Editorial Team

The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), the premier research based innovation institute, will host the fifth edition of its annual event, RISE Symposium, from March 19-20, 2021. The two-day virtual event will showcase the innovative contributions from researchers at the institute, beginning with a panel discussion on the four dimensions – Research, Innovation, Society and Entrepreneurship – exhibited by IIITB during the pandemic last year.

The panel discussion on the first day will have Prof Chandrashekar Ramanathan, Professor & Dean (Academics) & Faculty-in-charge Computing, Prof Srinath Srinivasa, Professor & Dean (R&D), Prof T. K. Srikanth, Professor & Faculty-in-charge Computing – E-Health Research Centre, and Uday Hegde, Co-founder & CEO, USEReady and a First Batch alumnus of IIITB in attendance, moderated by Prof Sadagopan, Director, IIITB. A research colloquium – for and by students and special panel discussions on the innovation and health of research are the other highlights of the day.

Day two features an Open House which begins with a keynote address by Prof Sujatha Ramdorai (Professor of Mathematics at University of British Columbia, Canada) on ‘RISEing to the Challenges in Education and Health’, will be followed by presentations from selected MeitY TIDE startups and ‘IIITB Innovation Awards’ for startups. Virtual project stalls that showcase the research around Nutritional Rehabilitation, Neural Networks in Hardware, Assessing Driver Anonymity, Analysis of Open Digital Platforms, etc. will be on display. During this event, attendees can also connect with researchers and presenters via chat rooms.

“In the last four years, RISE has proved to be a great platform for showcasing excellence in research and innovation under a broader set of R&D themes. During the pandemic in 2020, our faculty actively participated in research, innovation and implementation of activities that could be of help to the society. We worked with various State Governments on some vital projects, which included building the COVID-19 dashboard for tracking the status of COVID-19 affected persons for the Government of Karnataka, and building a Migrants Helpdesk Platform for the Jharkhand Government, among others” said Prof S Sadagopan, Director, IIITB.

Dr Shiva Kumar Malapaka, Assistant Professor, IIITB, who is leading the efforts toward RISE this year, said “RISE has been a major event for IIITB each year and focuses on celebrating efforts toward encouraging research and development – an activity that is the very essence of our institute. Each year, we showcase commendable innovations and breakthrough contributions in science and technology, and I’m looking forward to seeing the kind of path breaking work that has been researched this year, in areas like community care, neural networks and software systems, to name a few”, he said.

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