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Thank You for Your Support of ACM India—Remember to Vote for Your New Council Officers!

from ACM India Council President Srinivas Padmanabhuni

May 3, 2016

Dear ACM India Members,

Thanks for all your cooperation in taking ACM from strength to strength in India. In terms of the breadth and depth of activities, we are happy to constantly expand the scope of these, demonstrating our commitment to supporting causes of computer science education, research, and engagement of women in computing. The recently concluded ACM India/Microsoft Research/Infosys-supported Academic Research Summit is a great example of our commitment to expanding research in computer science in India. We have started serious deliberations on the ACM India Research Board front. Likewise, the expanding activities of India-focused Special Interest Groups like iSOFT, iKDD and iSIGCSE are noteworthy. We are expanding the adoption of the ACM CS 2013 Curriculum across India as part of the education board activity. On the conferences front, we had a very successful ACM India Annual Event at Trivandrum featuring 1994 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient Edward Feigenbaum. Before that we had an eventful annual Compute summit at ABES, Ghaziabad followed by the Chapters Summit.

We had a good takeoff during the tenure of the current ACM India Council which worked to enhance the breadth and depth of ACM India activities. It is now time to elect a new capable council to take ACM India to greater heights. Elections commenced on 3 May and will close on 3 June. I send out a humble appeal to all ACM members from India to take part in the voting process of ACM India elections. The slate of candidates can be found on the ACM India site and as bios and statements.

ACM India members will also have the opportunity to vote for ACM Council Members in the General Election in May. Statements and biographical sketches of all candidates can be found on the ACM Elections page.

It has been a great tenure at the ACM India Council. Wishing the new Council all the best for a formidable growth in the coming term,

Srinivas

TOP STORIES

•  Highlights of ACM India Annual Event 2016, 21-22 January, Trivandrum

AWARDS

•  2015 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner: Aritra Hazra

EDUCATION

•  ACM India Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (iSIGCSE) Workshop at Compute 2015

•  Academic Research Summit at Infosys, 29-30 January 2016

•  CSpathshala: Bringing Computational Thinking to Schools

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Recent Events:
•  ACM Compute 2015, Ghaziabad, 29-31 October

•  GHCI 2015, Bangalore, 2-4 December

•  IKDD CODS 2016, Pune, 13-16 March

•  Travel Grants for Conferences

Upcoming Events:
•  Call for Papers: ACM Compute 2016, 21-23 October, DAIICT, Gandhinagar

ACM-WI RECENT EVENTS

•  All India Celebration of Women in Computing (AICWIC15), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, October 1 & 3

•  CODhER '16: A Women's Hackathon, 21 February

•  ACM Women in Research Symposium (ACM-WIR 2016), Indore, 21 March

•  HackHer Event for Women, 21 April 2016

STUDENT NEWS

•  ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

CHAPTERS NEWS

•  Welcome New ACM India Chapters

TOP STORIES

Highlights of ACM India Annual Event 2016, 21-22 January, Trivandrum
The ACM India Annual Event was organized by the ACM Trivandrum Professional Chapter in association with the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K), Trivandrum. The first day featured the co-located event IRISS 2016: 10th Inter-Research-Institute Student Seminar in Computer Science, which provided a platform for research scholars to present their research to the research community and potential employers. It received good participation from leading academic institutions and industrial R&D organizations. At the inaugural session IRISS steering committee chair M. Balakrishnan (IIT Delhi) delivered the introductory talk, and ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni provided felicitation. A keynote talk, "The Evolution of Algorithms and Data" by Ramesh Hariharan, Chief Technology Officer at Strand Life Sciences, followed, with insights on the wide applications of algorithms in vast areas of science starting from primordial discernments. The talk was followed by oral and poster technical presentations.

ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award 2015 recipient Aritra Hazra from Indian Institute of Technology Madras delivered a talk on "Formal Methods for Power Intent Validation in Integrated Circuits." The day closed with a mesmerizing cultural event followed by banquet.

The second day's activities, held at Al Saj Convention Centre, Kazhakoottam, saw participation from around 25 colleges and 600 participants. The inaugural ceremony was opened by the welcome address delivered by Sabu M. Thampi, Chair, ACM Trivandrum Chapter. The session included informative presentations by ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel and ACM President Alexander L. Wolf on ACM global perspectives. Srinivas Padmanabhuni next presented a report on ACM India, and ACM-W India activities were summarized by ACM-W India Executive Council member Arati Dixit. IIITMK Director Rajasree M.S. offered felicitation.

