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Chandan Saha – A Computer Scientist with an eye for Mathematics

Chandan Saha of the Computer Science and Automation department, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru is the winner of two prestigious national awards – the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Award, 2016, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Young Engineer Award, 2016. He works in the areas of complexity theory and algorithms, and his lab is currently trying to study arithmetic circuits to understand computational efficiency as a function of time and computational memory.

Scientists identify strategies for Viral Marketing on Social Networks

Most entrepreneurs with a pioneer product face a common set of challenges - knowing how their product would be received in the market, finding the best strategy to advertise it and identifying the initial set of “seed users” who would use the product and provide feedback on its improvements. In the age of social media where information diffuses at massive speeds, how should one identify the set of users who have the maximum influence in reaching out to a larger crowd? In a recent collaborative study, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and IBM India Research Labs have studied how information diffuses on social networks and have identified strategies to answer this question.

IISc’s Computer Science and Automation department ranks 71st in the world

In what could be called a testimony to Bengaluru being the IT capital of India, the Indian Institute of Science’s Computer Science and Automation (CSA) department was ranked 71st in the recently released The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, making it the top institute in India for Computer Science.

CODD - Testing Big Data Applications without Data

Computer scientists at the Database Systems Lab, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, have developed an innovative tool called “CODD” for testing “big data” applications. This novel tool can help database programmers test and validate software that work on big data. CODD stands for "Constructing Dataless Databases".

Teaching computers how to learn

Amidst the 400 acres lush green campus of IISc, sits a modest Department of Computer Science and Automation, which has a rich history in 'pattern recognition': the science of finding regularities in datasets. A few labs in the department work on a related and exciting branch of computer science called 'machine learning': the science of 'teaching' machines to recognise patterns in data, and learn from them. Prof Chiranjib Bhattacharya's 'Machine Learning Lab' is one among them.

Seeing is Believing – new framework to visualize cosmic filaments

An international team of researchers has proposed a framework for identifying, characterizing and visualizing cosmic filaments in the universe. The proposed framework would help astronomers identify and visualise the multi-scale structure of cosmic filaments in the universe, and examine their interaction with other cosmic structures. This collaborative effort consisted of professors and student researchers from Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Netherlands, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Scientists propose new method to manage traffic signals better

IISc scientists propose a new method to manage traffic lights, and this can potentially reduce your waiting times at traffic signals.
The new rule is simple: the lane with maximum vehicles will get the green signal first. Of course, you may have had this idea all along; but teaching the signal lights to do this on their own, without any human intervention, is a great technical challenge.

Dr Aditya Kanade: Making hand-held computation and computer education accessible to all

The current age is called the “Information Age”. People want “information” on their fingertips. Information here may mean a variety of things: mails and messages, news, financial transactions, railway bookings and more. Some people may also need more specialized or personalized forms of information. However, in a developing country like India, not everyone can afford a personal computer with internet access. On the other hand, India has also seen a remarkable proliferation of mobile phones across much of the society, and across most age groups. The new generation of such phones, called smartphones, not only provide regular internet access, but also a platform for users to create new programs (popularly called “App”s) for specialized and personalized services. Dr. Aditya Kanade, Scientist and Assistant Professor of Computer Science in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is working on the design and implementation issues of smartphone apps. In his words, the widespread adoption of smartphones is a step at democratizing information access.

Peering into the hardware that makes our minds tick

One of the hallmarks of the human body is our nervous system, which helps us sense our surroundings and carry out complicated activities. The nervous system is made of millions of neurons. Studying them can provide insight into normal bodily function, disorders and a holy grail of research: how the human brain functions.