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For an institute like ours imparting cutting edge technology to our students, we understand that engaging in high quality research is vital to keep up in the forefront. We emphasis on research by offering dissertation option for both undergraduates and higher degree students in addition to practice school .Our dept has well equipped computer labs with all the software required to carry out advanced research. In fact we are in the process of getting latest Microsoft software tools including window 7.5 mobile programming tool Mango, windows Azure programming tool, Visual studio 2010, exchange servers, and other tools through an academic alliance with MSDN .In fact students from other depts. also can make use of the above MSDN academic alliance facilities. The above tools will facilitate students to undertake advanced research in emerging areas like cloud computing and mobile computing. Research in CS department is mainly focused on areas of Web Services and Security, cloud computing, Software Engineering and Component based modeling, Computer Networks protocol verification, Web Mining and Data Mining and mobile computing. Students pursuing their Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science can work on a Thesis for a period of six months in the final year of the program. Our students and faculties from the CS Department have contributed to high quality publications in reputed international/national conferences and journals. Two of our faculty members Dr. Madiajagan and Dr.Sujala Shetty have earned their Doctoral degrees from BITS-Pilani by carrying out successful research using the facilities provided in our CS department. Further three of our faculties are doing active research in one of the areas mentioned earlier towards their Ph.D program.

 

A.    Sponsored Research activities:

Total number of Sponsored Projects in the department:  

1.              Dr. R. Anandkumar (EEE) Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators  Dr. B. Vijaya-kumar (CS), Dr. Jagadish Nayak(EEE) and Dr. Sundaresan Raman(EEE) have submitted a proposal to DEITY (Dept. of Electronics and Iinformation Technology, India) on 03 Feb. 2015 and awaiting further communication. Total Budget Outlay Proposed: INR 77,48,851.44 (US$ 129,238.78) Project Name: VIDEO PROCESSING and CODEC REQUIREMENTS for IETF WebRTC.  Duration: 3 years.

2.              Dr. B. Vijayakumar (CS), PI and co-investigators Dr. R. Anandkumar (EEE), Dr. V. Srinivasa Rao (HSS) and Dr. Aqila (HSS) have submitted a proposal to "Grand Challenges Explorations" of MELINDA GATES Foundation on May 13, 2015. and awaiting further communication. Total Budget Outlay Proposed: US$ 100,000

Project Name: Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services. Duration: 2 years.

3.              Dr. B. Vijayakumar, Dr. S. Vadivel, Dr. V. Santhoshkumar, Mr. Nandkumar, Dr. M. Madiajagan, Dr. Sujala D Shetty and Dr. R. Jagadish Nayak (EEE) submitted a short-term consultancy proposal to International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) Dubai in Feb. 2015 and awaiting further communication. Total Budget Outlay Proposed: AED 95,000.

Project Areas:  Web portal interface for ERP project, Web portal with content management, Custom GIS, Mobile based  game application  for ICBA awareness

Duration: to be decided after further discussion with ICBA. Tentatively planned for 1 year.

 

B. Publications: 

1.              "Spatial Data Analysis on the Cloud", Sana Zakir Hussain, Sujala D. Shetty,   International Journal Of Geomatics And Geosciences, Volume 5 Issue 6. 

2.              Lekha R. Nair, Sujala D. Shetty , “Research in Big Data and Analytics: An Overview”  IJCA December 2014 Edition Digital Library URI :http://www.ijcaonline.org/archives/volume108/number14/18980-0407
ISBN : 973-93-80884-48-0, pp. 19-23.

C. Conferences attended/papers presented:

1.              Tina Francis, M. Madiajagan , B Vijayakumar, "Privacy Issues and Techniques in E-Health Systems", Proc. of Int. Conference ACM SIGMIS CPR 2015, Newport Beach, California June 4-6, 2015, pp. 113-115.

