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2019

ACM India Industry Webinar on Machine Learning with Dr. Rajeev Rastogi Saturday 30 March 2019
14 March 2019

For the next ACM India Industry Webinar, we are really excited to bring you an eminent technology leader who will speak on a topic of significant industry interest.

Register now for the next session of ACM India Industry Webinar series, "Using Machine Learning to Innovate for India", to be presented on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 11am IST by Dr. Rajeev Rastogi, Director of Machine Learning at Amazon. All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note: You can also stream this webinars on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract:

In this talk, I will start by introducing basic ML concepts and state-of-the-art ML algorithms such as linear models, Gradient Boosted Trees, and Neural Networks. I will then describe how we are leveraging ML to develop innovative solutions for India business problems in three key areas: (1) Address Quality: This involves identifying poor quality addresses, classifying addresses into residential/commercial, and address geo-coding, (2) Question Answering: This involves answering product feature questions using information contained in product descriptions and customer reviews, and (3) Catalog Quality: This involves identifying and fixing catalog quality defects involving mismatches between product attributes such as title and image.

Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Presenter:

Dr. Rajeev Rastogi is the Director of Machine Learning at Amazon. Previously, he was Vice President of Yahoo! Labs Bangalore and the founding Director of the Bell Labs Research Center in Bangalore, India. Rajeev is an ACM Fellow and a Bell Labs Fellow. He is active in the fields of databases, data mining, and networking, and has served on the program committees of several conferences in these areas. He currently serves on the editorial board of the CACM, and has been an Associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering in the past. He has published over 125 papers, and holds over 50 patents. Rajeev received his B. Tech degree from IIT Bombay, and PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Host:

Dr. Hemant Pande, Executive Director ACM India

ACM India Summer Schools 2019: Deadline Extended to 14 March 2019 (2nd notice)
12 March 2019

Acknowledging the students' need for more time to finalize their summer plans, we are extending the deadline for applying to summer schools to Thursday 14 March 2019. These schools are targeted at pre-final year undergraduate or masters students. In exceptional cases, PhD students or students in other years may also be considered.

Below are the Summer Schools planned this year. The details of the summer schools and the application procedure are also available at http://india.acm.org/summer-schools-2019.html.

Dates Title Host Institute Co-sponsor
3-15 June Geometric Algorithms and Their Applications NISER Bhubaneswar Dassault Systèmes Foundation - India
3-21 June Compiler Design and Construction VIT Pune NVIDIA
10-28 June Algorithmic and Theoretical Aspects of Machine Learning IIIT Bangalore Microsoft Research India
17-29 June Detection and Analysis of Malware and Cyberthreats COEP Pune Quick Heal
17 June-5 July Graph Theory and Graph Algorithms NIT Calicut National Centre for Mathematics
2-14 July Algorithmic Game Theory (School for Women only) IIT Gandhinagar  
8-18 July Cybersecurity and Data Analytics IIIT Delhi  

These schools will have intense lecture and hands-on sessions on advanced topics. The aim is to give exposure to recent advances in these areas to bright and motivated undergraduate/graduate students.

Although being an ACM Student Member is not a requirement for applying to these summer schools, we encourage the applicants to join ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, aimed at advancing computing as a science and a profession.

There is a non-refundable application fee of INR 236 (INR 200 + GST) to be paid before you submit the application form. Payment link is provided here. You are required to provide payment reference while you fill the form to apply to be considered for Summer School 2019.

And finally, here is the link for the Summer School 2019 application form. You can apply for two out of the seven schools in your order of preference. Remember that the seats per school are limited and the application does not guarantee acceptance. Also keep in mind that the competition for some of the schools will tend to be much more than others, and so choose your preferences wisely. Deadline for submitting application is 14 March 2019. The selected students will be notified around 22 April 2019, who will then need to pay a nominal registration fee (maximum Rs3000). Lodging and boarding of students will be covered as part of the school.

