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2008-12-17 : 14th International Conference on Management of Data (COMAD) 2008. Date: 17-19 December 2008.

For over a decade and a half, the COMAD Intl. Conf. on Management of Data, modeled along the lines of ACM SIGMOD, has been the premier international database conference hosted in India. The first COMAD was held in 1989, and it has been held on a nearly annual basis since then (except for a few breaks such as in the years when VLDB and ICDE were held in India). COMAD has always had a significant international participation, with about 30% of the papers being from outside India, including Europe, USA and East/South-East Asia.

The 14th COMAD will be held from December 17-19, 2008, at IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India. Similar to previous years, COMAD 2008 's scope will include not only traditional database areas but also add emphasis on Web, Information Retrieval and Data Mining.

Conference home page: http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/comad/2008/

2008-11-14 : Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya to deliver keynote address at the Asian Language Resources Summit (December 9-11 2008), in Phuket, Thailand.
Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya will deliver a keynote address on "Natural Language Processing and Indian Language Wordnets" in the Asian Language Resources Summit to be held on December 9-11, in Phuket, Thailand.

Wordnets and Ontologies are crucial for large scale system building for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text based Applications including IE and IR. IIT Bombay created the first wordnet for Indian languages in the form of Hindi Wordnet (www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/wordnet/webhwn). Other languages of India also are building this crucial language resource under the leadership of IIT Bombay. Asian Language Summit (ALRS) is a major NLP event bringing together NLP researchers from China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries. One of the major objectives of the summit is to explore avenues for the creation of giant and linked language knowledge structures. ALRS08 will have as its agenda how the Indowordnet can link with other Asian language lexical resources.

2008-10-01 : 1st and 3rd prize for IITB posters at Microsoft TechVista 2008.
Poster by Rhushabh Goradia and Prekshu Ajmera on "GPU-based Global Illumination of Point Models using Fast Multipole Method" wins 1st prize at Microsoft TechVista 2008.

Poster by Prakhar Goyal, Vipul Shingde, Gurulingesh R and Ashish Gudhe on "Merge-by-Wire: Algorithms and System Support" wins 3rd prize.

Out of a total of 16 nominated posters presented, 6 were from IIT Bombay (4 from CSE, 2 from Electrical Engineering).


2008-09-29 : Report of the Summer Workshop on Ontology, NLP, Personlization and IE/IR , conducted by IIT Bombay, is released.
IIT Bombay conducted a Summer Workshop on Ontology, NLP, Personalization and IE/IR sponsored by HP Labs, Bangalore on 16-18th July, 2008. The workshop faculty consisted of renowned experts in their respective fields. The participants were students and faculty of academic institutions from all corners of the country and also researchers from top search engine and NLP industries like Yahoo, Rediff, IBM and MSR.The Workshop addressed the cutting edge technology areas of:
1. Ontology (hierarchical knowledge organization)
2. Bridge between text and Ontology
3. Semantic Relation Extraction
4. Mathematical aspects of Information Retrieval
5. Graphical Models
6. Web Corpora Processing
7. Sentiment Analysis
8. Cross-Lingual Search
9. Summarization

For a full report see http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/documents/onii-report-27-9-08.pdf

2008-09-10 : IBM Technology Day, organized by IBM and IIT Bombay, on September 27, 2008.

In collaboration with IIT-B, IBM is organizing an IBM Technology Day on September 27, 2008. The objective of this event is to bring researchers and practitioners from academic institutions and industry together, and discuss recent research problems and industry pain points in the following areas:

  • Information Management and Retrieval
  • Programming Languages and Software Engineering
  • Distributed Systems and Autonomic Computing
  • Microelectronics and VLSI design

The event opens up a window of opportunity for the student and faculty community of IIT-B and the technical experts at IBM to identify or enhance areas of collaboration. It will have several activities such as talks from IIT-B/IBM/Industry, poster sessions, video games (Nintendo Wii), and quizzes. All students from IIT-B are cordially invited to attend this event.

Please visit the event website for details and registration.


2008-08-31 : Paper by Dvijotham Krishnamurthy, Soumen Chakrabarti, and Subhasis Chaudhuri wins the Best Machine Learning Student Paper award at ECML/PKDD 2008.
The paper titled "New Closed-form Upper Bounds on the Partition Function" by Dvijotham Krishnamurthy, Soumen Chakrabarti, and Subhasis Chaudhuri has won the Best Machine Learning Student Paper award at ECML/PKDD 2008.

2008-08-05 : Two day workshop by Yahoo on Hadoop on August 9-10, 2008.
A two day workshop by Yahoo on Hadoop will be held on August 9-10 , 2008 at the F.C.Kohli Auditorium, Rekhi Building, IIT Bombay.

