IIIT-H student Saumya Rawat – the only undergrad to present paper at International Conference on Multimedia Modeling, Bangkok
Saumya Rawat, a 4th year B.Tech (Hons) student was the only undergraduate student to present her paper, Find me a sky: a data-driven method for color-consistent sky search & replacement at the 24th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling held in Bangkok during 5 - 7 February, 2018. As a photographer herself, Saumya says, “I had faced the problem where I was often unable to take good photos due to overexposure or the lack of an aesthetic sky at the time of photographing a beautiful scene.” But manually replacing such skies leads to a situation where one has to color correct the foreground after replacement to make it consistent with the new sky. Co-authored by fellow B.Tech student, Sidhharth Gairola, Saumya’s paper proposes a data-driven method to automate the process of sky replacement and color correction, while maintaining the overall realism of the scene. It is a matter of pride that out of 158 full papers submitted, 46 were selected for oral presentation and the overall acceptance rate was 47%. “The environment in the research labs at IIIT-H is extremely professional which provides equal opportunity to every student to carry out their work to their full potential irrespective of gender”, avers Saumya. The CVIT lab provides grants to authors to attend a conference subject to approval of person in charge. Saumya not only applied for the CVIT travel grant but also applied for and obtained an ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery - Council for Women in Computing) scholarship that “provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences.”

  Dr. K. Madhava Krishna, Robotics Research Center has been promoted as Professor from January 2018. His research areas include mobile robotics, robotic vision, outdoor robotics, multi-robotic systems and mechanism design.


24 - 25 Feb
The 17th edition of R&D Showcase included 280 posters, demos and models for visitors to browse through. It saw participation from corporate R&D heads, students and faculty from engineering colleges, industry professionals and technology savvy general public.

The theme for this year’s R&D Showcase was entertainment – in particular how Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and deep tech has been changing the face of entertainment. IIIT-Hyderabad researchers showcased their own research and latest technology innovations in the entertainment domain using computer vision, cognitive science, and automated content generation. In parallel to the showcase were several interesting talks on both the days. There was a fireside chat on smart cities, with Mrs. Karuna Gopal - President, Foundation for Futuristic Cities and Prof. Vishal Garg, keynote talk by Samir Sarkar, Producer and Managing Director, Magic Hour Films. Professors and researchers from IIIT- H talked about the role of technology in the areas such as films, gaming, sports and music.


8 Feb
New Lawn Tennis Courts
Prof. P. J. Narayanan inaugurated the new lawn tennis courts at the Felicity grounds. Many faculty, staff and students attended the inauguration.

10 Feb

Inauguration of ASHRAE, IIITH Student Branch
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Deccan Chapter, has established its Student Branch at IIIT-Hyderabad. ASHRAE will work with students of IIIT-H to promoting the study of Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R). ASHRAE is a premier international body in the HVAC&R field and has more than 50,000 members worldwide. It is the foremost and authoritative source of technical and educational information, standards and guidelines.

11 Feb
Women’s Cricket Match
A women’s cricket match was organized as part of Spring Activities of Physical Education Center (PEC). The team led by K. Sreeja were winners while the team led by Ayushi were runner-up. Medals will be given to the winners and runner-up teams during the closing ceremony of Inter Batch Tournaments 2018

12 Feb
Workshop on self defense against sexual violence
On the eve of National Women's day, Gender Sensitization Committee (GSC), IIIT-H and Red Brigade Lucknow (RBL) organized a workshop, Remembering Sarojini Naidu : Fight with Nishastra, that had presentations and hands-on training on self defense against sexual violence.

15 - 17 Feb
Shuddhi Kriya
A three-day beginner’s workshop on Shuddhi Kriya was organized on campus. Participants were taught the six purification procedures or ‘Shatkarmas’ mentioned in Hatha Yoga Pradeepika

17 Feb
25 Km cycling event
Sixty three students participated in the 25 km cycling organized by PEC. The event started at 6am from IIIT-H gate. Volunteers with water, glucose and first aid were posted at regular intervals throughout the entire route to help the cyclists. The 34 winners will receive their medals during the closing ceremony of Inter Batch Tournaments 2018.

18 Feb

NSS volunteers participate in Kudikunta lake cleaning

Around 15 NSS volunteers participated in cleaning Kudikunta lake at Kondapur as part of an initiative by Live the Lakes NGO.