ACM India Summer Schools 2019: Deadline Extended to 14 March 2019
28 February 2019

Acknowledging the students' need for more time to finalize their summer plans, we are extending the deadline for applying to summer schools to Thursday 14 March 2019. These schools are targeted at pre-final year undergraduate or masters students. In exceptional cases, PhD students or students in other years may also be considered.

Dates Title Host Institute Co-sponsor
3-15 June Geometric Algorithms and Their Applications NISER Bhubaneswar Dassault Systèmes Foundation - India
3-21 June Compiler Design and Construction VIT Pune NVIDIA
10-28 June Algorithmic and Theoretical Aspects of Machine Learning IIIT Bangalore Microsoft Research India
17-29 June Detection and Analysis of Malware and Cyberthreats COEP Pune Quick Heal
17 June-5 July Graph Theory and Graph Algorithms NIT Calicut National Centre for Mathematics
2-14 July Algorithmic Game Theory (School for Women only) IIT Gandhinagar  
8-18 July Cybersecurity and Data Analytics IIIT Delhi  


Please refer to the ACM India Summer Schools 2019 page for further information about the the summer schools, including the application form, eligibility and deadlines.

Regards,
Hemant Pande
Executive Director, ACM India

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ACM India Chapters Technology Solution Contest: Deadline Extended to 27 February
22 February 2019

Thanks for the enthusiastic response to the contest. We already have 48 submissions and counting. Along the way, we noticed a few issues:

  • While we sent the announcement to all registered chapter contact IDs, the mails have not reached all the chapter members. Please do circulate among them.
  • For above reason or otherwise, there have been requests for extension of deadline.
  • There were some queries about the team size. Since this is an offline contest, there is no limit on the number of participants in a team.
  • In some submissions, the names of the chapters forming the team were missed out. Some entries mentioned the technology area instead of the chapter name(s). It is important that you provide the formal chapter names which are constituting the team.

The deadline for submission is now revised to Wednesday 27 February. To be fair to those who already submitted their entries: if you want to make any changes or corrections, you may re-submit by prefixing the original title of the solution with "Version 2:". Please keep the contact information same as before.

Again, here is the form to submit the abstract of your proposed solution:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeK7-4KirTxexY3Vd9IKLSj5833D2uFaLVEykmsiKr8yXMXAg/viewform

The short-listed candidates will be informed on 6 March.

On behalf of the judging panel,
Hemant Pande (Executive Director, ACM India)

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ICPE 2019: 10th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering, 7-11 April
19 February 2019

ICPE 2019: 10th ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering at IIT Bombay
Sponsored by ACM SIGMETRICS, SIGSOFT, and SPEC RG
IIT Bombay, Mumbai, 7-11 April 2019

Don't miss the golden opportunity to be part of the Tenth ACM/SPEC International Conference on Performance Engineering organized for the first time in India at IIT Bombay!

Conference early-bird registrations are now open. Early registration fees are a record low for a premier ACM conference in India. Furthermore, a number of travel grants are available for students, teachers as well as some for professionals. Visit the website for details on travel grant application and registration.

Industry leaders with vast practical experience and academics from top Universities in the world will share their insights with us in the Conference Keynotes:

  1. Prof. Kishor Trivedi, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA: "Software Aging and Software Rejuvenation"
  2. Prof. Evgenia Smirni, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, USA: "Practical Reliability Analysis of GPGPUs in the Wild: from Systems to Applications"
  3. Dr. N Muralidaran, Managing Director & CEO, NSEIT Limited, Mumbai, India: "Scaling for High Performance"

The keynotes will be complemented by presentations of papers selected through a rigorous review process by an accomplished Program Committee. Papers are on innovative research as well as practical industry experiences in performance, scalability and energy efficiency of cutting-edge technologies such as:

  • AI-based Performance Monitoring, Diagnosis and Benchmarking
  • AI Frameworks
  • Cloud & Big Data
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • SQL/NoSQL Databases
  • Mobile Cloud Computing
  • Smartphones & IOT
  • Data Center Networking
  • GPU, Multicore CPU, CPU-FPGA

The conference will offer networking opportunities with experienced professionals, academics from around the world and your peers, in a relaxed environment during Welcome Reception and Banquet (tickets included with Registration Fee).