This workshop will address issues designers and programmers need to consider in developing applications in Hadoop. Hadoop is a framework for running applications on large clusters built of commodity hardware. It is primarily a MapReduce implementation, running on a distributed file system. The objective of the workshop is to help participants, build an understanding of important concepts, and provide opportunities to practice with them.

Day 1: Hadoop basics (running on a single node, running on multiple nodes, writing simple MapReduce programs, running, debugging Hadoop apps).

Day 2: Complete Hadoop Application demo, several advanced topics in Hadoop

Please visit http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~amitsingh/HadoopWorkshop.html for workshop schedule and all other relevant information.

2008-07-28 : GCC Resource Center of CSE Dept. releases its website.
GCC Resrouce Center has been established in Jan 2008 to step up the activities related to the Gnu Compiler Collection in IIT Bombay. Its website (http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/grc) contains a lot of useful information for people interested in studying GCC Internals or trying to port GCC to a new target. The documentation provided on the web site tries to bridge the gap between the conceptual structure of a compiler discussed in standard compiler construction courses and the actual implementation GCC which is an industry strength compiler generation framework.

2008-07-18 : Workshop on Ontology, NLP, IE and IR, July 16th-18th at IIT Bombay. Website : http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/workshop
IIT Bombay will conduct a Summer Workshop on Ontology, NLP, Personalization and IE/IR sponsored by HP Labs, Bangalore at IIT Bombay on 16-18 July, 2008. The workshop faculty are renowned experts in their respective fields from reputed institutes in the country and abroad. The presentations will be in the form of 1-1.5 hr lectures in two sessions- pre lunch and post lunch.

The workshop will address the cutting edge areas of:
  1. Ontology
  2. Text Mining
  3. Semantic Relation Extraction
  4. Mathematical aspects of Information Retrieval.
  5. Graphical Models.
  6. Web Corpora Processing.
  7. Sentiment Analysis.
  8. Cross-Lingual Search.
The website of the workshop is at www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/workshop

Prospective participants are requested to visit the website of the workshop and register online (preferred mode). In view of the fact that there are limited number of seats, it will be prudent to apply early.

2008-07-18 : Hindi Wordnet, a crucial resource for computer processing of Indian Languages, will now be available from Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), the international body for maintaining and distributing lexical resources.
http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Catalog/CatalogEntry.jsp?catalogId=LDC2008L02
Hindi WordNet was developed by researchers at the Center for Indian Language Technology, Computer Science and Engineering Department, IIT Bombay. Wordnets are systems for analyzing the different lexical and semantic relations between words. Specifically, a wordnet is a word sense network in which words are grouped into semantically equivalent units called synsets. Each synset represents a lexical concept, and synsets are linked to each other by semantic relations (between synsets) and lexical relations (between words). Similar in design to the Princeton Wordnet for English, Hindi Wordnet incorporates additional features to capture the complexities of Hindi. This release of Hindi Wordnet consists of 56,928 unique words and 26,208 synsets. Additional information about the development of Hindi Wordnet is available at the Hindi WordNet website . The LDC announcement is at http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Catalog/CatalogEntry.jsp?catalogId=LDC2008L02

2008-05-21 : Hindi Wordnet available from the Linguistic Data Consortium.
Hindi Wordnet, a crucial resource for computer processing of Indian Languages, available from Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC).Hindi WordNet entry at LDC is here.
Hindi WordNet was developed by researchers at the Center for Indian Language Technology, Computer Science and Engineering Department, IIT Bombay. Wordnets are systems for analyzing the different lexical and semantic relations between words. Specifically, a wordnet is a word sense network in which words are grouped into semantically equivalent units called synsets. Each synset represents a lexical concept, and synsets are linked to each other by semantic relations (between synsets) and lexical relations (between words). Similar in design to the Princeton Wordnet for English, Hindi Wordnet incorporates additional features to capture the complexities of Hindi. This release of Hindi Wordnet consists of 56,928 unique words and 26,208 synsets. Additional information about the development of Hindi Wordnet is available at the Hindi WordNet website . The LDC announcement is at http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Catalog/CatalogEntry.jsp?catalogId=LDC2008L02

2008-05-19 : Workshop on Ontology, NLP, IE and IR, July 16th-18th at IIT Bombay. Website : http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/workshop
IIT Bombay will conduct a Summer Workshop on Ontology, NLP, Personalization and IE/IR sponsored by HP Labs, Bangalore at IIT Bombay on 16-18 July, 2008. The workshop faculty are renowned experts in their respective fields from reputed institutes in the country and abroad. The presentations will be in the form of 1-1.5 hr lectures in two sessions- pre lunch and post lunch.

