ACM India Annual Event

19-21 January 2017, Kolkata

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest educational and scientific society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM awards the Turing Award (aka Noble Prize in Computing). ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking. ACM is recording a healthy growth in India, and ACM India was launched in 2010 to increase the focus on the country.

ACM India has been organizing annual flagship events to discuss trends in science and technology, and to celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. This event is attended by ACM Turing Award winners, ACM Office Bearers, researchers and IT professionals. The past events have witnessed keynote speeches by Tony Hoare (Turing Award 1980), Raj Reddy (Turing Award 1994), Barbara Lisskov (Turing Award 2008), Charles Thacker (Turing Award 2009), Eric Brewer (Infosys ACM Award 2009), Franz Kaashoek (Infosys ACM Award 2010) Ravi Kannan (Knuth Prize 2011), Vinton G Cerf (Turing Award 2004), Joseph Sifakis (Turning Award 2007), John E. Hopcroft(Turing Award 1986), Edward Albert Feigenbaum (Turing Award 1994), Susan Rodger, and Kathy Yelick.

ACM India announces its annual event for the year 2017 to be held at Amity University campus, Kolkata, West Bengal on January 21, 2017. The event is organized by ACM Kolkata Professional Chapter in association with the Indian Statistical Institute, University of Calcutta and Amity University. CS Pathsala Workshop, iSIGCSE Workshop and IRISS are co-located ACM events with ACM India Annual Event 2017 and is to be held at University of Calcutta, Saltlake Campus.

Keynote Speakers

Leslie Valiant is the T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Harvard University. He is the 2010 ACM Turing Award laureate. more...

Title of Talk: Beyond Supervised Learning - Towards Artificial Intelligence

Abstract: Supervised learning is a cognitive phenomenon which has proved amenable both to theoretical analysis as well as exploitation as a tecchnology. As theory we have definitions of what goals need to be achieved when learning is being done, and some understanding of the inherent possibilities and limitations of the phenomenon. As a technology machine learning has proved successful in a rapidly growing area of applications, especially in the last decade, by the combination of highly effective learning algorithms, fast computers and plentiful data.

However, not all of cognition can be accounted for by supervised learning. The question we ask here is whether one can build on the success of machine learning to address the broader goals of artificial intelligence. We regard reasoning as the other main component of cognition. We suggest that the central challenge therefore is to unify the formulation of these two fundamental phenomena, learning and reasoning, with one common semantics into a single framework. We propose Robust Logic for this role, as such a framework with a satisfactory theoretical basis just like supervised learning. Testing it experimentally on a significant enough scale remains a major challenge for the future.


University of Calcutta, Salt Lake Campus
19 January 2017 - half day (Parallel session) CS Pathsala Workshop on "Bringing computational thinking to Indian schools"
19 January 2017 - full day iSIGCSE Workshop on "Computing Curricula for India"
20 January 2017 IRISS 2017 (11th Inter-Research-Institute Student Seminar in Computer Science)
Amity University, Kolkata Campus
21 January 2017 ACM India Annual Event 2017

ACM India Annual Event 2017 - 21 Jan

Travel Section has free shuttle details.

9:00 - 9:30 am Registration Kit Collection
9:30 - 9:35 am Welcome
9:35 - 9:50 am Doctoral Dissertation Award (guest: Suresh Menon, VP & Head, East India, TCS)
9:50 - 10:05 am ACM India Report
10:05 - 10:20 am ACM Report
10:20 - 10:35 am Best Student Chapter Awards
10:35 - 10:45 am Vote of Thanks
10:45 - 11:15 am Tea Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Keynote: Beyond Supervised Learning - Towards AI (Leslie Valiant, Harvard)
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm Keynote: Mainstreaming MOOCs in India – A hybrid approach (Deepak Phatak, IIT Bombay)
2:30 - 3:30 pm Keynote: Saving the World One Team Project at a Time (Armando Fox, UC Berkley)
3:30 - 4:00 pm Tea Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm Keynote: Crashing Drones and Hijacked Cameras: CyberTrust Meets CyberPhysical (Jeannette Wing, MSR)
5:00 - 5:10 pm Closing

CS Pathsala Workshop - 19 Jan

9:30 - 9:45 am Registration Kit collection
9:45 - 10:00 am Welcome - Nabendu Chaki (University of Calcutta)
10:00 - 10:45 am Keynote: Computation and CSPathsala - Anupam Basu (IIT Kharagpur)
10:45 - 11:30 am Keynote: Computer Science in School - Madhavan Mukund (CMI)
11:30 - 11:45 am Tea Break
11:45 am - 12:30 pm CSpathshala: Overview, Status & Plan for 2017-18 - Vipul Shah (TCS Research)
12:30 - 1:00 pm Teacher Experience Sharing - chaired by Snehasis Banerjee (TCS Research)
1:00 - 1:10 pm Closing - Nabendu Chaki (University of Calcutta)
1:10 - 2:00 pm Lunch