Visit the conference website to find out more about the keynotes, papers, panels, workshops and tutorials to be conducted with the main Conference. A flyer for you to print and display at your organization can be found at https://tinyurl.com/icpe2019.

Regards,
ICPE '19 Organizing Committee

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Announcing ACM India Chapters Technology Solution Contest
8 February 2019

Dear ACM India members,

The ACM India Chapters Technology Solution Contest has been announced! If you belong to an ACM India chapter, student or professional, we encourage you to wear the chapter member hat and participate in this contest. The mail thread which went to the chapters is reproduced below.

Regards,
Hemant Pande (Executive Director, ACM India), and
Manish Gupta (ACM India Council, CEO Videoken, and Infosys Foundation Chair Professor IIIT Bangalore)

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Dear ACM India Chapter members:

We hope you have had an opportunity to think about your team's entry in this contest. As promised, here is the form to submit the abstract of your proposed solution.

The deadline for submission is 22 February 2019.

We look forward to an enthusiastic response.

ACM India Chapters Technology Solution Contest: A way to engage ACM India chapters into competitive and collaborative participation, and contribute to a social cause.

What:
A technology solution with a social impact, which may address a challenge at neighbourhood level or on a wider, even national, scale. The solution must be technology based, rather than purely a process one.

List of possible areas including but not limited to: water, clean energy, healthcare, public transportation, sanitation, waste management, education, financial inclusion, pollution, safety/security (for women)...

Contest rules:

  1. Professional and student chapters can go it alone or can come together (from within a town/city) to form a team. A team can submit multiple solution ideas.
  2. The submission form will be made available by 8 February, with deadline to submit the proposal (one page abstract) by 22 February 2019. So start forming the team and identifying the challenge to address now.
  3. A panel of judges will vet the proposals submitted, and short-list the ones to move forward by 3 March.
  4. Intermediate milestone updates for the teams: 7 April and 19 May.
  5. Based on parameters such as progress demonstrated, feasibility, potential solution impact, and innovative approach, the panel will choose 5-7 finalists by 2 June.
  6. The finalists will send final report on their solution by 28 July.
  7. Each finalist to present their solution through a 15-minute demo/presentation in first half of August 2019. The exact date and venue for the contest finals will be communicated in due course of time.

Contest prize:
Winner: Rs65000/-
Runners-up: Rs35000/-

Note: Since this contest spans 6 months, we may revise the dates a little if need be. The judging panel's decisions will be final.

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What's up Lately at ACM India
31 January 2019

Dear friends,

Hope the new year has started well for all of you. While wishing you a very happy 2019, let me also take this opportunity to update you on some interesting developments at ACM India in the recent past and some which are in the works. There is a diversity of activities our 10,000-odd members across India actively participate in, making us a vibrant volunteer organization committed towards advancement of computing. So this is by no means an exhaustive list but just a representative one.

Website
Hope you have had an opportunity to take a look at the ACM India website, which we have recently updated to cover the range of our activities across areas such as research and education, involving academia as well as industry. Apart from the home page, note the revamped pages like Summer Schools 2019 , ACM India Events, and News and Updates which is a gateway to member bulletin archive as a persistent repository of the announcements. Nevertheless, this update is an intermediate milestone as we are about to majorly revamp the website next quarter to improve navigation and the underlying architecture, with look and feel consistent with the parent ACM site.

Summer Schools
Building on the immensely popular and successful summer schools from the last two years, we are scaling up the program to conduct 7 ACM India Summer Schools 2019 on cutting-edge technology topics in multiple parts of India. As part of our initiative to foster collaboration between academia and industry, some of the summer schools this year have faculty participation and co-sponsorship from reputed companies with leadership in the respective technology areas. You must have received the call for registration for aspiring students. Feel free to forward the Summer Schools 2019 link to the students in your network and encourage their participation in this significant education initiative by ACM India.

