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AI, Machine Learning! What next? Cognitive Computing


Jailendra Kumar

Continuing with its track record of showcasing the latest technological trends, Advanced Computing and Communications Society (ACCS) dedicated its 24th edition of International Conference on Advanced Computing and Communications (ADCOM 2018) to assimilate the advances in Cognitive Computing and Applications. ADCOM 2018 was organized at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B) from 21st September to 23rd September of 2018. The three-day conference saw delegates from industry, academia, government R&D and student community coming together on this common platform to share their knowledge and learn from each other about the research outcomes and potential applications of this new technology area.

ADCOM is the flagship event of ACCS. Its popularity has encouraged us to combine maximum value for the participants. Therefore, apart from carefully chosen keynotes by the technology leaders and presentation of accepted papers, we dedicated a few sessions for research scholars to present their doctoral research work for peer review under “PhD Forum”. ADCOM is also the occasion for us to present the annual ACCS-CDAC Foundation Award on researcher(s) extraordinaire to recognize and honour individual contribution to the body of knowledge in the field of computing and communications. Talking about keynotes, accepted papers and PhD Forum, how can we miss the members of the audience? For the members of the audience, we had an on-the-spot “Just-A-Minute” (JAM) contest with handsome prizes to win. As is customary for any ADCOM, ADCOM 2018 was preceded with a pre conference tutorial on “Tensor Flow”. In addition, a large-scale student design challenge was organised under the banner of “ACCS Design Challenge” (ADC 2018) co-located with ADCOM 2018 for the undergraduate students.

Now, let me take you through a virtual tour of the sessions.

ACCS – CDAC Foundation Award 2018

The ACCS-CDAC Foundation Award select committee headed by Prof. S. Sadagopan, Director, IIIT-B, had a tough time zeroing on just one potential awardee. At the end of deliberations, the committee recommended two winners for this year – Prof. P. Vijay Kumar of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Prof. V. Kamakoti of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. Both the winners were presented citation and cash awards in the inaugural session of ADCOM 2018 in the august presence of the dignitaries on the dias – Prof. H. P. Khincha (Chairman, Karnataka State Innovation Council and former Vice Chancellor, Vishweshvaraya Technological University), Dr. S. Srinidhi (President, ACCS). Mr. K.R. Sanjiv (CTO, Wipro Ltd.), Prof. B. Ravindran (IIT-M) and Prof. R. Chandrashekar (IIIT-B). Following the conferment,
Prof. Kamakoti delivered the ACCS Foundation Lecture on the requirements, design challenges and architectural features of a family of “Indian” high performance reduced instruction set CPU cores, aptly named SHAKTI, and associated library of Analytics Engine, FinLibre. Advent of SHAKTI has a special significance in Indian context because it is indigenous, open source CPU core for commercial applications – something that was missing despite four decades of world leading foray into computing and information technology by the Indian technology professionals. Prof. Vijay Kumar delivered the second ACCS Foundation Lecture on Erasure Coding for Big Data. This work pioneered by Prof. Vijay Kumar, defined a new coding technique to ensure reliability in storage and restoration of big data with the smallest possible storage overhead to account for the node failure in peta-byte scale data centres.

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