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Saturday, November 29, 2008


Disclaimer: I am not an expert who can give an expert advice. But I am the one who suffers when these terror attacks happen!

All that happened in Mumbai was not an accident. It was well planed and managed attack. I pay homage to all the brave policemen, police officers and fighters who confronted the terrorists by risking their lives in the mission. No doubt Mumbai will stand up again within few days. But this time it will not only stand up the way it used to after every terror attack. This time it’s different, its attack from front directly on face. The first thing astonishes me is that how did they dare to do it? (the most useless question!) Man they have XXXX our YYYY and we are asking how? No doubt we don't have good Intelligence agency (Concluded from this incident, don’t tell what they did before), weapons, strategies to fight such attacks and many more things which common man like me don’t know. (This is nothing but crying on the situation, blaming each other!)This need to be improved.(At least this time we should learn from history)

I find the roots of such terrorist thinking in the education that you get. The fundamentalists are born out of the education that they get. If you are taught from childhood that your purpose on this earth is to destroy some one (I don’t say it’s taught in the schools these terrorist* come from (If some one relates this to particular religion, Mr./Ms. you are wrong!)). The education doesn’t mean only what you learn from syllabus. It’s also the environment given to one for studying that syllabus and to broader level it’s the input from culture (environment) around you which is feed to you in your learning (not that learning which continues for ever)-days . And so coming to point BAN THIS (may it be from Hindus, Muslims, Christians or any religion**) FUNDAMENTALISTIC EDUCATION SYSTEM, or if some one says we don’t teach fundamentalism (which gets converted to terrorism) keep a strong watch on them. Otherwise we are going to loose lives those of Hindus, those of Muslims, those of Christians better say those of the beautiful creatures of GOD, in similar ways. Let’s teach every coming generation love, peace, truth, non-violence and every thing that strengthens the bonds between people all over the world, weakens the boundaries (Respecting each others origin!) and finally makes the life more beautiful! (Or at least No Blasts and No Attacks)


*Terrorist: one who fights out of fear of ones non-existence!
** I know no religion teaches the violence, but the fundamentalists interpret it that way

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Two day Workshop on Machine Learning (19-20 Dce. 2008, Mumbai)

Machine Learning

Machine Learning (ML) is a subfield of artificial intelligence (AI) that is concerned with the design and development of algorithms and techniques that allow computers to "learn". ML is one of the active areas of research in computer science and currently has a large repository of practically useable techniques and algorithms for a wide range of tasks. Typical ML problems include automatic clustering of a set of items, automatic classification (spam mail, documents, etc.), automatic learning/refinement of rules for a diagnostic system, predictive modelling, etc.

ML methods have evolved from various domains such as Statistics, Information theory, Biology and Control theory. ML has a wide spectrum of applications including natural language processing (NLP), pattern recognition, search engines, medical diagnosis, bioinformatics and chemical informatics, fraud detection, stock market analysis, speech and handwriting recognition, robotics, intelligent computer games etc.

About the Workshop

The workshop is meant to provide a comprehensive introduction to Machine Learning, focusing on conceptual understanding of popular ML algorithms and practical applications. Apart from covering popular ML techniques such as Artificial Neural Network (ANN), Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Genetic Algorithms (GA) we will discuss modelling of a problem for using machine learning including input-output transformation. Participant will get hands on experience with these algorithms; using toolkits such as Weka.

Workshop Outline

* Introduction to Machine Learning
* Inductive Learning
* Artificial Neural Network
* Support Vector Machine
* Clustering
* Input-output transformation for ML
* Application case studies
* Lab sessions

Target Audience

The workshop is targeted at academic and industry professionals interested in Machine Learning; professionals working in the area of information retrieval, language processing, document analysis, speech recognition and students interested in the area of Machine Learning. Some familiarity with computer programming will be desirable – language does not matter.

Registration Details

Registration Fee: Rs. 1000/- per participant for academic & non-profit organizations, and Rs. 1500/- per participant for others, payable by a crossed demand draft drawn in favour of 'C-DAC Mumbai' payable at Mumbai. The fee covers lunch, refreshments, and workshop material. The complete registration form fee should be sent to the Course Administration section C-DAC, Kharghar, Mumbai.

Accommodation Availability

Limited shared Non-A/C accommodation is available at the Navi Mumbai Campus Hostel, at Rs.150/- per person per day.

Knowledge Based Computer Systems Division

The Knowledge Based Computer Systems (KBCS) division carries out research and development in selected subfields of Artificial Intelligence. Its core areas of research are Natural Language Processing, Expert Systems, Case Based Reasoning, Information Retrieval, Data Mining, Soft Computing, and Planning and Scheduling.

About C-DAC Mumbai

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai (formerly National Centre for Software Technology) is a scientific society involved in the Research and Development into various areas of Software Technology and related disciplines with an objective to create focus on advanced information technologies, high-end academics & training relevant to R&D societies.

Contact Us

Knowledge Based Computer Systems (KBCS) Division
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)
Raintree Marg, Near Bharti Vidyapeeth
Opp. Kharghar Railway Station
Sector 7, CBD Belapur
Navi Mumbai 400 614

For Details Visit: CDAC Mumbai Website
E-mail: Click here to mail
Telephone: +91-22-27565303-05 Fax: +91-22-27560004

Weka -A machine learning "Aladdin ka Chirag"

If you are interested in developing applications using machine learning algorithms but you are tired of coding the Learning algorithms then here is All-in-one formula for you -WEKA.Weka is collection of machine learning algorithms. It does everything for you, you are responsible for the just data and feature extraction, keep everything else for the Weka. It really simplifies your work and saves time.It also does evaluation of the built model on the same or provided data as per your settings. You can download it form here. Here you will get documentation and all the needed information regarding using the weka.
Weka provides number of ML algorithms like ANN, SMO, Decision Trees etc.
So experience the Difference!