Industry Webinar Series
ACM India Industry Webinar Series is our brand-new industry initiative, which had the inaugural session on Blockchain by Dr. Pandurang Kamat of Persistent Systems on 1 December 2018. This series comprises webinars delivered by technology leaders from Indian industry on topics of industry significance. We had an excellent response to the webinar with 120 live participants and around 500 registered for offline viewing. The next session will be by Dr. Gautam Shroff of TCS on 2 February 2019 on Enterprise AI. I invite all of you, whether student, faculty or industry professional, to register for this webinar . We will continue organizing such not-to-be-missed webinars every other month.

Institutional Partners
Another brand-new industry initiative we have launched is the Institutional Partner Program, where an organization joins ACM India’s efforts on multiple fronts to advance Computing as a Science and a Profession, and also provides generous financial support which is an essential requirement for a volunteer organization such as ours.

On behalf of ACM India, I am very excited to share with you that Icertis joins us as an Institutional Partner at the highest Platinum tier today! Please join me as we welcome and thank Icertis for coming on board. Let me also take this opportunity to thank our long-time institutional sponsors TCS, Google India and Persistent Systems for their sustained support over the years.

Doctoral Dissertation Award
The prestigious annual ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award has been announced recently. Let us congratulate Keerti Choudhary of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur for winning this coveted honour for "Compact and Efficient Fault Tolerant Structures for Directed Graphs". Honourable Mention goes to Deepesh Data of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for "Communication Complexity and Characterization Results in Secure Computation".

IRISS
You will have an opportunity to hear them speak about their research at the Inter-Research Institute Student Seminar (IRISS) next week in Kochi, Kerala. In addition, IRISS provides a platform for student researchers to showcase their latest work to a conclave of researchers and potential employers. Based on the success of previous IRISS events, we have made it a two-day event, with a broader and richer coverage of contemporary research challenges, including talks from early career researchers in academia and industry. Please refer to IRISS 2019 page for more details and to register for this premier student focused event.

Annual Event
As usual, IRISS immediately precedes and is co-located with the flagship Annual Event of ACM India , which will be held in Kochi on 8 February 2019, to discuss trends in science and technology, and to celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. This event is attended by ACM Council members from India, leadership team from ACM headquarters in the US, and researchers from academia and industry. The event this year will feature talks by eminent personalities such as Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay , Noam Nisan, Charles E. Leiserson and Sanjeev Arora.

Compute 2018
While we’re on the topic of ACM India’s annual events and conferences, Compute 2018 took place at Chitkara University in Chandigarh on 12 to 14 October 2018. The theme of Compute has been to improve the quality of computing education in India. The initiative continues through the year with next major milestone, Compute 2019, which will take place in Goa in October.

CSpathshala
Any account of ACM India’s initiatives in the field of education cannot be complete without the mention of CSpathshala. Bebras India Challenge was organized by CSpathshala from 19 to 30 November for age groups 8-18 years. It was offered in English, Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu, and saw participation from around 137,000 students (of whom around 80,000 were girl students) from 380 schools across 12 states! In the last 6 months, it has also conducted 15 teacher training workshops in various parts of the country, reaching 874 teachers from 545 schools. Its efforts were recognized by GGIS school with the Guruvarya award for “'Encouraging Best Practices in Schools”. As a significant future activity, a 1-day Computational Thinking workshop (CTiS 2019) for school teachers is planned in April 2019, a first of its kind event for school teachers. This will be an annual workshop to share experiences in teaching Computational Thinking.

International Conferences Locating in India
It has been a collective effort from ACM India Council and the India SIGs to organize reputed international conferences in India, and bring the research community across the world and India together at an Indian venue to share their recent work. Close on the heels of prestigious conferences such as Mobicom 2018 and CODS-COMAD 2019 concluded recently, there will be premier conferences likeISEC 2019 and ICPE 2019 taking place in the near future.

Chapters
Student and Professional Chapters are important components of ACM India. We have 195 student chapters and 16 professional chapters nationwide, including the Special Interest Group and ACM-W chapters. With the dual objective of creating a healthy competition among chapters and working towards a social cause, we are soon announcing the “ACM India Chapters Technology Solution Contest”. Stay tuned for the details.

