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.

The Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, along with SRM University AP ACM Student community, brings an excellent opportunity for the students to spend a light-hearted time, filled with fun and excitement. The department is giving away prizes worth Rs. 3000 to the winners of “The Trove Heist”,which is organized on October 18, 2020, at 10 a.m. In this online treasure hunt, the best deals can be stolen by paving the way through amazing mazes, hurdles, and puzzles. Students are urged to hone their grey cells and outshine their peers to win prizes galore.

Department of Corporate Relations & Career Services, SRM university-AP, Andhra Pradesh is presenting a webinar on “Transformation Process of a student to an employee & insights on resume building/digital interviews”. On October 17, 2020, at 5.30 p.m., Mr Rakesh M S, Human Resource, Capgemini, Chennai, will be addressing the students of SRM AP. He holds more than 9 years of experience in Human Resource Management, where he handles and leads HR functions such as HR Operations & Business HR Partner role, along with leading the Fresher’s Batch Management. He has been invited as Guest Lecturer in several Engineering Colleges to provide insights on the transition state of students to employees. His sessions encompass the current scenario, the gaps, the ways to bridge the gaps, the challenges, and do’s & don’ts crucial to the students. Students are recommended to attend the session with Mr Rakesh M S, who will draw practical, in-depth, ground-level examples to decipher the stages of transition. He will also be sharing significant information on resume building and digital interviews, which will help the students to excel in the recruitment drive and grab their dream job offer.

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