23 - 25 Feb
Inter College Football and Basketball Tournament
Dr. Raghu Reddy and Dr. P. K. Vinod inaugurated the Telangana State Inter College Football and Basketball tournament on 23 Feb. IIIT-H (Team A) reached the football semi finals thanks to Varun Vasisht’s scoring goal in the quarters. The winners are:

Winners: Hyderabad Central University
Runner-up: St.Martin Engineering College

Winners: Sreenidhi Engineering College
Runner-up: JB Engineering College

26 Feb
Inauguration of newly renovated canteen
The newly renovated canteen at the institute guest house was inaugurated by chief mess warden Dr. Vikram Pudi and mess warden Dr. Indranil Chakrabarty.


26 Feb
Faculty felicitation
Literary Club felicitated Prof. Harjinder Singh who published 2 books, Chup Chap Attahaas and Laltu ki Chuninda Kahaniyaan and Prof. Nand Kishore Acharya who was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Sahitya Samman for his literary contributions. This was followed by a short-poetry workshop and poetry reading by Prof. Harjinder Singh, Prof. Nand Kishore Acharya and few select students.

26 - 28 Feb

The Role of Diversity in Educational Institutions and Beyond
The Cultural Wing of the Student's Life Committee (SLC) organized a workshop on The Role of Diversity in Educational Institutions and Beyond. The aim of this workshop was to introduce participants to various aspects related to diversity in our society and learning to respect and appreciate each other’s cultural differences. The three day workshop had various programs and interaction sessions:

- Old Monk in New Bottle (Age Diversity): This session dealt with generational gaps and discussed widely-faced 'problems' between parents/teachers/students

- Tere Mooh Mein Ghee Shakar (Alienation through words): Discussion on how our everyday words can alienate others around us. Participants were made to think about their unthinking usage of some words that can hurt others

- The Tower of Babel (Language Diversity): An activity-based session on language and diversity, importance of multilingualism in our education and life, how diversity in languages plays a pivotal role in our growth and understanding

- Phasad: Play on Religious Diversity and Harmony by “Abhivyakti ”

- Darna Mana Hain: “Movie Show” and discussion

- Find the Odd one out (Identifying and Addressing Differences): People can experience deeply uncomfortable situations because of different language, region, economic and social backgrounds. In this session people from diverse backgrounds from outside the institute participated in the discussions on commonly encountered problems. Speakers shared their experiences of being 'outsiders' in a group. It also discussed how to deal with social interactions in a group where students come from different backgrounds

- Rainbow Rangam: A musical journey with Prof. Harjinder Singh on culture, creativity and diversity.
Diversity=Multiplicity of Art: Display of art works on theme 'Diversity= Multiplicity of Art' by Sukka Karuna, an expedition to the tower of Babel with Prof Aditi Mukherjee and Prof Dipti Mishra Sharma

- Mile Kya Mera Tumahara: A social experiment to see how a diverse population can give you a much better solution to real life problems (teaching and research) than a uniform population

Dr. Aftab M. Hussain joined Center for VLSI and Embedded Systems Technology (CVEST) as Assistant Professor. Dr. Hussain obtained his Ph.D from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

IIIT-H hosts 11th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (ISEC 2018)

IIIT-H signs MoU with MCEME to promote mutual intellectual growth

IIIT-Hyderabad’s New Admission Process

IIIT-Hyderabad’s New Admission Process

IIIT-H hosts distinguished lecture by Prof. Martin E. Hellman

IIIT-H Seed Fund Invests in Scholr, an AI-based learning app

Poet Professor - Indranil Chakrabarty

IIIT-Hyderabad​ student only undergrad to present paper at International Conference on Multimedia Modeling, Bangkok

R&D Showcase 2018

IIIT-H team make it to ACM-ICPC World Finals

Dr. P. Ramachandra Prasad co-authors article on Phylogenetic classification of the world’s tropical forests

2 - 7 Feb
Prof. Vasudeva Varma participated in the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

2 - 7 Feb

Tarun Gupta, final year dual degree student presented a paper on Planning and Learning for Decentralized MDPs with Event Driven Rewards at Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18), Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. AAAI-2018 the biggest and most prestigious conference across all disciplines of AI. This paper was competing against 3800+ submissions this year. Tarun is working under the supervision of Dr. Praveen Paruchuri.

5 Feb
Dr. K. S. Vijaya Sekhar, RCeG and Mrs. Aneeja Guttikonda, NAARM presented a paper on Role of Social Media in Women Empowerment in a Seminar at Kakatiya University, Warangal.