Featuring ACM India Members
Despite excellent contribution from our members towards the field of Computing, we realized that they often lack the individual visibility at global ACM level. We need to fix it at our end and make a conscious effort to get recognition for the work it deserves. We have started working with ACM Communications group and our own members to bring about a change. It will not happen overnight, but to start with we will see ACM India members featured in the “People of ACM” initiative as early as next month.

Communications of the ACM
Speaking of visibility of contributions from India, Communications of the ACM (CACM) will bring out a Regional Special Section on India in October 2019, which will focus on research and innovations from the country. We have received tremendous response to the call for abstracts. The authors of short-listed contributions will come together for a workshop in Bangalore on 23 February. The workshop will collectively examine all ideas and will take final decision on the articles to feature in this India Section of CACM. It is a wonderful opportunity to tell the world about the unique and influential activities happening in India that may not be easily known outside or even inside the country.

I hope this update conveys the excitement of engaging in these initiatives, existing and new, that makes ACM India a thriving and happening organization. Again, I am sure there are a number of activities which did not get mentioned here, but let us thank each and every member for their efforts. We will continue to capture the recent and imminent developments through such communication in future as well.

Please spread the word about ACM India and encourage participation and contribution from fellow computing professionals like you.

Regards,

Dr. Hemant Pande

Executive Director, ACM India

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IRISS 2019, 6-7 February, Kerala: Call for Participation
28 January 2019

You are cordially invited to participate in 13th Inter-Research-Institute Student Seminar in Computer Science which will be held on 6-7 February 2019 at Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology, Kochi, Kerala, India.

IRISS is an annual student seminar co-located with ACM India Annual Event. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a platform for the CS- research scholars in India to showcase their recent research work and for the potential employers from academia and industry to interact with them. It provides an opportunity for the participants to interact with their peers and experienced researchers from other institutes and industry apart from getting to listen to distinguished speakers.

Seeing the success of IRISS in the previous editions, this year it has been extended from one day to two days where-in participants will also get to listen to and interact with distinguished young researchers providing insights into future career opportunities and prospects for the students.

Below are the highlights:

  • Keynote: Prof. Vinod Prabhakaran (TIFR Mumbai)
  • Early Career Researcher Keynote: Dr. Sayan Ranu (IIT Delhi)
  • Early Career Researcher Presentations:
    Dr. Neeldhara Misra (IIT Gandhinagar)
    Dr. Piyush Rai (IIT Kanpur)
    Dr. Rohith Vallam (IBM IRL)
    Dr. Nithin Shivashankar (Mimyk)
  • Presentation by Doctoral Dissertation Award Recipients:
    Dr. Keerti Choudhary (IIT Kanpur), "Compact and Efficient Fault Tolerant Structures for Directed Graphs"
    Dr. Deepesh Data (TIFR),"Communication Complexity and Characterization Results in Secure Computation"
  • Managing a Research Career (Panel):
    Moderator: Prof. R. Ramanujam (IMSc)
    Prof. Hema Murthy, CSE (IIT-Madras)
    Dr. Shourya Roy (American Express)
    Dr. Lipika Dey (TCS)

Please refer to http://people.du.ac.in/~ngupta/IRISS2019.htm for more details.

Registration:
Early bird Registration fees for IRISS 2019 are INR 1500/- + GST INR 270/-. Total - INR 1770/-. (until 30 January). After 30 January, registration fees are INR 1800/- + GST INR 324/- Total 2124/-. Please register at this link: https://www.eventavenue.com/attReglogin.do?eventId=EVT7594.

Participants of IRISS get free registration for the ACM India Annual Event that hosts a number of talks by eminent speakers on 8 February. For more details see https://cochin.acm.org/acmindia2019/index.php.

Limited hotel accommodation is available for outstation participants at nominal cost. This will be provided on first-come-first-serve basis. Please write to below emails if you need accommodation:
Chandrashekhar Sahasrabudhe: shekhar_sahasrabudhe@persistent.com Binu A.: binu_a@rajagiritech.edu.in

ACM India Proudly Announces 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner
28 January 2019

Keerti Choudhary of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has received the ACM India Council's 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award for "Compact and Efficient Fault Tolerant Structures for Directed Graphs".

