Pingala Interactions In Computing
ACM India Council is pleased to announce the launch of its flagship research networking event “Pingala Interactions in Computing (PIC)”. PIC will bring together some of the best minds in Computing over four days annually to network in an interactive and immersive atmosphere and promote scientific exchange of the highest quality.
Named after Pingala, ancient Indian mathematician and the creator of Binary Numeral System, PIC will comprise about 50 young Indian and international researchers combined, interacting with eminent laureates in Computing, to derive inspiration and motivation from role models and peers, and exchanging their research ideas within this elite company. The presence of eminent laureates and participants selected after a highly competitive selection process promises to make it one of the most sought after and respected networking events for young Computing researchers organized in India.
The level of computing contributions and research from India compares to any in the world. Nevertheless, there is a significant need for creating a collaborative research environment among India’s young researchers both from academia (PhD students and post-docs) and industry through direct exposure to international researchers. On the other hand, we believe that the participants from the international community will benefit greatly from this in-depth interaction with India’s next generation of researchers and laureates, and will be able to establish future avenues of sustained research together. Inspired by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), PIC is created with a distinct Indian differentiation to provide a relaxed but concentrated environment as a starting point of a sustained interaction, paving way for significant results in the medium term.
Recipients of prestigious awards: 3-4 international and 3-4 Indian
Breadth and diversity in expertise and experience
Lifelong (such as Turing Award, Abel Prize), mid-career (such as ACM Computing Prize / Infosys Foundation Prize / Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize / Outstanding Contributions in Computing by a Woman Award), young / early career (example Fields Medal, Early Career Researcher Award, Swarna Jayanti Fellowship)
When & Where
The inaugural edition of PIC will take place on Saturday-Tuesday 3rd – 6th February 2024 at the fabulous Mysore campus of Infosys, which provides a world class, self-contained facility where the participants will be able to concentrate on the interaction, secluded from any distractions. We thank Infosys for hosting this prestigious event for ACM India.
We are honored to have Prof. Robert Metcalfe (ACM Turing Award), Dr. Jeffrey Dean (ACM Prize in Computing, ACM Fellow, IEEE John von Neumann Medal), Prof. Tova Milo (Weizmann Prize, VLDB Women in Database Research Award, ACM Fellow) and Dr. Yael Tauman Kalai (ACM Prize in Computing) join us for this inaugural ACM India Pingala Interactions on Computing as international laureates, as well as Prof. Jayant Haritsa (Infosys Prize, Bhatnagar Prize, Swarna Jayanti Fellowship, ACM Fellow), Dr. Partha Pratim Talukdar (ACM India Early Career Researcher Award), Prof. Saket Saurabh (ACM India Early Career Researcher Award, Bhatnagar Prize), and Prof. Shweta Agrawal (ACM India Outstanding Contributions in Computing by a Woman Award, Swarna Jayanti Fellowship) as India laureates.
ACM Turing Award
ACM Prize in Computing, ACM Fellow, IEEE John von Neumann Medal
Weizmann Prize, VLDB Women in Database Research Award, ACM Fellow
Yael Tauman Kalai
ACM Prize in Computing
Infosys Prize, Bhatnagar Prize, Swarna Jayanti Fellowship, ACM Fellow
Partha Pratim Talukdar
ACM India Early Career Researcher Award
ACM India Early Career Researcher Award, Bhatnagar Prize
ACM India Outstanding Contributions in Computing by a Woman Award, Swarna Jayanti Fellowship
Participant Eligibility And Selection Timeline
The participants will comprise 50 young researchers from India and abroad, carefully selected by an eminent jury. Students currently enrolled in PhD program in a Computing discipline (thesis topic identified) and active professional researchers (from academia or industry) with successful PhD defense date on or after 1st January 2019 will be eligible to apply as young researchers. For international applicants, Bachelors degree cannot be from India. The India-international split of participants will be 50-50 by design, and while selecting the participants within the two categories, we will be seeking parity in industry-academia, gender and geography. Thanks to a generous travel grant from ACM, we will provide travel support for the participants, up to $1200 for the international participants and up to Rs16000 for the Indian participants to supplement what they cannot obtain from other sources such as their institution or organization. The board and lodging will also be covered by the event, serving it as an incentive for prospective applicants without worrying about the financial aspects of participation in this forum.
Apply to Participate in PIC 2024
Young researchers residing in India and abroad, please apply now to participate in PIC 2024. Since the seats for this prestigious research event and once-in-a-lifetime experience are limited, the selection process will be quite competitive. An independent international selection committee will review the applications and make the final selections. The selected participants will be informed over email along with further logistics.
Please apply via the following link: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/PICconf2024/
Applications for participation are now closed. Selected participants have been informed via email.
Residents of the Indian subcontinent and ASEAN region are strongly encouraged to apply.
PIC 2024 Selection Committee
Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, IIIT Hyderabad
Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya, IIT Kanpur
Prof. Vivek Bohara, IIIT Delhi
Prof. Anirban Chakraborty, IISc Bangalore
Prof. Ayon Chakraborty, IIT Madras
Prof. Kameswari Chebrolu, IIT Bombay
Prof. Sridhar Chimalakonda, IIT Tirupathi
Prof. Venkatesh Choppella, IIIT Hyderabad
Prof. Anirban Dasgupta, IIT Gandhinagar
Prof. Anwitaman Datta, NTU Singapore
Dr. Lipika Dey, TCS
Dr. Tanuja Ganu, Microsoft
Prof. David Garcia, Germany
Prof. Binto George, Western Illinois University
Dr. Iulia Ion, Snowflake USA
Prof. Subrahmanyam Kalyanasundaram, IIT Hyderabad
Prof. Ugur Kursuncu, Georgia State University
Prof. Vinayak Naik, BITS Goa
Mr. Nitendra Rajpu, Mastercard
Dr. Anush Sankaran, Microsoft Research Canada
Prof. Shin’ichi Satoh, NII Japan
Prof. Srinath Srinivasa, IIIT Bangalore
Dr. Balaji Vasan Srinivasan, Adobe Research
Prof. A V Subramanyam, IIIT Delhi
Prof. Shambhu Upadhyaya, University at Buffalo, US
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