The Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME), operating under the Army Training Command, recently organized a two-day seminar in Hyderabad, Telangana, focused on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Military Applications.’ Held on September 25-26, 2023, at MCEME, Secunderabad, the seminar aimed to explore innovative applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in addressing current and future challenges faced by the Indian Defence forces.
Lieutenant General Tumul Varma, Director General of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers and Senior Colonel Commandant, Corps of EME, inaugurated the seminar and delivered the keynote address. He commended the Commandant and the College for organizing such a pertinent event. Lt Gen JS Sidana, Commandant of the Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers and Colonel Commandant, Corps of EME, welcomed all participants and emphasized the diverse applications of Artificial Intelligence in the Military Domain, including Maintenance and Sustenance of Military Equipment, Autonomous Systems, Svl, and Data Analytics.
General Varma emphasized the importance of harnessing niche technologies like Big Data, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Drone Tech, etc., to maintain a technological advantage over potential adversaries.
Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce (I&C) and Information Technology (IT) of the Telangana Government, provided insights into the state’s perspective, initiatives, ecosystem, and policies related to the development and proliferation of artificial intelligence for civilian and defense applications.
The seminar facilitated productive and collaborative discussions among participants, including industry representatives from across India, distinguished officers from Tri-Services Organizations, and delegates from various Public Sector Undertakings. Structured across three sessions, it featured in-depth presentations on use cases of Predictive Maintenance, Autonomous Systems, and Data Analytics for military purposes.
The exchange of information focused on understanding the respective strengths of academia, industry, startups, and government bodies towards finding AI-based solutions for national military applications. Experts from academia, the military, startups, and industry presented niche technological domains and innovative solutions tailored to address specific challenges faced by the armed forces. The seminar also featured a product and equipment display showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements with significant potential for military applications.