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University of Edinburgh - Computer Society of India Outreach Program

Overseas Classroom (February 18-22, 2013), Coimbatore, India

Machine Learning, Robotics, Algorithms and Logic, Computational Linguistics


IainMurray
Sethu
MikeFourman
Sharon

 Dr. Iain Murray

 Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar

 Prof. Michael Fourman

 Dr. Sharon Goldwater

Summary

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK are partnering with the Computer Society of India (CSI) - Coimbatore Chapter to deliver an innovative Overseas Classroom initiative to leading universities in India. In it's first edition, four leading academics in the area of Machine Learning, Robotics, Algorithms and Logic and Computational Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh will visit educational institutions in Coimbatore over a one-week schedule. They will deliver cutting edge research lectures, teach 'example' courses, discuss best practice in education and innovative teaching methods with the faculty and interact with students through paper presentation contests.

Participating institutions are: Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), Dr. Mahalingam College of Technology (MCET), Kongu Engineering College (KONGU) and United Institute of Technology (UIT).

Machine Learning (Dr. Iain Murray):

Feb19 (KCT), Feb 20 (KONGU), Feb 21(UIT), Feb 22 (MCET)

  • Research Lecture Topic (45 min. + 15 min Q&A): Bayesian machine learning, and sampling explanations of data
  • Faculty Interaction Topic (30 min. + 30 min): Introduction to Information Theory (+ Teaching Methods: Multiple Choice Questions and other interactions)
  • Student Paper Presentation Topics (15min. x 3):
    • 1. Avoiding over- and under-fitting: how can machines learn appropriate models from data?
    • 2. Do learning machines need to use probability theory?

Robotics (Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar):

Feb19 (UIT), Feb 20 (MCET), Feb 21(KCT), Feb 22 (KONGU)

  • Research Lecture Topic (45 min. + 15 min Q&A): Robots: The Future of Man or the 'Man of the Future'?
  • Faculty Interaction Topic (30 min. + 30 min): Kinematic Planning (+ Teaching Methods: Combining Theory with Hands-On Hardware)
  • Student Paper Presentation Topics (15min. x 3):
    • 1. Robot Learning: The Dream vs. Reality
    • 2. Humanoid Robotics: Does embodiment matter?

Algorithms and Logic (Prof. Michael Fourman):

Feb19 (MCET), Feb 20 (KCT), Feb 21(KONGU), Feb 22 (UIT)

  • Research Lecture Topic (45 min. + 15 min Q&A): Alan Turing's work on the foundations of computing, artificial intelligence, and morphogenesis: Then and Now.
  • Faculty Interaction Topic (30 min. + 30 min): Student's t-test (+ Teaching Methods: Interactive Visualisation)
  • Student Paper Presentation Topics (15min. x 3):
    • 1. What are the obstacles to universal internet access? Could the technologies being used to bring the internet to rural Scotland (see e.g. http://tegola.org.uk) be useful in rural India?
    • 2. What are the social and economic benefits and hazards of the internet? How can we maximise the benefits and avoid the hazards?

Computational Linguistics (Dr. Sharon Goldwater):

Feb19 (KONGU), Feb 20 (UIT), Feb 21(MCET), Feb 22 (KCT)

  • Research Lecture Topic (45 min. + 15 min Q&A): Language learning in humans and machines: making connections to make progress
  • Faculty Interaction Topic (30 min. + 30 min): Teaching Methods: Student Classroom Presentations and Research Paper Responses
  • Student Paper Presentation Topics (15min. x 3):
    • 1. Automatic processing of Indian languages: challenges and opportunities
    • 2. Poetry, stories, humour: can computers use language creatively?

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