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Invited Talks

  • Talk by Prof Phalguni Gupta, IIT Kharagpur. Currently, he is the Director of National Institute of Technical Teachers; Training and Research, Kolkata. Topic: Challenges in Biometric System Development,Date: 28th November 2019.
  • Talk by Col.Dr. Rakesh Sharma. Col Dr Rakesh Sharma is an IEEE and Army Awardee with Dual PhD, BITSian, Head of EY PMU, Govt. of Jharkhand, Founder Dean Engg & Research at GEU Doin. He also Launched INMARSAT in Siachen,India and ranked Powerlifter and Weightlifter. He is also the founder chairperson of CSI HP. Topic:  BITS Raksha Anusandhan Cell - Synergizing BITS Research for The Future To Make Nations Powerful. 
  • Talk by Dr. Sahid Cholayil. Dr. Sahid Cholayil is a Visionary; Founder of “Mission 3G” ( IIT Madras Research Park), humanitarian educationist, serial entrepreneur and a strong advocate of “technological singularity”, Artificial Intelligence, Future Job, Career, Entrepreneurship.  Date : 19th November 2019.
  • Talk by Mr Anirban Lahiri, Director of Technology, Arndit Ltd.Cambridge. Anirban has more than 15 years of experience in  developing advanced technology in the Computing Industry spanning over 3 continents (US,   Europe and Asia) including 7 countries. Felllow, at the University of Texas, Austin and Stanford University.  Date: 17th November 2019.
  • Guest Lecture on “RISC-V Cores and Software Ecosystem”  followed by  hands-on workshop using FPGA Boards conducted by Rajesh Varadhrajan, Director of IP Engineering, SiFive; Aijaz Qaisar, Sr. Manager, Marketing Communication at SiFive on November 6th 2019.
  • Guest lecture by Prof.Sanjay Kumar Singh  from IIT(BHU)on  Topic: Application of Machine Learning in Data Science. Date: 15th September 2019.
  • A talk on IBM AI and High Performance Computing by Mr Ganesan Narayanasamy. Mr. Ganesan is  Senior Technical Computing Solution and Client Care Manager at IBM, Poughkeepsie, New York. Date: 1st May 2019.
  • Faculty of the Computer Science Department interacted with Ms. Jenni Jones AWS Academy Program Manager, AWS Training Certification from London, United Kingdom and deliberated on collaborating on AWS Academy. Date : 16 April  2019.
  • Colonel Ajay Arora gave a talk on “Communication and Risk Management in Corporate Environment”. Colonel Ajay Arora of Indian Army, after serving for 20+ years took Pre mature Retirement in 2012. He has seven years of Corporate experience having served with Persistent Systems Ltd (as Deputy General manager IT Operations) and now with Infosys Limited (as Senior Project Manager).  Date : 15 April 2019.
  • CS Department and ACM invited the Founder and CEO of Gath3r, Mr. Raghav Reggie Jerath, to share his interest in the field of webmining and cryptocurrency. Mr Raghav holds a BBA in Project Management from U.K. Date: 2 April 2019.
  • Invited talk by Prof S .R. Subramanya, National University San Diego , California. Topic: Complex Algorithms in Real Life Applications. Date : 6 February 2019.
  • Invited talk on “How to land your dream job” by Sallyann Della Casa. Sallyann started her own Foundation and Tech Company, became a lawyer at the age of 21, is a published author and her foundation has made difference in the lives of 25,000 youths and counting. Sallyann is a graduate from Harvard. Talk was conducted by Microsoft Tech Club. Date: 31 January 2019.

