August 2015

Inside this issue:






Inauguration of "M" Space
(August 12)
Dean's list students with faculty members
(August 12)
Student Activity Committee 2015
69th Independence Day Celebrations
(August 15)

69th Independence Day Celebrations
(August 15)

69th Independence Day Celebrations
(August 15)

MoU signing between IIITB and Mphasis
(August 21)

Students from Marathwada Institute of Technology, Aurangabad
(August 24)

Kabir Project Live
(August 26)
MoU Signing between IIITB and Confiansys
(August 27)
Celebration of Onam Festival 
(August 28)

Celebration of Onam Festival
(August 28)

Celebration of Onam Festival 
(August 28)


From the Director's Desk:

August is the month when all the students, new and old, are in the campus -- welcome to all! This year, in addition to the new students in, M.Tech., Master of Science, and Ph.D. programs, we have the students of the new program, M.Sc. in Digital Society, on campus. All classes have started in full swing in August, with the beginning of Term I of this academic year. I take this opportunity to extend a hearty welcome to each and every one of the new students and to wish each of them the very best during their stay at IIITB. 

The Accelerator program at IIITB is making rapid progress. MPhasis has signed a Memorandum of Understanding where they will be funding about 2 crores towards the program. We are grateful to Mphasis management for choosing IIITB to invest.

Senior members from Emc2 visited IIITB during August to discuss research partnership opportunities with IIITB.

You will find more details in the Newsletter.



  • Nandakishore K N (MS2015007) has won the third prize in the Sunday Herald (Supplement of Deccan Herald) short story competition. Title of the story is “Life of PSY”.
  • The Dean’s List was announced on August 12. Following students won the Dean’s List honors

    MTech 2014
    Mansi Sethi (MT2014063), Shubham Mani (MT2014513), Sumanth Bhat (MT2014515).

    Sponsored M.Tech 2014
    Kundan Singh Thakur (SMT2014011), Amit Kapoor (SMT2014002),Amit Sarkar (SMT2014003), Jayakarthick S. (SMT2014008), Siddhartha Mukherjee (SMT2014023), Srinivasula Reddy Hema Sundara Gogi Reddy (SMT2014027).

    Sponsored M.Tech 2013
    Gaurav Kumar Jain (EMT2013007),Giridhar Bachalli Maruthy (EMT2013009).

    iMTech 2014
    Indu Ilanchezian (IMT2014024), G.Neha (IMT2014018), Meghana Kotagiri (IMT2014034), Ahmad Shayaan(IMT2014004), Lakshay Jindal (IMT2014029),Gaurav Koley (IMT2014019),Seelapureddy Venkata Rama Aditya Reddy (IMT2014047).

    iMTech 2013
    B.Laasya (IMT2013008), Kumaresh Krishnan (IMT2013021), Devarsh K. U. (IMT2013012), Simran Bimal Dokania (IMT2013044), Aditya Sanjay Paliwal (IMT2013004).

    iMTech 2012
    Reijul Sachdev (IMT2012036), Anusha P. S. (IMT2012007), Chandan Yeshwanth (IMT2012010), Ananth Murthy (IMT2012004), Tanmayee Narendra (IMT2012046).



  • “M” Space (Makers’ Space) was inaugurated at IIITB by Prof. Debabrata Das (Dean- Academics and R&D) on August 12. This space offers a quite a variety of useful tools and equipments for startup companies.
  • The annual Student Activity Committee (SAC) elections for M.Tech. and M.Sc. was held on August 13, where out of 15 nominees Avinash Kumar Chandrakar (MT2015033), Arjun Sundaresan Iyer (MT2015510),Priyanka Arora (DT2015005) and Anamika Sharma (MT2015009) have been elected.
  • IIITB celebrated the 69th Independence Day on August 15. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Director, faculty and staff members. After the flag hoisting, the Director gave an inspiring speech followed by singing performance by students.  A special movie “Rang De Basanti” was screened as part of Independence Day celebrations. The event concluded with the dance performance (flash mob) on patriotic songs by students and comical skit on "Corruption in developing India".
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  • 47th Meeting of the Senate was held on August 19.

  • The annual Student Activity Committee (SAC) elections for i.MTech. students was held on August 20, where out of 7 nominees, P. S. Srinivasan (IMT2013028), Sriveda Chevuru Reddy (IMT2013047), Tanya Shrivastava (IMT2014058), Yadlapalli Abhijnu (IMT2014065) have been elected.

  • Mphasis, a global technology services provider, announced its partnership with IIITB to support and nurture deserving social enterprises. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 21. IIITB would employ a portion of CSR funds from Mphasis for supporting social enterprises. Through this programme, IIITB will use the CSR funds of Mphasis to help in the development of technology led social enterprises which fit Mphasis’ CSR focus areas across various sectors such as education, disability, vocational skilling etc. In addition to funding, IIITB will also provide focused mentoring services, logistics support and business network support for the incubates.
    For photos:

    For news articles: – Businessworld - Techinasia - The Economic Times

  • ISS (Information Society Student) club at IIITB organized a live programme of Kabir Project by Shabnam Virmani is a filmmaker and artist in residence at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India and Vipul Rikhi, a poet, writer, translator and singer, on August 26. The Kabir Project consists of many on-going journeys exploring contemporary resonances of bhakti, sufi and baul poetry through songs, images and conversations.
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  • IIITB and Confianzys signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 27.

