February 2015

Inside this issue:






Special Training Programme Inauguration
(February 5)
Special Training Programme - Ms. Sudha Murthy Chairperson, Infosys Foundation interacting with the students
(February 5)
e-Yanthra Workshop
(February 6)
Visit of students from Shri Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic, Mumbai.
(February 12)
(February 18)
Talk by Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
(February 18)
Web Observatory Launch Event
(February 17)
Web Observatory - Data Hackathon Event
(February 18)
Talk by Mr. Ashwin Ramesh, CEO, Synup
(February 19)
Secret Sauce event
(February 24)
The I-MACX Accelerator Inauguration
(February 27)
Progress of new hostel building

From the Director's Desk:

February 2015 will be remembered long for initiating three high-impact programmes:

1. Senate and Board approving the start of India’s first Masters Programme in Digital Society starting August 2015, in the education space
2. IIITB hosting India’s first Web Observatory (Professor-in-charge Dr. Srinath Srinivasa), in the research space, that was inaugurated by Prof. Wendy Hall, Fellow of the Royal Society and former ACM President
3. IIITB moving beyond Incubation into an Accelerator Programme in the Mobile Apps and IoT in the incubation space

You will find more details in this edition of the Newsletter.




  • The Dean's list was announced on February 17. The Dean's list honors students for their academic performance. M. Tech. students with CGPA 3.75 or higher, and iMTech students with CGPA 3.60 or higher find a place in the list.

    Following students won the Dean’s List honors:

    MTech 2013
    Amrutha M. (MT2013009), Gopal Shukla (MT2013055), Harsha N. Bhushan (MT2013057), Patil Sanjivani Rajiv (MT2013101), Shivam Upadhyay (MT2013144)

    MTech 2014
    Ankit Arora (MT2014007), Gaurav Pandey (MT2014035), Himanshu Verma (MT2014040), Shah Dhruvik Jitendra (MT2014110), Shifali Chittkara (MT2014112), Shubham Mani (MT2014513)

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

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

    iMTech 2013
    Aditya Sanjay Paliwal (IMT2013004), B. Laasya (IMT2013008), Devarsh K. U. (IMT2013012), Komaragiri Vasundhara (IMT2013018), Kumaresh Krishnan (IMT2013021), Simran Bimal Dokania (IMT2013044)

    iMTech 2014
    Ahmad Shayaan (IMT2014004), Anshul Aalok Gupta (IMT2014006), G. Neha (IMT2014018), Gaurav Koley (IMT2014019), Harsha Raj Kothapally (IMT2014023), Indu Ilanchezian (IMT2014024), Lakshay Jindal (IMT2014029), Meghana Kotagiri (IMT2014034), Tadepalli Sandeep (IMT2014057)


  • IIITB announces a new two-year Masters of Science (Digital Society) programme. This is an interdisciplinary programme intended for candidates with any under-graduate degree who are interested in designing, developing, deploying and managing large ICT solutions for an inclusive and sustainable digital society. Positioned at the intersection of social science and information technology, this unique and innovative programme brings together insights from computer science, data science, information sciences, economics, management, sociology, political science and policy research. The key objectives of the programme are to:
    • Create a group of professionals having a nuanced and multi-dimensional understanding of today’s information age
    • Address the growing needs for capacities in government/corporate/development sectors that require competencies in both technological and social issues
    • Promote innovation and entrepreneurial skills among students

      Call for applications for academic year 2015-16 is now open.
      More details:http://www.iiitb.ac.in/master-science-digital-society

  • The third batch of the Special Training Programme conducted by IIITB with support from the Infosys Foundation was inaugurated on February 5 by Ms. Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation. The programme is designed to develop strong competencies in problem solving and programming in students hailing from socially disadvantaged or economically weaker ​sections of society from all over India. This 9-month long program culminates in a Post-Graduate Diploma in Software Development (PGDSD) of IIITB.
  • e-Yanthra workshop was held on February 6.
  • The 58th Meeting of the Governing Body was held on February 10.
  • The 44th meeting of the Senate was held on February 11.
  • Broadcom conducted an event WICEDbuild at the Institute on February 18, where there was a session on DIY (do-it-yourself) for all things in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. They kicked off a WICEDbuild competition.​ Mr. Rahul Patel, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom Corporation,  Mr. Rajiv Kapur, Managing Director, Broadcom India​ attended the event along with 10 team members.
  • The Web Sciences Lab, IIITB organized the launch event for the first node in India of the worldwide Web Observatory grid, on February 17-18. The Web Observatory is facilitated by the Web Science Trust, a global non-profit institution with a secretariat at the University of Southampton, UK. At present, the Trust leverages web science research resources of the 15 University labs affiliated with the Web Science Trust (WSTnet) including Brazil, China, Korea, Europe and US, and the existing partnerships with W3C and the Web Foundation. The key objective of the Web Observatory is to enable the discovery and sharing of data sets and tools with other observatories around world.
    The two day event started with an official launch of Web Observatory, India by Prof. Wendy Hall, University of Southampton and Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIITB. The launch was followed by talks by distinguished research scientists from both the academia and industry. These researchers discussed how Web Science is emerging along the various dimensions of other previously existing scientific domains, and how the social machines are impacting the society and also, new data management techniques for the big data on the Web were discussed. Around 80 people participated in the workshop from industry and academia. On the second day, a “Data Hackathon” was organized. Six teams took the challenge to solve the problems of polysemy synonyms and of identifying type of noun-phrases from a given co-occurrence graph of noun-phrases from Wikipedia 2006 dump of articles. Following are the Winning team details.

