Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MemberNet India


Welcome to MemberNet India!
from ACM India Council Co-Chairs Anand S. Deshpande and P.J. Narayanan

Dear ACM Member,

ACM India was formed in January 2009 as a Regional Council of ACM to promote the activities and ideals of ACM in India and to act as the voice of the computing community. Over the past two years, we have held two ACM India events (in Bangalore and in Hyderabad) which were attended by a number of Turing Award winners and other distinguished speakers. ACM chapters have formed in a number of Indian cities, and ACM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in India have also begun organizing activities. Since the formation of ACM India, membership has doubled to nearly 5,000 members and is growing fast. The number of professional chapters has risen from one to 14.

The next ACM India event will be held in Pune on January 25, immediately following the Compute 2012 conference. Read more about these events in this issue. Later in the year, a special conference of the ACM Educational Council will be looking specifically at computing education in India. More activities are being planned for 2012; we will keep you up-to-date on these events through emails and future issues of this newsletter.

We hope you enjoy this first issue of MemberNet India. As a member of ACM, please encourage others to join. ACM is dedicated to advancing computing as a science and a profession. India is a country where computing has boomed like no other field, both academically and professionally, in the past decade. As ACM grows, the voice of the Indian computer science community will also grow and be heard more effectively. If every ACM member in India were to persuade just one other person to join, we would double our numbers and make it possible to sponsor many more activities across the country. Please tell them that joining is easy: forward them the link to the special Indian ACM Professional or ACM Student online forms, where they can fill in the required data. Alternatively, ask them to start at the ACM India site and follow the links under "Become a Member." They can pay the membership fee by credit card or by sending a bank draft in Indian Rupees.

We hope you will help us to grow the activities of the computing community in India and around the world.

Anand S. Deshpande is Founder, Chairmain and Managing Director of Persistent Systems, Ltd., Pune.   P.J. Narayanan is Professor and Dean of Research and Development at IIIT, Hyderabad.
TOP STORIES
ACM India Council
Featured ACM India Council Member: Srinivas Padmanabhuni
Awards
Call for ACM Award Nominations
Member Recognition
Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellows Nominations
Distinguished Speakers Program
Featured ACM Indian Distinguished Speaker: Shantanu Bhattacharya
Upcoming Conferences
GHC India 2011: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India, December 14–16, Bangalore
ACWR 2011: International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief, December 18–21, Amrita University, Kerala
COMSNETS 2012: 4th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, January 3–7, Bangalore
COMPUTE 2012: Annual Conference of the ACM Pune Professional Chapter, January 23–24, Pune
Chapters News
Welcome New ACM India Chapters!
Outstanding ACM Student Chapter: Indian Institute of Technology/New Delhi
Publications News
Featured ICPS Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the Seventh Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing

ACM India Council

Featured ACM India Council Member: Srinivas Padmanabhuni
Srinivas Padmanabhuni is Chair of the ACM Bangalore Chapter. He is a principal research scientist and associate vice president at Infosys Labs, the research and development arm of Infosys Technologies Ltd. in Bangalore, where he supervises software engineering research. Padmanabhuni specializes in web services, service oriented architecture, business process management, and grid technologies alongside pursuing interests in semantic web, autonomic computing, intelligent agents, and enterprise architecture. He has been selected for Who's Who in Asia 2007, and Who's Who in the World 2009. He serves on editorial boards of journals and program committees for international conferences in the fields of web services, SOA, and software engineering. He has served on program committees for several international conferences and workshops including ICWS (International Conference of Web Services), PricAI (Pacific Rim International Conference on AI), NWeSP (International Conference on Next Generation Web Services Practices), and the Indian Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). He holds a doctorate degree in computing science from University of Alberta, and B.Tech and M.Tech in computer science from Indian Institutes of Technology at Kanpur and Mumbai, respectively. He holds a US patent in efficient XML joins.

Srinivas Padmanabhuni's ACM Digital Library author page.


