The second chapter of the Orientation Programme 2020 organized by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh for Freshmen 2020 will have Dr Vangeepuram Sreenatha Chary as the next motivational speaker to deliver a talk on October 28, 2020 at 10.45 a.m. He is a Guinness World Record holder in the English language, national service, and soft skills. He also holds an Asia Book Record, India Book Record, Limca Book Record, And Telugu Book Record. After completing his Ph.D. in English Language from Osmania University, he became a motivational speaker and English language trainer having police personnel, journalists, and personnel from IT companies as his trainees.

Dr Vangeepuram Sreenatha Chary is also a newspaper columnist, and a reputed writer of the book which entered into the “8th Annual Edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”, United Kingdom. Further, he is seen on popular news channels offering his views on several issues of common interest. Being a strong believer of the notion: “One can make some difference, but together we can change the world”, he revels in sharing his vast knowledge and skills for a wonderful global tomorrow.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has arranged the University Distinguished Lecture Series 02 on October 31, 2020 at 3 PM. Prof N Balakrishnan, Super Computer Education and Research Centre, Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bengaluru will be delivering a lecture on Data to Discovery in Information Security during the webinar. The guest speaker is a visiting professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Institute for Software Research International, and Carnegie Mellon University. Also, he is the director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, and the Data Security Council of India. The Government of India honoured him with the civilian award of Padma Shri in 2002.

Presently, Prof N Balakrishnan is heading the National Supercomputing Mission of India approved by the Government of India. In addition, he is a former member of the National Security Advisory Board and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India along with being the former Deputy Managing Director of El Forge Ltd. Further, he held the posts of a director at C-DOT Alcatel Lucent Research Centre, Bharat Electronics, and Central Bank of India. Most prominently, Prof N Balakrishnan is renowned for his contribution in the establishment of the National Centre for Science Information, and Supercomputer Education Research Centre, in 1984, and 1994 respectively, at the Indian Institute of Science.

During his lecture, Prof N Balakrishnan will focus on demonstrating the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in discovering the ever-increasing quantity of data in computer networks. Splitting his lecture into two segments, Prof N Balakrishnan will initiate the session by describing the concept “Revenge of Silicon” that clearly establishes the inevitability of the birth of big data and AI. Further, he will share insights regarding his research on the use of ML in handling large volumes of network data to enhance the performance of Intrusion Detection Systems, detecting structured botnets at infrastructure level traffic, malware detection, and classification for offline and online streaming data. Proceeding with the talk, he will dedicate the second half of his lecture in explaining Influence maximization and mobility, and churn prediction for a large population of a city which depend on large volumes of data from social media and Call Data Records (CDR). These concepts have significance in establishing smart cities, smart businesses, and smart economy.

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After the success of the entrepreneurial talk by Ms Anita Sakuru in the first edition of the Orientation Programme 2020, Ms Anita Sakuru has been earnestly requested by SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh to inspire and enlighten the audience in the 2nd Orientation Programme 2020. Ms Anita Sakuru will be conducting the session with the Freshmen 2020 on October 27, 2020, at 10.45 a.m. Ms Sakuru is prominently known for her flair for entrepreneurship and innovation. She is the co-founder of Pragma Inc, an IT consulting firm founded in 1995. She served as an Executive Vice President for Kenexa and was instrumental in the IT transformation of the company. She has produced and judged a startup show on TV5 named Startup Junction. In addition, Ms Sakuru, is currently a chapter head for 50k ventures, a network that funds startups.

The inspirational talk series during the second edition of the Orientation Programme designed for Freshmen 2020 by SRM University- AP, Andhra Pradesh will commence with a session by Dr Manda Chiranjeevi Das on October 26, 2020, at 10.45 a.m. Dr M C Das is a coveted Management Consultant who owns a certificate in Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in addition to certificates in Counselling, Communication Media, Transactional Analysis, Radio & Journalism, and Effective Classroom Communication. He is a Visiting Professor at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Krishna University, K L University, and Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence along with being a Professor Emeritus and Dean of Management Studies at SRK Engineering College.

Dr M C Das is a Management Consultant at Ramesh Hospitals, and is experienced in training personnel engaged in the Department of Police, Revenue, Transport, APSRTC, APGENCO, Banks, College and School, and other Public and Private Sector Organizations. Being an active member of many literary and cultural organizations in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, a member of the Forum for Child Rights, and the negotiator of the Anti-hijacking Committee of Vijayawada Airport, he is committed to the service of rehabilitating street children.

Dr M C Das writes articles in Andhra Prabha, Indian Express, The Hindu, Hans India, Sakshi, etc. He is the Editor of Chamber News, actor, and director of Telugu Drama, staging hundreds of performances. During his previous session in the first chapter of the Orientation Programme, 2020, Dr M C Das inspired the students immensely by urging them to be passionate about their education. Similarly, the students are recommended to attend his session to feel motivated to achieve their career goals.

