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2012-12-07 : 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics to take place at IITB, 8-15 Dec, 2012.
India, where Panini wrote the first formal grammar in the 6th century BC and where an astounding linguistic diversity flourishes today, will host the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics from 8th to 15th Dec, 2012 (COLING 2012) at IIT Bombay.

COLING is one of the two topmost NLP conferences in the world. The 24th edition, happening in India, is the first time that the flagship event is hosted in our country.

COLING 2012 had received twice as many submissions as any of its predecessors. The 195 full-length technical papers in 5 parallel tracks, 138 posters, and 66 demonstrations that will be presented still constitute no more than a quarter of the total number of submissions.

At the time of going to press, the total number of registrants in COLING has exceeded 700, with delegates coming from 60 countries. Conforming to current practices of international conferences, there are two days of workshops and tutorials before the main conference and one day of workshop immediately after. 15 focused and topical workshops will be attended by about 300 delegates, as will be 6 high quality tutorials of contemporary interest.

Social events include a reception in the evening of 10th Dec, a banquet in the nearby 7 star hotel Renaissance on 11th Dec, an excursion to the famed Bhaja caves on 12th Dec and a cultural evening of Indian classical music on 13th Dec. Bhaja Caves, built in the period 3rd century BC to 2nd century CE, is a set of Buddhist monastery-caves near the hill station of Lonavala. There will be cultural evening on the fourth day of the conference, featuring a solo performance on tabla by a very talented upcoming artist Shri Prasad Padhye and another solo on Sitar by the internationally acclaimed maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

Government and industries have been our generous sponsors. They are TCS, Linguistic Data Consortium of India at Cenral Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore, Baidu, Microsoft Research, IBM, Yahoo, EzDI Software and Crimson Software.

Technology Development in Indian Languages (TDIL) project of Department of IT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, has been the motive force behind the growth of NLP in India. COLING happening in India is a result of this long history of active patronage.

An event of COLING's scale takes enormous energy, planning and time. The 40 member strong NLP team at IIT Bombay, the organizing institute, has risen to the occasion.

Pushpak Bhattacharyya (Organizing chair)

2012-09-21 : Indian language Search Engine developed by consortium of 10 institutes led by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya released
Sandhan the monolingual search engine of 5 Indian languages- Bangla, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- a project under the umbrella of Technology Development in Indian Languages (TDIL) program, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, went for public release on 20th September, 2012 at Electronics Niketan, New Delhi.

The project is executed by 10 institutes of India, viz., AUKBC, AUCEG, CDAC Noida (co-coordination), CDAC Pune, DAICT Gandhinagar, Guahati University, IIT Bombay (coordination), IIT Kharagpur, IIIT Bhubaneshwar, IIIT Hydearabad, ISI Kolkata and Jadavpur University.

Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Consortium Leader, Cross Lingual Information Access (CLIA) project gave a demonstration of Sandhan by firing 5 queries in the 5 languages and discussing the relevance of the retrieved URLs. He hoped that the public release of Sandhaan will lead to collecting query logs in large number and variety and continuously fine tuning the search engine.

In the post-ceremony briefing to the press, DIT Secretary Shri Satynarayana, IAS informed that the domain of Sandhaan will be increased from the current two of tourism and health. Smt Swaran Lata, Director TDIL, told the press that the repertoir of languages will be enhanced to ultimately incluude all the 22 official languages of India. In response to the inevitable comparison with Google, Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya mentioned to the Press that Indian languages are morphologically complex, which Google is yet to handle.
Press reports: Economic Times, India TodayIndia Education Diary, Micro Finance, Press Beuro of India

2012-07-12 : Yahoo! University hack day at IITB from 26th to 29th July, 2012
Yahoo! University hack day was held at IITB in F. C. Kohli auditorium from 26th to 29th July, 2012. For more details, log on to http://in.hacku.yahoo.com/

