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SPIN Pune Event – Research and Research Careers in Computer Science

Software Process Improvement Network – SPIN Pune presents a talk by Dr. Pankaj Jalote on Research & Research Careers in Computer Science.


Most CS and engineering graduates will end up working for the many software companies in India. This is undoubtedly a very good career for most of the graduates. However, is it the right career for those who are at the top of the class or those who seek technical and technology challenges? This talk is for such graduates, who find a “regular” software job not sufficiently satisfying. It discusses what research is, some aspects of a researcher, and the possibilities of a career in research in India – which besides being more challenging, is now getting more rewarding as well.

Event Details

Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium
             Persistent Systems Ltd.
             ‘Bhageerath’, 402, Senapati Bapat Road
Date: 11th November 2010
Day: Thursday

  Registration and Tea – 6:45 PM
  Session  – 7:00 PM- 8.30 PM
Program is open to all but prior registration is required. Click Here to Register

About the Speaker – Pankaj Jalote

Pankaj Jalote has recently joined as Director of the newly created Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi. Prior to this, he was the Microsoft Chair Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi. Before this he was with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur since 1989, where he was also the Head of the Department from 1998 to 2002. Earlier he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where he also held joint appointment in the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies. From 1996 to 1998, he was Vice President (quality) at Infosys Technologies Ltd., a large Bangalore-based company providing software solutions worldwide, where he spearheaded Infosys' successful move to high maturity levels of the CMM. From 2003 to 2004 he was a Visiting Researcher at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA.

He is the author of CMM in Practice , (Addison Wesley, 1999), a book that has been translated in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean; Software Project Management in Practice (Addison Wesley, Feb 2002); the highly popular textbook An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering, (Springer 1991, 2nd Edition 1996, 3rd Edition 2005), whose Indian edition was recognized as the bestselling book in computer science by its local publisher; and the graduate-level book Fault Tolerance in Distributed Systems , (Prentice Hall, 1994). He is on the Board of Advisors of many software companies in India and USA, is a Technical Advisory Board member for Microsoft Research, India, has served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and International Journal of Emperical Software Engineering.

His research interest is in software engineering (software quality, software process improvement, software architecture analysis), and fault tolerant systems and reliability.

SPIN Talk: Role of IT in Clean Tech (Anil Paranjape) & Carbon Mgmt (Shreenath Shanbhag) – 26 Nov

What: SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network) monthly meeting featuring ‘Role of IT in Clean Tech’ by Anil Paranjape and ‘Quality issues in carbon management industry’ by Shreenath Shanbhag
When: Thursday, 26th November, 6:45pm onwards
Where: Hotel Ambassador, Shivajinagar
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.

Clean Tech and Sustainable Business are probably today’s biggest buzz-words. By all accounts, this is the industry that is likely to spur the next wave of growth in the global economy. As IT professionals we must be aware the challenges of this industry, the gaps that exist in the IT infrastructure for this industry, which are the big opportunities for all of us tomorrow, if not today!

This month’s SPIN meeting features two talks on Clean Tech

Topic I: Role of IT in Clean Tech and in making businesses sustainable

Businesses the world over are waking up to their critical role in society and their practices that have led the world to the brink of massive upheavals on environmental and social fronts. These changes are making consumers more aware of their plights and rights and they are demanding that businesses act more responsibly. Needless to say, the governments are responding to their voting constituencies through increased regulation and legislation that is forcing the businesses to be more sensitive and responsible towards all stakeholders, not just their shareholders. On this uncharted, unmarked and often even undeveloped road to sustainability, businesses are increasingly finding a severe lack of appropriate frameworks, tools, experts, theory, research and empirical data to help them do a better job with their triple bottom-line: profits, people, and planet. This talk aims to explain why we are where we are, what role businesses play in it and then focus on how and where IT can help businesses be more responsible towards the world.

About the Speaker: Anil Paranjape

Anil Paranjape is a renowned technologist and now a successful Venture Capitalist. Originally from Pune, he has completed his BE in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Pune. After finishing his graduation he earned his degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas. In his working career of 20 years, he was associated with Intel Corporation in Oregon where he helped Intel to develop their flagship microprocessors starting with Pentium Pro. He has also worked on complex Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software tools and methodologies for Intel’s flagship prototype microprocessors including Pentium-4 and the recently introduced Core i7. In 2005, he completed his MBA from Wharton School of Business and then joined Intel Capital where he was responsible for developing new business opportunities.

Last year, he shifted back to India and has been mentoring entrepreneurs and startups to active participation in social impact ventures and tending his prior investments in hospitality business. These days Anil is helping companies with cleantech investments, business incubation and evangelizing sustainable ways of doing business

Topic II: Quality issues in Carbon Management industry and the Early error Detection methodology

First Carbon is a brand new start-up in the Clean Tech industry. Their product helps companies measure and manage their carbon footprint.

In today’s competitive market, quality has become the hygiene factor in every organization. Especially for a product organization, occurrence of bugs at a late stage would be quite costly and it may even impact existence of the product organization. Catching errors in the early stage of the development life-cycle could well be the key to success for a product.

In a brand new industry, getting the requirements right is an even bigger challenge. This talk presents the Early Error Detection methodology used by First Carbon to build Quality in their product up-front. This includes validation of the requirements to catch defects right at the requirement stage and generate test cases in a formal way from the validated requirements to ensure Quality.

About the Speaker: Shreenath Shanbhag, First Carbon

A technically proficient manager with rich IT experience and sound project management knowledge of over 18 years, he has worked in both Product and Projects environments. Shreenath has been involved in various phases of software development including requirements analysis, design, development, testing, implementation and has demonstrated Process design and implementation skills for very complex business processes. At present, Shreenath is actively involved in developing a product in the niche of Carbon Management

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Software Process Improvement Network event on eGovernance – Thu, 29 Oct

What: The Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) hosts a monthly event. This one is on eGovernance with Anupam Saraph, CIO of Pune City, and Gautam Pal, Director of ETDC.
When: Thursday, 29th October, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Hotel Ambassador, Shivajinagar, Pune
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.


1. Dr. Anupam Saraph, CIO of Pune City, will speak on the IT quality issues in the e-Governance domain.

2. Mr. Gautam Pal, Director, ETDC, will be sharing his thoughts and experience on e-Governance initiative across the country and the quality framework, Conformity Assessment Framework (CAF)

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