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"Drawing from Watson's domain knowledge, Chintu will assist senior citizens in conducting everyday tasks such as reading the newspaper/book and generate reminders on their daily medication," Professor and Head of Computer Engineering Department at MIT Pune, Vrushali Kulkarni, told PTI.
She added that the students have been working on the project for the past few months. While 'Chintu' is still a few years from becoming mainstream, the students will continue to work on him to add functionalities.
"This has also opened up a new and exciting research avenue for our students. Robotics, Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing are interesting fields of research today and our students are getting first-hand experience of working in these fields," she said.
Mezjan Dallas, University Relations Leader at IBM India said the project is a great example of co-creation.
"You put great technology in the hands of bright and enthusiastic students, you give them freedom and a fun element and India's next generation of engineers start to do magical things," he said.