Fifth IDRBT Doctoral Colloquium

The Institute organized the Fifth IDRBT Doctoral Colloquium on December 10-11, 2015. The aim of the Colloquium is to network with technology researchers, share knowledge and learn from each other and explore emerging areas of research in various domains of technology. The 2-day event had 18 research scholars from reputed institutions like IISc., ISI, IITs, IIMs, IIITs presenting their research.

Dr. A. S. Ramasastri, Director, IDRBT, in his Welcome Address, provided a glance of the research work being carried out at IDRBT in the niche area of Banking Technology. He highlighted the key contributions and achievements of the IDRBT to the Indian Banking and Financial Sector and encouraged the researchers to contribute their best to Banking Technology.

The Colloquium was inaugurated by Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad. In his inaugural address, Prof. Narayanan spoke on "Research in the Digital Era: Some Thoughts". He highlighted the following key points:

Digital Revolution: Information Disruption

  • Several services (Banking, e-commerce, railway reservation, entertainment) have undergone tremendous changes as result of digital revolution
  • Life improved physically/materially for large sections of world population due to Industrial Revolution (in 1800s)
  • Digital Revolution includes – digital representation of things/concepts in digital forum for storage, digital manipulation (processing of the representation for different effects), digital communication (faster transmission of information to long distances), enabled by powerful computers, efficient algorithms, and creative individuals
  • Impact of Digital Revolution – adding efficiency, facilitating additional functionality, fine tuning for better objectives
  • Railway reservations and banking make classic cases of the use of digital revolution
  • Data Analytics helps to improve the services provided to the consumers, if information is digitized and collected in one place
  • Research challenges include storing, organizing, securing and analyzing data
  • Research with academic depth including research publications, impacts and research maturity needs to be focussed
  • Evolutionary or revolutionary – research that makes a difference
  • In the era of digitization, data is the king but is plentiful and noisy. Opportunities are plenty. One needs to deal at the highest point of research/knowledge hierarchy.

The Colloquium also featured talk on emerging issues of technology research by eminent faculty from top academic institutions. Dr. Biplav Srivastava, Senior Researcher, IBM gave a talk on "Open Data for Financial Innovations in the Developing World", highlighting the following few key points:

  • Innovation depends on data, analysis and timely access
  • Open data is an important resource for quick and timely access
  • Challenges lie in authenticating the data – either of an individual, a company or the government
  • Financial innovations which are cost effective, reliable should reach the needy for which open data would be useful
  • The quality of open data can be enhanced and accelerated too by using common analytic patterns
  • Encourage publishers to use meta data tags and enable research.

This year 18 Ph. D. scholars from various reputed institutions like IITs, IIMs, IIITs, NITs, ISI and IISc. presented their research in the Colloquium. The forum provided an opportunity for the research scholars to demonstrate and discuss their research ideas and get feedback from an eminent panel to improve their work. The details of the scholars and the topic of their presentation are as under:

S. No. The Topic The Scholar Institution
1. A Predictive Framework to Early Detect Popular Hashtag Compounds Suman Kalyan Maity Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
2. Open Source Social Media Analytics for Intelligence and Security Informatics Applications Swati Agarwal Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi
3. Authorship Analysis in Forensic Linguistics Athira U Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala
4. Inferring Expertise and Interests of Users in Online Social Networks Parantapa Bhattacharya Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
5. Predicting Functional Binding Sites of Micro RNA Targets using Multiple Instance Learning Dip Ghosh Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata
6. Moments Discriminant Analysis for Supervised Dimensionality Reduction K. Ramachandra Murthy Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata
7. Non Intrusive Load Monitoring: Systems, Metrics and Use Cases Nipun Batra Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi
8. Type-Aware Testing of JavaScript Programs Monika Dhok Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
9. Multiversion Conflict Algorithm for Multiversion Software Transactional Memory Systems Priyanka Kumar Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
10. Rig: A Simple, Secure and Flexible Design for Password Hashing Sweta Mishra Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi
11. A Novel Multi-Armed Bandit Algorithm for Application in Marketing & Finance Domains Boby Chaitanya Villari Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
12. Soft Computing Hybrid Models for FOREX Rate Prediction Pradeep Kumar Dadabada Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology
13. An Efficient Technique for Image Contrast Enhancement using Artificial Bee Colony Piyush Joshi Indian Institute of Technology Indore
14. Consistent-bit Inspired Cancelable Iris Template Generation Rudresh Dwivedi Indian Institute of Technology Indore
15. Facility Coloring Ayan Nandy Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata
16. Delay Optimization in Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN)-based Healthcare Systems Subhadeep Sarkar Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
17. On Theoretical Modeling of Sensor-Cloud: A Paradigm Shift From Wireless Sensor Network Subarna Chatterjee Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
18. Secure In-Network Processing of Encrypted Data in Wireless Sensor Networks Keyur Parmar National Institute of Technology Surat

Awards and Evaluation

An eminent jury consisting of Prof. Shalabh Bhatnagar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Prof. V. Kamakoti, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; Prof. C. Krishna Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad and Prof. Rajeev Wankar, University of Hyderabad, evaluated the paper presentations on the parameters of Originality, Depth of work (Modelling, Design, Experimentation, Results), Technical Content (Models, Optimization, Technologies, Analysis), Presentation (PPTs, Graphs, Explanations, Language, Clarity), Relevance (Applicability, Modernism) and Correctness of Work (Correct, Complete, Gaps).

And the winners are:

  • First Prize: K. Ramachandra Murthy, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, for his contribution entitled Moments Discriminant Analysis for Supervised Dimensionality Reduction. The 1st prize consisted of INR 1 lakh and a citation.
  • Second Prize: Subhadeep Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, for his contribution entitled Delay Optimization in Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN)-based Healthcare Systems. The 2nd prize consisted of INR 50,000/- and a citation.
  • Third Prize: The third prize was shared by the following three research scholars:
    • Monika Dhok, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, for her contribution entitled Type-Aware Testing of JavaScript Programs.
    • Rudresh Dwivedi, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, for his contribution entitled Consistent-bit Inspired Cancelable Iris Template Generation.
    • Keyur Parmar, National Institute of Technology Surat, for his contribution entitled Secure In-Network Processing of Encrypted Data in Wireless Sensor Networks.

    The 3rd prize carried a reward of INR 12,000/- each and a citation.