The ACM India Best Student Chapter Award was declared by ACM India Chief Operating Officer Shekhar Sahasrabudhe and presented by Bobby Schnabel and Alex Wolf. The BITS Pilani-Rajasthan ACM Student Chapter received the award with Amity University Student Chapter the runner-up.

Enlightening talks given by ACM luminaries included:

  • Edward A. Feigenbaum, Professor of Computer Science and Co-Scientific Director of the Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Stanford University and 1994 ACM A.M. Turing Award co-recipient. Feigenbaum is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence and is often known as "the father of expert systems." He spoke on "How to Find Great Research Problems in Artificial Intelligence."
  • Jennifer Widom, Fletcher Jones Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, talked about "Inflection Points in Research and Teaching." Widom is the 2015 ACM-W Athena Lecturer.
  • Anuj Dawar, Professor of Logic and Algorithms, University of Cambridge, UK offered a very informative talk on "Abstraction, Complexity and Symmetry." Dawar was Chair of the selection committee for the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award and serves on the ACM SigLOG executive committee.

Edward Feigenbaum

Turing laureate Edward Feigenbaum celebrates his 80th birthday with ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel, ACM President Alexander L. Wolf, and ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni

AWARDS

2015 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner: Aritra Hazra
The 2015 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Aritra Hazra from Indian Institute of Technology Madras at the ACM India Annual Event 2016. The award was declared by Supratik Chakraborty from IIT Bombay and presented by Gautham Shroff, Vice President and Chief Scientist at TCS Innovation Labs, Delhi, Anuj Dawar from University of Cambridge, UK, ACM President Alexander L. Wolf, and ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni.

Aritra Hazra Dissertation Award winner

Aritra Hazra of IIT Madras receives 2015 ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel, ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni and ACM President Alexander L. Wolf.

The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation 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 award is accompanied by a prize of INR 200,000, and the winning dissertation is published in the ACM Digital Library. This award is additionally supported by Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS), the founding sponsor.

EDUCATION

ACM India Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (iSIGCSE) Workshop "Undergraduate CS Education: Moving Ahead" at Compute 2015
An education workshop on undergraduate CS education took place on the third day of Compute 2015 (October 31) under the banner of the ACM India Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (iSIGCSE). The workshop provided a forum for educators to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabus, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy. Three seminars were presented: An Approach to Introductory Programming, by Abhiram Ranade, IIT Bombay; ACM Computer Science Curricula 2013 (CS2013), by Arati Dixit, Pune University (ACM-W India Executive Council member); and Gap Analysis for Computer Science Curricula, presented by Abhijat Vichare, Persistent, Pune (ACM India Eminent Speaker).

Academic Research Summit at Infosys, 29-30 January 2016
In January ACM India, Microsoft Research and Infosys Ltd. organized an Academic Research Summit at the Infosys campus in Hinjewadi, Pune for Computer Science and related domains. The event was a conclave where the CS academic research community could meet with industry researchers and relevant government representatives to discuss and collaborate on exciting trends in computer science research. The agenda included keynotes and talks from distinguished researchers and breakout sessions across a wide variety of CS areas, including "best practices on partnership models to accelerate the pace of CS research in India". Speakers at the various sessions included ACM Fellow Jeannette Wing, Rajat Moona, Jay Warrior, Peter Druschel, Timothy Roscoe, Krithi Ramamritham, P. Anandan, ACM India Past President P. J. Narayanan, ACM India Vice President Madhavan Mukund, Chandu Thekkath, Monojit Choudhury, Kalika Bali, Saikat Guha, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Vijay Kumar Ivaturi, Chiranjib Bhattacharya, Niloy Ganguly, Munmun De Choudhury, Animesh Mukherjee, Amitava Das, Vivek Balaraman, ACM India President Srinivas Padmanabhuni, Tom Mathew, Sushrut Vaidya, and others.

CSpathshala: Bringing Computational Thinking to Schools
ACM India, in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services and with seed funding from Google, has started a national education initiative, CSpathshala, to promote teaching of computing as a science in schools. CSpathshala organized a workshop on April 16 to discuss the importance of computer science in education. 80 teachers from 38 schools participated, and educators from various institutions across India spoke about the importance of curriculum and training the future generations to become not just users but creators of technology. Others shared experiences of challenges they faced introducing the Scratch programming language into their curriculum. Vipul Shah from TCS who co-leads the CSpathshala initiative announced the roll-out of a pilot project for 20 schools in Pune to teach computing as a science for grades 1-5 from academic year 2016-17.

