The 3rd International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Science (ICMLDS 2019) technically co-sponsored by ACM Digital Library was held at Mahindra Ecole Centrale (MEC), Hyderabad.
The two-day conference (held on 16th & 17th of December 2019) focused on topics that are of interest to computer and computational scientists and engineers. ICMLDS-2019 brought together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to deliberate on the algorithms, systems, applied, and research aspects of Machine Learning and Data Science. The conference featured multiple eminent speakers, and presentations of peer reviewed original research papers and exhibits.
Mr. Navin Mittal, Commissioner, Collegiate Education & Technical Education, Government of Telangana, inaugurated the conference. Prof. Prafulla Kalapatapu, from the Computer Science department at MEC and Prof. Sartaj Sahni, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Florida, were the General Co-chairs of the conference.
Delivering the welcome address, Dr. Yajulu Medury, Director, Mahindra Ecole Centrale said, “MEC is proud to be hosting the third ICMLDS and we are happy that some of the biggest names in the industry are partnering with the conference. Machine Learning, Big Data and Data Sciences are so much a part of our lives today that we barely even notice them or realize the breakthrough scientific research that made them possible. We at MEC are committed to partnering research in the segment and have set up a specialized Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Research Centre on campus”.
In his inauguration address, Mr. Navin Mittal, focused on the coming together of a truly international community for the ICMLDS 2019 including many renowned global experts of Machine Learning and Data Sciences. He reiterated that the whole field is getting increasingly integrated in our lives. Giving examples from the Technical Education Departments’ focus, he said that the answer scripts of students are being run through an AI engine as a pilot and digitized the complete process. He also stated that in Government of India’s Smart Cities Project, increased use of ML & Data Integration is helping us avoid wastage and is instrumental in keeping us safe.
The main speakers over the two days included Prof Viktor K. Prasanna, University of Southern California, Sri Ram D. Sriram, Chief, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Prof Srinivas Aluru, Georgia Institute of Technology, Prof Rama Govindaraju, Director of Engineering, Google AI, Prof Ananth Kalyanaraman, Pullman, WA, Prof Dhabaleswar K. Panda, The Ohio State University, Prof Laxmidhar Behera, IIT Kanpur, Prof Sanjay Ranka, University of Florida, Mr. Ananda Deshmukh, Lead AI, TechM, Prof Arya K Bhattacharya, Dean Research, Mahindra Ecole Centrale, among others.
The various tracts of Machine Learning included Model Selection, Evolutionary Parameter Estimation, Graphs and Social networks, Non-parametric Model for Sparse Networks, Large Scale Machine Learning, Learning Paradigms, Deep Learning, Recommender Systems, Applications and Evaluation of Learning Systems.
In Data Science, the focus was on all aspects including Algorithms, Novel Theoretical and Computational Models, Data and Information Quality, Data Integration and Fusion, Data Acquisition, Integration, Cleaning, Mining, Data Wrangling, Data Cleaning, Data Curation, Data Munching, Data Analysis, Statistical Insights and Decision Making, Data Science technologies, tools, frameworks, platforms and APIs and Applications.
A large number of research papers were submitted to the conference and a few were chosen to be presented at the conference after a stringent technical review process.
Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India
Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India.
Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India.
“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.
ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament
ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.
The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.
The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion.
The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:
- Country qualifiers
- Country finals
- Asia Pacific finals
Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.
Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals.
Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.
3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:
|ROG Masters APAC Championship||APAC Finals (USD/ team)|
Registration and Official Tournament Website
Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.
Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.
Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars
Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region.
The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia.
The team captains for each nation are:
- Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
- Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
- Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)
- Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
- Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
- Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)
- Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
- Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
- Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)
- RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
- Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
- The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)
Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!.
To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.
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