Computer Science Association, BITS Pilani

September 9, 2012

MINDTURNER 5.0

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Knowledge and wit is not just the fodder for the intellectual minds. There is always more to it. MINDTURNER aims to instigate the same.

The first event of CSA 2013, MINDTURNER 5.0 was hosted on August 31, 2012 at the Lecture Theatre Complex. With a flute of enthusiasm being played in the air, the event flagged off at 5:15 PM. The event saw a decent assemblage of the teams, mostly comprising of the first year students with a subtle pinch of a third year team, and a few second year teams as well.

A set of 22 questions was prepared for the quiz over a variety of topics ranging from the history of the first mouse to the recent news about the iphone hacker pod2g.The genre of questions was mostly derived from the quiz’s predecessor version 4.0. Star Marked questions had a special weightage and were used to resolve clashes in the final result. Also, certain questions had two parts with bonus marks for answering both of those.  However a mixed level of difficulty was maintained to keep the participants’ grey cells fired up until the end. The diverse set of expressions on the faces of the contestants indicated of a competitive pulse being built up as the quiz progressed.

The event concluded with the Solutions Discussions. Participants’ eyes gleamed with happiness on getting a correct answer. Goodies were also distributed to the participants answering the difficult questions. This marked the end of the 5th successful year of MINDTURNER and the beginning of a promising year for the CSA Team 2013.So here is to next edition of MINDTURNER 6.

PS:  Stay tuned for the Google Dev fest coming up this September at BITS Pilani.

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February 12, 2012

‘Qrious’ – A pre-APOGEE CSA event

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The online riddle cum quizzing event, ‘Qrious’ is back under its fifth cover come APOGEE, 2012. Despite owing its existence to the Computer Science Association, BITS – Pilani, the event is spared of the innate technical edge and is broadly a  multi-disciplinary event. While it has a linear format, requiring players to solve each level in turn before progressing to the next, one could anticipate some interesting deviations to the game such as the liberty of taking a flip and so forth. A fair proportion of logical skills, remote viewing and a decent general knowledge/googling skill should suffice the requisites for the game. The pictures on display, background, URL or even the page source could hold indicators to your answer ;so, listen well! A dynamic leader-board would be maintained keeping track of the rankings, modulated both by the total score and as well the time of completion at any given instant. As evident, the person capturing the top slot when the event calls off, takes home the win.

The event commences on the 11th of Febraury, 2012. Remember to get yourself registered at the APOGEE 2012 website http://bits-apogee.org/2012/register and use the same credentials to login for Qrious. For all the updates and discussions do follow our  facebook page https://www.facebook.com/qrious.bits  and yes, stay Qrious.

December 21, 2011

Alumni Research Talks – II

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The last blog post had pretty much introduced Alumni Research Talks to everyone. The speakers for the event and their topics of discussion have been finalised. We thus have a whole range of really hot research topics for the event with some highly prolific BITSian alumni throwing light on each of them this January.
We have Abhishek, who did his final semester thesis from Chennai Mathematical Institute, who would be giving a talk in ART describing certain aspects of Coding theory. His talk will focus on  encoding and decoding schemes in the context of non-binary cyclic error-correcting (Reed-Solomon) codes which finds applications as varied as compact disc players and deep-space exploration.

Natthu, another talented 2010 BITSian graduate, is currently doing his masters from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He will be uncovering topics like Virtualization, with a special emphasis on Virtual Machine Managers (Hypervisors).

Prasanta will be here to provide insight into ICTD (Information and Communications Technology for/and Development), which is an initiative for designing low cost solutions for our emerging communities. He did his Masters in Software Systems from Pilani, and is currently working as a software engineer at ebay.

Rizwan, yet another prolific 2010 alumnus,  who is currently taking his Masters at IIT-K, will be here this January to describe some techniques to analyse randomised algorithms, and to discuss some of its applications in various domains. He will also be discussing the use and scope of CS in quantitative finance.