2.              Nithya.K, B. Vijayakumar, Architectural Design for Allocation, Storage and Retrieval of Distributed Multimedia Data, Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2015, IMECS 2015, March 18 - 20, 2015, Hong Kong, pp. 184-188.

 

3.              Gaurav Madan, Yashasvi Vedula, Anubha Varshney, Ranoo Sharma, B Vijayakumar,  "eAttendance System for Academic Institutions",  Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2015, IMECS 2015, March 18 - 20, 2015, Hong Kong, pp. 382-386.

4.              Dev Dua, Sujala D. Shetty, Lekha R. Nair, Applying Scalable Machine Learning Techniques on Big Data Using a Computational Cluster, The 16th International Conference on Internet Computing and Big Data,  July 27-30, 2015, Las Vegas, USA.

5.              Dev Dua, Sujala D. Shetty, Lekha R. Nair, Developement of a distributed cryptographic system employing parallelized CTR mode encryption", 10th International Conference on Internet and Web Applications and Services, 21 - 26 June 2015 / Belgium, Brussels.

6.              Susanna S Henry, Vijay Kumar, V. Santhosh Kumar, Gurwinder Singh. Protocol  Verification of Translation in Mobile Internet Protocol version 4 and 6. 2015 8th  International Conference on Advanced Computer Theory and Engineering (ICACTE 2015). Web site:http://www.icacte.org. Germany, Berlin, 13-14 August 2015.

7.              Mahendra Singh Thakur, Dr M Madiajagan. “Selection of Sensor Architecture and Design of Sensor Framework for Blade Server and Data Centre Cooling System”. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Energy and Manufacturing Engineering (ICAEME'2015)  Jan.7-8, 2015 Dubai (UAE). http://iieng.org/siteadmin/upload/6440E0115015.pdf

8.              Bhavya Thakur, Aroul Murugan, Mahendra Singh Thakur. “Design and Development of a Self Propelled Electricity Generator on a Cloudy Hill Top”. International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Energy and Manufacturing Engineering (ICAEME'2015) Jan. 7-8, 2015 Dubai (UAE).http://iieng.org/siteadmin/upload/5653E0115016.pdf 

 

D. Conferences, seminars & workshops conducted:  -

International Conference SKM-2014, conducted at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus

The International Conference on Secure Knowledge Management in Bigdata era (SKM 2014) has been held during December 8-9, 2014, at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference was organized by Birla Institute of Technology & Science - Pilani, Dubai campus , SUNY, Buffalo, and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, UAE. The research papers submitted were put through an intensive blind review process and out of 19 papers only 8 papers were selected for presentation on the basis of reviews and comments. Each paper was reviewed by three Program Committee members.

The conference had two keynote talks, one from Prof Marc Dacier, Principal Scientist in Cybersecurity, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Doha, Qatar, and the other one from Professor Divyakant Agrawal, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara and QCRI. The conference had invited talks from Dr. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, System Security Lab at the Center for Advance Security Research, Darmstadt (CASED), Technische Universität Darmstadt ; Dr. Aurelin Francilon, Eurecom; Dr. Debin Gao, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University; Dr Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi; Dr. Michail Maniatakos, NYU Abu Dhabi; Dr. Nikoloas Fres, NYU, Abu Dhabi; Dr. Rahul Banerjee, BITS-Pilani, Pilani Campus; Dr. Taha Sencar, New York University, Abu Dhabi; and Dr. Payas Gupta, New York University Abu Dhabi.

Many contributed to the success of this conference. General Chair, Prof Nasir Memon, Department Head, and the Director of Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory at NYU, USA, Prof. Shambhu Upadhyaya and Prof. Raghav Rao from SUNY, Buffalo, Prof. Bijendra Nath Jain, Vice Chancellor, BITS Pilani, Prof R. N. Saha, and Prof G. Raghurama, Directors at BITS, Prof. Vadivel S, Program Committee and Sponsorships from CRISSP-AD, and Pratik Narang, BITS Hyderabad and Nanda Kumar, BITS Dubai.

