My colleague Anuj and I recently visited UCT, Cape Town on November 21, 2019, for exploring potential collaboration opportunities between UCT and IIIT-Delhi. We had wonderful interactions with faculty members from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical Engineering, including James Gain, Patrick Marais, Amit Mishra, and Fred Nicolls. We talked about research interests of IIIT-Delhi and realized that UCT and IIIT-Delhi share similar interests in several areas including, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Virtual Reality, HCI, Communications, etc. We also had a meeting with Carol Ojwang, Acting Co-Director (Internationalisation) at UCT. We discussed strong possibility of collaboration in terms of joint Ph.D. and semester abroad programs. Thanks a lot to everyone at UCT for the kind hospitality during our visit and we look forward to a long and enriching relationship between UCT and IIIT-Delhi.
Our two research articles were earlier accepted for publication and oral presentation at the 28th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019) conference. Our first article titled “Mapping Robotic Affordances with Pre-requisite Learning Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” was presented by co-author Prarthana Kansal (Student, IIIT-Delhi). The second article titled “Stakeholder’s Acceptance and Expectations of Robot-Assisted Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” was presented by the first author Joan Oliver (Researcher, IRD, Spain). Both of our presentations received positive comments from the gathered researchers.
It was a very fruitful experience as we gained several important insights from these encounters. It was also delightful to catch up with fellow researchers and friends over dinner 🙂
Last month, we successfully concluded our project Social Robots for Primary Education. In this study, we investigated the use of Cozmo robot with children from primary school at Deepalaya school and the initial findings suggest that child-robot interaction may improve the learning skills of the children. I would like to thanks Ms. Tanushree, Ms. Shalini and Ms. Jaswant for allowing us to conduct robot interactions with the children at their community school!
I also would like to thanks my collaborators, Divyanshu (IIIT-Delhi), Dr. Sumita (Tampere University, Finland) and Dr. Grace (IIIT-Delhi) for making this happen. I and Divyanshu went to Deeapalaya for a thank you visit. We gifted two VR headsets to the children of Deepalaya school. We hope it will be helpful for the children. I was elated to receive one hand-made sketch and a Lord Ganesha idol from the children.
I and my colleague Prof. Anubha Gupta, IIIT-D are looking for a joint Ph.D. student to work on developing a subject independent driver status monitoring system using physiological signals and/or camera systems for different driving scenarios in real life and in simulation. The work involves training data collection in virtual reality and real-life driving settings. This data would be analyzed, and a machine/deep learning model would be built that would adapt itself, improving the user experience and security during driving. Interested candidates can apply with their CV to me [jainendra(at)iiitd(dot)ac(dot)in] and to Prof. Anubha Gupta [anubha(at)iiitd(dot)ac(dot)in] via email titled “Application for a Ph.D.” Only students having UGC/CSIR-NET JRF funding or DST-Inspire funding are encouraged to apply. A B.Tech/M. Tech graduate in CSE/ECE or allied areas having an outstanding academic record with exceptional coding skills may also apply. Interested students may apply latest by 10th October 2019.
I delivered an expert talk in the one week STC program on “Pattern Recognition and Cyber Security Applications” organized by the Department of Computer Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra on September 6, 2019. The title of my talk was “Multi-modal Emotion Recognition among Individuals with Intellectual Disability” where I highlighted how physiological signals such as electro-dermal activity (EDA) and heart rate (HR) can be used for recognizing the emotional state of individuals with a wide range of mental health concerns. The talk witnessed an enthusiastic audience of graduate students\faculties from NITs\State Engineering Colleges, other technical institutions, and industry. I would like to thanks Dr. Ankit K. Jain for giving me an opportunity to interact with the curious minds at NIT, Kurukshetra. Dr. Ankit is also my batch-mate from IIIT-Allahabad and it was a pleasure to visit him after 6 long years.
I delivered an expert talk in the short term training program organized by the Department of Information Technology, Delhi Technological University (DTU) on Recent Trends in AI and Machine learning on July 30, 2019. The title of my talk was “Emotion Recognition from Physiological Signals” where I highlighted how physiological signals such as electro-dermal activity (EDA) and electroencephalogram (EEG) can be used for recognizing the emotional state of an individual. The talk witnessed an enthusiastic audience of young researchers from varying backgrounds, undergraduate students to faculties. I would like to thanks Dr. Dinesh K. Vishwakarma for giving me an opportunity to interact with the curious minds at the DTU campus.
I am happy to announce that Pramil Panjawani has joined my research group as a Ph.D. candidate from Fall 2019. He is a recent graduate from the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore with a B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Pramil has worked on projects related to Patient Assistance and Monitoring and will work with me on the Development of Robot-Assisted Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.