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The Times of India | TNN | Dec 1, 2017 |
NOIDA: In a major boost to entrepreneurial education, Bennett University (BU) in Greater Noida has become the first private educational institute in the country to get an AI (artificial intelligence) super computer, after it signed an MoU with American tech firm NVIDIA to set up a Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence at the varsity campus on Thursday. The facility will enable budding researchers in the field of engineering, mathematics, biotechnology, etc, to carry out multi-disciplinary research projects on specific industry-related problems with greater speed and visualisation. “Our focus is on smart living and healthcare applications, using artificial intelligence, deep learning and data science,” said Dr Yajulu Medury, vice-chancellor, Bennett University. To begin with, the university’s engineering department, along with its Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will seek solutions for specific industry-related problems at the new centre, through specific research projects which PhD students of computer science, mechanical engineering, biotechnology and physics will work upon.
Dr Suneet Tuli, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said the varsity is already in touch with an Indian handset company to explore ways of indigenising mobile phones. “This super computer is different from older iterations, because it is more graphics-based. It thus processes graphical information very fast,” he said. With focus on deep learning — a type of machine-learning method — the collaboration will also help design a specialised curriculum for the subject. Joint workshops in AI, deep learning techniques and problem-solving for students will be held, and tech talks will be conducted at the varsity campus. Explaining how the super computer would help students realise their ideas, Vishal Dhupar, managing director, NVIDIA, South Asia, said “The magic of deep learning is that here, the system continues to learn. It is not like traditional software. It keeps on adding features that anybody might be learning and wanting to add. Along with this, we are bringing to the students academic courses tailored specifically to Indian requirements, but with a complete framework, from teaching to evaluation. We’ll also bring to the table a chance for engineering students to take models and make them applicable to businesses.” For the learning part, the pre-requisite is a basic learning in fields of linear algebra, calculus, probability, statistics, programming and a computer language, said Tuli, adding that programmes will be rolled out for other disciplines at a later stage. – Courtesy
Khaleej Times | Sherouk Zakaria | Dubai | November 22, 2017 |
More young people are needed to work on the backend, says the youngest IBM Watson Developer
The youth must be equipped with coding and algorithm skills to operate Artificial Intelligence technologies that already occupy big part of modern lives, urged 13-year-old AI Developer. Tanmay Bakshi, the youngest IBM Watson Developer and neural network architect made it his mission to reach 100,000 aspiring coders to help them innovate and learn along their journey of coding. Speaking during the first day of the Knowledge Summit, the Indian teenager said to meet expectations and demand of AI that plays critical part of our lives, more young people are needed to work on the backend and fill up thousands of jobs that remain vacant. “There’s a lack of resources for beginners who want to elevate knowledge of coding to next level of AI and Deep Learning. While knowledge and technology itself is everywhere, the resources to use that technology isn’t, so this gap needs to be filled,” said Bakshi
The teenager, based in Canada, is a coach at the Fourth Industrial Revolution Organization whose goal is to teach youth specific skills identified by institute of the future for effective participation in future workplaces. So far, he has reached 5,200 young aspiring coders. “These skills are critical to our future and we are trying to get these skills out for everyone,” said Bakshi, author of textbook on the programming language called “Swift” for beginners. With hundreds of data science jobs and neural network architecture available, Bakshi said the appropriate training and skills are required to fill these vacancies. Important of collaboration between humans and robots. Getting into AI since he was 11 and developing his first AI project at the age of 12, Bakshi started his own YouTube channel “Tanmay Teaches” six years ago to educate the youth on computing, programming, machine learning, math, science and neuro network. With over 156,000 subscribers, Bakshi filmed over 150 videos to date. The young algorithm-ist, who built his first app for the iPhone when he was only nine, stressed on having collaboration between humans and AI in the workplace. He defied the myth that robots will ever replace humans or take away their jobs.