CONFERENCES AND EVENTS

Recent Events:

ACM Compute 2015, Ghaziabad, 29-31 October
In its eighth year, ACM India's flagship conference, Compute 2015, was hosted by the ACM Delhi-NCR chapter at ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad. The overall theme of the Conference was "Big Data and Analytics" and consisted of two tracks: Information & knowledge Management and High Performance Computing. Keynote speakers were Mukesh Mohania, IBM Delhi, ACM India Council Treasurer; Valentina Salapura, IBM Master Inventor and System Architect, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center; and Jayant R. Haritsa, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore. Tutorial speakers were Sitaram Chamarty from TCS; Santanu Chaudhury, IIT Delhi; N. Jeyakumar, Bharathiar University; Himanshu Bhatt and Shourya Roy, Xerox Research Centre; and Ashish Verma, IBM, ACM India Eminent Speaker. A video of the proceedings is available on YouTube.

GHCI 2015, Bangalore, 2-4 December
India's largest gathering of women technologists, Grace Hopper Celebration India focused on the career aspirations of women in computing and technology. It featured tracks on careers, leadership, management, and entrepreneurship with sessions by both female and male leaders in the tech community in India and beyond. Videos of the sessions are available to view on YouTube.

IKDD CODS 2016, Pune, 13-16 March
CODS 2016 was the third in a series of conferences organised by the India chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery in Databases (IKDD). Co-located with COMAD 2016, the conference included a research track and invited talks by distinguished speakers from academia as well as industry. An international roster of keynote speakers featured Peter Bartlett, a professor in the Computer Science Division and Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley and a professor in Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology; Deepak Agarwal, who leads the relevance and machine learning team at LinkedIn; Eduard Hovy, a professor at the Language Technology Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University; and Yurii Nesterov, a Russian mathematician and internationally recognized expert in convex optimization, especially in the development of efficient algorithms and numerical optimization analysis. The program also included invited student talks, a Data Challenge, and an Industry Workshop featuring talks by various industry leaders on data science challenges in the industry.

Travel Grants for Conferences
ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

Upcoming Event:

Call for Papers: ACM Compute 2016, 21-23 October, DAIICT, Gandhinagar
The ninth edition of the flagship conference of ACM India, COMPUTE 2016 will be jointly hosted by DAIICT, IIT Gandhinagar, Kadi University and Gujarat University, with support from the ACM India Gandhinagar chapter. We invite high-quality submissions describing original and unpublished work on topics relating to the theme, "Internet-of-Things (IoT)". Topics can include, but are not restricted to: Data Management & Databases; Social Network Analysis & Social Computation; Text Summarization and Classification; Parallel Languages and Programming Environments; Load Balancing and Resource Management; Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing; Ubiquitous Computing; Programming Techniques for HPC; Emerging Applications for HPC; Data and Text Mining; Structured - Unstructured Information Retrieval; Parallel and Distributed Algorithms/Systems; Parallel Programming with GPUs & Accelerators; Resilient / Fault-Tolerant Algorithms & Systems; Performance and Benchmarking Techniques; and System Software for HPC. Accepted submissions will be included in the ACM Digital Library. Deadline for submissions is 22 July 2016.
Visit the Call for Papers page for instructions.

ACM-WI RECENT EVENTS

All India Celebration of Women in Computing (AICWIC15), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, October 1 & 3
The All India Celebration of Women in Computing 2015 was organized by the AES Institute of Computer Studies (AESICS) and the ACM-W Chapter of Ahmedabad University in association with ACM Ahmedabad Chapter during 1 and 3 October 2015 under the theme "Entrepreneurship and Career Development in Computer Science and Information Technology." More than 300 students and professionals attended this event. ACM-W India Executive Council member Arati Dixit elucidated the objective of AICWIC'15 to support, motivate and inspire women researchers in India by providing them a platform where they can candidly interact with others. Shweta Chawla, entrepreneur, Head and Chief Investigator at SC Cyber Solutions, Forensic Investigations Pune, encouraged girls to consider entering the field of forensic investigations. Smriti Dagur, President, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), motivated students to pursue higher studies and highlighted "smart" cities and villages. A panel discussion on choosing career paths focused on the panelists' careers, goals and challenges in their respective industries, and related career opportunities for IT undergraduate students.

