November 2017


Ambika presented two papers as first and second author at INTERACT 2017, the 16th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction at IIT-Bombay. The project was under the supervision of Dr. Priyanka Srivastava from Perception and Cognition Group, Cognitive Science (CogSci) Lab, KCIS, IIIT-H.

The two papers were from only seven accepted peer reviewed articles at the ‘student research consortium’ at INTERACT. The studies (“How useful is 360-degree view for Cognitive Mapping” and “Three Sixty Degree Vision Interfaces: Evaluation of Performance and Eye Movements”) evaluate the effect of 360-degree display designs on remote sense of space. The conference was an excellent platform for Ambika to interact with pioneers in HCI and get their views about her research.

These studies were supported by the grants from Cognitive Science Research Initiative, Department of Science and Technology (CSRI, DST) and Institute of Nuclear Medical and Allied Sciences, Defence Research and Development Organization (INMAS, DRDO ).

Dr. Priyanka Srivastava

is studying how do we perceive and construct reality. More specifically, how our ability to perceive and think interacts with emerging technologies like virtual environment (VE), virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR)

and how VR can enable us to understand adaptability, embodiment, and sense of presence experiences? Her current work bridges the gap between cognition and human-factors/ HCI, by developing human-centered designs for VE and VR. She employs the current state-of-the-art technologies like ‘FOVE -VR’ (VR with eye-tracking) and ‘Oculus Rift’, ‘SR 1000 plus’ Eye-tracking, and ‘BioNomadix’ to study the aforementioned research interests. She has delivered several talks and hosted a Human Factors symposium this semester:

• Talk at European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Germany, 2017
• Talk at Indian Academy of Neuroscience, India, 2017
• Organized a “Human Factor Symposium” at Association for Cognitive Science (ACCS), India, 2017
• Was invited as a session chair at Annual Meets on Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES), US, 2017

Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla appointed Chairman of IAStructE
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla has been appointed as Chairman of IAStructE "Indian Association of Structural Engineers”, Telangana State Centre. This national body of structural engineers

established to cater to the overall professional needs of structural engineers in India strives to make available to the Government, Public Sector and Private Sector - a credible source of well qualified and experienced Structural Engineers.

Dr. Sunitha Palisserry

has joined the Earthquake Engineering Research Center as a Visiting Assistant Professor.


4 - 5 Nov
17th Annual Sports Meet

Overall champio
ns for 2017-2018
I - House Vayu - 2760 points
II - House Agni - 2260 points
III - House Aakash - 1765 points
IV - House Prithvi - 1315 points

Badminton Men - Akhilesh Soni (Agni)
Badminton Women - Vanalata Bulusu (Agni)
Basketball Men - Anirudh Reddy (Vayu)
Basketball Women - Mahati Vempati (Prithvi)
Cricket Men - Surendra Sankara (Vayu)
Football Men - Siddhartha Gairola (Prithvi)
Throwball Women - Sreeja Kamishetty (Agni)
Volleyball Men - M V P Jagadeesh (Prithvi)

100 Mts - 1st Praveen, 2nd Prabhakar, 3rd Mohan Vamsi
Long Jump - 1st Praveen, 2nd Prabhakar, 3rd Bhanu Pratap
Shotput - 1st Praveen, 2nd Prabhakar, 3rd R S Satyanarayana

Shotput - 1st Aaradhana, 2nd Purnavathi, 3rd I keerthi
Discus Throw - 1st Vinoo Alluri

14 - 16 Nov

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

14 Nov

Childrens Day
On Children's Day, Project MUSKAN visited children's hospitals with goodies, laughter and smiles to spread happiness among tiny tots. A video showcasing the day’s program by Project MUSKAN team was trending in and beyond the campus.