iSIGCSE Workshop - 19 Jan

9:30 - 10 am General Remarks - Madhavan Mukund (CMI, Chennai) and R Venkatesh (TCS)
10:00 - 10:30 am Introduction to CS2013 - Arati Dixit (SPPU)
10:30 - 11:00 am Learning Outcomes and Assessment: Common Pitfalls and Useful Tips - Viraj Kumar (PES University)
11:00 - 11:30 am Tea Break
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Designing an Introductory Programming course - Abhiram Ranade (IIT Bombay)
12:10 - 12:50 pm Designing an Algorithms course - Viraj Kumar (PES Univsersity)
12:50 - 1:30 pm Designing an Operating Systems course - Abhijat Vichare (Persistent)
1:30 - 3:00 pm Lunch
3:00 - 4:15 pm Hands on session - Working groups for different courses. Discuss challenges and more...
4:15 - 5:00 pm The working groups report their findings to all.

IRISS 2017 - 20 Jan

Registration / Help Desk is on 1st Floor at CU.

9:30 - 10:00 am Inauguration
10:00 - 11:00 am Keynote: Online Scheduling (Naveen Garg, IIT Delhi)
11:00 - 11:30 pm Tea Break
11:30 am - 1:15 pm Paper Presentations by PhD students - 2 parallel sessions (refer IRISS website)
1:15 - 2:30 pm Lunch and Posters
2:30 - 3:30 pm Presentation by Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner Rohit Gurjar (IIT Kanpur).
Thesis Title: Derandomizing PIT for ROABP and Isolation Lemma for Special Graphs
3:30 - 4:00 pm Tea Break
4:00 - 5:30 pm Industry Presentations - Google, TCS Research, Microsoft Research, Conduent Labs
5:30 - 6:00 pm Tea Break
6:00 - 7:00 pm Cultural Program
7:00 pm onwards Dinner


19 & 20 January 2016 - University of Calcutta, Salt Lake Campus

21 January 2016 - Amity University


Program Name Cost of Registration Registration Link
19 Jan : CS Pathsala Workshop Free (for invited Heads of Schools & nominated CS teachers) Link
19 Jan: iSIGCSE workshop Free (for curriculum makers, course co-coordinators, faculty) Link
20 Jan: IRISS 2017 Nominated* Students & Faculty - Free; Others - 1150 INR (with S.T.) Free    Others
21 Jan: ACM India Annual Event 2017 Nominated* Students & Faculty - Free; Others - 1150 INR (with S.T.) Free    Others

Last date to register : 16 January 2017  All Registrations Closed.

Travel & Stay

Where to Stay

Accommodation arrangement for the IRISS participants are made in the Indian Statistical Institute Guest House on B.T. Road, Kolkata from 19th evening till 21st morning. The same may be extended for another day, on request. You need to report at the Guest House directly - they already have the name list. You may contact Mr. Suprativ Biswas (, on arrival.

Recommended hotels near Calcutta University, Salt Lake Campus are: ITC Sonar, JW Marriot, Hyatt Regency, Indismart Hotel, Oyo Rooms - an indicative list.

Recommended hotels near Amity University, Rajarhat Campus are: Westin, Pride Hotel, Novotel, Bellanzo - an indicative list.

How to Reach

By Air

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is situated at Dumdum, which is about 17 kilometres away from the heart of the city. This airport has good connectivity across major cities in India and abroad. From the airport you can take a taxi or a bus to your final destination. Volvo buses ply on multiple routes so just confirm at the airport the bus you should be taking for your address.

By Train

Kolkata has an efficient network of railways and is well linked to cities across the country. Superfast trains such as Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express connect Kolkata from Delhi and nearby places. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is located in Howrah and the other at Sealdah.

Local Transport

Calcutta University Salt Lake Campus - rickshaw available, 10 minutes walk from Nicco Park

Amity University Rajarhat Campus - close to Ecospace and Aliah University [auto/tuktuk from Narkelbagan available aplenty]

Both Nicco Park and Narkelbagan is served by a large number of public transport buses [AC/non-AC]. Taxis / Ola / Uber readily available

There will be free shuttle services for all participants on the day of the ACM India Annual Event (21 Jan) in the morning hours (approx. 8:30 - 10:30 am) from Narkelbagan Crossing on Rajarhat Bypass to the Amity campus. Takes less than 10 minutes. After the event ends, there will be free shuttle drops from Amity Campus to Narkelbagan Crossing that will continue until crowd disburses. Volunteers will be at Narkelbagan Crossing wearing "Amity" printed Black T-shirts for any help.

Due to limited parking space inside Amity Campus, you might reach when parking is full. Just outside campus gate there is ample space and security is assigned to look after there. When in doubt, take help of volunteers.


We would love to hear from you!

Prof. Nabendu Chaki, CU

The Chair, ACM Kolkata Chapter


Email 2:

Snehasis Banerjee, TCS Research

Email: snehasis.banerjee [at]