Honorable Mention went to Deepesh Data of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for "Communication Complexity and Characterization Results in Secure Computation".

The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year, running from August 1 of one year to July 31 of the following year. The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of 2,00,000 rupees, and the winning dissertation will be published in the ACM Digital Library. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared among the recipients. This award is additionally supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS).

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ACM India Announces Summer Schools 2019: Apply by 28 February
24 January 2019

ACM India is pleased to announce ACM India Summer Schools 2019 after the highly successful summer schools held last two years. These schools are targeted at pre-final year undergraduate or masters students. In exceptional cases, PhD students or students in other years may also be considered.

Below are the Summer Schools planned:

Dates Title Host Institute Co-sponsor
3-15 June Geometric Algorithms and Their Applications NISER Bhubaneswar Dassault Systèmes Foundation - India
3-21 June Compiler Design and Construction VIT Pune NVIDIA
10-28 June Algorithmic and Theoretical Aspects of Machine Learning IIIT Bangalore
17-29 June Detection and Analysis of Malware COEP Pune Quick Heal
17 June-5 July Graph Theory and Graph Algorithms NIT Calicut National Centre for Mathematics
2-14 July Algorithmic Game Theory (School for Women only) IIT Gandhinagar
8-18 July Cybersecurity and Data Analytics IIIT Delhi

Please refer to the ACM India Summer Schools 2019 page for further information about the the summer schools, including the application form, eligibility and deadlines.

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Register for ACM India Industry Webinar on 2 February with Gautam Shroff: "Enterprise AI: Automation, Amplification, and Managing Complexity"
23 January 2019

Following the successful launch of ACM India Industry Webinar series in December 2018, we are pleased to announce the next webinar by another technology leader on a topic of significant industry interest.

Register now https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1923889/739B2F0A17F588583697D207E21804E9 for the next session of ACM India Industry Webinar series, "Enterprise AI: Automation, Amplification, and Managing Complexity", to be presented on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 11am IST by Dr. Gautam Shroff, Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of Research, Tata Consultancy Services. All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: In this webinar I shall describe how AI techniques can be applied in traditional enterprises across verticals, not only for automation but also amplification of human tasks. For example, I shall describe our experience with deploying deep-learning based knowledge assistants at scale within TCS. Next I shall give some examples of how AI and IOT are transforming manufacturing, by using deep-learning for detecting, diagnosing and sometimes predicting faults, as well as how deep-reinforcement learning can be used to manage supply chains from source to shelf, trade in inefficient markets, or even negotiate contracts. Finally I shall explain two challenges to the scaling of AI within traditional enterprises: embracing the culture of field experimentation, and figuring out how to marry mechanisms for developing and managing complex IT systems with the AL/ML paradigm.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Presenter:
Dr. Gautam Shroff is Vice President and Chief Scientist in Tata Consultancy Services and heads TCS Research. He has published 90 research papers in the areas of computational mathematics, parallel computation, distributed systems, software architecture, software engineering, big data, information fusion, virtual reality as well as artificial intelligence including machine learning, deep learning, Bayesian inference and natural language processing. He has written two books: Enterprise Cloud Computing, published by Cambridge University Press, UK, in October 2010, and The Intelligent Web, published by Oxford University Press, UK, in 2013 (paperback ed. 2015).

Prior to joining TCS in 1998, Dr. Shroff had been on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA (1990-91) and thereafter of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India (1991-1997). He has also held visiting positions at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and at Argonne National Labs in Chicago. He completed his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1985, and Ph.D in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY in 1990.

Host:
Dr. Hemant Pande , Executive Director, ACM India Council

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Call for participation: ISEC 2019, 14-16 February, Pune
11 January 2019

Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (ISEC) is the annual conference of iSOFT, the India chapter of ACM SIGSOFT under the umbrella of ACM India. The 12th edition of the conference will be held at COEP Pune, India on 14-16 February. ISEC will bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world to share the results of their work. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of software engineering.