On the contrary, he said, AI will actually help open up hundreds of new jobs. “AI will never overpower humans due to its ability to make naïve mistakes that humans cannot make. Since AI isn’t biological and doesn’t have hundreds of trillions of connections that humans have, it doesn’t own enough abstract or deep enough thinking to replace humans,” noted Bakshi. At the same time, humans are also capable of making mistakes that AI would never make. “These machines have the ability to make unbiased decisions based on information it is given, which tends to be more accurate that our decisions as humans. On the long run, this will prevent massive mistakes from happening in medicine and healthcare, for example, which can impact someone’s life,” said Bakshi. AI, in fact, must be used as a tool to make our lives easier. Bakshi emphasized on bringing powerful collaboration of man and machine to the workplaces worldwide, which is what “Computational Thinking” is about. “The reason we are afraid of AI is because we aren’t in the backend yet to take a look at how it works. If we are controlling it, we will be much more comfortable when we see what it’s capable of doing in making our lives easier,” said Bakshi. “We will have many jobs controlling and training AI because machines cannot speak for themselves.” Currently working on a book about simple beginning to Deep Learning with IBM Watson, the young author is proving his point strong by developing AI projects to improve security, business and healthcare field. His upcoming AI projects include facial recognition systems for security, a crisis-detecting system in businesses and developing cognitive technologies to help communication among people with special needs. – Courtesy / Click here to view- YouTube channel “Tanmay Teaches”
Delhi boy Tirthak Saha in Forebes list, all about the electrical engineer that could not make it to DU
Nov 22, 2017 | 17:17 IST | Times Now Digital |
New Delhi: Everyone knows Mark Zuckerberg, Malala Yousafzai, Michael Phelps but not many know of the Delhi boy who has joined the great names in the Forebes’ 30 under 30 list. Introducing Tirthak Saha, the Delhi boy who aspired to study Astrophysics but failed to make it to Delhi University by a few irrelevant percentage. Not giving up, he reached out to pursue his dreams. From that to an entry in the coveted Forebe’s list of 30 under 30, here is all about the 25 year old electrical engineer and his contribution. The 25 year old’s journey from Delhi to US, where he now lives and works is all about determination of pursuing the dreams and taking life one step at a time. His father is a government school teacher and his mother is a postal department employee. After class 10th, his mother recalls in her interview with TOI, he did not get the right guidance. The dip in class 12 marks dashed his hopes of finding place in the coveted Delhi University or making it to IIT Delhi. While they did consider dropping a year and gunning for IIT Delhi, his parents decided that there ought to be another way.
Choosing the road less travelled, his father Pradip Saha shared, “We decided that IIT was not the only avenue and there were other institutions offering similar standards of learning.” Tirthak then enrolled in the electrical engineering course at Manipal University’s International Centre for Applied Science. Determined to make the most of what he had, he worked hard and was chosen to study at Drexel University in Philadelphia on a scholarship. And the universe fell in place. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Science from Drexel University. With opportunities available, he designed an origami-based modular solar panel array for mini satellites while doing a stint at NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant. Luck favours the prepared mind and he was picked by Americal Electric Power, AEP. The company was in a lookout for someone who could innovate their power grid system, the company, on meeting Tirthak, created a post for him, that of Grid Modernisation Engineer.
While working he has been involved in the research work on power generation and distribution, which has won him the recognition by Forbes. He believes that power is not a luxury but a right. At present, his work involves incorporating innovations and smart grid technology to the ageing grids across US. Competing for an innovation challenge at AEP, Saha worked on a Tirthak remembered the electricity blackout in Delhi and most of north India in July 2012. “It was a tipping point, I guess. I believe power should not be a luxury but a basic right of life,” he said. Explaining his work, he said that the ageing electric grids in US were nearly a century old and hadn’t seen much innovation and he was incorporating smart grid technology to make AEP’s grid safer and more reliable. In a recent innovation challenge held by AEP, Saha presented a project which is to create a virtual power plant-like linked network of behind-the-meter energy storage units in order to realise benefits of energy aggregation. The project was judged second and was the catatlyst that landed him the coveted place in the Forbes’ list. – Courtesy
The Times of India | Ranjani Ayyar | TNN | Nov 16, 2017 |
CHENNAI: For the second year in a row, a Chennai native is among the innovators and entrepreneurs in the Forbes’ ’30 under 30′ list in the area of healthcare. The 2018 edition includes Akshaya Shanmugam, 29, the CEO of Lumme Inc., which is cracking the code to beat addictive behaviour by combining wearable technology, machine learning, and behavioural psychology. In January this year, 27-year-old Vivek Kopparthi had made it to the 2017 list for his contributions in neonatal care technology. After completing her schooling at Chettinad Vidyashram, Shanmugam went on to pursue engineering at Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College. In 2009, she moved to the US for higher studies. While Shanmugam was pursuing her PhD in an area that involves developing health monitoring systems outside hospitals, she met Abhinav Parate who was working on a thesis with wearables. With Parate and a few professors, Shanmugam set up Lumme to solve the global addiction problem. “Our platform automatically detects addictive behaviour, predicts indulgence in addictive behaviour, and prevents it by delivering clinically validated interventions. It also helps individuals gain better insights into their daily life and helps them understand the why, how, and what surrounding their lifestyle choices,” said Shanmugam.