Annual Students Academic and Research Awards

Meritorious students who have excelled in studies by obtaining a high SGPA and / or have excelled in research by publishing a good quality paper while being an undergraduate student are honoured every year during the Annual Students Academic and Research Awards function. This year’s awardees included:

Academic Awards (Current Students)
Number of Awardees: 284

Current UG2: 58
Current UG3: 65
Current UG4: 71
Current UG5: 46
M.Tech 2 year: 44

Academic Awards (Graduated)
Number of Awardees: 98

Graduated B.Tech CSE & ECE: 48
Graduated M.Tech CSE,CSIS,VLSI,CASE & Bioinformatics: 50

Research Awards:

Number of Awardees: 35
(Currently Students)
B.Tech: 28
B.Tech: 7

Nine IIIT-H teams selected for ACM-ICPC online round

Nine teams from IIIT Hyderabad have made it to the ACM-ICPC onsite rounds where they will compete to qualify for the world finals. This is based on the teams' performance in the online round in which 2 teams from IIIT-Hyderabad ranked among the top 3, and another team among the top 10

4 Nov
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla gave a talk at the Induction Programme, NITK, Suratkal

6 - 9 Nov
Prof. Kamalakar Karlapalem and P. Radha Krishna presented a paper on Data, Control, and Process Flow Modeling for IoT Driven Smart Solutions at the 36th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER-2017), Valencia, Spain

6 - 10 Nov
Hari Hara Suthan, Ishani Chugh and Sneh Gupta of Signal Processing and Communications Research Center (SPCRC) presented papers at the 2017 IEEE Information Theory Workshop in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

6 - 10 Nov
Abhishek Kumar Singh, Manish Gupta and Vasudeva Varma presented a paper on Hybrid MemNet for Extractive Summarization at the International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM-2017), Singapore

10 Nov
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla was a panelist at the first edition of Making of New India in Hyderabad. The Panel was moderated by Alokesh Bhattacharyya, Senior Editor, Economic Times

11 Nov
Minesh Mathew, Mohit Jain and C. V. Jawahar, presented a paper on Benchmarking Scene Text Recognition in Devanagari, Telugu and Malayalam at the 6th International Workshop on Multilingual OCR, Kyoto, Japan

13 Nov
K S Vijaya Sekhar, Research Center for eGovernance (RCeG) gave a talk on Research Methodology at UGC Academic College of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU)


13 - 17 Nov
Abhinav Shukla, Shruti Shriya Gullapuram, Harish Katti, Karthik Yadati, Mohan Kankanhalli and Ramanathan Subramanian, presented a paper on Evaluating Content-centric vs User-centric Ad Affect Recognition at the 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI-2017), Glasgow, Scotland

18 - 21 Nov
Dr. Vikram Pudi, attended the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series (ICDM-2017), New Orleans, USA

26 - 29 Nov
IIIT-Hyderabad students and faculty presented the following papers at the 4th Asian Conference on Pattern Recognition (ACPR 2017), Nanjing, China.

  • Soham Saha, Girish Varma and C. V. Jawahar - Compressing Deep Neural Networks for Recognizing Places
  • Sukanya Kudi and Anoop Namboodiri - Words speak for Actions: Using Text to find Video Highlights
  • Sirnam Swetha, Vineeth N Balasubramanian, C. V.
    Jawahar - Sequence-to-Sequence Learning for Human Pose Correction in Videos
  • Jitendra Yasaswi, Suresh Purini and C. V. Jawahar - Plagiarism detection in Programming Assignments Using Deep Features
  • Harish Krishna and C. V. Jawahar - Improving Small Object Detection

26 - 28 Nov
Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla participated in the 16th International Symposium on New Technology for urban safety of Mega city in Asia(USMCA), Sendai, Japan

27 Nov – 1 Dec
IIIT-Hyderabad students and faculty presented the following papers at the 8th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2017) Taipei, Taiwan

  • Purvanshi Mehta, Pruthwik Mishra, Vinayak Athavale, Manish Shrivastava and Dipti Misra
    Sharma - Deep Neural Network based system for solving Arithmetic Word problems
  • Raghuram Vadapalli, Litton J Kurisinkel, Manish Gupta, Vasudeva Varma - SSAS: Semantic Similarity for Abstractive Summarization

17 - 18 Nov
Stress Management
The aim of this beginner-level workshop was to help overcome stress which is rising alarmingly amongst youngsters in the name of competition and success. Through the holistic approach of yoga, students were taught how to cope with and overcome stress.

