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 🙂
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.
I am glad to share that my two articles have been accepted for publication and oral presentation at the 28th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2019) conference which will take place in New Delhi, India from 14 – 18 Oct 2019. The first article is “Mapping Robotic Affordances with Pre-requisite Learning Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in collaboration with Venkata Ratnadeep Suri (Assistant Professor, IIIT-Delhi), Jatin Garg (Student, IIIT-Delhi), Krit Verma (Student, IIIT-Delhi) and Prarthana Kansal (Student, IIIT-Delhi). The second article is “Stakeholder’s Acceptance and Expectations of Robot-Assisted Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” in collaboration with Joan Oliver (Researcher, IRD, Spain), Rebeca Oliván (Researcher, IRD, Spain), Annabel Folch (Researcher, UNIVIDD, Spain), Rafael Martínez-Leal (Researcher, UNIVIDD, Spain), Mireia Castellà (Researcher, UNIVIDD, Spain), Domenec Puig (Professor, URV, Spain). Thanks to all the collaborators along with the heartiest congratulations. If you are planning to visit RO-MAN conference, please feel free to drop me an email to discuss potential collaboration opportunities or just to share a cup of tea 🙂
I conducted a session with the teachers of The Indian School on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Thursday 16th May. I would like to thank Dr. Anu Singh, the Vice Principal and HOD Science at The Indian School for giving me an opportunity of wonderful interaction with the teachers. It was fun to be back in the school in a different role. I had planned an activity of the Wumpus World to learn about reasoning in AI and the teachers enjoyed it. I was glad to know that CBSE is planning to launch a course in AI for high school students. I strongly believe that India needs to have an aggressive plan on AI similar to China.
I am offering a 2 credit course on Social Robotics during the current semester for senior undergraduate and graduate students. Today I had my first class in IIIT-Delhi and due to some confusion in the schedule, I almost miss it! Thanks to our Academics Manager Ms. Sheetu for reminding me. Fortunately, I had some introduction slides ready and the students did not leave even after 10 minutes of delay 🙂