Achievements

  • Team deGerm from BPDC wins 4 Awards in 4 different countries at the recently held   Techstars Startup Weekend Covid Edition 2020 between 24-26 April 2020. Organizers and partners for these events included representatives from Google for Startup, Amazon, Microsoft for startups, and a number of venture capitalists from these countries. The theme was to build sustainable solutions to tackle COVID-19 and beyond. Team deGerm: Karan Sharma, Kavya Parthasarathy,Dhruva Kanwar, Divya Sehgal (2nd Year CS), Jaskaran Singh Sethi(2nd Year ECE). Team deGerm has been awarded: Crowd-Fave Startup; Techstars Startup Weekend Australia; 2nd Position - Techstars Startup Weekend Thailand; 2nd Position - Techstars Startup Weekend Algeria; 3rd Position - Techstars Startup Weekend Sri Lanka.
  • BITSIANS awarded second and third prizes at the Techstars Online Startup Weekend Dubai, COVID Edition 2020, held between 16th April & 18th April 2020. Organizers and partners for this edition included representatives from Dubai Future Accelerators, LEAD Ventures, Microsoft for Startups in the Middle East, GetBee and DTEC Ventures. Second Position: Team Vision Health: Komal Harish (2019 CS Alumni), Shivangi Kewalramani (2019 ECE Alumni) and Sabiha Shaik (4th Year CS). Third Position: Team Moood: Parth Poply, Somil Mathur, Tushar Agrawal (4th year CS) and Kenish Shah (4th year Civil). The teams have been awarded legal consultations worth USD 9500 each, along with 3 months of free access to DTEC's coworking space and their mentorship programs.
  • Team SolarGridX bags the 1st place at STARTAD. StartAD organised their Startup Incubation program 2020, which was a 10-week immersive youth entrepreneurship program focusing on youth entrepreneurial capacity building and supporting the next disruptors of the UAE startup ecosystem and was held at the New York University Abu Dhabi. It came to an end this 20th April with the final pitching competition. The students were awarded a cash prize of $3000. Team SolarGridX  had three students from our university, Hardik Bhatia(3rd Year, CS), Devansh Shah(3rd Year, CS) and Prashant Konda(4th year, CS).
  • Fourth year CS student Mr Mohammed Shoaib has secured 3rd place in the NYUAD 2020 Hackathon which was conducted between April 16th -19th 2020.The entire Hackathon was conducted online over Slack, Zoom and GitHub with participants and mentors joining from different countries across the globe. The application that was developed was BFit. BFiT for Be Focused in Training is a social web app that allows users to workout and have training sessions with their family, friends, or anyone who wants to stay fit and healthy.
  • "Hack on Health" Hackathon was organized by the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Government in partnership with Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and IBM. Three students from our university - Neetesh Bhati (C.S. III Year), Sarthak Sethi (E.C. E. III Year) , and Yatharth Kher (C.S. III Year) participated and secured 1st Position. They received a cash prize of AED 30,000. They made an app "Salama" for the prevention of chronic diseases. This was done in line with the UAE's Artificial Intelligence Strategy. Date: October 2019.
  • Fintech Festival of MENA region. On 21-23 October 2019, organised by Abu Dhabi Global Market, FinTech Abu Dhabi welcomed over 5,000+ delegates from over 70 countries in Abu Dhabi. The Fintech Abu Dhabi Awards showcased the very best in global FinTech innovation across ten inspirational categories and Mr Hardik Bhatia IIIrd CS was awarded "Emerging Fintech Talent of the year". The award is an internationally recognised gold standard for excellence in the field of FinTech. SolarGridX team consisting of Hardik Bhatia (3rd year CS), Prashanth Konda (4th Year CS) and Yatharth Kher ( 3rd Year CS), tokenizes the ownership of solar panels to be traded as an investment commodity. 
  • BPDC students stole the spotlight at the in5 Blockchain Challenge powered by Oracle & Emirates NBD, Dubai from September 27 - 28, 2019. The team comprising of Mridul Bhandari & Astrid Jerald worked on the Idea of Implementing Blockchain in Supply Chain Logistics. They received a cash price of AED 3,000 and will be part of Oracle's Unique Accelerator Program "Oracle for Startups".
  • BPDC students win first and second prizes at the Fintech 2.0 Hackathon organized by Department of Finance, Abu Dhabi during April 25-April 28th 2019. The following were the winning teams: 1st Prize - AED 20,000 - Team DoFchain (Prashanth Konda - 3rd year CS; Yatharth Kher - 2nd year CS; Hardik Bhatia - 2nd year CS). Team DoFChain worked out a solution on making the national budgeting process automated while reporting any flaws and secure using Blockchain, while team TracX  built a Risk Analysis software for budgeting using AI and Blockchain technology. 2nd Prize - AED 15,000 - Team TracX (Georgio Sunil - 3rd year CS; Aamir Shakir - 3rd year CS; Abdul Raqeeb - 3rd year CS;Tanvir Singh Ahuja - 2nd year CS).
  • 1st UAE University Blockchain Challenge Finals organised by Heriot Watt University in collaboration with Nem.io and Dubai Sillicon Oasis Authority on May 2nd 2019. The following were the winning teams: 1st Prize - AED 55,000 - Team AutoChain (Jaskanwar Singh - 3rd year CS; Sujith Sizon - 3rd year CS; Soumil Mittal - 3rd year CS; Jayant Panwar - 3rd year CS; Urvashi Satwani - 3rd year Chemical). 3rd Prize - AED 15,000 - Team SolarGridX (Jaskaran Singh Sethi- 1st year Chemical; Hardik Bhatia - 2nd year CS; Prashanth Konda - 3rd year CS; Gourisha Sethi- 2nd year CS).
  • 9th Gulf Programming Contest (GPC): Three Computer Science students, Shaleen Bengani (IV CS), Mohammed Shoaib (III CS) and Shruti Arippara Vinodh (IV CS) secured the first place in the 9th Gulf Programming Contest held on 1st April 2019 at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. Dr Sujala D.Shetty served as the faculty coach for the team.
  • AI hackathon : IQPC is one of the biggest event management company in the world. They had recently organized MENA regions biggest AI hackathon. The hack was a 3-day event consisting of 30+ Teams participating in the preliminary round. The event took place from 3rd to 5th September 2018 in Park Hyatt,Dubai and was attended by visionaries from Companies like Microsoft, Accenture, Etisalat, PWC, and Infosys. Participation: First Prize: Mihir Prabhudesai, Juzar Gulamali and Dev Gupta; Mentor: Dr. Nand Kumar. Third Prize: Ankita Rane, Shivani Sathe & Anandi Sekhar, Mentor: Dr. Sujala D. Shetty. Award: 1st prize: Internships at Accenture, DEWA & Goodies. 3rd prize: Ipad Mini & Goodies from Dubai Muncipality.

Student Clubs

  • ACM: ACM is a computer science based activity association. The BPDC ACM chapter is a licensed chapter of the official ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). It constitutes ACM CP, ACM AI and ACM HEx catered towards competitive programming, artificial intelligence and Cybersecurity. Click here for more information.
  • Microsoft Tech Club

Workshops

  • The momentum surrounding the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) is growing on a global scale. SiFive, the company founded by the inventors of the RISC-V architecture, and BITS Pilani jointly hosted a RISC-V Tech Workshop on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Dubai campus of BITS Pilani. This was a highly educational hands-on workshop where attendees had the unique opportunity to configure their own RISC-V core and bring up on an FPGA. Wednesday, November 6, 2019 between 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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