CPR: Past events

April 28, 2014: Invited talk on Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing by Dr. Monojit Choudhuruy


Machines that understand and converse in a natural language have been one of the dreams of AI and have made its appearance in Science Fiction time and again. Practical realization of this dream, however, turned out to be an extremely difficult task, and only very recently in last two decades or so, we have been able to make some noticeable progress. In this talk, Dr. Choudhury will explain what makes Natural Language Understanding  or Processing a very difficult problem, and how with the help of big data, tremendous computational power and smart machine learning algorithms, we are being able to narrow the gap between the dream and the reality. In particular, he will take the examples of Machine translation systems and Web search, and discuss how machine learning, in its various avatars, have revolutionized the fields.

Bio-sketch of the speaker

Dr. Monojit Choudhury is a researcher in Microsoft Research Lab India. He received his B.Tech and PhD degrees, both from IIT Kharagpur. Dr. Choudhury’s research interests span Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Computational modeling of Human Cognitive Processes, including music and language. Dr. Choudhury is closely associated with the organization of Panini Linguistics Olympiad, and as a pastime he enjoys creating and solving linguistics and logic puzzles.


July 18-19, 2013 – Signal processing summer workshop on Pattern Recognition: Methods and Applications

The focus of this workshop is to provide a foundation for Pattern Recognition concepts, some of the tools used and applications in signal processing (including object tracking using the Kalman filter and Audio analytics). Thus, it would help

  • students in IT braches (ECE, CSE, ISE, TE, EE… majors) wanting an introduction to pattern recognition
  • research scholars setting out to work on Signal or Image Processing or Pattern Recognition or Data Mining
  • those taking up M.Sc. or Ph.D. course work exams on statistical signal processing, random processes, pattern recognition, etc., in VTU.

This year’s workshop features the following sessions –

  • Introduction to mathematical methods in signal and image processing by Dr. Subhash Kulkarni, PESIT-BSC
  • Random processes by Prof. Prashanth Wali, IIIT-B
  • Detection and estimation by Prof. Ajey S.N.R., PESIT-BSC
  • Overview of statistical pattern recognition and unsupervised learning by Dr. Gowri Srinivasa, PESIT-BSC
  • A lab session/ demonstration on implementing some of the techniques discussed by Prof. Sandesh B. J., PESIT-BSC
  • Neural networks – all you need to know by Prof. Koshy George, PESIT (W)
  • Object tracking using Kalma filter including a geometrical interpretation by Mr. Ashutosh Simha, IISc
  • Applications of pattern recognition to audio analytics for video indexing by Dr. V. Ramasubramanian, Siemens Technology and Service Ltd., Bangalore

Participants would be awarded a certificate at the end of the course.

For further details and to register see this brochure.

Invited talk on April 15, 2013 (11:00am) by Dr. Anand Narasimhamurthy from GE, Global Research, Bangalore

Support Vector Machines and AdaBoost are two very popular techniques that have been used in various
classification tasks. Originally developed for classification, they have been extended for regression also. These techniques have become an integral part of machine learning and are available as part of a number of machine learning libraries. Both these techniques draw from a rich theory and have also been successfully used in a number of practical applications.

In this talk Dr. Anand Naramsimhamurthy will attempt to provide a brief introduction to these techniques. While the background and some of the core mathematical aspects will be discussed briefly, the emphasis will be mainly on providing a general “intuition and feel” of these methods from the point of view of applying it for classification tasks.

Brief bio of the speaker

Dr. Anand Narasimhamurthy completed his Bach. Engineering (B.E.) from University Visweswariah College of Engineering (UVCE) in Bangalore University in 1998. He obtained M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Computer Science, Penn State University, Pennsylvania,USA. His Ph.D. work was mostly in areas of applied machine learning, more specifically on classifier ensembles.

Dr. Anand worked as a post doctoral researcher for a year each at two institutions, namely Bangor University, Wales, UK and University College Dublin (UCD) in Dublin, Ireland before moving back to Bangalore. Since late 2008 he has been working at GE Global Research, Bangalore in a group focused on Medical Imaging. His research interests include Machine Learning, graph based based algorithms and image analysis.


