I-Care 2012

Following the footprints of our past events, I-CARE 2012 is yet another successful meet for students, academicians and researchers. This year, we introduced two winter schools with I-CARE, to bring together, the students motivated in doing research, and give them a platform to learn and help them identify their research goals. The schools were organized on October 18-19, 2012 at IBM campus in Manyata Embassy Business Park, Bangalore. The main workshop organized on October 20, 2012 at IISc Bangalore, provided an opportunity to the academic community, especially students, to learn about various industry issues (industrial problems), innovative solutions, and new research directions.

IBM has a long-running tradition of research collaboration with our colleagues in academia. The goal of IBM's Collaborative Research Initiatives is to continue strong partnerships with the university ecosystem and ensure open innovation as a means to respond to the changing needs of the world. IBM Collaborative Academia Research Exchange (I-CARE), an annual event initiated in 2009, aims to promote collaborative innovation and explores new ways of fostering a culture of innovation. Here’s a summary of the events conducted in 2012 program:

Winter Schools

This year, we have added 2 Winter Schools in the areas:

  1. Big Data & Cloud Computing
  2. Analytics and Optimization

We have seen tremendous response from students to participate in these schools, more than 200 students from top tier campuses across India sent their application to participate. Chairs finally selected 30 students for each classroom. These are some of bright Masters and Ph.D. students who aspire to pursue research in these areas. The school is intended to provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to get together with industry practitioners and researchers, give an introduction and cover fundamentals in these areas, expose them to some of the most challenging problems faced by the business today, and learn techniques/tools applied to address these problems. These schools

Both the schools covered some of the interesting topics by senior academicians and industry practitioners. Here’s the glimpse of the areas touched in these classrooms:

Analytics & Optimization

Big Data & Cloud Computing

Time Series Analysis
Govindan Rangarajan, Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, IISc
Pankaj Dayama, IBM Research

Classification, Decision Trees, and Ranking
Shirish Shevade, Associate Professor, Dept. of CSA, IISc
Shivani Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Dept. of CSA, IISc
Dinesh Garg, IBM Research

Math Programming and Constraint Programming
N Hemchandra, Professor, Dept. of IEOR, IIT Bombay
S Kameshwaran, IBM Research
Alfiya Tezabwala, IBM Research

Stochastic Optimization and Reinforcement Learning
Shalabh Bhatnagar, Professor, Dept. of CSA, IISc
Munish Goyal, IBM Research

Introduction to Big Data & Cloud Computing and Stream Processing
S Seshadri, Founder, BolTell

Massively parallel data storage systems
S Sudarshan, Institute Chair Professor, CSE, IIT Bombay

Big data platforms and programming models
Sriram Raghavan, STSM and Manager, Big Data, IBM Research - India

Cloud based data analytics
Anupam Singh, VP Technology, MarketShare

Large scale text analytics
Sriram Raghavan, STSM and Manager, Big Data, IBM Research - India

Testing big data systems
Jayant Haritsa, Senior Professor, IISc

I-CARE at IISc

The main workshop at IISc was attended by over 250 Faculties, Students and IBMer’s. This year’s event was planned to be more interactive and informative and we have received an excellent feedback by the participants. Keynote Talks, Panel discussion, Technology Showcase, Poster & Video Presentations were all appreciated by the audience.

Keynote Talks:

Topic: Design of High Integrity Embedded Systems for Control and Monitoring: DAE Perspectives from Safety and Security

Speaker: Dr. B.B. Biswas, Head of Reactor Control Division, BARC

In this talk, Dr. B.B. Biswas discussed about large classes of computer based systems being developed by various DAE units for internal use in instrumentation and control (I&C) of nuclear power plants and information systems. The talk discussed the requirements towards meeting safety and security concerns from system design philosophy and various research requirements and the extramural research initiatives taken by DAE in particular BARC.

Topic: Cheap devices, cloud computing, collaborative innovation: what do all this mean for India?

Speaker: Dr. G Venkatesh, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Sasken

In this talk, Dr. GV explained how India offers some interesting opportunities for exploiting recent trends in low cost devices, cheap data connections and cloud services to create collaborative solutions for the local communities. What is unique about India, and why do we need a different approach for India? What makes India the ideal breeding ground for such collaborative innovation? What are the pitfalls to such collaborative innovation and how do we overcome them? This talk will attempt to explore some of these questions.