The co-founder of TheFind Inc (a shopping search based startup with more than 17 million unique online hits every month), Shashikant boasts of a masters degree at Stanford University amongst many other things. As his profile suggests, he will discussing certain aspects and hairy intricacies of owning a technical startup, with a particular emphasis on people having a CS background.

Srikrishna is currently undergoing his Ph.D at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will be helping us remove that familiar fog of doubt amongst us BITSians regarding taking Ph.D/MS for higher studies.

Swapnil is doing his masters at UIUC. This January, he will be throwing some all-important light on the potential of Supercomputers, its power requirements, its construction, speed and applications.

Finally, we have Vineet, a 2011 alumnus currently working with the Advanced Technology Group at NetApp, India. He will visit his Alma mater during ART to discuss the potential, advantages and disadvantages of Flash Memory over conventional storage devices, and different research aspects pertaining to it.

We look forward to seeing all our decorated seniors around, and we hope their endeavour maneuvers the largely clueless BITSians to the right paths to research.

Complete profiles of the speakers can be viewed at http://art.bits-csa.org/speakers.php

September 28, 2011

TURING TALK – “Complex Network Analysis”

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24th September, 2011: Continuing with the tradition of  Turing Talks, which is a CSA organised lecture series, Ajitesh Srivastava, the Mr. Turing of the day, presented an illuminating yet exciting talk on Complex Network Analysis. The evening saw a descent turnout of  approximately 60 keen participants . With focus on the mathematical modelling  of social networks,he paid emphasis on acquainting the audience with the basics of the same before delving deeper.

The later part of the evening was mostly dedicated to,

  • Modelling of a subset of the BITSian friendship network and determining the various mathematical parameters associated.
  • Plotting of the twitter growth model and comparing with the actual data, thus paving way for show stopper,
  • The Power Law which practically dominates the growth pattern of most social and collaboration networks.

The speaker managed to keep the audience interested by picking up interesting demonstrations of  Power Law in collaboration networks like the Erdos’ number and the Bacon number, seemingly flawed but true instances !

The event wrapped up with a round of interesting queries, thus providing an intellect invoking end to the lecture.Many thanks to Mr. Turing, Ajitesh and lets hope to see the Turing Talks get bigger and better.

Cheers!

P.S I have share the presentation slides below

September 4, 2011

MINDTURNER 4.0

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31th August, 2011: The end of August saw the initiation of CSA events with Mindturner completing its fourth successful year.With a decent assemblage  of quizzing enthusiasts, the event was good to go by 5:30 pm.

At the very outset,  the audience was briefed  on the rules governing the game; which basically were :

  • an upper limit of 3 members in a team
  • higher weight-age to starred questions and,
  • the supremacy of the quiz-master of course.

The quiz began with relatively simpler questions, soon to delve into trickier and wit demanding ones later in the evening. Brainstorming to say, was clearly in the air with frowned minds attempting to unveil the answers.The smartness of the audience was evident from the very fact that hints to certain prechosen  questions were vehemently discouraged by certain teams.

Internet history and less known significant events were the ruling themes of the event.Certain genre of successful questions of the former Minturners  like ‘Photo Connect’  were continued while some new patterns viz. xkcd’s and dooodles were experimented with.With questions reaching an  exhaustion point, the unmistakable determination to win was clearly portrayed on  the participants’ faces.

The event concluded with a moderately famous xkcd question which had  a  definitely  illustrious answer, thus not posing a significant disadvantage to the ones new to it.This marked an end to the very first CSA event of the year and yes a promising end, that is.Wishing greater peaks of success to Mindturner 5 and the other events to follow. ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ and watch everything fall into place!

February 18, 2010

C.O.D.E.R

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Brace up for the first Coding extravaganza of the APOGEE season. CODER is back this year in an all new avatar, with even more tantalizing questions to solve and an even saucier theme. Enjoy racking your brains as you play around with God’s own language, the almighty ‘C’ and use your wits and ingenuity to do the rest for you.

The best part is, of course, the chance to prove your C coding mettle on a nation-wide platform. And with the respect, you get some fabulous prizes to take home.

