AlphaGo: Possible repercussions and India

ET’s editorial on March 11, 2016 talks about AlphaGo and draws some interesting sketches. At one point, “An AI-run factory, goes a joke, employs just a man and a dog. The dog’s job is to keep the man away from the factory. Why have the man at all, in that case? Someone has to feed the dog.”,
From the same editorial – A possible scenario for India: “AI will enhance productivity and profits for all companies that can master it and deploy it. Much of India’s advanced IT services industry might get replaced by AI, unless industry itself deploys AI. Indian universities have to teach and advance AI in all its myriad forms. India’s human intelligence potential must be realized, for the Indian economy to benefit from AI rather than be its victim.”
Lets wait and watch how it unfolds.

Call for Participation – Short-term Courses on Data Science at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai


We are living in a Data Age. Data is being continuously generated and consumed in various formats, and sizes from a number of varied sources. This data can be a big asset if stored, processed and analysed efficiently in real time with the help of intelligent algorithms. There is a growing interest to utilize such data for the improvement of business, health, education, society, etc. There are many ways to process and analyse such data spanning techniques like data visualisation, text analysis, predictions and recommendations etc. Applications of these techniques can give companies and organisations valuable insights leading to competitive advantage, efficient service delivery and above all customer satisfaction. And so the demand for skilled resources in these fields is growing day by day.

With this view, CDAC, Mumbai is announcing the following short-term courses in Data Science and Machine Learning.

  1. Using R for data visualization and analytics: This course introduces R – a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Visualisation. In recent years, R has become very popular due its open source cross-platform nature, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. During the course, one will not only learn about basics of R, but also about techniques of data acquisition and processing. Course will also cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation.
  2. Text Analytics: The course aims to provide learners an understanding of the methods for text analytics. It will cover major techniques for mining and analyzing text data to discover interesting patterns, extract useful knowledge, and support decision making. The techniques will include Named Entity Recognition, Sentiment Analysis and Text Categorization among others. Learners will also be introduced to various open source utilities for developing text analytics applications.
  3. Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems: The course covers various methods of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems drawn from Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. We will discuss popular algorithms in the domain and their use in various applications. The course emphasizes hands-on approach for better understanding of the techniques used in the domain. During the course, mainly open-source tools will be used for illustrations and lab.

Target Audience: Individuals, students, and professionals from government, industry, and academia working / interested in Data Science

Courses Schedule:

Course Name Using R for data visualization and analytics Text Analytics Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems
Course Dates May 19 – 21, 2016 June 16 – 18, 2016 July 14 – 16, 2016
Final Registration Date May 04, 2016 June 01, 2016 June 30, 2016

Registration Process: Registration fee per course for a candidate is Rs. 7500/-. For more details about registration and payment process, please visit

Note: Registration will be on first come first serve basis. Final participation in any of the courses will be subject to the realization of payment of applicable registration fee.

For More details, please contact:

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)

Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur,

Navi Mumbai – 400614, Maharashtra, INDIA

Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305

Fax: +91-22-27565004



Business Intelligence And Data Warehouse Workshop being organized by CDAC, Mumbai

C-DAC Mumbai (formerly NCST) and Computer Society of India (CSI) are jointly organizing a four days intensive workshop on BI DW: Tools and Techniques from December 01-04, 2010. The Knowledge Based Computer Systems division at C-DAC Mumbai carries out research and development in core areas of Natural Language Processing, Expert Systems, Case Based Reasoning, Information Retrieval, Data Mining, Soft Computing and Planning and Scheduling.

The workshop intends to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with hands-on practical experience on tools like Weka, Mondrian and Kettle. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for interactions among the participants from different academic institutions, research organizations and industry practitioners in India. The workshop plans to invite distinguished researchers and professionals to give keynote lectures in emerging Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing technologies.

Many organizations are awash with data, but starving for information and getting out intelligence of it. However, some organizations have successfully developed certain analytical competencies and gets the benefits in this competitive edge. Intelligence can make good impact on a organization growth.

With this view, this workshop provides an opportunity to study Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing in detail and promote the usage of Data Warehousing and Data Mining concepts in projects with Gigabyte or Terabyte of data.

Target Audience:

  • Software Developers/ BI professionals
  • Researchers
  • Professors
  • Students

For more details about the workshop and registration process, visit

Google Offers Cloud-Based Learning Engine

How could providing developers with machine learning on tap unleash a flood of smarter apps? What is Google Prediction API? How will it help developers to create software that learns how to handle incoming data? Read at

Indianizing with Rupantar- An extension from CDAC, Mumbai

In a diverse country like India, localisation of information in the respective languages of the people works as a way of empowerment for the people. And, open source provides the necessary technical platform for delivering that information at some reasonable cost. CDAC Mumbai has long been involved in developing tools/technologies in the area of localisation and open source. These include Xlit, Matra, SuTra, Anumaan. New tool to join this list is Rupantar.

Rupantar is an extention for developed by the KBCS division of CDAC Mumbai. This extension works as a utility to write in Devnagri script, hence allows a user to type in Hindi and Marathi language. It uses the Rupantar scheme, also developed by CDAC Mumbai, to convert from Roman to Devnagri. More details about downloading and installing the extension can be accessed at

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