2012-06-29 : Ruta Mehta invited to give a talk at "China Theory Week", to be held at Aarhus University, Denmark, Denmark
Ruta has been invited to give a talk at "China Theory Week", to be held in Denmark. The purpose of this *invite-only* workshop is to provide a platform for *top* CS theory students from institutions worldwide to meet and present their research. Here is the link to the workshop page: http://conference.iiis.tsinghua.edu.cn/CTW2012/home.html

2012-06-14 : Abhisekh Sankaran receives travel scholarship to attend the ACM Turing Centenary event at San Fransisco, USA.
Abhisekh Sankaran is one of two students selected by ACM-India for a travel scholarship to attend the Turing Centenary event to be held by ACM on June 15 and June 16, 2012 at San Fransisco, USA.

for more info see:
http://turing100.acm.org and
www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~abhisekh/ACMPressRelease.pdf

2012-06-11 : 5 Day UNL School (11-15 June, 2012): Linking Deep Semantics and Indian Languages
The goal of Natural Language Processing (NLP) can be said to be representing and processing of meaning in text. A 5 day unique event investigating linkage of Universal Networking Language (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Networking_Language)- which represents meaning- and constitutional languages of India will take place at IIT Bombay starting today.

Venue: KR Building, SIC 301, IIT Bombay
Date: 11-15 June, 2012
Time: 9AM-5PM

Pl visit http://www.cfilt.iitb.ac.in/events/unl-school.html

2012-06-01 : Test deployment of project Lo3 in Ahupe village near Mumbai.
Lo3 which stands for 'Lo'w cost, 'Lo'w power, and 'Lo'cal voice and messaging is an 802.15.4 enabled wireless mesh network which intends to provide voice communication facility in villages of developing regions. Many villages in India are untouched by cellular network coverage (rural teledensity is just 33%). Lo3 has two use cases: (1) intra-village voice communication, (2) voice through a cellular-802.15.4 gateway to phones in outside world. For use case (2), we exploit cellular points of connectivity typically found about 2-3 kms away from the villages. You can find a video on Lo3 test deployment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGo5pJyNf20

2012-05-24 : Essential Abstractions in GCC (30th June-3rd July 2012)
The GCC Resource Center of CSE Department will hold its annual workshop on Essential Abstractions in GCC from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2012.

2012-05-04 : Sujesha and Ruta (Ph.D. students) win the 2012 Google India Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.
Sujesha and Ruta (Ph.D. students) win the 2012 Google India Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. http://www.google.co.in/jobs/anitaborg/index.html

2012-05-01 : Pratik Jawanpuria is selected for the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Honorable Mention Award 2012.
Pratik Jawanpuria is selected for the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Honorable Mention Award 2012.

2012-03-14 : Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya invited to prestigious Dagstuhl Seminar.
Dagstuhl seminars are focused discussion and presentations by invited leading experts on specific topics. The objective is to explore frontiers of knowledge.

Wadern, Germany will hold in September, 2012 a seminar on Multilingual Semantic Web. Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya will speak in this seminar on Disambiguation.

2012-03-09 : Pratik Jawanpuria is the recipient of the IBM fellowship award for 2012.
Pratik Jawanpuria is this year's recipient of IBM fellowship award. More details at: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/phdfellowship/

2012-01-27 : 2012 Inter-department Cricket Match - CSE Team A is the final winner
We are glad to let you know that the CSE team A has won the inter-department cricket match. The final was held between our team and Hostel. The team has triumphed out of 32 teams that played against each other during last 3 weekends. The team was lead by Vinod Khanjore. The best bowler and best batsman award of the series went to our own team members, Wasim Chikode and Manoj Bodekar, respectively. The team was sponsored and managed by Sanjay Mistry.

2012-01-24 : Top two prizes at Microsoft Techvista 2012 from IIT Bombay
Karthik Ramachandra (Ph.D. student with Prof. Sudarshan) and Rijurekha Sen (Ph.D. student with Prof. Bhaskar) won the first and second prizes respectively at the Microsoft Techvista 2012 Ph.D. poster session. Details of the event are available at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/techvista2012/


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