 

E. Invited Talks given by BITS Faculty / Students

Joseph George is currently a Ph.D. scholar at Computer Science Department, BPDC since 2014. He is the Head of Information Technology at Rashid Centre for Diabetes and Research (RCDR), Ministry of Health UAE.

Joseph George delivered the key note speech on "Innovative Strategies for improving patient care" at Healthcare Innovation Congress, on 10-11 May 2015, at Crown Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE. (photograph attached).

 

F. Invited talks arranged in the department:

The following invited talks have been arranged in the CS department.

1.              Prof. Ramesh Karrifrom New York University delivered a talk on "Inter Disciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy: Opportunities for Practice School at Cyber Security Research Centre at New York University Abu Dhabi",  on 08/03/2015.

2.              Dr. Swapan PurkaitNETTECH, KOLKATAdelivered a talk on "NETWORK MANAGEMENT "  on 19/03/2015.

3.              Mr. Somnath Mitra, Program Manager, IBM, New Delhi, delivered a talk on "Web 3.0 Technology",  on 5/4/2015.

4.              Dr.Sasikumar Punnekkat,  Director, BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, delivered the talk on "Dependable Software Engineering and Embedded Systems" using the Tele-presence Class Room  facilities on 13th April 2015, Monday at 3.45 pm-5 pm.

5.              Professor Ashok Deshpande, PhD (Engg & Technology)
(Founding Chair: Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) - UC Berkeley CA., Former Deputy Director: National Environmental Engineering Research Institute 5(NEERI)/CSIR India), delivered  the talk on  “Fuzzy logic is Not Fuzzy!” on 6 Sep 2015, at Auditorium from 10.15-11.15 am.

G. Awards and recognitions won by faculty and students

1.              The annual inter university "Crossfire" Debating Championship was held at Skyline University College, Sharjah, on the 18th of February 2015. 8 Universities from across the UAE participated in the Debating Championship.Mohamed Atyab, a final year B.E Mechanical Engineering student and Varun Sharma, a third year B.E Computer Science student represented BPDC at the event. Mohamed Atyab won the Runner Up - Best Speaker (Against the motion) award at the competition.

2.              CS Students from BPDC participated at The Microsoft Hackathon competition on 28th March 2015 at the Microsoft Office, Internet City. The students were awarded Nokia Lumia 1520 for their performance in the event. The student details are given as follows:

Alok Rajiv – 2nd year, Naman Kamra – 1st year, Pradheepan Raghavan – 2nd year, Rishav Jalan – 2nd year, Saugaat Allabadi – 1st year, Shaurya Sood – 1st year, Ritwik D’Souza – 1st year.

 

3.              'LOXLEY' team comprising of four students from Bits Pilani, Dubai Campus have emerged victorious in the final round of Business Case Study Challenge held by Middlesex University on 23 Feb. 2015, to take home a whopping cash prize of Dhs. 10,000 and a magnificent trophy. The students are Mihika Shivkumar (year II), Varun Sharma (year III CS), Matthew Abraham (Year III) and Sean D'Rosario (Year IV).

The Harvard Business Review case study for this year’s competition was titled: Emirates Airline: Connecting the Unconnected.  31 teams comprising of 119 students from 18 universities across the country competed at the Middlesex University Business Case Study Challenge. The teams had to undergo three grueling rounds consisting of written presentations, oral presentations and Q&A sessions spread over a period of one month. Of the 31 teams three teams reached the final round. The teams were judged by experts from the industry and academia. Panel members included senior managers from Emirates group, Al Futtaim Logistics and Du among others. Emirates Airlines is the main sponsor for this event. Our engineering students have proved that they possess business skills too. (photograph attached)

4.              On the 1st of May 2015, two students from the Computer Science Department of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Alok Rajiv and Lakshay Arora participated in a 48 hour hackathon competition at The Cribb, Al Quoq organized by Turn8.

