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Using AI for Economic Upliftment of Handicraft Industry
Sonam Damani

Sat Jun 15 11:40 AM -- 11:50 AM (PDT) @
Event URL: https://aiforsocialgood.github.io/icml2019/schedule.htm »

The handicraft industry is a strong pillar of Indian economy which provides large-scale employment opportunities to artisans in rural and underprivileged communities. However, in this era of globalization, diverse modern designs have rendered traditional designs old and monotonous, causing an alarming decline of handicraft sales. In this talk, we will discuss our approach leveraging techniques like GANs, Color Transfer, Pattern Generation etc. to generate contemporary designs for two popular Indian handicrafts - Ikat and Block Print. The resultant designs are evaluated to be significantly more likeable and marketable than the current designs used by artisans.

Speaker bio: Sonam Damani is an Applied Scientist in Microsoft, India where she has worked on several projects in the field of AI and Deep Learning, including Microsoft's human-like-chatbot Ruuh, Cortana personality, novel art generation using AI, Bing search relevance, among others. In the past year, she has co-authored a bunch of publications in the field of conversational AI and AI creativity that were presented in NeurIPS, WWW and CODS-COMAD.

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Sonam Damani (Microsoft)

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