R – your tool for data analysis

R‬ is a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Graphics. R provides a free/open source, cross­-platform, object-oriented environment to perform data analysis and visualisation tasks. Strength of R lies in its vibrant community, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. ‪

R provides all necessary tools required for various stages of a data analysis project. It provides techniques for data acquisition and processing as well as for data analysis and visualisation. It ranges from accessing data in various formats (CSV, XML…) to all possible ways of data manipulation (tabulation, aggregation…)to rich support for graphics (histogram, box plot etc.) to statistical models (regression, ANOVA…).

It is not always necessary to use built-in and supported functions and packages. Depending on the requirements, one can also develop his/her own functions, scripts and packages.

Recently, CDAC Mumbai has announced a 3-day course on R entitled “Using R for Data Visualisation and Analytics”. This course is aimed to cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation. More details can be accessed here.

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

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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 http://www.kbcs.in/datascience.

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

email: kbcs@cdac.in

URL: http://www.kbcs.in/datascience

Open House at CDAC on the occasion of National Science Day

CDAC Mumbai is organising an Open House on the occasion of National Science Day(28th February, 2014) at its Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. This Open House will not only showcase CDAC products and projects, but also include Quiz Show, Programming Competition and Much More.
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One-day workshop on Parikshak — an online program grading system organised by CDAC, Mumbai

Computer Programming is an important aspect of any computer-science/information-technology course. This is among the most difficult to teach, since being a good programmer is a skill to be acquired coupled with knowledge of many different aspects such as abstraction, analysis, structured programming, debugging, etc. Usually computer programming is taught through a combination of theory classes on concepts and languages, and lab classes on specific languages. Assignments are given, which are manually graded by the instructor. Manual grading of programs is very tedious and time consuming. While evaluating student assignments the teacher has to act as a compiler/interpreter and inspect each line in program and judge whether the overall program would work correctly. While this grading approach works fine for a small number of simple assignments, it gets unwieldy as the complexity and number of the assignment increases. This, in turn, results in inadequate attention to the practical programming skills of students.

Parikshak is a web based system which offers a solution to this. A tool like Parikshak, which facilitates automated evaluation of software programs can significantly reduce the load of the faculty, give direct feedback to student, thereby leading to efficient handling of programming assignments/exams. Parikshak allows teachers to define programming assignments systematically, allows registered students to attempt solving them online, and automatically assesses the solution. The feedback is available to the students and the faculty, for follow up and record. Using Parikshak to manage your programming component, clearly offers many advantages.

During the workshop, we will demonstrate the system, discussing various ways in which tool can be used in the academic setting, and provide hands-on for faculty. Since we have limited number of seats, we request you to confirm participation from your colleges latest by June 12, 2013, by email or phone call. Teachers from the CS/IT departments are preferred, though others with some programming experience/interest are welcome.

Contact Information

Details of workshop

Email: parikshak@cdac.in

Phone: 022-27565303, Extn 301

Contact Person: Ms. Mercy Sobhan

Date & Timing: Sat, 15 June, 2013

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Venue: CDAC Kharghar

Registration Fees: Rs 600/-

Tea and Lunch will be provided to all participants

Registration fee has to be paid by Demand Draft / Cheque (local or at par) drawn in favour of CDAC payable at Mumbai. Please mention your name, organisation and contact no. on the back side of the Demand Draft / Cheque.

Flyer: parikshak

National Workshop on Adaptive Instruction at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai during December 15-16, 2011

This workshop will explore the current trends in the field of personalization in the context of e-learning, particularly in instruction delivery. As we all are aware, e-learning has been around for quite a long time now. It is widely accepted by both the industry and the academics as a convenient medium for providing learning environment to the employees/students. E-learning can be made more effective by personalizing the instruction and adapting it to suit the individual learner. The workshop addresses issues and challenges in adaptive instruction and highlights the emerging trends in adaptive instruction. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in creating and using adaptive instruction in education with Anurup . The workshop will also provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners interested in the emerging area.

This workshop is being organized by CDAC, Mumbai at their Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. More details about the workshop can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/news_and_events/national_workshop_on_adaptive_instruction

National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility on August 26, 2011 at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

In today’s world, the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is growing day by day. We use these technologies very extensively in fulfilling our routine tasks like bill payments, banking transactions, reservations and many more to the extent that ICT is not a luxury, but necessity today. A large section of the society comprising people with disabilities finds it difficult to use ICT in the same way as normal people do. This includes the visually impaired (fully or partially blind), hearing impaired, people with cognitive disabilities (memory loss, etc.) and cerebral problems etc..