Awards

Call for ACM Award Nominations
Each year, ACM recognizes technical and professional achievements within the computing and information technology community through its celebrated Awards Program. And annually, ACM's award committees evaluate the contributions of candidates for various awards that span a spectrum of professional and technological accomplishments. You and your colleagues are invited to nominate candidates for ACM awards, including:
Awards with November 30, 2011 nomination deadlines:
  • A.M. Turing Award
  • ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences
  • ACM-AAAI Allen Newell Award
  • Software System Award
  • Grace Murray Hopper Award
  • Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
  • Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics
  • Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award
Other Award nomination deadlines:
  • ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award: March 1, 2012
Please take a moment to consider those individuals in your community who may be suitable for nomination. Refer to http://www.acm.org/nominations for nomination guidelines and the complete listing of Award Subcommittee Chairs and Members.


Member Recognition

Call for ACM Senior Member, Distinguished Member, and Fellows Nominations
The Senior Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with professional experience and continuous Professional Membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers. There were 8 Indian Senior Members named in 2011. Please consider nominating an ACM member in your community who you feel merits this recognition. Nominations are accepted throughout the year; the deadline for the current cycle is December 1, 2011. Please see the nomination guide for more information.

The Distinguished Member Grade recognizes those ACM members with professional experience and continuous Professional Membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2012. Please see the nomination guide for more information.

The ACM Fellows Program was established by Council in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves. The deadline for nominations is September 5, 2012. Please see the nomination guide for more information.


Distinguished Speakers Program

Featured ACM European Distinguished Speaker: Shantanu Bhattacharya
The Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP) is one of ACM's most valued outreach programs, providing universities, corporations, event and conference planners, and local ACM chapters with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators from nearly every sector of the computing industry.

This month's featured speaker is Shantanu Bhattacharya. He was in the first batch of Bachelor of Computer Science graduates from Pune University. He followed it up with a post graduate degree in Computer Science. He has spent more than 17 years in the IT industry, during which he has had diversified experience with exposure to global working culture and a complete understanding of the Software Development Life Cycle. He has also been certified as a Senior Licensed Zapthink Architect. He is currently working for Siemens Information Systems Limited in Bangalore, India. In his current responsibility he is leading the Architecture Advisory and Review Board across the organization, among other strategic initiatives. He is also one of the key evaluators and a mentor for candidates undergoing software architect certification. He has extensive experience in the healthcare, e-commerce, information and network security, object-oriented programming, real time programming, declarative programming, and network software development areas. He has filed 13 Invention Disclosures in his career. He has also published several papers in international journals, magazines and conferences.

For more information on Shantanu, please visit his DSP speaker information page.


Upcoming Conferences

GHC India 2011: Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India, December 14–16, Bangalore
GHC India 2011 is the second annual conference to take place in India. The Grace Hopper Celebrations are designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. Leading researchers present their current work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today's technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research and engineering. The technical conference features well-known keynote speakers, panels, workshops, technical posters, birds-of-a-feather sessions and an Awards Celebration. Some topics of the sessions include career strategies; securing startup business funding; transitioning from academia to a corporate environment; intellectual property; gestural computer interfaces; and the role of algorithms in today's technologies. Last year's conference attracted 600 participants from India and other countries. The 2011 conference is expected to attract over 1500 technical women. ACM is the International Association Host of this event.
Follow GHC India on Twitter at #GHCIN!

ACWR 2011: International Conference on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief, December 18–21, Amrita University, Kerala
ACWR 2011 is the first conference of its kind with the goal of bringing together renowned researchers and practitioners with an interest in humanitarian applications of emerging wireless technologies. This inaugural event will offer attendees rare opportunities to experience the global impact of wireless technologies, meet industry leaders, see demos and exhibits, and be enlightened at seminars and tutorials. Learn how wireless technologies can be harnessed to provide solutions to today's environmental, developmental, social, and health challenges.

COMSNETS 2012: 4th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks, January 3–7, Bangalore
COMSNETS 2012 aims to unite researchers from academia and industry, practitioners, business leaders, intellectual property experts, and venture capitalists, providing a forum for discussing cutting-edge research and future directions for networking and communications systems. The program will offer keynote, plenary, and banquet talks; technical papers and posters; a PhD forum; panel discussions; and demos and exhibits. Scheduled eynote speakers are Balaji Prabhakar, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University, and George Varghese, professor of computer science at University of California, San Diego. Co-located workshops include: Mobile India 2012; Energy in Communication, Information, and Cyber-physical Systems (focusing on energy efficiency); Wireless Systems: Advanced Research and Development; and NetHealth 2012 (focusing on networked healthcare technologies).

