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Title: The Future of ICT
Dr. Siddhartha SenGupta, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Date & Time: March 21, 2015 14:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, B Block, 02nd/03rd Floors, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kanwal Rekhi (KReSIT) Building
Abstract:
ICT provides the most innovative ways for enterprises to economically prosper and for individuals to entertain themselves. Originating soon after WW-II, ICT assets have helped enterprises in realizing two core values - improving efficiency in routine execution and, to some extent, in innovating their business models. The TCS story begins in this context. Over the last few decades, TCS added another business innovation through outsourcing. As a result, the industry globally has done consistently well, especially the Indian “megavendors”, with TCS outpacing the pack. A SWOT shows that the future lies in providing ICT service clients with Values related to improving their own discriminative and competitive advantages. The 4-D Moore's law is an evolving ICT capability that can be leveraged to do so. Here we focus on one of these dimensions - Artificial Intelligence. We hypothesize that traditional and commercial definitions of AI may need a relook to improve its comparative definitions. It is also suggested that the ICT architects recognize the emerging possibility of “artificially social intelligence” stemming from learning in communications networks in a world of ubiquitous activity. We end with an introduction to a TCS research initiative to investigate and leverage these emerging ICT capabilities.
Speaker Profile:
Dr. Siddhartha SenGupta is a Physicist and heads the Decision Sciences & Algorithms laboratory at TCS. He has been an investigator from high school, experimenting with things like “winglets” on model hydrofoils and had been awarded the Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search schlarship when leaving school. He completed his PhD at IIT KGP, working with tensor polynomials, Boltzmann equation and computational fluid dynamics. Soon after joining “Tata Burroughs” in March 1982, he was sent to MIT, Cambridge to learn Artificial Intelligence and to begin research on the subject. Dr. SenGupta’s 30 years of applied research has covered the sciences of AI, data mining and automated planning in the domains of transportation & logistics, retail and value chains. He is currently leading research into the creation of an operational scheduling system for country-wide railway networks, that is several orders of magnitude larger than comparable systems and will include innovations in context-sensitive methods of rapid but high quality optimization of train schedules and the use of super-computing resources. He has worked closely with IIT Bombay, KGP and Madras and IIM Ahmedabad.
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