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Know How Odisha’s Techie Helped WFP To Win Nobel Peace Prize

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California: An alumnus of NIT Rourkela Pranav Khaitan, played a vital role to develop an Artificial Intelligence tool to reduce hunger for World Food Programme.

It helped to win this year’s Nobel peace prize which was awarded to the United Nations’ WFP.

Khaitan along with his 10 member team developed an AI-based tool that could evaluate any disaster damage within 24 to 72 hours.

It will ensure the timely delivery of aids to the affected people.

Khaitan partnered with tech giant Google and WFP during 2018. The California based techie was asked one question- “how to use AI to reduce global hunger.”

He further explained, “I feel fortunate to have contributed to the mission of eradicating global hunger.”

He said, “The technology we developed has been in use in at least five countries, including Mexico and Indonesia, over the past two years. It has been used to deliver assistance at the time of natural disasters like earthquakes and cyclones. In India, it is yet to be used,” was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Khaitan also led R&D in AI and 2009, he graduated from NIT. He then pursued an MS degree at Stanford University.

After completing his internship from Facebook, he joined Google and has been working there since then as one of the research heads for AI.

After the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, was announced, Khaitan received a mail from WFP thanking him for his efforts.

The email said, “This is a chance to be proud of what we have been able to accomplish together. Pranav/ Google Research has pioneered some of the earliest explorations to revolutionise humanitarian operations using AI.”

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