Such people have to be provided with different kinds of assistive technologies either software-based or hardware-based to make ICT accessible to them. A large number of software-based assistive technologies are normally in the form of applications running on desktops which make common desktop applications (office applications, browser etc.) accessible for the disabled person. Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) tools/techniques play an important role in creating assistive technologies that are free-of-cost, available to all, easily maintainable etc. for a large portion of population in a country like India.

The workshop intends to provide a platform for promotion and adoption of FOSS in the area of accessibility as well as creating opportunities for all stakeholders to discuss and identify the areas of accessibility that are still untouched. The workshop will host keynote and invited lectures by distinguished personalities of the field.

This workshop is being organized by CDAC, Mumbai at their Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. More details about the workshop can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/news_and_events/national_workshop_on_foss_desktop_accessibility

National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education on August 27, 2011 at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

Many softwares have been developed for adopting technology in education for resource availability, sharing, and access to them even after school/college hours. There have also been developments aimed to ease other educational activities like course enrollment, conduct of examination from setting question papers to correcting answers and displaying results. Such softwares are available in the market in both forms proprietary and open source.

Unlike the proprietary softwares, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) alternatives are free of cost, source code is available with the software, and the institution has freedom to modify the source code to customize the software as per requirement. For modification and maintenance the institution has full freedom to develop the required skills in-house with the help of faculties and system admin staff or they can choose to hire external help.

However, one of the problems is there are many FOSS tools available and a novice institution/teacher/software development organization has to take lot of efforts to short-list/choose a software for adoption. They will have to spend days looking for different softwares, their reviews, comparisons, etc. If such problems are reduced for the ease of FOSS adoption then the institutions/teachers can reap the above benefits of FOSS much more seamlessly.

The workshop intents to promote technology and FOSS adoption in educational institutions. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners. The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or professionals.

This workshop is being organized by CDAC, Mumbai at their Kharghar, Navi Mumbai campus. More Details about the workshop can be accessed at http://www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/news_and_events/national_workshop_on_foss_adoption_in_education

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 http://bidw.cdacmumbai.in/.

FOSS Seminar in CDAC, Mumbai on March 20, 2010

CDAC, Mumbai, at its Kharghar, Navi Mumbai Centre,  has been conducting a monthly seminar series called (FOSS) From the Open Source Self for quite some time now on every third Saturday of the month. The purpose of this series in the form of lecture demos is to introduce people to the wide range of high quality software(s) available in open source. Response so far has been good enough. This month’s seminar will be held on March 20. The topics of this seminar include:

1. NLTK – NLTK [Natural Language Processing Toolkit] is a complete Open Source suite of Python modules, linguistic data and documentation for research and development in Natural Language Processing. It provides utilities for many NLP tasks like chunking, stemming and parsing to name a few. It is a useful tool for students, professionals and researchers interested in Natural Language Processing and is widely used by NLP community all over the world.

2. GNU Build System – The GNU build system provides an environment to a computer programmer that helps them make their software/packages portable across platforms (at least for Unix-like operating systems). It also makes the build process easier for the user, allowing him/her to use just a small set of commands to build the software/package from its source code and install it.

Registration for this series is open till March 17, 2010. More details about the seminar series and registration process can be accessed at CDAC Mumbai’s website or at http://www.ossrc.org.in/events/event.html

Contact address:

Course Administration, CDAC (formerly NCST),

Raintree Marg, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth Engg. College,

Opp. Kharghar Railway Station,

Sector 7, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai 400614, India.

Telephone: +91-22-27565303 Telefax: +91-22-27560004

Website: http://ossrc.org.in Email: course_kh@cdacmumbai.in

SIGAI Workshop on Emerging Research Trends in AI, 2010

Artificial Intelligence has always been a challenging field providing lots of opportunities of research and development in no. of areas like language processing, multi-agent systems,  web mining, information retrieval, semantic web, e-learning, optimization problems, pattern recognition etc. And, there is growing interest in the field in India between academia and industria both.

Keeping this in mind, The Special Interest Group on AI (SIGAI) of Computer Society of India (CSI) announces a workshop on “Emerging Research Trends in AI”. The workshop will be organized and hosted by CDAC,  Navi Mumbai, and is meant to encourage quality research in various aspects of AI, among the Indian academia/industry.

For more details, see Call for Papers and visit: http://sigai.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/ertai-2010

multi-agent systems,  web mining, information retrieval, semantic web, e-learning, optimization problems, pattern recognition, etc.