ACM India Student Chapter Summit 2021

We are pleased to announce that Chitkara ACM Student Chapter, Chitkara University is hosting ACM India Student Chapter Summit 2021 in Virtual Mode on 13 November 2021. 

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Event Details

13 Nov, 2021


Chitkara University, Punjab

Host Institute Address

9:30 am - 4:30 pm



The aim of this summit is to bring student chapters together that want to expand their horizons, share their journeys, and grow their impact. This summit aims at inspiring, recognizing, and providing a platform to student chapters for enhancing their activities for the betterment of society. At a common platform, different student chapters can showcase their best practices and also can learn new ways to serve society. This summit also provides an opportunity for participants to listen to the stalwards of technology and industry experts.

Key Points:

  • Expert Talks
  • Presentation by top chapters
  • Virtual camp tour
  • Quiz competition
  • Panel Discussion on ” How to build your skills and profile to have dream jobs”
  • Discussion with ACM India Council Members
  • Virtual Cultural Performance
  • Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of 4000, 3000 and 2000 respectively.


  • 9:45 am - 10:00 am
  • 9:45 am - 10:00 am

Welcome Address By Chitkara ACM Student Chapter


  • Address by Prof. Jayant Haritsa, President, ACM India Council
  • Address by Prof. Vasudeva Varma, Chair, Internal Affairs Committee of ACM India Council
  • Address by Dr. Archana Mantri, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:00 am - 10:30 am
  • 10:35 am - 11:20 am
  • 10:35 am - 11:20 am

Keynote 1 by Prof. Yogesh Simmhan, IISc Bangalore

Topic: Distributed Analytics on Edge and Cloud Resources
Session Chair : Prof. Abhijat Vichare

Machine learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) has permeated through all walks of information technology, allowing for deep insights to be drawn from large and multi-dimensional data. However, performing inferencing on ML and DL models over continuous and complex data can be costly, and training such models can be even costlier. This requires the use of distributed computing and analytics to scale with the problem size, often using elastic Cloud computing resources. As data is increasingly sourced from sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) that are at the edge of the network, the use of distributed edge devices such as Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Jetson for analytics, is essential to avoid always moving large data to the Cloud. In this talk, I will discuss some of the systems research problems posed by the need to train and infer ML and DL models using distributed computing resources such as edge and cloud.


  • 11:25 am - 11:45 am
  • 11:25 am - 11:45 am
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Keynote 2 by Ms. Shalini Kapoor, AI Director (IBM)

Topic: Climate Technologies and Sustainable Future
Session Chair : Prof. Neeldhara Misra

This session will cover the how climate risks impact businesses and what technologies should be adopted across various industry sectors. It will also discuss about sustainable solutions and how technology can help create carbon neutral businesses.

Presentation by Student Representatives of top 3 Chapters

  • 12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
  • 12:35 pm - 1:05 pm
  • 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch + Virtual Campus Tour

Quiz Competition

  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm
  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm
  • 2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Video presentation of top chapters (Sequence 4 to 10)

Panel Discussion : "How to Build your skills and profile to have dream jobs"

Prof. Ranjani Parthasarathi,
Chairman, Faculty of Information and Communication
Engineering, Anna University, Chennai

Prof. Abhijat Vichare
Faculty at the Department of Computer Science, University of Pune

Prof. Sheetalkumar  Rawandale,
Dean, Industry-Institute Interaction, PCET, Pune

Mr. Satish Palaniappan
Applied ML Engineer Microsoft, Redmond, Washington, U.S.A

Prof. Chitra Babu,
SSN College of Engineering, Chennai

  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
  • 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Discussion with ACM India Council members

Virtual Cultural performance by the Host Organization

  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm


Speakers / Honourable Guests

Prof. Jayant Haritsa

Professor at Indian Institute of Science

He is on the faculty of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He received his undergraduate degree from IIT-Madras, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of ACM for his contributions to the design and implementation of database engines. He has been on the ACM India Council since 2018 and chaired the Steering Committee of the annual IRISS symposium. He is also on the Steering Committee of ACM India awards.

Prof. Vasudeva Varma

Professor and a former Dean (Research) at IIIT Hyderabad

His research interests are in the broad areas of Information Retrieval, Extraction and Access, more specifically: natural language processing, social media analysis, cross language information access, summarization and semantic search. He is also working in the areas of Cloud Computing and Reuse in Software Engineering. He is also the CEO of IIIT Hyderabad Foundation, which runs one of the largest technology incubators in India. The Foundation manages IIIT-H’s IP and technology transfers.

Dr. Archana Mantri

Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University- Punjab

Dr Archana Mantri is PhD in Electronics and Communication Engineering with 30 years of experience in Research, Development, Training, Academics and Administration of Institutes of Higher Technical Education. Her areas of expertise are Project Management, Problem and Project Based Learning, Curriculum design & development, Pedagogical Innovation & Management. Areas of interest include Change Management, Education Technology, Cognitive Sciences, Predictive Analysis, Technical Writing, Assessment Technologies, Augmented Reality and Electronics & Communication Engineering. She has handled numerous International and National research projects and has guided several PhD and ME scholars.

Prof. Yogesh Simmhan

Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Yogesh Simmhan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computational and Data Sciences and a Swarna Jayanti Fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He won the Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD) 2019, IEEE TCSC SCALE Challenge Award in 2019 and 2012, the Distinguished Paper award at EuroPar 2018, and the IEEE/ACM Supercomputing HPC Storage Challenge Award in 2008. He is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems (JPDC), an Associate Editor of Future Generation Computing System (FGCS), and earlier served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing and a member of the IEEE Future Directions Initiative on Big Data.

Ms. Shalini Kapoor

IBM Fellow - AI Apps, CTO - Environment Intelligence Suite

Shalini Kapoor is IBM Fellow for Artificial Intelligence and Director for AI Applications, India. As an IBM Fellow, Shalini Kapoor drives research, strategy, and development to maximize the infusion of AI. She leads innovative and engaging programs to enhance AI skills and adoption within Cognitive Applications and across the India Software Labs. With 23+ years of experience, Shalini has worked with Global System Integrators, ecosystem partners, and Academia while incubating several next-gen solutions in the Internet of Things and AI. She is the technical leader for large Cloud deals for the public sector in India/SA impacting millions of citizens. She has 14 patents and is a prolific speaker in academia and various industry forums