  • The festival of Onam was celebrated on campus on August 28. Students celebrated by making a floral design, "pookalam", on the floor. The ceremony started with lighting of the lamp by Prof. Debabrata Das, Dean-Academics and R&D.  Students arrived in traditional wear for the occasion. Students organized and participated enthusiastically in several fun games, such as bursting the balloon, musical chairs, vadam vali (tug-of-war, which is one of the traditional games for Onam), which were conducted through the day.

Publications, including Presentations

  • The paper titled “A techno-economic study of non-exclusive sharing of radio spectrum for mobile services and associated policy implications" by Prof. Sridhar, V. and Prof. Prasad R. MDI, Gurgaon was presented at X Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management organised by Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore during August 3-5.
  • The Paper titled “Infomediating the Digital Divide: A Case Study of the Sujala Watershed Development Project in Karnataka” by Kavitha Narayanan and Prof. Amit Prakash was presented at the 10th Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management organised by Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore during August 3-5.

  • Gopika Gopan K. (PH2014003) presented her paper titled "Statistical features based epileptic seizure EEG detection - An efficacy evaluation", co-authored with Prof. Neelam Sinha and Prof. Dinesh Babu J, at the Fourth International Symposium on Recent Advances in Medical Informatics (RAMI-2015) held at Kochi during August 10-13.

Faculty & Staff

  • Profs. Amit Prakash and V. Sridhar co-chaired the special track on “Digital Governance” in the 10th Annual International Conference on Public Policy and Management, held during August 3-5 at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.

  • Prof. Jaya Sreevalsan Nair gave an invited talk at C-DAC, Bangalore, on "Focus+Context Techniques to Visualize Big Data" at Data Sciences and Big Data Analytics 2015, a National Training Workshop, on August 7.

  • Report on Consultation on Net Neutrality in the Indian Context: Reality v. Rhetoric, an event at Center for Internet & Society, Bangalore, in April 2015, at   Prof. V. Sridhar had presented at the event.

  • The article titled “The meaning of India’s second IT boom” by Prof. Sridhar, V has appeared in Hindu Business Line on August 18.

  • The article titled “Spectrum sharing: Catching the call drops” by Prof. Sridhar, V. and Prof. Prasad, R, MDI, Gurgaon has appeared in Economic Times on August 19.

  • Prof. Neelam Sinha delivered a talk titled "fMRI analysis using Machine Learning"at the Digital Image Processing workshop, held at Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, during August 21- 22.
  • Profs. Amit Prakash and Janaki Srinivasan were invited to conduct a 1-day workshop on ICT and Development at the Azim Premji University (APU) on August 22. The workshop was attended by students of APU's M.A. (Development) programme.

  • Prof. Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti  delivered the keynote address at the Eleventh International Multiconference on Information Processing (IMCIP-2015) held at Hotel Capitol, Bangalore during August 22-23. The topic of the talk was “Making IT Research Relevant to India.” He was also the Guest of Honour at the inaugural function of the conference.

  • Prof. Purushothaman A., Assistant Professor, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology, Gandhinagar and Prof. C.D. Parikh “A low power low area capacitor array based Digital to Analog Converter architecture,” Microelectronics Journal, vol. 46, no. 10, pp. 928-934, 2015.

  • There are new faces and roles on campus. Details of their joining:
    August 3: Prof. Radha Parikh
    For details:

    August 3: Prof. Peter Chacko
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    August 12: Prof. Chandramouleeswaran Sankaran
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    August 20: Neesha Dutt, Project Staff

Students & Alumni

Guest Talks

  • August 6: “The policy and programmes of the Singapore Government on using ICTs in government agencies” by Mr. Ashok Kumar Seetharaman, Director, e-Government Leadership Centre, National University of Singapore.

  • August 12: "Compact Representation of Images and Videos for Semantic Classification and Large Scale Retrieval" by Mr. Konda Reddy, Ph.D scholar at Video Analytics Lab, IISc, Bangalore.

  • August 12: "Eye of the Dragon: Discriminatively minimalist representations for visual object categories " by Mr. Ravi Kiran, Ph.D. scholar at Video Analytics Lab, IISc, Bangalore.

  • August 12: "Planning your own venture: Understand the 6 Essentials" by Mr. Satish Mantripragada, Adjunct Faculty and entrepreneurship coach at MIT Sloan School of Management.

  • August 26: “Verification of Automated Systems and Controller Synthesis” by Dr.Amit Kumar Dhar, Post-doctoral researcher in Computer Science at Université  Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

  • August 28: “A Stackelberg Game Approach for Improving Participation in Online Educational Forums with Heterogeneous Student Population” by Dr. Rohith D. Vallam, Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Campus Visitors

  • August 19: Dr. Sarv Saravanan, SVP & MD of EMC India and China Centers Dr. Niranjan Thirumale, Chief Technology Officer, EMC India Center of Excellence.

  • August 20: Mr. Arvind Pani Co-Founder Reverie Language Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

  • August 21: Mr. Ganesan Narayanasamy, OpenPOWER leader, Education and Research IBM ISDL.

  • August 24: 41 Students (Final year MCA) from Marathwada Institute of Technology, Aurangabad visited IIITB as part of their industrial visit.
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  • September 5-13: Placement week.
  • September 14: Talk by Prof. Rakesh Mohan Verma (Professor and Director, REMIND Lab, University of Houston and Distinguished ACM Speaker) on "Wireless Sensor Networks: Security, Protocols and Countermeasures" (at 2pm in Room 106).

  • September 15: Launch of E-health Research Center.

  • September 15: Celebration of 16th Foundation day.

  • September 15: pravesh goes live for Ph.D. admissions for January 2016

  • September 17: Celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi