Hike Bets Big on AI and ML, Looks for Research Collaboration

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Hike is currently developing one of the largest repositories of AI and ML enabled stickers for its local messaging platform, Hike Sticker Chat

Hike, the Indian equivalent of WhatsApp, is betting big on the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and has entered into an association with Indraprastha Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) for research initiative in the field.

This partnership is part of the company’s larger mission of facilitating research collaborations with stakeholders and academia to help enable more deep-rooted research in AI and ML in India. As part of this initiative, Hike is also looking to collaborate with more Indian educational institutions in near future.

In addition, the area of research will include natural language processing (NLP), speech, deep learning, link prediction, and computer vision.

Advancement in AI, ML

Commenting on the development, Anshuman Misra, VP Operations, Hike, said, “We are extremely excited about the talent and innovation present in this country, through our research collaborations we aim to help nourish this talent further. By facilitating this research opportunity, we want to help enable the Indian academia to connect to early-stage research and support the translation of that research to fuel advancement in the AI and ML ecosystem.”

“Hike has created India’s only local, home-grown messaging platform that is working towards helping solve India’s input problem and reduce dependency on the keyboard. This puts us in a unique position to not only improve the communication experience for millions of users but also provide Indian academics great opportunities to apply their research on hard real-world problems,” he added.

The homegrown mobile messaging platform is currently developing one of the largest repositories of AI and ML enabled stickers for its local messaging platform, Hike Sticker Chat. In addition, it is working on a range of white papers, projects and initiatives.

The Delhi-based company is backed by some global investors including SoftBank, Tencent, Tiger Global, Foxconn and Bharti. Till date, the company has secured US$ 261 million in funding. In August 2016, it raised US$ 1.4 billion in a Series D round of funding, led by Tencent and Foxconn.

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