Indian Institute of Technology Madras students have developed an \u2018Eye in the Sky\u2019 Disaster Management and Humanitarian Aid Services. A team from\u00a0Centre For Innovation (CFI), IIT Madras, is building drones enabled with AI and Computer Vision to develop an end-to-end solution for identifying accurate and critical information on people trapped in disaster-hit areas and communicate them to the relief task force.\r\n\u2018Eye in the Sky\u2019 is unique because its analytical modules are based on the latest available technology with the team creating their own databases for some of the modules. Occluded people detection and Swarm Intelligence Modules are entirely state-of-the-art and work is based on the experience of past data on disaster management.\r\nThe \u2018Eye in the Sky\u2019 Team won the finals of Indian Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP 2.0) University Challenge held at IIT Bombay recently. They were among \u2018Top 18 Innovative Startups\u2019 from all over the nation and will receive Rs. 10 lakh-worth equity-less funding. The team has also received \u2018Microsoft AI For Earth\u2019 Grant given to only 390 projects globally.\r\nThe India Innovation Growth Programme (IIGP) 2.0 is a unique tripartite initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India, American global defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corporation and Tata Trusts. A total of 843 teams from various Universities and Startups participated of which 40 were shortlisted for the \u2018DownSelect\u2019 event at IIT Bombay.\r\nHighlighting the technical innovation behind this project, Lt Gen (retd) PR Shankar, Faculty Advisor of the Team, and Professor of Practice, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras, said in a statement,\u00a0\u201cThe eye in the sky is an innovation based on futuristic disruptive technologies. It will be a powerful tool for saving lives and providing succour during disaster relief and humanitarian aid operations.\u201d\r\nHe added,\u00a0\u201cWith further marginal development it can be extensively used in surveillance operations. The innovation is platform agnostic and has immense value. It is not without reason that Microsoft and Lockheed Martin have recognised this effort. The innovation team is working with NDMA and Armed Forces to develop and deploy indigenous technologies for totally Indian solutions to Indian problems. I sincerely wish this team all success.\u201d\r\nAir Force and Army readily respond to the needs of the affected community in all possible ways. \u2018Eye in the Sky\u2019 can also help them to conduct an efficient aerial survey, to help provide food and water supplies and other medical and safety aids to marooned and trapped populations. It can also help them to rebuild a collapsed communication channel and can provide navigation support.\r\nThe Team plans to collaborate with hardware companies that can provide scalable drone technology to conduct the required spot surveillance of disaster-struck areas. Large technology corporations that work with organizations like United Nations that conduct disaster relief operations also have mutual gains from collaboration besides NGOs that specialize in disaster relief operations are also potential collaborators.