India is a vital strategic partner to the United States. Additionally, with its massive information technology workforce, thriving research community and a growing technology ecosystem, India has a significant stake in the development of artificial intelligence globally. These two realities make understanding the full scope of India’s AI capabilities critically important. CSET Research Analyst Husanjot Chahal and CSET Senior Fellow Melissa Flagg held a conversation on CSET’s recent report “Mapping India’s AI Potential.” They discussed India’s AI potential along five categories pertinent to the development of AI: talent, research, patents, AI companies and investments, and cloud computing.
Recording and Discussion
Husanjot Chahal is a Research Analyst at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Prior to CSET, she has worked in the World Bank’s Corporate Security division and in New Delhi-based research organizations looking at security issues in South Asia. Husan finished her graduate degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where she was the School of Foreign Service’s Junior Centennial Fellow. She holds a Master’s in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
Dr. Melissa Flagg is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) at Georgetown University. Melissa is also a non-resident senior fellow at The Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center. Previously she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, responsible for policy and oversight of Defense Department science and technology programs including basic research through advanced technology development and the DoD laboratory enterprise. She has worked at the State Department, the Office of Naval Research, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Army Research Laboratory.
Melissa also ran her own consulting business and was the Chief Technology Officer of a small consumer start-up. She has served on numerous boards including the National Academy of Sciences Air Force Studies Board, the Department of Commerce Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee and the Board of Humanity 2050. She holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a B.S. in Pharmacy.