A workshop for those interested in AI research….

ERTAI workshop, first conceptualised and implemented last year in Mumbai, has two objectives. Both originate from the concern that relatively less of the academic and industry research work is happening in the field of AI, despite its huge potential for a country like India. For example, given the poor state of technology support for the hundreds of widely used Indian languages, be it automatic machine translation or speech synthesis/recognition or one of many such applications, one would expect to see hundreds of PhD works to be devoted to this topic across India. Similarly areas such as information security, resource management, disaster management and prediction, etc provide some highly fertile grounds for AI research; but very little is happening in this area also. We felt that the problem is primarily due to lack of experienced AI researchers in India. This manifests in two ways. On the one hand, very few people seriously consider pursuing an AI related topic for their research. On the other, those who do manage end up solving very trivial versions of fairly standard problems. Availability of a specialised forum with focus on this problem, we felt, could alleviate both these problems.

Accordingly ERTAI was conceptualised. The conference was meant for those who are pursuing research in AI topic or those who would like to. Papers were invited from the former, stressing on their concepualisation and approach of the problem being solved. These were refereed as per international conference conventions by a panel of experts in the area. This generated much useful feedback for the scholars in directing their research work. A set of good quality papers were selected for presentation during the workshop, where each paper was given adequate time to ensure good interaction. A panel of AI experts listened to the presentations and probed the research scholars on their approach, choices, etc. Thus, the scholars were provided enough feedback on their work, for them to enhance the quality of their work. The audience would get a feel of interesting AI problems, issues with methodology, etc in the process. In addition, there were also a few visionary talks on current trends in AI.

We are planning ERTAI-2011 along similar lines, since the feedback we received from the participants to the last event was quite encouraging, and given that the general conferences spanning all areas of computer science are available in plenty in India.

Papers are invited from those pursuing AI research.. Please see website http://sigai.cdacmumbai.in for more details, areas, and the like.

If you are doing AI research, and would like some feedback/direction, submit paper to ERTAI.

If you are interested in pursuing research in some aspect of AI, consider attending ERTAI.

If you know someone in the above categories, pass on the information to them.


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