Monthly Archives: November 2013

Turing100 Lecture: Talk on the Life and work of Andrew Chi-Chih Yao

In 2000, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao was given the Turing Award In recognition of his fundamental contributions to the theory of computation, including the complexity-based theory of pseudorandom number generation, cryptography, and communication complexity. For more details of his work, see the Turing Awards website

Jaikumar Radhakrishnan, of TIFR will talk about “Combinatorial Limits on Efficient Computation”, followed by Srikanth Srinivasan, Dept. of Mathematics, IIT Bombay, who will talk about “Yao’s complexity-based theory of pseudorandomness.”

The event is free for everyone to attend. Register here

About the Turing Awards

The Turing awards, named after Alan Turing, given every year, are the highest achievement that a computer scientist can earn. And the contributions of each Turing award winner are then, arguably, the most important topics in computer science.

About Turing 100 @ Persistent Lecture Series

This is year 2 of the the Turing 100 @ Persistent lecture series. The series started in 2012 to celebrates the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth by having a monthly lecture series, and the success of the talk series in year 1 has resulted in the series being continued in 2013. Each lecture is be presented by an eminent personality from the computer science / technology community in India, and covers the work done by one Turing award winner.

The lecture series has featured, or will feature talks on Ted Codd (Relational Databases), Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn (Internet) Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie (Unix), Jim Gray, Barbara Liskov, and others. Latest schedule is here

This is a lecture series that any one in the field of computer science must attend. These lectures will cover the fundamentals of computer science, and all of them are very relevant today.

All the slides and videos of all the talks in the last year are available here.

Fees and Registration

The event will be at Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems, SB Road, from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 25th January.

This event is free and open for anybody to attend. Register here

PuneConnect 2013: One of Pune’s biggest tech events – 23 Nov

PuneConnect 2013, which brings to you the best of Pune’s technology – startups, and established companies – is happening this Saturday, on 23rd November from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Registration is free, but there is limited space, and registration is on a first-come-first-served basis so register now.

What to expect at PuneConnect?\

The event consists of three parts – a demo room, where all the startups will first be demonstrating their products, an exhibition area, where established companies have paid stalls, and an on-stage session with a keynote address, a panel discussion, free time for every one to see the demos, followed by a startup shootout where 4 selected startups will pitch their product to a panel of judges from the industry, angel investors and VCs.

  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Keynote address by Mangesh Kale, MD of PARI Robotics, Pune
  • 10:30 – 11:15 – Panel Discussion: Getting SMACed: How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud Technologies are reshaping Indian Manufacturing Industry
  • 11:15 – 12:30 – Startup Alley and Product Showcase
  • 12:30 – 1:30 – Startup Shoot-Out
  • 1:30 – 1:45 – Awards Ceremony
  • 1:45 – 4:00 – (Only by invitation) VC Roundtable

Startup Alley is a demo hall featuring Pune’s 20 most promising early stage startups, selected with a lot of difficulty, from 100+ submissions received, and Product Showcase will feature 20 booths by Pune’s more established technology companies. The Startup shoot-out will have 4 of the top startups presenting their pitch on stage to compete for the Pune Connect 2013 “Best of Show” Award.

In addition, you get to interact with the audience – consisting of people from SEAP, NASSCOM, MCCIA, Hinjewadi Industries Association, TiE-Pune,, PuneTech, and SME Joinup – pretty much anyone who matters should be there. And VCs and Angels. Don’t miss this event.

(Note: for regular attendees, the show ends at 1:30. There is a lunch + VC Roundtable afterwards, but that is by invitation only, for selected startups. If you’re a startup that’s interested in this, and haven’t yet applied, apply here.)