October 2015

Inside this issue:






Broadcom IoT hackathon winners
(October 5-7)

Talk by Dr. Manish Gupta, VP, Xerox Corporation and Director, Xerox Research Center India
(October 9)

IIITB signing an agreement with U Education Management Pvt. Ltd
(October 14)
Prof. Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti took over charge as Men's Hostel Warden from Prof. Brijesh Kumar Mishra
(October 15)
Canara Engineering College - Industrial Visit
(October 16)
The World Food Day 2015
(October 17)

Visit of Sidney Frank, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in India and Mr. Maher Doleh, Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in India
(October 19)

Ayudha Puja
(October 20)

Students who won GoCode hackathon hosted by Goibibo.com

Students who were awarded by The Societe Generale Global Solution Centre

"Code the Future" hackathon winners - Conducted by Wipro Digital
(Please refer to our July newsletter for the news coverage)
DreamWorks Hackathon - Winning Team (Tech Pandas)
(Please refer to our July newsletter for the news coverage)
Winner of 24 hours hackathon conducted by Valonia, IBM, Zorooms, Chefensa, Bhive
(Please refer to our July newsletter for the news coverage)
Visit of Shri Pranab Prakash Das, Hon'ble minister for IT&Energy Government of Odisha
(October 30)


From the Director's Desk:

October is a month of festivals. At IIITB too we had our share of festivities including Ayudha Puja with a week-long examination and a week-long vacation, the students had the much needed break and everyone is back from vacation with full of energy.

Let me wish everyone in IIITB family a very happy Deepavali.

  • Broadcom, India conducted an IoT hackathon at IIITB in February 2015. The students used Broadcom’s WICED kits to implement their ideas. Winners of the hackathon were announced on October 1st by Mr. Rajiv Kapur (M.D., Broadcom) and Prof. S. Sadagopan.  Winners were announced in two categories: concept (cash prize of INR 25000) and prototype implementation (cash prize of INR 1,00,000).
    Project Name: Driver-IQ (Concept)
    Abstract:-“Driver-IQ” system uses Broadcom WICED Sense kit for analyzing driving skills of a person on the basis of events like erratic braking, sharp turns, swerving etc. The system alerts the driver in case of severe events like sudden acceleration, sharp turns etc. and hence reduces possibility of accidents. At the end of ride, a performance report is generated which is useful in improve driving skills.
    Team: Mayank Surana (MT2014064), Pooja Venkatesh (MS2014004), Rishabh Bordia (MT2014512), Sonali Gupta (MT2014514), Mahesh Zanwar (MS2014002)
    Project name: CrowdCom - Crowd sourcing based road pits detection (Prototype)
    Abstract: The main step in making the roads free from pits and potholes is to first locate them. CrowdCom is proposing a crowd sourcing based method of pits detection so that authorities can simply jump start to fixing the roads. The idea is to use the mobile phones of people to improve their own streets and roads. Cars will be attached with ‘WICED Sense’ at a suitable location. As the people drive the cars, they can switch on a mobile app in their mobiles. The accelerometer and gyroscope data of WICED sense is sent to the mobile app using Bluetooth LE. The app collects this data and detects pits/pot holes and tags the data with their locations (using the inbuilt GPS of the mobile). The user can then choose to upload that data to a central server.
    Team: R. Pratesh Kumar Reddy ((MT2014519), D. Nirmal Kumar ((MT2014509),
    S. Mahesh, K (MT2014100), Praveen Reddy ((MT2014050)
    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/P8A13xjsqf5senXy6

  • The Societe Generale Global Solution Centre announced their full scholarships for our 1st year M.Tech. students as part of their SG GSC Talent Scholarship Programme. The scholarship covers entire tuition fee along with hostel and mess expenses. This year the scholarship has been awarded to following well-deserving students:
    Abhinav Anand (MT2015002), Anuj Tomar (MT2015023), Vikas Kumar Pandey (MT2015127),Avik Kumar Sen (MT2015503), Aditya Tiwari (MT2015006), Soni Yash Jitendra (MT2015109), Grishma Ajmera (MT2015047), Raj Chitraxi AjitSinh (MT2015089).
    Alumni from class of 2012 have been supporting one M.Tech student for the past three years in the memory of their batchmate. This year the Jay Savalia memorial scholarship has been awarded to Boggala Prabhakar (MT2015036).