A CUT ABOVE THE REST: Akshaya Shanmugam, the CEO of Lumme Inc., is among the innovators and entrepreneurs in the Forbes’ ’30 under 30′ list in the area of healthcare. The technology is in the process of being clinically validated and Shanmugam hopes to launch the product in the market by the summer of 2018. “The first phase of our launch is the smoking cessation platform. We will tie up with corporates so they can include this as part of their employee wellness programmes,” she said. ‘Predictions made with 95% accuracy in 2 trials’. Explaining how the platform would work for a person who smokes, Shanmugam says for the first two weeks, users wear the smartwatches and go about their routine. The platform passively monitors smoking behaviour and looks at other factors like the time of the day, their movements and social interactions. Itthen makes an assessment of the smoking patterns of the users and predicts when they are likely to smoke next. Based on the prediction, the platform is able to send an alert 6 minutesbefore they are abouttolight a cigarette. “We have had two national scale clinical trials and are in the midst of the third. With the first two, we were able to make predictions with95% accuracy,” shesaid. This work is the outcome of research conducted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Yale School of Medicine. Lumme is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has raised $1.7 million in funding. “It is quite an honour to be part of this list. It is a validation that there is potential in the technology that we have developed. This only drives us further to make meaningful contributions to the field of healthcare,” said Shanmugam. – Courtesy
American Bazar Online | AB Wire | October 26, 2017 |
The 26-year-old India-born Ritu Raman is a postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Massachusetts: L’Oreal USA recently announced the names of the recipients of 2017 For Women in Science Fellowship and Indian American scientist Ritu Raman made it to the list of five recipients. The fellowship honors female scientists at a critical stage of their careers with $60,000 grants to advance their postdoctoral research, L’Oreal USA said in a statement. The 26-year-old India-born Raman is a postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.
Her research focuses on the design of new smart materials that dynamically respond and adapt to their environment. She is developing these smart materials and using them to transform the way we deliver medication to people through the creation of a long-lasting pill device that delivers oral medication more reliably, cost-effectively, and efficiently. “Honored to be a recipient of the 2017@LOrealUSA For Women in Science Fellowship – #WomenInScience are changing the world! #diversity #STEM,” the Cambridge, Massachusetts-resident tweeted. The L’Oreal USA will help the young scientist to conduct her pioneering research and collaborate with other scientists, engineers, and clinicians in this effort.
The other four winners of this year’s fellowship are Kellie Ann Jurado, Felicity Muth, Sydney Schreppler and Molly Schumer. The New York-based L’Oreal USA, which is the largest subsidiary of leading beauty company L’Oreal, serves as the international hub for the product development and marketing strategy for L’Oreal’s American brands. The L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards is a global program that recognizes and rewards women scientists around the world. Founded in 1998, the program specifically recognizes women researchers for their contributions to the advancement of science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Through the international program and the nearly 50 national and regional programs, such as the L’Oreal USA For Women in Science program, more than 2,500 female scientists from over 100 countries have been granted fellowships to pursue their research projects. – Courtesy / http://www.lorealusa.com/media/press-releases/2017/october/2017-for-women-in-science-fellows
— L’Oréal USA (@LOrealUSA) October 16, 2017
— Ritu Raman (@DrRituRaman) October 10, 2017
DECCAN CHRONICLE | Oct 24, 2017 | Technology |
The new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as an over-the-air update starting this week.
Amazon has announced a new Kindle app that is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to popular Kindle features—users can now move between the pages of their book, their library, personalised bookstore and more. The new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting this week.
