Our mission and vision

One of the commitments of Medical Intelligence and Language Engineering (MILE) Laboratory is to develop technology that empowers a person with visual disability to access knowledge available in any printed material in Indian languages. We are working on all research and development issues leading to the fulfillment of this goal: mosaicing of coloured document images; text extraction from complex colour images, including camera captured images; document layout analysis; detection of broken and merged characters; OCR technology for Tamil and Kannada; text to speech conversion in Tamil and Kannada; pitch modification using discrete cosine transform in the source domain; automated parts of speech tagging; phrase prediction and prosody modeling. Our demo version of Tamil OCR is being used by Worth Trust, Chennai and Indian Association for the Blind, Madurai to convert printed books into computer readable text and Braille format. Our Tamil TTS is already being used for student assignments by some school teachers in Singapore.

We are also working on Online handwriting recognition (OHWR) in Tamil and Kannada. Our research consortium partners in IIT Madras, IIIT Hyderabad, ISI Kolkata and CDAC Pune are working on Telugu, Malayalam, Bangla and Hindi. Currently we have technology that recognizes unlimited vocabulary words with a character accuracy of about 85%. Three form-filling applications have been developed by our industry partners, integrating word-level recognition engines. Combining our OHWR engines and TTS, we have a preliminary demo of a handwritten word to speech demo in both Tamil and Kannada. In collaboration with St. Johns Medical College, we plan to explore the use of the same for persons with vocal disability. We are also working on porting our technologies to Android based mobile platform. The various databases required, recognition technology, coding in C and the natural language processing modules have all been fully developed by us.

Our motto

To consistently and ongoingly create extraordinary technical leaders for the world, who have a commitment for excellence and contribution.

To positively contribute to humanity through fundamental and applied research, projects and products through excellence, passion, commitment, love and untiring effort. To work on real problems using real data that makes a difference to real people around us.

To provide an atmosphere whereby, all the people (students, staff and project staff) working in the lab flower into complete individuals i.e. in addition to technical competence, there is an overall development in their communication skills, confidence, productivity, health, and any other aspect of their personality that they want to improve, and all of them also feel free to communicate that to the faculty, and participate in the total effort for everyone to have all the above. Everyone is constantly and consciously working towards being completely organized in daily life, both at work, and in personal life.

Our team

Professors

Prof. A. G. Ramakrishnan

Professor, Heading MILE Lab at Department of EE, IISc.

Research Collaborators

Dr. T. V. Ananthapadmanabha

Voice and Speech Systems, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

Dr. Sharan Srinivasan

Neurosurgeon and Director Jain Institute Of Movement Disorders and Stereotactic Neurosurgery - JIOMSN

Mahaveer Jain Hospital

Dr. Manjunath

Director, Nethra Eye Hospital, Bengaluru

Nethra Eye Hospital

Post-Doc

PhD Scholars

Project Staff

Vani A

Project Associate, November 2018

Adarsh A

Project Assistant, March 2019

HRV, BRV & EEG Studies

Deepak Kumar

Consultant Scientist, November 2020

Bilingual OCR pilot proposal as part of Bahu Bhashak

Maithri G S

Project Assistant, October 2020

Bilingual OCR pilot proposal as part of Bahu Bhashak

Harish G

Project Assistant, October 2020

Bilingual OCR pilot proposal as part of Bahu Bhashak

Contributors to our Research and Development

We thankfully acknowledge the following individuals and institutions for supporting our research projects and students

Ultrasound Images for Fetal Lung Maturity Analysis

Dr. S. Suresh, Director, Mediscan Systems, Chennai

3D MR Images and fMR data

Prof. P N Jayakumar, former HoD, Dept of Neuroradiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Kannada Online Handwritten Data collection

Smt. Vinaya Suvarna, Seshadripuram Girls High School, Bangalore

Prof. Narmadamba, Vijaya College, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Prof. D N Venkat Rao, Principal, Vijaya College, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Mr. Manjunath, Kannada Department, Maharani Lakshmi Ammani College for Women, Malleswaram 18th Cross, Bangalore

Funding Agencies for various research projects

Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL), DIT

Tamil Software Development Fund

Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology

Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment

Voice Input to our Kannada TTS

Sri. Suchendra Prasad, Bangalore

Voice input to our Tamil TTS

Mr. K. Jayamkondan, Retired AIR Professional, Mylapore, Chennai

TAMIL Online Handwritten Data collection

Mrs. Lakshmi Balasubramanyam, AVM Meiyappan Matriculation Higher Secondary School, 155, V Street, AVM Colony, Virugambakkam, Chennai

Govt Boys Higher Secondary School , Sulur, Coimbatore

Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Sulur, Coimbatore

Prof. Deivasundaram, University of Madras, Triplicane, Chennai

Presidency College, Kamarajar Salai, Triplicane, Chennai

Dr. Ponnavaikko, Vice Chancellor and Dr. Ila Sundaram, Asst. Professor, S R M University, Chennai

Typing for Kannada OCR Annotated Corpus Collection

Sri. Raasu Venkatesh, Bangalore and his committed friends who helped collect the annotated corpus