lab at IIITH. In addition to guest lectures being delivered by TCS Research scientists at the institute over the years, TCS has also supported the setting up of the Kohli Centre for Intelligent Systems at IIITH.
This partnership has also led to publications for conferences such as Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
The recognition VidyutVanika has received from the research community is a validation of the combined strength that collaboration can bring to any research endeavor.