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2009-12-24 : Manthan Award for 2009 for Hindi Wordnet
Hindi Wordnet- which forms the foundation for multilingual dictionary and WSD and Indowordnet and a workof 24 man years- has been conferred Manthan Award 2009, the South Asia award for best practices in ICT for Development.
Click here for more information.

     The award- instituted by Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India- has been conferred since 2003 on efforts that advance the cause of digital empowerment. Nominations are received from all over South Asia. This year there were close to 400 nominations in different categories like e-governance, e-learning, e-localization etc. 45 amongst these received the award this year. The award ceremony took place on 19/12/2009 in NCUI Auditorium, Siri fort Area, New Delhi. Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology was present. For Hindi wordnet, the award citation observed that Hindi Wordnet and Associated Software developed at IIT Bombay under the supervision of Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya by a team consisting of Prabhakar Pande, Laxmi Kashyap, Dipak Narayan, Debasri Chakrabarty Akshay Uke and many past researchers and students has led to digital empowerment for Indian languages. One of the important developments based on the Hindi wordnet is the set of other language wordnets. Marathi wordnet is already quite mature and we hope make it download ready in about a year. Sanskrit wordnet work is continuing with its additional depth and challenges. Besides these, work on North East wordnets, Dravidian wordnets and Indradhanush wordnets (Punjabi, Oriya, Gujarati, Bangla and Konkani) have started/starting. Fifth International Global wordnet conference to be held at IIT Bombay will see many of these efforts presented.

2009-12-16 : Workshop on Geospatial Information for Developing Countries: Science and Technology, Dec. 16--18, 2009.

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), IIT Bombay, and Department of Computer Science, University of Minnesota, USA under the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have planned a 3-day workshop on "Geospatial information for developing countries: Science and Technology" to discuss state-of-art in GIS technologies, understand the challenges in applying them to problems in developing nations, and set future research directions.

2009-12-03 : 5th International Conference on Global Wordnet to be held at IIT Bombay, Jan 31-Feb 4, 2010.
Global Wordnet Conferences are biennial events that see researchers of NLP- especially ontology, lexicon, disambiguation and translation- gather for deliberations on latest findings. After its occurrences in Europe last several times, the conference has come to India, due to IIT Bombay's prominence in NLP research (www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in).

Organizing Chair: Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya
The event will be held Jan 31 to Feb 4, 2010. Research on various NLP tasks in many languages- including Indian- will be presented in the event. One highlight of the conference is the set of papers on major Indian language wordnets which IIT Bombay has helped develop.

Please click here for list of accepted papers, invited speakers and social events.

2009-11-19 : Department Faculty Program Committee co-chair World Wide Web 2010 and Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2009 conferences.
Soumen Chakrabarti is Program Committee co-chair for the WWW 2010 conference and Sunita Sarawagi was the Program Committee co-chair for the KDD-2009.

2009-09-07 : Fifth International Conference of the Global WordNet Association (GWC2010) to be held at IIT Bombay (31st Jan to 4 th Feb 2010).
The Fifth International Conference of the Global WordNet Association (GWC2010) will be held at IIT Bombay from January 31, 2010 to February 4, 2010.
Please visit the website of the conference at http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/~gwc2010.

2009-09-07 : Prof. D.B. Phatak amongst recipients of the IITB Excellence in Teaching (2009) award.
The 'Excellence in Teaching' awardees for 2009 are:
1. Prof Vikram Gadre, Electrical Engg.
2. Prof. M.K. Srinivasan, Mathematics.
3. Prof V. Sethi, Environmental Science and Engg.
4. Prof J. Vasi, Electrical Engg.
5. Prof P.S.V. Nataraj, Systems and Control.
6. Prof D.B. Phatak, Computer Science and Engg.
7. Prof R.B. Sunoj, Chemistry.

2009-09-01 : Prof. Sudarshan, Prof. Soumen Chakrabarti, Prof. Sunita Sarawagi, Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya and their students amongst recipients of the IRCC-2007 awards and the P.K. Patwardhan Technology Development award.
IITB IRCC-2007 research paper awards:
  1. Sudarshan, Gaurav Bhalotia, Arvind Hulgeri, Charuta Nakhe and Soumen Chakrabarti for "Keyword searching and browsing in databases using BANKS".
  2. Pramod Wangikar, Ashish Tendulkar, S Ramya, Deepali Mali, Sunita Sarawagi, for "Functional sites in protein families uncovered via an objective and automated graph theoretic approach".
P. K. Patwardhan Technology Development Award:
  1. Pushpak Bhattacharya and team, for "Hindi Wordnet and Associated Software".