5 - 7 Feb
Saumya Rawat, Siddhartha Gairola, Rajvi Shah, P. J. Narayanan presented a paper on Find Me a Sky: A Data-Driven Method for Color-Consistent Sky Search and Replacement at the 24th International Conference on Multimedia Modeling, Bangkok, Thailand.

7 - 14 Feb
Dr. Aniket Alam attended a workshop on Pahar Aur Hum at Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh.

9 - 10 Feb

The 11th edition Software Engineering Conference (ISEC) was held at IIIT-Hyderabad bringing together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry across the world to share the results of their work and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of software engineering. It was organized by Dr. Raghu Reddy, Software Engineering Research Centre (SERC). The following IIIT-H papers were presented in the conference:

- Dr. Venkatesh Choppella, Sai Prasad Vrj Gollapudi and Sridhar Chimalakonda presented a paper titled Towards a Domain-Specific Language for the Renarration of Web Pages.

- Dr. Venkatesh Choppella, Swaminathan Natarajan, Kesav Vithal Nori, Padmalata Nistala, Amar Banerjee and Viswanath Kasturi presented a paper titled An Attempt at Explicating the Relationship between Knowledge, Systems and Engineering.

12 - 16 Feb
Building Science Research Center organized a short course on Building Energy Simulation for Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017 for Civil Engineers, HVAC and Electrical consultants, Energy Auditors, Green Building facilitators/ consultants, ECBC Third Party Assessors, ECBC Master Trainers, ECBC experts and Architects. The course covered intermediate level topics such as modelling chilled water and VRF systems, introduction to CFD and natural ventilation and several tutorials and projects to show compliance with ECBC. It was co-ordinated by Dr. Vishal Garg, IIIT-Hyderabad and Jyotirmay Mathur, MNIT, Jaipur.

14 Feb

IIIT-H and European Union (EU) jointly organised a Developer’s Tutorial on campus for using an open source implementation of oneM2M, developed by a team of French researchers from Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS), University of Toulouse. This highly informative hands-on session was specially relevant to technology students, developers and start-ups focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT). The workshop had tutorials and hackathons which gave a good awareness of the standards and their importance among academic and industry stakeholders. oneM2M is a global standardisation initiative (with active participation of the Indian and European telecom standards bodies) that creates requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. The workshop had nearly 100 participants. IIIT-Hyderabad is the only institute in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to host this event and one of 4 institutions from India apart from IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore and Punjab University.

15 - 17 Feb
Prof. P. J. Narayanan attended ACM India Annual Event 2018. ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest educational and scientific society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM awards the Turing Award (aka Nobel Prize in Computing). The event was organized by ACM Nagpur Professional Chapter in association with the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering. CSPathshala Workshop, iSIGCSE Workshop and IRISS are co-located ACM events with ACM India Annual Event 2018.

15 - 18 Feb

Dr. Deva Priyakumar participated and chaired a session in Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Molecules and Clusters 2018 in Dooars near Darjeeling. The conference brought together experimental and theoretical spectroscopists and dynamicists from India and abroad, engendering focussed and detailed discussions, and collaborations as well.

16 Feb
Center for IT in Building Science conducted a half day interactive session on Building Performance Prediction of Naturally Ventilated and Air-Conditioned Buildings Using Modern Dynamic Computer Simulation Methods. The session was open for architects, HVAC engineers, building designers, practitioners, and post graduate architecture students. It was designed for those interested in predicting the thermal and daylight performance of buildings. Topics such as solar passive design, naturally ventilated buildings, airconditioning systems, dynamic shading strategies, climatology and CFD were covered by Mr. P. C. Thomas, Team Catalyst, Australia and Prof. Vishal Garg.

19 Feb
Center for IT in Building Science has been awarded a four year research project, RESIDE - "Residential Building Energy Demand Reduction in India". Department of Science & Technology (DST) organized a launching ceremony for Joint India-UK projects on Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment at New Delhi. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences was the chief guest for the launching ceremony. Prof. Vishal Garg is the PI for project. MNIT and Oxford Brookes University are the other partner institutes.

20 Feb
Dr. K. S. Rajan, Head, Lab for Spatial Informatics organized Google Earth Engine Workshop for scientists, researchers, students and faculty who regularly work with geospatial data and wish to get started with Earth Engine. This workshop taught practical online tools to collect, analyze, visualize, and publish map data using Google's geospatial tools. Current Earth Engine users also got a chance to exchange tips and discuss their projects.