  • Goibibo.com, the largest online hotels aggregator hosted its first hackathon – GoCode, on the HackerEarth platform. The focus of the hackathon was to encourage developers to build innovative apps using travel API’s on the five themes – itinerary planning, event planning, collaborative planning, exploring hotels and personalization. The hackathon saw over 4500 participants for its online version from India's best colleges and companies. Twenty applications were selected for the offline hackathon, which were then judged by an esteemed panel of judges that included CEO of Quikr, CEO of Redbus and Vice President of Flipkart.
    Team Refugees of Fourth year IMTech students from IIITB bagged the first prize (INR 3 Lakhs).
    Team Members: Anubhav Bhardwaj (IMT2012006), Lijo Johny (IMT2012023), V. Abhijay (IMT2012049)


  • IIITB had an entrepreneur connect event during October 5-7, coinciding with the visit of U.K. entrepreneurs. Prof. Sadagopan addressed IIITB students, incubation startups and 40+ entrepreneurs visiting from UK as part of E-Axes 2015. He enlightened the audience with his thoughts on "Bangalore - History, Geography and Technology". The event also included: 
    * Expert talks revolving around Bangalore's ecosystem and the Startup scene in India
    * An interaction session between select IIITB's current and alumni student-entrepreneurs with UK and Indian (IIITB Innovation Center) entrepreneurs
    * Inspirational talks on how entrepreneurs could overcome their challenges (both within / internal and without / external)

  • IIITB hosted SPICMACAY event by H. M. Smitha on Violin and Tumkur Ravishankar on Mridangam on October 7.

  • Mid-Term exams for all the batches were held during October 12-17.

  • On October 14, IIITB signed an agreement with U Education Management Pvt. Ltd. to jointly offer an online Post Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics through UpGrad portal. UpGrad is an online higher education platform to provide rigorous industry relevant programs designed and delivered in collaboration with world-class faculty and industry. IIITB was represented by Prof. Sadagopan and U Education by Mr. Mayank Kumar (Co-Founder and CEO).
    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/PsKvbchMQB1oeY959

  • Prof. Sujit Kumar Chakrabarti took over charge as Men's Hostel Warden from Prof. Brijesh Kumar Mishra on October 15.

  • Mid-Term break for all the batches was during October 18-25. After the mid-term break classes resumed on October 26.

  • IIITB celebrated Ayudha Puja on October 20.
    For Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/4o8JqrCnDAV25kiR6

  • IITB hosted I-AXES 2015, an investor connect event during October 27-30 for our Cube and Axle Startups. Around 10 of our startups received advice on their fund-raising strategy and presenting their ventures to the visiting investment funds and investors - Unitus Seed Fund, StartupXSeed, Axilor Ventures.

Publication including Presentations

  • Asha Subramanian (PH2013001) presented her paper titled “Inferencing in the Large : Characterizing Semantic Integration of Open Tabular Data” at  International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. She also won a travel grant of US$1570 from the conference organizers for attending the conference to present her paper.

IIITB in Media

City, now capital of communicable diseases, says Health Minister

Consultative workshop on National Urban Health Mission in Karnataka


UGC aims for industry-ready grads

Generation UK-India: Digital India

Faculty & Staff

  • Prof. Sadagopan gave keynote on Evolution of Bangalore Software ECO System to UK digital India on October 5.

  • The article titled “Digital India needs to go local” by Prof. Amit Prakash has appeared in The Hindu on October 5.

  • Dr. Aastha Madaan delivered an invited talk entitled “The Promise of Web Science” at Delhi University, New Delhi on October 5.

  • Prof. Sadagopan attended the Industry Interactions Programme during the visit of Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany and Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India on October 6.

  • Dr. Aastha Madan is currently working with Web Science Trust at University of Southampton, UK during October 9, 2015 - January 8, 2016 as Visiting Scholar.

  • Prof. Amit Prakash was invited to deliver a talk on “Social media for development and governance” at a capacity building workshop organized jointly by the United Nations Asia Pacific Centre for ICT and Development (UN-APCICT/ESCAP) and Sri Lanka's Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) during October 5-8, at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop was attended by Members of Parliament, Ministers and Heads of Department of the Government of Sri Lanka.