July 12-13, 2012 – A summer course on Signal Processing – Concepts and Applications.

The focus of this workshop is to provide a solid foundation for Signal Processing concepts and an overview of various areas of application (including image and speech processing). Thus, it would help

  • nonECE (CSE, ISE,…) majors wanting an introduction to signal (or image) processing
  • ECE majors who are looking for a quick refresher course
  • research scholars setting out to work on Signal or Image Processing or
  • those taking up M.Sc. or Ph.D. course work exams on Statistical Signal Processing, DSP, linear algebra, random processes, etc., in VTU.

The workshop features sessions on

  • Random processes – all you need to know for statistical signal proc. by Prof. Prashanth Wali
  • Linear algebra for signal processing by Prof. Ajey S.N.R.

and a primer on

  • Research methodologies and ethical practices by Dr. Snehangshu Saha

apart from talks on various application areas of signal processing by experts in these domains.

Participants would be awarded a certificate at the end of the course.

For further details and to register see this brochure.

The PESIT-SC Summer Workshop also has a facebook page!


A short course on Signal and Image Modeling and Analysis will be conducted at a later date (TBA).

July 14th-15th, 2011 – A summer course on Digital Image Processing: Concepts and Application.

Features invited talks on:

  • Image enhancement techniques by Dr. Sethu Selvi, Head of the Dept. of ECE, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology
  • Pattern recognition in the context of image analysis by (soon-to-be-Dr.) Suresh, Machine Intelligence and Language Engineering Lab, IISc
  • Relevance of Image Processing to the Industry by Dr. Peeta Basa Pati, Associate Research Architect, Core Logic

July 4th-29th 2011 – Summer University 2011 at CSULB

This year’s summer University is being hosted by California State University, Long Beach. Students from HEIG-VD, Switzerland, CSULB and San Jose State University, USA, would be participating. Read more about SU 2011 here. The opportunity to represent PES at this year’s SU is open to two students from the departments of CSE, ISE, ECE, TE and EE from PESSE and PESIT.  Please submit your resume and a statement of purpose highlighting the reason you ought to be selected to your department heads.


July 19th-20th, 2010 – A summer course on Introduction to Digital Image Processing.

Features invited talks on:

  • Image compression by Dr. Neelam from the Medical Intelligence and Language Engineering Lab, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Image processing – an industry perspective by Dr. Sumit Kumar Nath from GE Research, JFWTC, Bangalore

March-April 2010 – Summer University 2010 at HEIG-VD

Two students from the CSE/ ISE branches of PESIT and two from PESSE would be selected to participate in the Summer University Program at HEIG-VD, Switzerland during the month of July, 2010. See this flyer for details about this program.

To apply, please send your Resume along with a Statement of Purpose highlighting the reason you ought to be selected to represent PES for this program.  The application can be sent to gsrinivasa [at] pes dot edu with the subject “Summer University 2010”.


August 3, 2009 – Seminar

Invited talk on “Computerized diagnosis via Medical Images using Artificial Intelligence techniques” by Dr. Mithun Prasad, Research Associate, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Venue: Seminar Hall (opposite the CCP lab)

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

July 13 – July 22, 2009 – Summer Course

Certificate Course on  “Foundations of Image Processing and Pattern Recognition” by Dr. Gowri Srinivasa, Prof. Ajey S.N.R. and Prof. Kiran Kumar.

Features invited talks:

  • July 13, 2009
    “Linear Transformations” by Ms. Chaitra K.S., Alumnus, Dept. of ECE, PESSE.
  • July 21, 2009
    “Role of Image Processing in Robotics and Human-Machine-Interaction” by Prof. Sandeep Senan, Dept. of MBA and CSE, PESSE and Founder of Evobi.
  • July 22, 2009
    “Overview of Speech Recognition” by Dr. V. Ramasubramanian, Senior Research Scientist, Siemens Corporate Technology, Bangalore.

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