Their idea "iBOX" a physical cloud storage, was chosen as the best idea in the competition and they would be receiving a seed capital of AED 100,000/- for the same.

Concept -

It is a physical cloud storage. It aims to solve problems for people who have space problems at their homes and businesses. The idea of managed storage is integrated with technology which makes it more efficient and feasible, first of its kind in the country.

 

1.        Contact:

Contact them through the application and they will deliver the storage boxes.

2.            Pack and Tag:

Take photos and tag your things as you pack. You can keep track of everything you   store with the app.

3.            Check-In:

When you are ready, “Check-In” your items to ibox. They will pick them up and store it securely.

4.            Check-out:

Browse your  inventory on the app through the photos stored. When you need        

something,  schedule Check-Out and they will bring it to your door.


Business strategists and experts mentored the team to pitch the idea to Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. The idea was selected by a panel of experienced investors to win the competition and incubate and accelerate the business with a funding of 100,000 AED along with shared office infrastructure and mentorship from top-investors.

5.              Dr. Alamelu Mangai, Sr. Lecturer of CS dept. has guided her project student Ms. Shajitha Seyed Ismail of III year CS and their project entitled  "Automated Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy using Image Processing Technique" has won the first place in the Third U.A.E Under Graduate Students Research Competition - UGSRC - 2015 - Step up Shabab, that was held on 21st May 2015 at Abu Dhabi University.

 

The competition was held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in coincidence with the UAE's classification of the year 2015 as the "Year of Innovation". The competition included about 348 research submissions in different disciplines from around 1000 students across U.A.E. 

 

BITS has sent 15 students this year for UGSRC  [Shajitha, Raunak, Aishwarya Iyer and Nabnita, Ayanava Sarkar are the CS students and 10 more students from different streams]. The categories in the competition include CS, EEE, MECH, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, IT, Education. All of our students were in placed in Top Ten in all the categories.

 

6.              DEWA Mobile Application Master Competition, June 2015:

a) A team of 7 CS students  Prateek Marathe, Sahil Shakir, Rohit Ravishankar, Zoheb Hynus, Isra Abbasi, Rahul Kumar, Jubin Daniel James participated from BITS DUBAI CAMPUS in DEWA app master competition  and secured  the second position.

b) A team of 6 CS students  Ankita Srivastava, Himadri Pathak, Varshali kumar, Subu Avudai, Likitha Satish and Ankit Bansal participated from BITS DUBAI CAMPUS in DEWA app master competition  and secured the third position.

7.              DECODE DUBAI: 48 hour HACKATHON COMPETIION, June 2015

 

A team of 5 final year students all from CS Department Dinesh Balani, Mihir Rai, Dev Dua, Vijit Katta and Mohammed Muzzamil participated in DECODE DUBAI and  developed an application that will motivate people to save electricity. This team won the first prize. The organizers  will be incubating our students  for 5 months to polish their idea and they will be further participating in World finale Of "Smart City App hack" to be held in Barcelona, Spain in month of November 2015.

 

 

 

 

H. Faculty Development, International Collaboration & Industry Immersion:

Dr. Madiajagan is the Lead faculty for research and training collaborations with DELL,  CISCO, Middle East, since I semester 2014-15. CISCO has setup a Networking Lab at BPDC to work  in the following areas: Software Defined Networks  & Application Centric Infrastructure. Training for Certification Courses  for DELL and CISCO are being planned in the near future.

CISCO Sponsored Network Lab:

  The Cisco sponsored networking research lab is  equipped with the required network components such as routers, switches, firewall, wireless controllers and access points to build the network from the base level to high level of networking. The Cisco lab has all the hard copy and soft copy material to help the students to learn and start the practical training on Cisco hardware devices. This Cisco lab will lead the students to achieve the Cisco certifications and software defined Network projects.  