COMPUTE 2012: Annual Conference of the ACM Pune Professional Chapter, January 23–24, Pune
The ACM Pune Chapter is organizing COMPUTE 2012, a conference held annually in India that will be located for the first time in Pune in 2012. This event will focus on intelligent and scalable system technologies, featuring tracks in Knowledge and Information Retrieval and High Performance Computing. Scheduled speakers include Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Deputy Director General of Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. About 500 computing professionals, academics, and students are expected to attend the three day event, to discuss the current science and technology trends, and celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. Please contact the Organizing Committee for more information.

COMPUTE 2012 will be followed by the ACM India Annual Event 2012, which will be held at Chandrashekhar Auditorium, IUCAA University of Pune, on January 25. ACM India is attended by ACM Turing Award winners, ACM officers, ACM India members, and researchers. Distinguished ACM members scheduled to attend and speak at the 2012 event include 2010 ACM - Infosys Fundation Award winner Frans Kaashoek; N. R. Narayana Murthy, Founder-Chairman of Infosys; ACM President Alain Chesnais; former ACM President Wendy Hall; and ACM CEO John White. Admission to this event is free for ACM members.


Chapters News

Welcome new ACM India chapters!
ACM welcomes these new chapters that were chartered in India this year. Professional chapters:
  • ACM Delhi-NCR Chapter, New Delhi
  • ISOFT ACM Chapter, New Delhi
  • North India ACM SIGACT Chapter, Patiala
Student chapters:
  • A.T.R.I. ACM Student Chapter, Hyderabad
  • ARYA Institute Of Engg. & Technology ACM Student Chapter, Jaipur
  • BITS-Pilani Hyderabad ACM Student Chapter
  • BMCE ACM Student Chapter, Kollam
  • ISI Kolkata ACM Student Chapter
  • KIIT University ACM Student Chapter, Bhubaneswar
  • PVP Siddhartha Inst. of Tech Vijayawada ACM Student Chapter
  • SREC ACM Student Chapter, Chennai
  • SVCE ACM Student Chapter, Sriperumbudur
  • TCET ACM SIGITE Student Chapter, Mumbai
Outstanding ACM Student Chapter: Indian Institute of Technology/New Delhi
Winner of ACM's Student Chapter Excellence Award for School Service 2010–2011, IIT Delhi aims to create interest among students in computer science apart from what they learn in their coursework. Talks and workshops expose students to advanced research, and the newsletter, tech fests, and online and offline competitions conducted throughout the year provide students with many opportunities to showcase their talents and stay motivated. IIT Delhi collaborates with other chapters in the area to publicize events, tapping into social media to disseminate news of activities and events.
ACM Student Chapters in India
ACM Professional Chapters in India



Publications News

Featured ICPS Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the Seventh Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing
ICPS is ACM's International Conference Proceedings Series, which enables conferences and workshops to publish their proceedings in ACM's Digital Library, providing maximum dissemination of the material through electronic channels. In this issue we are featuring the Seventh Indian Conference on Computer Vision, Graphics and Image Processing (ICVGIP), which took place December 12 to 15, 2010 in Chennai. The conference is a continuation of the biannual series of ICVGIPs that originated in New Delhi in 1998. Subsequent conferences have been held in many well-known cities in India. This conference has emerged as one of the premier conferences in India. By adopting the review process and structure (double-blind, use of area chairs, single tracks, etc) that is used in other top-tier vision conferences, ICVGIP is also acquiring a stature as an international conference of solid reputation. The program featured 24 oral presentations, 46 poster presentations, five plenary talks, and a tutorial. The plenary talks on a diverse set of topics were given by well-known researchers from the US, France, Canada, Switzerland, and India.
See the full list of conferences in the ACM ICPS Series.