Department of Corporate Relations and Career Services, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is organizing a session on “Career Through Social Media”. Mr K S Siddesh Ram has been invited as a guest speaker to address the audience during this session on October 24, 2020, at 5.30 PM. He has a gamut of experience in the Corporate Human Resource for over 20 years. Presently, he is the Director of Human Resource at AUGRAY, and earlier, he was the Vice President for KRDS, a leading Social Media & Mobile Agency.

Mr K S Siddesh Ram has demonstrated leadership in a broad spectrum of HR functions including Talent Acquisition, Man Power Planning, Policy & Processes, Compensation & Benefits, HRIS, Talent and Performance Management, Leadership Development, Employee Relations & Engagement, Statutory Compliance, Rewards & Recognition, and Legal Administration. Further, Mr K S Siddesh Ram purposes to elevate and educate the “fresh blood in colleges” on how to use “Social Media Platform” to accelerate career growth. He has given lectures in many colleges on various genres pertaining to Corporate World, Fresher’s Need, HR, Management, and others.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is delighted to announce that C Kutumba Rao will be conducting a session titled “Global Financial Scenario in 2020” on October 23, 2020, at 5.00 PM. C Kutumba Rao is a resourceful and ambitious market analyst/economist with an extensive understanding of financial markets/economic theory and its practical implications. His ability to identify emerging economic trends and issues, understanding of economic relationships, knowledge of interest rates, taxation, and employment levels, enables him to provide a clear explanation of financial information along with effective recommendations.

After joining as a Sub-Broker in the Hyderabad Stock Exchange in 1991, C Kutumba Rao became the Director of M/s PL Stock & Share Broker Pvt Ltd-Member of Hyderabad Stock Exchange and the Director of Hyderabad Stock Exchange Ltd between 2011-2013. In addition, he is the writer of the popular column “Market Khabar” in Deccan Chronicle, columnist of “Market Khabarein” for Hans, and Presenter of business and stock market live shows in popular TV channels such as TV 5, TV9, Mahaa TV, ETV, NDTV, India Today, and others. Further, he is the former Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Planning Board, and is presently the Director of Global Forum for Sustainable Transformation.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is orchestrating a five-day online Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on “Recent Advancements in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence” from November 2, 2020, till November 6, 2020. The programme will be split into two sessions, where the first session will be held from 9.30 AM to 11 AM, and the second session will commence at 11.30 AM and end at 1 PM. During the FDP, Resource persons will be sharing knowledge during the morning sessions of the FDP to inspire, and mentor the faculty. Among the venerated speakers, Prof Dipti Prasad Mukharjee, Professor, Electronics and Communication Sciences Unit, ISI Kolkata, India will be delivering a lecture on “Machine Learning Techniques for Computer Vision”. Further, Dr V Masilamani, Associate Professor, Computer Engineering, Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India, will be sharing insights on “Machine Learning for Image Quality Assessment”.

Moving ahead with the FDP, Dr Deepak Mishra, Associate Professor & Head, Avionics Department Indian Institute of Space Technology (IIST), Trivandrum, Kerala, India, will host a session on “Machine Learning Applications in Remote Sensing”. Another session will be held on “Object and Image Memorability Analysis using Deep Learning Approach” by Dr Arjit Sur, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati, India. In addition, Dr A Vadivel, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, has been requested to conduct a session on “India Facial Expression Classification Using Machine Learning”. Apart from this, Dr Amal Dev P, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati, India will be discussing the “Applications of AI in Computer Graphics”.

Dr Deepak Ranjan Nayak, Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering, MNIT Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, will be speaking on “Medical Image Processing using Deep Learning” whereas, Dr Sanjay Kumar Panda, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, NIT Warangal, Telangana, India have chosen the topic “Case Study of Machine Learning: Recommender Systems” for his lecture during the FDP. Also, the department of CSE will be welcoming Dr Subhankar Mishra, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar, India, and Dr Jatindra Dash, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, India, to deliver a talk on “Secure and Private Machine Learning”, and “Texture Classification using Machine Learning”, respectively. Post graduate and research students, along with faculty across various institutions with background knowledge in Computer Science and/or Electronics Engineering are urged to attend the FDP to augment their horizon of knowledge, and receive an e-certificate on successfully completing the entire five-day FDP.