21 Nov
Demystifying Machine Learning
Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA) and (IIIT-H) held their first workshop on “Demystifying Machine Learning” as part of the TechSeries@HYSEA at IIIT-Hyderabad campus. The objective of this workshop was to increase awareness about machine learning and explore the technology’s emerging industry use cases. It encouraged faculty and students to develop research interest in ML.


29 - 30 Nov

Indo-German Workshop on Computing in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine (CCBM 2017)
The Center for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics at IIIT Hyderabad organized an Indo-German workshop on Computing in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine (CCBM) from 29 to 30 November 2017. The workshop was

sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Over twenty five scientists working in the areas of computational chemistry, computational biology and computer aided drug design delivered invited talks and moderated the scientific discussions. The event had over 130 attendees which included faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. The meeting served as a great platform for researchers, who use computing for addressing various problems in natural sciences, to discuss and review the current status and future directions of the field.

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Distinguished talks

6 November, 2017

Dr. Adrian Kaehler, CEO and Founder of Giant AI - an advanced robotics company in Palo Alto, California spoke on Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kaehler is the winner of several awards like the Gordon Bell Prize for building the highest performance computer in the world, DARPA Grand Challenge award for building what is now considered to be the world's first functional autonomous car - Stanley, located at the Smithsonian Institute, and author of best-selling books on computer vision.

Institute talks

9 November

Dr. Ram Mohan Vadapalli,

Consultant Radiologist at Vijaya Diagnostics spoke about “Drug abuse and effect on brain”. He presented findings from recent scans conducted by his team on drug abusers in India. He also talked about the findings from other studies in recent times which have critically analysed the effect of weed on the brain's reward system even on occasional users.


20 November

Dr. Paul A. Rosen,

Fellow IEEE and Project Scientist, NISAR Mission, a joint NASA-ISRO InSAR Mission gave a talk on “A Renaissance in Radar Applications -- Vision for Earth and Beyond”. The talk was organized by IEEE CIS-GRSS Joint Chapter of Hyderabad. Dr. Rosen is an IEEE Fellow since 2010 and a recipient of NASA/JPL Magellan Award in 2015.

24 November

Prof. Petri Toiviainen,

Professor of Music from University of Jyväskylä, gave a talk on “Decoding the musical brain using signal processing and machine learning”. Prof. Toiviainen leads the Music, Mind, and Technology Master's Programme at University of Jyväskylä and has been teaching there since 2002. Prof. Toiviainen has been visiting professor at Cornell University and visiting fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Since 2014 he holds an Academy Professorship by the Academy of Finland. The talk was organized by Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems (KCIS).


25 November

Dr. Nelle Varoquaux,

postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley gave a talk on the Application of Machine Learning on the Analysis of 3D structure of the DNA. Her research interests are in statistical machine learning and scientific computing applied to molecular biology problems, such as inferring the 3D architecture of the genome or data-integration methods to better understand gene regulatory networks.


Prof. Vishal Garg authors first-of-its-kind workbook on Building Energy Simulation

IIIT-H co-hosts Road to GES seminar on research and academic innovation Program on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from ML Lab gets massive response Is Hyderabad prepared to deal with earthquakes? Prof Pradeep Kumar Ramancharla shares his views

12 -15 December
Fifth International Conference on Big Data Analytics (BDA 2017)

23rd December 2017
Alumni Meet 2017 for students who graduated from 2002 – 2007 batch.

9 - 11 February 2018
11th Innovations in Software Engineering Conference (ISEC) will be held at IIIT-Hyderabad. This conference (formerly known as India Software Engineering Conference) is the annual conference of iSOFT, the India chapter of ACM SIGSOFT ( under the umbrella of ACM India. It will bring together and provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to meet and share cutting-edge advancements in the field of software engineering.

7 January 2018
Panini Linguistic Olympiad 2018

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