Towards A Theory to Deal With Smartness

Friday, 13 Oct 2017, 16:00 to 17:00
AG-66 (Lecture Theatre)
No, this is not a theory talk. Neither is it going to be  a talk on AI or deep learning. This work is motivated by the following Observation:  Today if an artifact is not associated with the epithet "smart" it is nothing.

We have trouble defining smartness but we seem to know when A is smarter than B. So, what are the attributes of  smartness? Can we give an actionable definition of smartness? This talk will give an experiential report on investigations into these questions.

About the speaker: Prof. Krithi Ramamritham has spent almost equal lengths of time at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,   and  at IIT Bombay as a Chair  Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His current research involves applying computational approaches to energy management, based on the SMART principle: Sense Meaningfully, Analyze, and Respond Timely. This work exploits and extends the state of the art in database systems, real-time computing, sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile computing and smart grids. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was honored with a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. Twice he received the IBM Faculty Award. He received the 2016 Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee for Real-Time Systems and the Outstanding Service Award from  IEEE's CEDA.