GUWAHATI: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) has developed, in partnership with IBM, artificial intelligence (AI)-powered’ Smart-Engineer’-an engineering system design platform-to help rapidly construct motor technology experts in the country.
Through leveraging IBM Watson AI technology and IBM cloud, IIT-G announced on Saturday the development of the AI-assisted system design software ‘ Smart-Engineer’ developed by its team of PhD and master students Rajendra Kumar, Bikash Sah, Ankit Vishway and Rajendra Kumar.
Built in the e-mobility lab (EML) at IIT-G, the’ Smart-Engineer’ here seeks to address one of the key obstacles in the indigenization of EV software, which is the lack of trained human resources in engineering design and system integration, an IIT-G release said. “One of the main challenges posed by EV engineering is how can a pool of trained human capital be generated in the shortest possible time with the technical know-how? IIT Guwahati’s EML has been working to address this crucial problem using AI,” he said.
The EML developed an AI-based electric motor programmer in the first cycle which allows a beginner design engineer design a motor for EV implementation without the need for significant professional input. Using IBM Watson’s AI system housed on IBM public cloud, the knowledge base of experienced motor engineers is collected and configured in’ Smart-Engineer.’ The’ Smart-Engineer’ ultimately helps the fresh engineer to learn from the experts ‘ shared knowledge and wisdom without actually engaging with them. They can contact the’ Smart-Engineer’ and get the answers whenever the design engineer has to get an answer to their questions.
“The current version of Smart-Engineer is capable of addressing the mechanics involved in the design of induction motors. The early results are very encouraging and we now plan to extend Smart-Engineer’s potential to integrate the finer aspects of motor design. We are gathering the know-how of motor technology that we have gathered in the e-mobility lab (EML) over the years and will use this knowledgeable methodology.
According to IIT-G researchers, the major benefit of’ Smart-Engineer’ is that it lets the engineer scale the steep motor development learning curve as quickly as possible and is scalable. IIT-G expert group said that’ Smart-Engineer ‘ skills would eventually be expanded to tackle other EV domains such as power electronics, control systems, battery management systems, among others, a team member said.
The IIT-G team is optimistic that’ Smart-Engineer’ will also allow companies to store and retain professional engineers ‘ collective knowledge, which in turn will conserve and encourage more theoretical and practical advancements in design thinking and theory. “Collective expertise and experience will be used and more enhanced by the next generation of engineers. We expect that AI engineering will go a long way in the coming years to retrain the e-mobility professionals and fresh engineers,” the IIT-G statement said.