    1st Prize
    Team Name: Whatever
    Team Members: Sanket Patil, Mandar Mutalikdesai, Chinmay Jog, and Rahul Venkat
    Affiliation: DataWeave, IIITB, GE Research

    2nd Prize
    Team Name: Samaritan
    Team Members: Surendra Pratap Singh, and Apoorv Shrivastava
    Affiliation: IIITB

    3rd Prize
    Team Name: NPComplete ninjas
    Team Members: Mayur Dalal, Nishant Goyal, Parth Savjani, and Sumanth Prabhu
    Affiliation: IIITB
  • Mid-Term examinations were held during February 23-28.
  • Confianzys organized an event called Secret Sauce on 'Managing Technology Products' on February 24 at IIITB. The session covered the differences in approach by product firms in the US vs. challenges for product firms in India as well as difference in IT services vs. product mind set.
  • "The I-MACX Accelerator" was inaugurated by Mr. Rohith Bhat (CEO, Robosoft) on February 27. The I-MACX Accelerator is an intensive, 100-day acceleration programme. It focuses on nurturing the social and civic start-ups that are involved in the creation of such socially-relevant technology products and applications. The accelerator works with social start-ups that focus on: healthcare, education, agriculture and culture.
    Also, increasingly the way in which the Institute engages with government is channelled through technology, which means there's a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs to build new, successful, and profitable companies that make the experience more like the consumer web. The accelerator also works with civic start-ups that focus on: government, community, and the interaction between the two. The I-MACX Accelerator aims to help such seed-stage start-ups get the financial, strategic, and operational support they need to succeed.


  • The paper titled "MONTO: A MACHINE-READABLE ONTOLOGY FOR TEACHING WORD PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS", has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Educational Technology and Society. The authors of this paper are Aparna Lalingkar, Prof. Chandrashekar Ramnathan and Prof. Srinivasan Ramani.
  • The paper titled " Service driven Dynamic Hashing Based Radio Resource Management for Intelligent Transport Systems", authored by Subha P. Eswaran and Prof. Jyotsna Bapat, has been accepted for the Springer publication in the Proceedings of the  International Conference on Communication Technologies for Vehicles Nets4car -2015 to be held at Tunisia.
  • The paper titled "Service Centric Markov based Spectrum Sharing for Internet of Things", authored by Subha P. Eswaran and Prof. Jyotsna Bapat, has been accepted for International Conference of IEEE Region 10-TENSYMP-2015 to be held in Gujarat.
  • Sunil Kumar Vuppala’s (PH2009902) views on SMART GRID Research have been published in A&D MAGAZINE in Round Table article on "Revamping the power Industry".
    For details: http://issuu.com/publishi/docs/a_d_dec-jan15/30

IIITB in Media

Faculty & Staff

  • Prof. Debabrata Das has been nominated as Vice-Chairman IEEE Bangalore Section, during AGM on February 15. The Bangalore section of IEEE has 7395 members and IEEE is the world's largest professional association.
    For Details:  http://www.ieee.org   


  • The American Mathematical Monthly (published by Mathematical Association of America) poses monthly problems for readers to solve. Reijul Sachdev (IMT2012036) was one of the few who solved the problem posed by Donald Knuth in the January 2015 issue.
  • Sunil Kumar Vuppala and Prof. G. N. Srinivasa Prasanna presented a Poster titled "OPTIMIZATION OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT UNDER UNCERTAINTY”, at ACM IRISS 2015, Goa on February 5-7.
    For details: http://goa.acm.org/annualevent2015/

Guest Talks

  • February 4: “Consumer Internet Trends, Opportunities and Challenges”, by Mr. Jeyandran Venugopal, Former VP of Cloud Platform Group, Yahoo.
  • February 4: “Safely harnessing remote computing resources across the Internet Programmability and composability of distributed systems in a datacentre”, by Dr. Sachin Goyal, Ph.D. from The School of Computing, University of Utah and BE in Computer Science from BITS Pilani.
  • February 5: "State of the Net: Challenges and Opportunities for Telcos", by Mr. S. J. S. Selvinson, CTO, Bharti Airtel Karnataka.
  • February 18: “Energy Efficient Task Scheduling for Multi-Core Systems”, by Dr. Abhishek Mishra, Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi.
  • February 18: "Evidence based Public Policy in India", by Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
  • February 19: Entrepreneurship”, by Mr. Ashwin Ramesh, CEO, Synup.
  • February 25: “Understanding Large-Scale Magnetic Structure Formation Using Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) of Three-dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic (3D-MHD) Turbulence”, by Dr. Shiva Kumar Malapaka, ERC Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Campus Visitors

  • February 2: Prof. Thomas Ea (Head of International Relations from ISEP University, Paris).
  • February 2: Mr. Kallol Hazra, Managing Director, Indian Operations, Intec Telecom Systems Limited.
  • February 12: A team of 97 students and 7 staff members from Shri Bhagubhai Mafatlal Polytechnic, Mumbai.
  • February 16: Prof. Nitin Patel, Chairman and CTO, Cytel Inc. Cambridge, MA, USA.
  • February 16: Prof. Dik Morling, IET UK.
  • February 20: Dr. Eric Berkowitz, Membership Director, IEEE Computer Society.
  • February 23: 45 students from Kala Vidya Mandir, Mumbai visited IIITB as part of their industrial visit.

  • February 27: Ms. Annie Helen Santhana, Regional Director – Education and Mr. Gopi Shankar, Director – Trade, State Government of Victoria, Australia.
  • March 14: Alumni Day
  • March 16: Online application for admissions to research degree programmes will be open
  • March 18: International Women’s Day celebration event