Key updates include:
Amazon Kindle app gets new look, easier search & more – Androidos.in
If you love reading on the Amazon Kindle Android app, there is good news for you. The company has released an updated version of the Kindle app, which includes a revamped look, better search and a lot more. According to Amazon, the updated Kindle app will be available in the Google Play Store beginning today. “We’ve built the new Kindle app from the ground up for book lovers, giving readers easy access to everything they might want to do with their books, all in one place. It’s now easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book and immerse yourself in an author’s world at any time,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle.
The most important addition in terms of the visual changes in the Kindle app is the new light and dark background themes. You can now choose which background theme you want while browsing the app. Additionally, the Kindle is also getting new fonts including Amazon’s custom Bookerly font, larger book covers, and a brand new app icon.
One Tap Access
Apart from the fresh look, Amazon is adding a new One Tap Access feature in the Kindle app. The company notes that the new bottom bar navigation in the app will now automatically show an icon of the book you’re currently reading, making it easier than ever to get back to what you were reading.
This bottom bar also provides quick access to other Kindle features allowing you to switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
The Kindle is getting an always present search bar. So, no matter where you are in the app, you can always look for what you want.
While the Android version of Kindle is getting all the goodies mentioned above, it will have to wait for something which is debuting the iOS version today itself – the Goodreads integration. The Android version will get the integration in a future update.
So, what is this all about?
According to Amazon ,Goodreads is now built right into the Kindle app, unlike previously, when there were only bits and pieces of it here and there. The app will allow users to discuss books, get recommendations, share your views on books and other key Goodreads features.
The Times of India | Sujit Chandrakumar | Oct 24, 2017 | Kerala |
To describe the life of Saji Thomas, 48, a speech and hearing-impaired man who dropped out of special school after his seventh standard but went on to design, create and fly an ultra-light aircraft, as ‘filmy’ would be an understatement. One film (Aby) loosely based on his life has already come out while another (Vimanam) that is expected to be a more authentic portrayal is almost ready for release. But the facts are so incredible that any filmmaker would struggle to portray the tale convincingly. Even as a child, Saji used to make models of cars and planes with cardboard but no one took any special notice. But the desire to fly and the dream to create an aircraft took wings one day when his brother brought his attention to two helicopters that hovered over a nearby rubber estate to spray pesticide. All the children in Velliyamattom — a hamlet in Idukki where his family lived before moving to Thattakuzha — were excited but none more than Saji who decided to make a model of the chopper. A year later, when the Sardarji pilots returned, Saji surprised them by presenting his model, not a table top one, but a life size replica. Impressed, they gave him a ride in the helicopter as well as their visiting cards.
After Saji’s education at a special school in Thalayolaparambu came to an abrupt halt — his father, a stern military man, didn’t see much point in continuing with it as there were many practical difficulties – he had been doing all kinds of mechanical work and photography to earn some pennies. He had a way with machines, though nobody ever taught him how to repair them. “He once dismantled a TV set to see what was wrong with it, rectified it and then reassembled it. That was how he learnt TV repairing,” says Mariya, his wife. The boy of 18 collected some money and took a train to Mumbai. Yes, Mumbai, all alone, in search of the Sikh pilots he had met to procure, if possible, the vital parts to put together his own flying machine. It may seem straight out of a fairy tale but the boy who could neither speak nor hear did meet the pilots, stayed there for a few days and brought back a discarded propeller, nuts and bolts and some user manuals, not to mention a copy of Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft 1981-88. They politely refused his request for an engine, however, but supplied him with details of aviation companies. A few more trips to Mumbai and Delhi — from where another team had come to Muttam to spray pesticides — and a few years of struggle later, he built his first aircraft with a Yamaha bike engine and a frame made of metal sheets and pipes. This one could taxi on the ground but did not have the power to take off.