25 - 28 Feb
Five research students from Signal Processing and Communications Research Center (SPCRC) presented their work at 24th National Conference on Communications (NCC) 2018 at IIT Hyderabad. The national conference on communications is a flagship conference of India in communications and signal processing domains. NCC is organized every year jointly by the telematics group (JTG) of IITs and IISc.
The details of the papers are:

- M. Madhuri Latha, part time Ph.D student presented a paper on Low Complexity Two-Stage Sensing Using Energy Detection and Beamforming. Prakash B. Gohain, former MS by Research student in ECE, currently doing Ph.D at KTH University, Sweden is a co-author. The work was done under the supervision of Dr. Sachin Chaudhari.

- Akhil Singh, Dual Degree student in ECD presented a paper on Cooperative Sensing of OFDM Signals Using Heterogeneous Sensors. Prakash B. Gohain, MS by Research student in ECE, currently doing Ph.D at KTH University, Sweden is a co-author. The work was done under the supervision of Dr. Sachin Chaudhari.

- D. Shiva Krishna, Ph.D student presented his paper on Maximally Recoverable Codes for Product Topologies. The work was done under the supervision of Dr. Lalitha Vadlamani.

- G. Vamsi Krishna and Ashok Choudhary, part time MS students presented two papers on Optimal Index Codes via a Duality Between Index Coding and Network Coding and Index Coding: Rank-Invariant Extensions. The work was done under the supervision of Dr. Prasad Krishnan.

26 - 27 Feb
Dr. K. S. Vijaya Sekhar, RCeG participated in the 21st National Conference on eGovernance (NCeG) at HICC, Hyderabad. The conference was organized by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) - Government of India in association with ITE & C and Government of Telangana.

27 Feb
Dr. K. S. Rajan participated in the IIRS User Interaction Meet 2018 at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun. He spoke on Role of Academia in Partnership with Government and Industry towards Promoting Geospatial Applications in the Plenary Session.

28 Feb
A workshop on Enhanced Energy Efficiency for Green Buildings was organised by IGBC, Surat chapter. During the workshop, Prof. Vishal conducted several sessions on Building Energy simulation and green codes and standards for green built environment.


15 Feb
Prof. Martin Edward Hellman

Martin Edward Hellman, Professor Emeritus - Electrical Engineering, Stanford University gave a talk on The Evolution of Public Key Cryptology. Prof. Hellman is best known for his invention of public key cryptography in co-operation with Whitfield Diffie and Ralph Merkle. Prof. Hellman and Diffie were awarded the Marconi prize (2000) and the Turing Award (2015) for their work on public-key cryptography and for helping make cryptography a legitimate area of academic research.
9 Feb
Prof. Arun Kumar Pati
Prof. Arun Kumar Pati, Professor and Head, Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad gave a talk on Uncertainty Relations Beyond Heisenberg's. Prof. Pati is a renowned physicist in the field of quantum information and quantum computation in India.
26 Feb
Prof. Uma Chakravarti
Prof. Uma Chakravarti, an Indian historian and feminist gave a talk on The Poster as the Personal-Political Archive. Uma Chakravarti taught history at Miranda House, University College for Women, Delhi University from 1966 - 2006. She has authored four books and written on early India, the 19th century and contemporary issues such as violence within the family, custodial violence and sexual violence and impunity. She has been associated with the movements for women’s rights and democratic rights.


2 March
Talk on Aahar Sevan Ka Prakar by Acharya Satyajeet.

3 March
Hacker Hire@CIE - An Initiative to Help Startups and Job Seekers organized by CIE@IIITH in association with LDA India (Global Youth Exchange Network)

5 - 7 March

Three days workshop on Tratak at Nirvana - NBH Yoga Hall. Tratak is an ancient meditation technique which refreshes mind, improves eyesight, concentration and will power.

5 - 11 March

NSS-IIIT-Hyderabad is conducting a special camp at Gachibowli government school. The week long camp will have tree plantation, digital India and related government schemes, sports, medical awareness, women empowerment, career guidance and Swach Bharat.

6 March
KCIS Distinguished Lecture on The Upending of 5 decades of Computer Vision Research - Deep Representations, Big Data & GPUs by Prof. Rama Chellappa

7 - 9 March

Hockey Premier League 2018

24 - 25 March

Music Cognition Symposium - Neural, Behavioural, Cultural, and Therapeutic Perspectives

31 March
Microsoft's annual - code.fun.do hackathon - Senior League competition is open to all registered students of IIIT Hyderabad, from UG (2nd year onwards), PG and Ph.D.

7 May - 7 June
Student Technology Education Program (STEP), annual School Outreach Program of IIIT-Hyderabad for students from classes 7 - 10

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