The workshop will address the cutting edge areas of:
  1. Ontology
  2. Text Mining
  3. Semantic Relation Extraction
  4. Mathematical aspects of Information Retrieval.
  5. Graphical Models.
  6. Web Corpora Processing.
  7. Sentiment Analysis.
  8. Cross-Lingual Search.
The website of the workshop is at www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/workshop

Prospective participants are requested to visit the website of the workshop and register online (preferred mode). In view of the fact that there are limited number of seats, it will be prudent to apply early.

2008-05-10 : Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya appointed chairman of the committee monitoring progress of Language Technology Projects in the North East funded by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, India.
Department of Information Technology under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, has funded large scale language technology projects in the North East to develop resources and tools for the languages in the region. Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya is the chairman of the project review and steering group (PRSG) which will monitor the progress of these projects for a period of 24 months.

2008-04-09 : Kameswari Chebrolu and Bhaskaran Raman's paper selected as one of the 'Top Three Outstanding Papers' at IEEE INFOCOM 2008
The paper "On the Feasibility of the Link Abstraction in (Rural) Mesh Networks", Dattatraya Gokhale, Sayandeep Sen, Kameswari Chebrolu, and Bhaskaran Raman, has been selected as one of the 'Top Three Outstanding Papers' at IEEE INFOCOM 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 15-17 Apr 2008.

2008-03-27 : IIT Bombay Teams crack 1st and 2nd positions at Google Product Prodigy competition out of 140 participants.
Vipul Shingde, Sanchit Garg, Prekshu Ajmera and Aman Parnami of DD5 Batch stood 1st at Google Product Prodigy competition. Also, Chinmay Jain, Ankit Gupta and Raghuvar Nadig of Btech4 Batch stood 2nd out of 140 participants.

2008-03-01 : Ms. Shruti Prakash Mahambre, Ms. Shetal Shah, Ms. Uma Sawant and Ms. Neha Singh from CSE dept, IIT Bombay are among the 16 winners of the first Google India women in Engineering Award.
Ms. Shruti Prakash Mahambre, Ms. Shetal Shah, Ms. Uma Sawant and Ms. Neha Singh from CSE dept, IIT Bombay are among the 16 winners of the first Google India Women in Engineering Award. This award recognizes deserving women students in Computer Science and related majors, to inspire them to become active participants and leaders in creating technology. According to Google India, winners were selected on the basis of their academic background and demonstrated qualities of leadership.

2008-02-17 : Biswarup Choudhury/Deepali Singla's poster gets the Best Poster(Honourable Mention) at ACM SIGGRAPH i3D, 2008
Biswarup and Deepali's poster on Fast Color-Space decomposition based Environment Matting was judged the Best Poster(Honourable Mention) at ACM SIGGRAPH i3D, 2008. The judges included Carlo (UCB), Peter-Pike (Microsoft Research), Nelson Max (UC Davis/Lawerence Livermore), Eric Haines (Autodesk).

2008-02-14 : Convergence '08 : Convergence'08 is a two day research-exposure workshop that will focus on current research activities in the area of virtualization. It will be held on 15-16 March, 2008.

Convergence is an annual workshop organized by the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). This workshop is aimed at bringing together experts from the industry and academia working in virtualization technologies to provide an integrated view of their research and experiences, for an audience from the industry, academia and the student community. Over the years, Convergence has attracted enthusiastic participation from faculty members, professionals from industry and students of the top research institutes around the country. The event also receives significant support from the industry every year. It is our sincere endeavor to build a platform for researchers to share their work with the rest of the community. From 2001 onwards, the workshop has seen different themes such as Wireless Communications, Data Mining, Computing Infrastructure in Enterprise Networks, and Databases. This year, we focus on the research in Virtualization.


Visit our web-site for more details.

2008-01-20 : Three day workshop on Natural Language Processing held at CFILT on 16-18 Januray, 2008 with participation from NLP groups of Chalmers University (Sweden) and CSE Department, IIT Bombay.
A three day workshop on Natural Language Processing (NLP) was held at the Center for Indian Language Technology (CFILT), CSE Department, IIT Bombay on 16-18 January, 2008. There were presentations by the NLP groups of Chalmers University, Sweden and of IIT Bombay, led respectively by Prof. K. Prasad and Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya. The former group primarily spoke of their long standing work on Grammatical Formalism, an old framework of NLP, based on functinal programming. The IITB team presented their multi-facted work on semantics, shallow parsing, cross lingual search, wordnets etc. Both the groups will explore possibilities of focussed joint work on NLP.


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