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Dr Manikandan V M
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr Sobin C C
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof A K Sood on “Doing Science Without Borders”: Collaboration and curiosity among researchers will lead to impactful multidisciplinary solutions of the 21st century

The first University Distinguished Lecture Series on “Doing Science Without Borders” commenced with an inaugural welcome speech by Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, and Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. Prof V S Rao expressed their gratitude to Prof Ajay K Sood for his gracious presence. In addition, Prof Narayana Rao emphasized that under the University Distinguished Lecture series the talks will be delivered by eminent scientists from India and abroad that would be of immense benefit for students and the faculty and researchers. He further mentioned, “Doctors, researchers, engineers and scientists from several fields of knowledge around the world worked together to confront corona outbreak with an unprecedented spirit of collaboration. Also, NEP advocates and emphasizes that the societal need of the 21st century require broad-based multidisciplinary research and education”.

Prof Ajay K Sood, Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS and Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, narrated three stories of his recent experiments and advanced research work, namely “Emergent flocking behaviour seen in nature: Laboratory experiments”, “Crystallization of Glass: Machine Learning in condensed matter Physics”, and “Bacterial Nano Heat Engine: Getting bacteria to work”. He begins by stating that back in 1944, a profound physicist Schrodinger introduced the concept of “aperiodic crystal” which led to the understanding of genetic molecules, enunciating the importance of inter-disciplinary applications of scientific works. In his first narrative, he speaks of the flocking movement among birds, bacteria, locusts, and human beings as well. He brought the same experiment in his laboratory where he used 2 particles, energized them, and identified their flocking pattern. He observed that the velocity of movement between the two particles differ, which can be applied to particle sorting. This experiment has applications in biology, where bacteria and/or cells can be sorted and separated and also in autonomous cars.

While explaining his second experiment, Prof A K Sood mentioned that he studied the devitrification or the tendency of glass particles to crystallize over time to reach a state of stability from its metastable state. He used supervised Machine Learning to predict where crystallization will occur in glass. His team trained the system to identify the hard and soft particles of the glass. His experiments concluded that Machine Learning (ML) helps in identifying the soft particles, which possess the tendency to move and crystallize over a long period of time. Further, Prof A K Sood and his team of collaborators developed bacterial nano heat engines by mimicking the biological motors in our body which produces energy for living beings to function. Using bacterial activity, they made heat engines and are advancing their research work to recognize the practical applications of the nano heat engines in cars, batteries. The bacteria heat engines is a highly promising technology of the future.

Prof A K Sood narrated his laboratory stories to explicate the splendor of multidisciplinary research which can be used to solve basic problems. He said, “The key to successful scientific research is to collaborate with experts beyond their own domain. Communication and appreciation of views of an open mind enable the scientists to understand the various phenomena. Students and researchers should be curious which will lead to research having various interdisciplinary applications that will make an impact across various domains.”

About thousand participants from IISc,IITs, NITs,IIITs, IISERs, several Indian Universities including University of Hyderabad, Delhi University, NEHU, Pondicherry University, Punjab University; a few foreign Universities including KAUST, Saudi Arabia, Nagoya University, Japan, Zhejiang Ocean University, China, Teesside University, UK, several Engineering Colleges; National Laboratories of DST, DBT, CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, ICMR, BARC, JNCASR, ARIES, ARCI; industries including ARBL, Tata Steel have attended the distinguished lecture given by Prof Ajay Sood.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is organizing University Distinguished Lecture Series. The first edition of the series is arranged on October 17, 2020, at 3 p.m., where Prof Ajay K Sood, Fellow of the Royal Society, FRS and Honorary Professor, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, will be delivering a lecture on “Doing Science Without Borders”. In the recent times, humanity is facing several challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and energy and food crises. Scientific and evidence-based inputs from various disciplines of natural science, engineering, as well as humanities is essential for the world to thrive.

This inter-disciplinary approach with active collaboration amongst experts across different spheres will assist in synthesizing a complete understanding of the issues. Prof Ajay K Sood will speak on his recent works such as “Emergent phenomena of flocking seen in birds, fishes and humans”, “Machine learning in understanding a few century-old problem of devitrification of glasses”, and “Making of nanoscale bacterial heat engines”. Drawing examples from his aforementioned works, Prof Ajay K Sood will narrate the power of collaboration in doing creative basic science.

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Department of Student Affairs organize “An insight to AIESEC” Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has organized a webinar, where Aaditya Jain, Fourth Year, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Business Unit Head: AIESEC in Amaravati, will be hosting a session on “An insight to AIESEC”. As the world’s largest youth-run organization present in over 125 countries, International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC) provides cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchange programmes to the youth. 6 students of SRM AP have successfully completed their internships through AIESEC in Greece, Egypt, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam to work on Website Development, IT, Business and Marketing, Explore, and Mechanical Projects. Students of SRM AP are encouraged to join the session on October 10, 2020, at 5 p.m. to know more about the internship programmes that would assist them to emerge as global professionals.