  • The article titled “How app-based taxis are advantageous” by Prof Sridhar V has appeared in Deccan Herald on October 8. http://www.deccanherald.com/content/505099/how-app-based-taxis-advantageous.html.

  • Prof. S. Rajagopalan shared his thoughts on the emerging innovation ecosystem in India at the India-UK tech workshop at ITC Windsor on October 14. The attendees of the workshop included thought leaders from Nesta, Indian Institute of Science, Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford, NCBS and others; British Deputy High commissioner, and GoK Minister of Industry.

  • Prof. Chetan Parikh presented a two-hour tutorial on "Designing an amplifier with bipolar transistors" for the second year Telecommunication Engineering students of the BMS Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, on October 17.

  • The World Food Day 2015 was celebrated on October 17 at Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Bangalore with the joint collaboration of IAT Bangalore, Department of Agriculture and AME Foundation, Bangalore under the Chairmanship of Dr. K. V. Sarvesh, President, IAT, Bangalore.  The theme for the year is Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.  Dr. R. N. Srinivasa Gowda, Former Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Science University Bangalore inaugurated the programme. Mr. V. S. Prakash, Registrar, IIITB and Dr. Prakash Kammaradi, Chairman, Agricultural Price Commission, Government of Karnataka were the Chief Guests on the occasion.

  • The article titled “Roti, kapda aur makan: the startup story” by Prof. Sridhar V., and Raja, S.R. (AVP, Persistent Systems) has appeared on youstory.com on October 14. http://yourstory.com/2015/10/roti-kapda-makkan-startup-story/

  • Prof.Subajit Sen visited the Center for Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) of the Electrical Engineering department of Cambridge University during October 26-November 5. He had discussions with faculty and Ph.D. students involved in research into Energy Conversion & Storage, Energy Harvesting, Sensors and IoT under the leadership of Prof. Gehan Amaratunga.  Mechanisms for collaboration in SC-based DC-DC converters and Energy Harvestors for an IoT platform being developed at Cambridge were discussed.  He also gave an invited talk on Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters.
  • Book Reviews of The dynamics of spectrum management: Legacy, Technology and Economics co-authored by Prof. Sridhar V. in Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers, (2015), 40(3) 388–391.Telecommunications Policy, article in press.

  • Prof. Jyotsna Bapat gave a talk on "Context Aware Homes" at IBM I-CARE 2015 on October 29 in Bengaluru.

Students & Alumni

Academic Milestones

  • October 15: Gopika Gopan K. (PH2014003) Comprehensive Examination (Ph.D.)

  • October 16: Anushka Chandrababu (PH2012001) Comprehensive Examination (Ph.D.)

Guest Talks

  • October 9: “Transformational Opportunities for Healthcare enabled by Information Technology” by Dr. Manish Gupta, VP, Xerox Corporation and Director, Xerox Research Center India.
  • October 28: Guest talk by Mr. Ramana Gogula, Sybase (Former MD).

Campus Visitors

  • October 6: Dr. Michael May, Head of Technology Field, Business Analytics & Monitoring (BAM) of Corporate Research and Technology Center, Siemens AG since.

  • October 7: Ms. Gayna Williams, Founder, If She Can I Can, Co-Founder at UX Careers Unlimited, Founder at Swash Consulting visited IIITB to talk to women and learn about their experiences, and understand how it is different from that in the US. She also shared some of her own experiences about working women in the US.

  • October 13: Mr. Jayesh Chakravarthi,Country Head for the IT Division, at Fidelity India

  • October 15: Consular Official and a Consular Assistant of Canada

  • October 16: Canara Engineering College - Industrial Visit
  • Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/kmtP2f41YSG8eXcB9

  • October 19: Mr. Sidney Frank, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in India and Mr. Maher Doleh, Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in India.

  • October 19: Mr. Utkarsh, MD - Infinera.

  • October 30: Visit of Shri Pranab Prakash Das, Hon'ble minister for IT&Energy Government of Odisha; Shri Pradeep Jena, Principal Secretary IT, Government of Odisha; Shri Bhaskar Sarma, CEO, Odisha Computer Application Centre; Shri M. N. Vidya Shankar, IAS (R), President, IESA, Former Additional Chief Secretary, GoK
    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/acSg5woNXoNKk8at5
  • November 21: 61st meeting of the Governing body.