Technology Showcase:

This section showcased the collaborative work that got generated through various UR programs like Shared University Research, Faculty Awards, & Remote Mentoring. Theme of presentation in this section was, “Technologies for Social Impact”.

Research Showcase:

Abstracts for Research Poster competition were invited in following 4 Tracks:

  1. Information Management and Solutions
  2. Services for Emerging Countries
  3. Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  4. Next Generation Systems

We received a total of 130 Submissions from 37 Institutions across India. 38 Submissions selected for poster presentation representing 14 Institutions with an acceptance rate of 30%.

Winners in this section are:

Best Poster: ROSHNI: Recreating Optical SigHt by virtually Navigating Indoors Authors: M Balakrishnan, Ankit Kumar, Ashwini Choudhary, Devesh Singh, Dhruv Jain, Dhruv Gupta, Himanshu Meenia, Kartik Singh, Manas Sahu, Mohit Taak, Naman Gupta, Nitin Kamra
Affiliation: IIT Delhi

First Runner-up: Transducer Models of Sliding Window ARQ Protocols for Noisy Channels
Authors: Jay Thakkar, Aditya Kanade
Affiliation: IISc

Second Runner-up: Twit-Digest: A Web based Tool to Analyse and Visualize Twitter in Real-time
Authors: Aditi Gupta, Akshit Chhabra, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru
Affiliation: IIIT-Delhi

  • -Here’s the list of accepted posters at Research Showcase:

    IBM Collaborative Academia Research Exchange I-CARE 2012

    IISc Bangalore I October 20, 2012

    List of videos selected for final presentation at Research Showcase

    Paper Title

    Author(s)

    Affiliation

    Track - I (Information Management and Solutions)

    Twit-Digest: A Web based Tool to Analyse and Visualize Twitter in Real-time

    Aditi Gupta
    Akshit Chhabra
    Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

    IIIT-Delhi
    DTU
    IIIT-Delhi

    The CODD Metadata Processor

    Nilavalgan I
    Deepali Nemade

    IISc Bangalore
    IISc Bangalore

    SEMANTIC COLORING OF PLAN DIAGRAMS

    Bruhathi Hs

    IBM Research, India

    Discovering Coverage Patterns for Banner Advertisement Placement

    Gowtham Srinivas Parupalli
    Krishna Reddy P
    Bhargav S

    IIIT-Hyderabad
    IIIT-Hyderabad
    IIIT-Hyderabad

    Resolution Problems in Community Detection in various Social Networks

    Samridhi Khurana
    Natwar Modani

    IIT BHU
    IBM Research - India

    Hosting Keyword Search Engine inside RDBMS

    Amit Mehta

    IISc Bangalore

    Efficient Constrained Shortest path Estimators

    Ankita Likhyani
    Srikanta Bedathur

    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi

    Is Government a Friend or Foe ? Privacy in Open Government Data

    Srishti Gupta
    Mayank Gupta
    Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

    IIIT-Delhi
    Delhi College of Engineering
    IIIT-Delhi

    Mechanism Design for Resource Critical Crowdsourcing

    Swaprava Nath
    Pankaj Dayama
    Dinesh Garg
    Narahari Yadati
    James Zou

    IISc Bangalore
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IISc Bangalore
    Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Eliciting High Quality Feedback from Crowdsourced Tree Networks using Scoring Rules

    Ratul Ray
    Rohith D Vallam
    Yadati Narahari

    IISc Bangalore
    IISc Bangalore
    IISc Bangalore

    Topic Expansion using the Term Co-occurrence Analysis

    Sumant Kulkarni
    Srinath Srinivasa

    IIIT-Bangalore
    IIIT-Bangalore

    Optimal Incentive Strategies for Product Marketing on Social Networks

    Pankaj Dayama
    Aditya Karnik
    Y Narahari

    IBM Research, India
    General Motors
    IISc Bangalore

    Resource Allocation in the Presence of Strategic Users with Near Budget Balance

    Thirumulanathan Dhayaparan
    Rajesh Sundaresan

    IISc Bangalore
    IISc Bangalore

    Entity-Centric Summarization

    Shruti Chhabra
    Srikanta Bedathur

    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi

    Learning to Propagate Rare Labels for Fraud Detection

    Deepesh Bharani
    Dinesh Garg
    Rakesh Pimplikar
    Gyana Parija

    IIT Delhi
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India

    Towards Efficient Named-Entity Rule Induction for Customizability

    Ajay Nagesh
    Ganesh Ramakrishnan
    Laura Chiticariu
    Rajasekar Krishnamurthy
    Ankush Dharkar
    Pushpak Bhattacharyya

    IIT Bombay
    IIT Bombay
    IBM Research - Almaden
    IBM Research - Almaden
    SASTRA University
    IIT Bombay

    Traffic Congestion Detection

    Ranjana Rajendran
    Aditya Telang
    Deepak Padmanabhan
    Prasad Deshpande

    University of California Santa Cruz
    IBM
    IBM
    IBM

    Track - II (Services for Emerging Countries)

    Computer Vision based Approach for Indian Sign Language Character Detection

    Ajith J
    Niranjan M
    Saipreethy M.S

    Amrita School of Engineering
    Amrita School of Engineering
    Amrita School of Engineering

    Smart Farming : A Step Towards Techno-Savvy Agriculture

    Dr.Mydhili Nair
    Padmashree Bhat
    Priyam Borkotoky
    Shahswathi N
    Suhas K
    Nishant Kulkarni

    MSRIT
    MSRIT
    MSRIT
    MSRIT
    MSRIT
    IBM

    ROSHNI: Recreating Optical SigHt by virtually Navigating Indoors

    M Balakrishnan
    Ankit Kumar
    Ashwini Choudhary
    Devesh Singh
    Dhruv Jain
    Dhruv Gupta
    Himanshu Meenia
    Kartik Singh
    Manas Sahu
    Mohit Taak
    Naman Gupta
    Nitin Kamra

    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi

    Enhanced Query-by-Object Approach for information Requirement Elicitation in Large Databases

    Ammar Yasir
    Kumaraswamy Mittapally
    P Krishna Reddy

    IIIT-Hyderabad
    IIIT-Hyderabad
    IIIT-Hyderabad

    A Framework for Corruption Assessment in Public Services

    Nidhi Rajshree
    Nirmit V. Desai
    Biplav Srivastava
    Anshu Jain
    Anuradha Bhamidipaty
    Kamal Bhattacharya

    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India

    Preserving Date and Time Stamps for Incident Handling in Android Smartphones

    Robin Verma
    Gaurav Gupta

    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi

    Achieving skill evolution through challenging task assignments

    Chandrashekar L.
    Gargi B. Dasgupta
    Nirmit V. Desai

    IISc Bangalore
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India

    Track - III (Programming Languages and Software Engineering)

    Effective testing: A combinatorial approach for improving test efficiency

    Abdul Rauf

    IBM

    Transducer Models of Sliding Window ARQ Protocols for Noisy Channels

    Jay Thakkar
    Aditya Kanade

    IISc Bangalore
    IISc Bangalore

    Exploring a Hybrid Approach to Multi-Objective Decision-Making in Software Architecture

    Smrithi Rekha V

    Amrita University

    Efficiently Scripting Change-Resilient Tests

    Nimit Singhania
    Pranavadatta Dn

    IBM Research, India
    IBM Research, India

    Track - IV (Next Generation Systems)

    Designing Green Database Servers

    Chhabi Sachan

    IISc Bangalore

    Semantic Based Peer To Peer Service Discovery in Cloud

    Apsara Karen S
    Aiswariya J
    Saswati Mukherjee

    CoE Guindy, Anna University
    CoE Guindy, Anna University
    CoE Guindy, Anna University

    Detecting MS Initiated Signaling DDoS Attacks in 3G/4G Wireless Networks

    Aman Gupta
    Tanmay Verma
    Soshant Bali
    Sanjit Kaul

    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi
    IIIT-Delhi

    Energy Efficient Data Center Networks - A SDN based approach

    Dharmesh Kakadia
    Vasudeva Varma

    IIIT-Hyderabad
    IIIT-Hyderabad

    MODA: A Middleware for Policy-aware Adaptive Mobile Data Collection

    Vinay Kolar
    Hemant Kowshik
    Palanivel Kodeswaran
    Ravindranath Kokku

    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India
    IBM Research - India

    Low cost digital transceiver design for Software Defined Radio using RTL-SDR

    Abirami M
    Akhil Manikkoth
    Sruthi M B
    Gandhiraj R
    Dr Soman K P

    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

    ForeCAST: Social-web assisted Predictive Multicast

    Giridhari Venkatadri
    Hemant Kowshik

    IIT Madras
    IBM Research - India

Tech2Share:

Technology based videos were invited in this competition. We received a total of 15 Submissions representing 15 Institutions. Program committee selected 7 Submissions for final presentation at I-CARE with an acceptance rate of 50%. For the first time, we started this contest and received very good response in terms of quality of submission.

Winners in this section are:

Best Video: Lo3 : Low Cost, Low Power, Local Voice and Messaging
Authors: Jeet Patani, Vijay Gabale, Rupesh Mehta, Ramakrishnan Kalyanaraman
Affiliation: IIT Bombay

First Runner-up: The CODD Metadata Processor
Authors: I.Nilavalagan, Deepali Nemade
Affiliation: IISc

Second Runner-up: TALK!: Indian Sign Language Detection System using Gesture Recognition Techniques
Authors: Niranjan.M, Saipreethy.M.S, Ajith.J
Affiliation: Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore

  • -Here’s the list of all accepted videos at Tech2Share:

    IBM Collaborative Academia Research Exchange I-CARE 2012

    IISc Bangalore I October 20, 2012

    List of videos selected for final presentation at Tech2Share

    Video Title

    Author(s)

    University

    Lo3 : Low Cost, Low Power, Local Voice and Messaging

    Jeet Patani
    Vijay Gabale
    Rupesh Mehta
    Ramakrishnan Kalyanaraman

    IIT Bombay
    IIT Bombay
    IIT Bombay
    IIT Bombay

    ChaMAILeon: Simplified email sharing like never before!

    Prateek Dewan
    Mayank Gupta
    Sheethal Shreedhar
    Prof. Ponnurangam K. ("PK")

    IIIT-Delhi
    DCE
    NITK Surathkal
    IIIT-Delhi

    Smart Farming

    Priyam B
    Padmashree Bhat
    Suhas K
    Shashwathi Reddy

    MSRIT Bangalore
    MSRIT Bangalore
    MSRIT Bangalore
    MSRIT Bangalore

    The CODD Metadata Processor

    Deepali Nemade
    I.Nilavalagan

    IISc
    Microsoft

    TALK!: Indian Sign Language Detection System using Gesture Recognition Techniques

    Niranjan.M
    Saipreethy.M.S
    Ajith.J

    Amrita School of Engineering
    Amrita School of Engineering
    Amrita School of Engineering

    WHOIS

    Himanshu Shekhar
    Sudhanshu Shekhar
    Sherjil Ozair
    Dhruv Jain

    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi
    IIT Delhi

    Indian Robot

    MD.ATHIQ UR RAZA AHMED. M
    MANIKANDHAN.A
    REENA JESICCA GEORGE
    BALRAJ

    SAEC, Anna University
    SAEC, Anna University
    SAEC, Anna University
    SAEC, Anna University
    SAEC, Anna University

Panel Discussion:

Prof. Srinath Srinivasa, IIIT-Bangalore moderated the panel discussion on the topic, “Tech Enabled Learning: Bridging the Gap or Losing Focus?”

Recent times have seen a spurt in a number of solutions for technology enhanced learning. So much so that tech enabled learning is often seen as an alternative to conventional classroom education. Examples include Coursera, Stanford's online certification courses, Khan academy, etc. Tech enabled learning is augmented by several open access online knowledge repositories that bring high quality knowledge to the fingertips of anyone with an access to the Internet. These changes have already set in a quiet revolution, where universities and conventional classroom education are undergoing a fundamental transformation. There are significant evidences to believe that technology enabled learning have started to bridge the gap between high citadels of learning and the student population from remote areas. All of these however, are not without its detractors. There is also an increasing concern raised by educators that tech enabled learning is creating a false sense of achievement by favoring on breadth rather on depth. Teachers often complain about students not attending conventional classes and building a local learning community; and instead taking up the same course online, and participate in its online community. There is also disagreement about whether online learning communities are as effective as conventional learning communities inside universities. This panel discussion addressed such a question by encouraging the panelists to put forth their different perspectives on this issue.

This panel discussion was participated by:

Workshop Team

General Chairs

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Track Chairs

Winter School Chairs

Video Track Chair

National University Challenge Chairs

Program Committee