When former president APJ Abdul Kalam came to Thodupuzha, Saji wanted to show his creation to him but could not get past the secrurity. But Kalam, who came to know about his interest, suggested that he take part in an air show in Gujarat and he did so to win the second prize. Saji had also contacted Rajiv Gandhi, who sent him an encouraging reply. But not long afterwards, the leader was assassinated, dashing the hopes of Saji, who almost gave up his dream of making a ‘plane’ that could fly. Meanwhile, his marriage with Mariya happened. “As a person from the neighbourhood, I knew Saji and his interests. But when I married him, I did not know that he was still pursuing his aim of building an aircraft,” says Mariya. What perhaps refuelled the dream was when an engineering college that teaches aircraft maintenance bought his first aircraft for `1.5 lakh to use it as a model for their students. Saji used the money to procure a 65 HP German engine from Bengaluru and started making the different parts on his own including the wings with mahagony wood. What followed were five to six years of struggle, when nearly everyone including his dad dubbed him ‘crazy’. Finally, when his aircraft, which he christened Saji-X-Air-S was ready, there was no place or personnel to fly it. They contacted a retired air force wing commander, SKJ Nair, who had a private flying yard in Manimuttar near Ambasamudram in Tamil Nadu. Off they went to that alien place, hot as a furnace, carrying their aircraft in a lorry. “That journey in April 2014 was so tough that I asked midway if we should go back. And finally, after reaching, we were so tense. I asked Saji, ‘Will it fly?’ He was confident that it will,” says Mariya. As Nair took off smoothly like a bird, they recorded the unforgettable sight with their mobile phone. After the successful flight, Nair hugged Saji with tears in his eyes and told him, “Saji, you did it.” The aircraft remained in Manimuttar till recently and not only the wing commander but Saji too used it to experience the thrill of air travel.- Courtesy
Hindustan Times | Oct 23, 2017 | Prasun Sonwalkar | London |
For the first time ever, influential British scientist Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis is available to the public
The university said hopes to encourage former academics, including 98 Nobel affiliates, to make their work freely available to all. The 1965 doctoral thesis of Stephen Hawking has been made freely available online by the University of Cambridge, providing a glimpse into the mind of the iconic scientist when he was a 24-year-old student at the varsity. Titled Properties of Expanding Universes, the thesis has been made accessible via Cambridge’s open access repository Apollo, a statement from the university on Monday said. “By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet, to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos,” Hawking said in a statement released by the university.
“Each generation stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before them, just as I did as a young PhD student in Cambridge, inspired by the work of Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein. It’s wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis – hopefully they won’t be disappointed now that they finally have access to it!” The university said hopes to encourage former academics, including 98 Nobel affiliates, to make their work freely available to all. Jessica Gardner, director of the university’s library services, said: “The Cambridge University library is home to the physical papers of such greats as Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Their research data was on paper and we have preserved that with great care and share it openly on line through our digital library.” The university said Apollo is home to over 200,000 digital objects, including 15,000 research articles, 10,000 images, 2,400 theses and 1,000 datasets. The items made available in Apollo have been accessed from nearly every country and in 2017 have collectively received over one million downloads. – Courtesy / Link Click here to download the thesis (134 pages) —> https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/251038
Professor Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis ‘Properties of expanding universes’ is available in Apollo at https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283 or in high resolution on Cambridge Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-PHD-05437/1
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | Oct 19, 2017 | Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri |
For the diagnosis an individual has to purchase the device and download the app in the mobile phone.
A Kolkata-based engineering college has claimed to have developed a smartphone application and a device that will detect malaria within seconds at a much lower price than the charges of conventional pathological tests. Researchers and professors of the Institute of Engineering and Management, Salt Lake (IEMS) have now approached the Union health ministry for recognition of the device-cum-app. The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, near Kolkata, has provided the technical support for the development of the app-cum-device. To detect malaria, a life-threatening endemic disease, an individual has to purchase the device that will be priced about Rs 70 and download the app in the mobile phone. The device that contains a micro camera, has to be connected with the camera of the phone. A drop of blood pricked from the finger of the infected person has to be placed on a dice attached to the device.
“The camera will take the picture of the drop of blood. The picture will have to be uploaded on the app. The remote testing facility will need only 10 seconds to send an accurate result informing the person whether he has malaria or not,” claimed IEMS professor Nilanjana Dutta Roy. Dutta Roy and her fellow researchers, Nilanjan Daw and Debapriya Paul, are now waiting for the approval of the ministry. “We are expecting the approval soon since the initial reaction from the ministry was extremely positive,” she said. Each device will be able to conduct multiple tests that will help an infected person to regularly monitor the response of the medication. “In conventional pathological tests, it takes almost seven to eight hours to get the blood report and it costs about Rs 200. The device will bring down the cost to about Rs 10 per test and the result will be available in seconds,” she claimed. “We want to train social workers in remote villages so that they can conduct door-to-door blood tests using this device-cum-app,” she said. – Courtesy