The program includes many interesting features:

  • Main Research track
  • Invited Talks
  • PhD Symposium
  • StartUps track
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials and Tech Briefings

The keynotes include:

  • "Software Engineering for Smart Cyber-Physical Systems: Challenges and Opportunities" by Holger Giese, Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering, Germany
  • "Use-Oriented Design and Software Ecosystems" by Yvonne Dittrich, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration
For registration, please visit (https://isoft.acm.org/isec2019/registration). Please register soon to avail of the early bird registration discount.

Student Travel Scholarships
We are pleased to announce travel scholarships for students to attend ISEC 2019. This is meant to encourage outstation students studying in technical institutions in India to attend the conference.

Each travel scholarship will consist of: 1. travel expenses against travel booking receipts subject to maximum Rs. 4,000; and 2. free local hostel accommodation in Pune (on a shared basis). Scholarship recipients may be requested to help with volunteering activities at the conference. Tasks may include working at the registration desk, helping session chairs, etc. Overall time commitment will be less than five hours over the entire conference period.

Selection criteria: full-time students enrolled in technical institutions in India. The applicant must have already registered for ISEC 2019 before applying for the scholarship. These scholarships are competitive and only a limited number are available. Preference will be given to students who will be presenting papers either at the main conference or PhD symposium or workshop. Otherwise, students with exceptional research potential will be favoured.

Application for scholarship: https://goo.gl/forms/XZNCWKqk2qBk7Vhg2

Conference Sponsors: TCS, icertis Applied Cloud, TEQIP COE-Signal Processing, Microsoft

Looking forward to meeting you at the conference.

Thanks and Regards,
C.G. Sahasrabudhe

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Reminder: ACM India Industry Webinar on December 1 at 11am IST with Dr. Pandurang Kamat: Blockchain in the Enterprise - Creating Value Beyond the Hype
28 November 2018

If you have not done so already, Register now for the inaugural session of ACM India Industry Webinar series, "Blockchain in the Enterprise - Creating Value Beyond the Hype", to be presented on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 11am IST by Dr. Pandurang Kamat, Associate CTO and Chief Technologist at Persistent Systems Ltd, Goa. All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note: You can also stream this webinars on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: Blockchain, the distributed ledger and smart contract technology, has now entered the trough of disillusionment as the hype has died down substantially. It first came to fore as the underlying technology that powered the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, but over the last few years has come of its own. The talk will:

  • Introduce and explain what blockchain is and the various flavors of it are
  • Provide insights into the transformations it can bring across industries
  • Give an insight into how enterprise should go about leveraging it to create business value

Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Presenter:
Dr. Pandurang Kamat is Associate CTO and Chief Technologist at Persistent Systems. Pandurang incubated and now heads Persistent's Blockchain/DLT practice globally, focussed on solving enterprise and government problems with distributed ledger technologies. Prior to Persistent, he was the director of analytics at Ask.com and has also worked at Bell Labs and HP Labs, building secure communications and digital media products. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
LinkedIn : https://in.linkedin.com/in/pandurang
Twitter: @pandurangkamat

Host:
Dr. Hemant Pande, Executive Director ACM India

 

Announcing New ACM India Industry Webinar Series
5 November 2018

Dear ACM India Members,

Wishing everyone a very happy Diwali!

Starting November 2018 (after Diwali), ACM India plans to introduce an Industry Webinar Series for its members. Delivered by expert industry professionals and visionary technology leaders from industry and academia, the 60-minute webinars will focus on topics of significant relevance to the computing industry, such as AI and Machine Learning, Security, Blockchain, Networks, and Visual Computing. All students, faculty and industry professionals from India are welcome to attend these webinars aimed at keeping computing practitioners at the forefront of technical trends, professional development and emerging technologies.

Hope you can spare a couple of minutes to respond to this short survey.

I look forward to your input and participation to make the webinar series a success.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the first webinar.

Regards,
Hemant

Dr. Hemant Pande
Executive Director, ACM India Council





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