 

Prof.Vadivel is the Lead faculty  for research collaboration with ESRI Sharjah, to work in the following areas from I sem 2014-15:

 

a) Hadoop based distributed processing for ARCGIS server and ArcGIS desktop: Dr S. Vadivel, Dr. Sujala D Shetty.

b) Image search based on meta data and feature selection: Dr. Jagadish Nayak and    Dr. B. Vijayakumar.

 

I. Significant new equipments/experimental facility added during the year: 

I A new Computer Science Dept's laboratory (Software Systems Laboratory) has been  setup during June-Aug.  2015. The lab. has come up in room no. 332, adjacent to the present Computer Programming Lab. (Room 333).

The System Configuration includes:

 75 Desktop Computer Systems each having configuration as follows: i7-4770 Processor with Monitor, 8GB RAM, 1 TB HHD, 1 DVD Drive, Intel  Graphics Card, WiFi, KBD, Mouse.

Electromagnetic Interactive Whiteboard (Touchscreen with system)

1 LCD Projector with WIFI enabled

1 TV Display

1 Laserjet Printer                                                               

2  Portable Hard drive 2 TB for backup of student user accounts  in 2  labs (CP lab and Software systems Lab).

II. The existing CP Lab in Room 333 has been additionally equipped with 8 more Desktop Computer Systems in August 2015. Now the total number of Computer Systems in CP lab is 78.

 J. Departmental association/club activities:

1.   Microsoft Tech Club: 

FACULTY IN-CHARGE - Dr. S. Vadivel

PRESIDENT – Dev Dua

VP & WEB LEAD – Rahul Kumar

TECH LEAD – Rishav Jalan, Nitya Mohini Harve

CURRENT MEMBER STRENGTH = 216

 

The Microsoft Tech Club is run by Microsoft Student Partners, and students of the Microsoft Student Community. The Microsoft Student Partners Program is for students who realize the best tech careers come to those who chase their dreams. MSPs are involved in building apps, training others and social media. They are social, friendly students who enjoy creating global connections.

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Hackathon at Microsoft Office(Internet City): 7 Microsoft Tech Club students participated in hackathon at Microsoft and were awarded Nokia Lumia 1520 each  for their performance in the event.

28th March 2015
7 people attended.

 

Droidcon sponsored by Microsoft:  7 Microsoft Tech Club students attended the  Droidcon conference worth 300$ per attendee for free and along with free transportation.

14th April-16th April March 2015
7 people attended.

 

Sessions(6):


Session 1 : Discussion with tech club members and understanding what they want to learn.

8th February 2015

50 people attended.


Session 2 : Session on AppStudio App Deveopment without coding

8th March 2015
70 people attended.


Session 3: App Development Hackathon #1. Helping all users build their first app.

11th March 2015
25 people attended.

Session 4: App Development Hackathon #2. Helping all publish the apps they made to windows store.
22nd March 2015
15 people attended.

Session 5 : Session on Game Development with Unity

12th March 2015
30 people attended.

 

Session 6 : Continuation of first session on Game Development with Unity

19th March 2015
20 people attended.

 

Events in Enginuity(2):

CodeBlitz: In association with IEEE. Code debugging competition.

16th March 2015

21 teams participated.

 

Frynapse: Virtual scavenger hunt competition.

17th March 2015

69 teams participated.

 

2. Linux Users Group: The Linux Users group actively organized and collaborated events with other clubs and associations. The registrations were free and open to all BPDC students. Series of Presentations were held during 2015 covering the topics UBUNTU LINUX Installation and Configuration  & Software Tools under LINUX. Our Core members took active part in Organizing Committee for  ENGINUITY 2015.

 3. BPDC ACM Student Chapter: A total of 15 registrations were made during September 2014 with Ms. Susanna S Henry as the Faculty Advisor. The members took active part in organizing ENGINUITY 2015.

 

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    The aerial robot, developed by students of BITS Pilani at the Dubai campus won the first position in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) held recently in  North Dakota, United States.

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