ACM India Research Board (AIRB)

What is AIRB?
ACM India Research Board (AIRB) is a community of academics, researchers, and others who care deeply about enhancing the quality and the quantity of computing research done in India, particularly in the academic institutions. The Indian computing academic community is strong and has grown significantly in the recent years. While it is gratifying to see its growth, there is a lot more we can achieve, given the keen interest in CS among the students. Concerted action by all concerned is necessary in the future for research in India to reach the quality and recognition it deserves.

The Research Board is set up as a group within ACM India, which is a volunteer organization committed to advancing computing as a science and a profession in India. It is presently a collection of volunteers who are passionate about its goals and are enthusiastic in working towards achieving them.

What are AIRB's objectives?
The first goal of AIRB is to build a sense of community among the computing researchers in the academia and the industry in India. It aims to slowly become the voice of the Indian computing research community. This should facilitate interfacing with all sections of the society relevant to computing research: Government, Industry, Academic Institutions, and Students.

The CS research community should come together and work towards a planned and accelerated course in the future. A lot can be achieved by strategizing among ourselves towards a common plan. AIRB is keen to facilitate the coming together through specific activities and actions.

What are AIRB's activities?
The following activities have already been initiated by ACM India in the domain of research promotion:

  • ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • PhD Production Survey
  • Conference Travel Grant Scheme
  • Faculty Summit
  • MSR-ACM India Academic Research Summit

How can you help?
AIRB seeks ideas and active participation of all in furthering AIRB's mission. As a first step, AIRB has started to reach out to the Head of the Department and/or other relevant individuals of the departments with productive research programmes in computing areas. Subsequently, all academic institutions with strong teaching or research in relevant areas will be approached with the request to participate seriously in AIRB's efforts.

Who is involved now?
AIRB is eagerly looking for more hands to help its activities. The following individuals are presently involved in different capacities, with strong support from ACM India as well as their respective institutions.

AIRB Chair: P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT Hyderabad

ACM India President: Abhiram Ranade, IIT Bombay

DDA Coordinator: Supratik Chakraborty, IIT, Mumbai

PhD Survey Coordinator: Dr. Gautam Shroff, Vice President and Chief Scientist, TCS Research

Travel Award Coordinator: Madhavan Mukund, Chennai Mathematical Institute

Whom can I Contact?
Please use the email airb@india.acm.org or ResearchBoard@india.acm.org to communicate to the ACM India Research Board.

About the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation(s) in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. There will be one award in 2014. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash component of Rs 2,00,000. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared equally among the recipients. The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page lists the current and past winners of this award. Details on the process and the jury are available here.

About the ACM Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and Information Technology
The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and then use it to identify useful trends. This exercise was motivated by the Taulbee report in the US. The study aims to include all institutions which have a PhD program in CS/IT.

About the IARCS-ACM India Student Conference Travel Awards
Since 2014, ACM India has collaborated with the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) to provide travel grants to students from Indian universities and institutions for presenting papers at international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

Faculty Summit
On 15 February 2018, iSIGCSE and CSPathshala events were conducted. The iSIGCSE Faculty Summit highlighted how ACM-IEEE CS2013 syllabus can be adopted by institutes to bring in uniformity in preparing courses taught such as in defining learning objectives of courses and assessment methodology. CSPathshala session included experiences shared by some of the local schools which started to adopt their curriculum as part of the pilots.

MSR-ACM India Academic Research Summit
Microsoft Research (MSR) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) India co-organised the third (2018) edition of the Academic Research Summit, in partnership with International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad. The agenda included keynotes and talks from distinguished researchers from India and across the world. The summit also had sessions focused on specific topics related to the theme of Artificial Intelligence: A Future with AI. The audience at the summit comprised faculty and research scholars from top engineering institutes across the country and representatives from industry and the government.

PhD Production Surveys

The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and then use it to identify useful trends. This exercise was motivated by the Taulbee report in the US, and Gautam Shroff, Vice President and Head, TCS Research, Tata Consultancy Services, has been leading this year’s survey. Based on the inputs and experience from the survey conducted in last couple of years, the survey and report for academic year 2016-17 has been incorporated.

Annual Academic Research Summit

Microsoft Research (MSR) and ACM India co-organize the Academic Research Summit. The agenda includes keynotes and talks from distinguished researchers from India and across the world. The audience at the summit comprises faculty and research scholars from top academic institutes and representatives from industry and the government.

ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation(s) in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. The award consists of a plaque and a cash component of INR 2,00,000. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared among the recipients.