Monday, October 20, 2008

Tech Vista 2008

It's been quite a long time since I wrote something in my blog! As i have been travelling a lot, had sporadic access to the Internet hence couldn't blog for sometime .... Recently had been to an interesting event known as TechVista in Chennai, Four Microsoft Student Partners from Bangalore had registered for the event! The event comprised of a series of interesting sessions from Microsoft Research.

The speakers and sessions at TechVista 2008 included:

Computer Science in the Future Abstract
* Prof. John Hopcroft, IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell University. Prof. Hopcroft has also been honored with the A.M. Turing Award.

Program Obfuscation and One-Time Programs Abstract
Prof. Shafi Goldwasser
, RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and of computer science and applied mathematics at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Prof. Goldwasser has twice won the Gödel Prize, first in 1993, and again in 2001.

Computational Cameras: Redefining the Image Abstract
Prof. Shree Nayar
, T. C. Chang Chaired Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academies, Washington DC in 2008, and received the NTT Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the NTT Basic Research Laboratory, Japan, in 1994.

Making an Impact, Microsoft Research Abstract
* Dr. Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research. Dr. Rashid was presented with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Emanuel R. Piore Award in 2008. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and 2008 respectively.

Weaving the World's Photos Abstract
* Dr. Rick Szeliski, Group Lead, Interactive Visual Media Group, Microsoft Research. He was elected an IEEE fellow in 2004.

Computational Biology and Vice Versa Abstract
* Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Strand Life Sciences. He is an academic turned entrepreneur. A co-founder of Strand Life Sciences, a leading in silico life sciences company, he currently serves as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the company. He also co-founded the Association of Biotech led Enterprises (ABLE) and continues to serve as an executive council member. Dr. Chandru is the recipient of several awards and honors.

It was indeed a great event and learnt a lot regarding Research, some innovative ideas on new technology, and met great minds from the Computer Industry and Academia.

Special Thanks to Diwaagar , Microsoft Student Partner from Chennai for making good arrangements for all the Bangalore MSP's , Thanks a million Diwaagar :-) .

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