2009-08-20 : Prof. Krithi Ramamritham awarded the IBM Faculty award for the year 2009.
Prof. Krithi Ramamritham awarded the IBM Faculty award for the year 2009.
The complete list recipients is here.

2009-07-23 : Prof. Pushpak Bhattachrayya is office bearer in top NLP event: Joint Workshop Chair in ACL2010 .
ACLs (annual meetings of the Association for Computational Linguistics) are top fora for reporting research findings in Natural Language Processing, Information Extraction and Information Retrieval. Workshops are important satellite events for top conferences, which focus of specific themes. ACL2010 will be held in Uppsala, Sweden, July 11-16. About 8-10 workshops are expected to be organized as part of the conference. Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya will oversee this along with Prof. David Weir of University of Sussex.
For More about ACL2010 click here.

2009-07-08 : Three new faculty, Srinivas Aluru, Parag Chaudhuri and Saketha Nath, join the department.
Prof. Srinivas Aluru conducts research in high performance computing, algorithms and systems for large-scale applications, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms.

Prof. Parag Chaudhuri's research interests are Animation, Computer Graphics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Geometric Computer Vision.

Prof. Saketh Nath's research interests are Machine Learning, Data Mining, Convex Optimization.

2009-06-17 : One Day CEP workshop on CAN Bus and CAN Open Technology on 04th July, 2009.
Dept. of CSE is conducting a one-day workshop on CAN Bus and CAN Open Technology on Saturday 04th July, 2009. For more details click here.

2009-05-19 : Alternate date for written test/interview for the M.Tech. program (RA/PS/IS/SW categories) is 31st May 2009.
See alternate schedule and instructions here and other information regarding M. Tech. RA positions here.

2009-05-19 : Workshop on Essential Abstractions in GCC (3rd to 5th July 2009)
GCC Resource Center plans to conduct a three day workshop on Essential Abstractions in GCC on 3rd, 4th, and 5th July, 2009. For more details, please visit the workshop page.

2009-05-18 : Information regarding M.Tech. RA admission test and interviews, to be held on May 25th, 2009, is now available.
M.Tech. RA admission test and interviews to be held on May 25th, 2009. Click here for schedule and available RA job descriptions.

2009-05-02 : Prof. Deepak B. Phatak listed as one of the top fifty powerful Indians.
Prof. Deepak B. Phatak has been listed as one of the top 50 powerful Indians in the survey of Business Week. Link: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/04/0415_india_most_powerful/36.htm

2009-04-15 : CFILT's research accepted in topmost international fora.
International Conference on Artificial Inetlligence (IJCAI) is the topmost forum for reporting research in AI. Similarly for Natural Language Processing (NLP), Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) conference is the highest forum.

Following works from CFILT got into IJCAI 2009 and ACL 2009 respectively. The former will be held in Pasadena, CA, USA in July, 2009 and latter in Singapore in August, 2009.

(1) Kamaljeet Verma and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, "Context-Sensitive Semantic Smoothing using Semantically Relatable Sequences", IJCAI, CA, USA, July, 2009.

(2) Ananthakrishnan Ramanathan, Hansraj Choudhary, Avishek Ghosh and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, "Case markers and Morphology: Addressing the crux of the fluency problem in English-Hindi SMT", ACL-IJCNLP, Singapore, August, 2009.

Please visit http://ijcai-09.org/ and http://www.acl-ijcnlp-2009.org

2009-03-06 : Computer Masti Book II released.
Computer Masti is meant for teaching computers to children. The Lessons and Activities in this book are based on free and open source software--- the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
Online versions of books in the Computer Masti series are available freely for educational use, under the conditions described earlier in the Copyright Statement. Download the latest edition of the books at: http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~sri/ssrvm/.

2009-02-18 : Press coverage for CFILT's research in cross lingual search.
IITB is the consortium leader for country wide Cross Lingual Search Project funded by the Ministry of IT. Indian Express brought out a news item on this activity on 13/2/09.
Read at http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/pb_1.JPG.

2009-02-14 : CAN Workshop under the aegis of Embedded Real-Time Systems (ERTS) Lab
CANBUS is an increasingly popular bus protocol which is fast emerging out of the factory automation domain and appearing in the automobile domain, embedded in variety of machines and now also in the aerospace industry. CANOpen provides standardized software development methods and profiles. Systematic standards help the user to integrate different manufacturers devices in project and help keep costs down through standard profiles for a variety of application domains.
For other details please visit: http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~erts/can/

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