CODhER '16: A Women's Hackathon, 21 February
CodhER 2016, the women's hackathon organized by AU CEG ACM Student Chapter, was successfully held at the department of IST, CEG, Anna University. A total of 57 students turned up on Sunday morning to exhibit their skills and ideas. Teams of two to three people were allowed. A range of software products, from web apps and mobile apps to websites were built using PHP, HTML/CSS, JS, Angular, Android, etc. The teams then presented their work to the judges who evaluated them based on the idea, UI, and final implementation. ACM-W India Executive Council Chair Dr. Sheila Anand was on the panel of judges. The cash prize totaling 12,000 rupees was sponsored by ACM-W India. Internships for the successful participants were sponsored by Evalvon, GUVI, Bahwan Cybertech, and Juspay.

ACM Women in Research Symposium (ACM-WIR 2016), Indore, 21 March
The ACM Women in Research Symposium hosted a research paper/project competition. The symposium featured speakers Jeanna N. Matthews, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Clarkson University in New York; ACM India Eminent Speaker Suparna Bhattacharya (HP); and ACM-W India Executive Council members Arati Dixit and Rashmi Mohan.

HackHer Event for Women, 21 April 2016
The Hackathon Event for Women, HackHer, was held on 21 April 2016 at Coimbatore. This event was sponsored by ACM-W India and hosted by Amrita University. The programme was conducted by GUVI Chennai. Forty teams registered and 29 teams, of three members each, participated in the event. The event was organized in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Amrita School of Engineering. The event commenced with inauguration by Dr. Latha Parameswaran, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of CSE. Dr. Sheila Anand, Chair, ACM-W India addressed the participants and interacted with the teams.

STUDENT NEWS

ACM-W Student Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences
The ACM Women's Council (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate or graduate students in computer science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. This exposure to the computer science research world can encourage a student to continue on to the next level (Undergraduate to Graduate, Masters to Ph.D., Ph.D. to an industry or academic position). The 2015-2016 scholarships are made possible by generous support from Google, Microsoft Research, and Oracle. For application form, notification dates and more information, please visit the scholarships page.

CHAPTERS NEWS

Welcome New ACM India Chapters
ACM India welcomes new Professional and Student Chapters in India that were chartered between July 16, 2015 and April 15, 2016.

Student Chapters:

  • ABES ACM-W Student Chapter, ABES Engineering College, Ghaziabad
  • AESICS ACM Student Chapter, School of Computer Studies, Ahmedabad University
  • Amal Jyothi College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Kottayam
  • Anuradha Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Chikhli
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter, New Delhi
  • BSAU ACM Student Chapter, B. S. Abdur Rahman University, Chennai
  • CCET ACM Student Chapter, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology
  • GHRCE ACM Student Chapter, G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur
  • MAIT ACM Student Chapter, Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • Manipal University Jaipur ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur
  • MVGR College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Vizianagaram
  • National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur ACM Student Chapter
  • NMAMIT ACM-W Student Chapter, Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology, Udupi District
  • SAEC ACM Student Chapter, S. A. Engineering College, Chennai
  • SAEC ACM-W Student Chapter, S. A. Engineering College, Chennai
  • Saintgits College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Kottayam
  • Sree Buddha College of Engineering ACM-W Student Chapter, Alappuzha
  • SSGMCE ACM Student Chapter, Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Shegaon
  • SVIET ACM Student Chapter, Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala
  • Amity-Gwalior ACM Student Chapter
  • DYPIET ACM Student Chapter, Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Engineering & Technology, Pune
  • FISAT ACM Student Chapter, Federal Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam
  • IIT Ropar ACM Student Chapter, Indian Institute of Technology, Rupnagar
  • KLNCIT ACM Student Chapter, KLN College of Information Technology, Sivagangai
  • KSRCAS ACM-W Student Chapter, K. S. Rangasamy College of Arts and Science, Namakkal
  • Manipal University ACM Student Chapter
  • Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology ACM Student Chapter, Kolkata
  • MITM ACM Student Chapter, Medi-Caps Institute of Technology and Management, Indore
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University DoT ACM Student Chapter
  • SNS College of Engineering ACM Student Chapter, Coimbatore
  • Stanley College of Engineering and Technology for Women ACM-W Student Chapter, Hyderabad
  • Vimal Jyothi Engineering College ACM Student Chapter, Kannur
  • WCE ACM Student Chapter, Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli
  • ZIBACAR ACM-W Student Chapter, Zeal Institute of Business Administration, Computer Application and Research, Pune

Professional Chapters:

  • Chennai ACM-W Chapter

ACM Student Chapters in India
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