Can’t wait to see the questions already ??? Go register yourself for CODER at : http://bits-apogee.org/2010/user/register.

Qrious

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The most awaited Quizzing event of APOGEE.. starts 20th February at 8.00 PM

Log onto http://bits-apogee.org/2010/event/online/qrious for more info

January 28, 2010

Adobe Flex boot camp

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Adobe Flex boot camp was organised at BITS Pilani on 24th January 2010. The event saw over 300 BITSians participating and it was one of the most successful tech talks on campus till date. Harish Sivaramakrishnan and Sujit Reddy G, both working as evangelists in Adobe systems were the main speakers at the workshop. The fact that both of them are ex-BITSians, peaked the enthusiasm and excitement.

The event started at around 10 am. Harish gave an overview about Adobe flash and flex. It was followed by demos of applications already developed using Flex. Be it the demo on air ticket booking, the music generating tool, or the car insurance application, the students enjoyed them thoroughly. Then Sujit took over and explained the Adobe Flex framework.

The post-lunch session saw more people than in the morning. It began by demonstration of a new professional interaction design tool called Adobe Flash catalyst. Harish took up the challenge of creating a video player in 30 minutes, which was hugely supported and enthused by the students. After that, Sujit went into more details on Flex and showed how to connect a Flex application to data source and access it.

Before ending the part-1 of the camp, Harish and Sujit had a general Q&A round, with many different questions poring in. They discussed their BITSian days, talked about their jobs, gave career advices and it was benefetial for all present. The talks ended at 3:30 PM and the lab sessions began, where 120 selected students got a chance to have a hands-on experience working with Adobe Flex builder. The lab was conducted for over 3 hours, where students built an application using the tutorials provided. Many of the students completed it in two hours much to the liking of the organizers.

Even though the boot camp lasted for about 8 hours,  the speakers left the students asking for more. The cool and casual  style of presentation adopted by both of them, the in-talk jokes, the end-session ragging made the whole camp a great experience. More importantly, it motivated the students towards developing applications using Flex and become proficient at it.

October 7, 2009

Mind Turner 2.0

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Audience consisted of students from all years and disciplines. Hands shot up and answers were fired: right, wrong and a shade bit funny. No matter which category the answers were predominant in, the fun element was clearly visible.

Then began the serious part of the session… The Quiz

Rules and Regulations of “The Quiz”

ü Max. of 3 participants per team

ü 3 points for general questions and 4 points for star-marked ones

ü A final jackpot, a Su-do-ku round.

The quiz started off with a simple logical problem involving lions and deer.
As the quiz proceeded the questions tickled the participant’s grey cells and made sure that a competitive tempo started building.

 

An excited audience

An excited audience

 

The questions posed were multi-disciplinary, ranging from Mathematics to Philosophy, Science and technology to Science fictions, Business to Bitsians etc. To answer them one required a general touch in fields pertaining not just to Computer Science but also many other areas.

There were some “Photo-Connect” and “Decoder” problems which required crisp logic to arrive at the solution. The questions framed were really good and intellectually challenging. However, there were some extremely enthusiastic participants who discouraged quizmasters from giving clues to some questions which they planned to give. This clearly reflected that we had an intelligent audience.

The Final Su-do-ku round was a new addition in this event which came as a surprise to the audience and added quiet a twist at the end. A Su-do-ku puzzle was given which amounted to 10 points and a hidden word which has to be found using the clues amounted to 15 points. Many toiled a lot in the jackpot round but it proved too difficult for many of them who attempted it.

Mind Turner


Conclusion

Mind Turner completed its 2nd edition under CSA 2010 banner successfully. We’ve seen an excellent start of events in this academic year encouraged by huge attendance and we look forward for more events of this kind in future. So here is to a wonderful upcoming Mind Turner 3.0 🙂

 

TURING TALKS III

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6th of September, Sunday: The 3rd session of Turing Talks went underway, the topic being “Puzzles & Brainteasers”. It was conducted by Mayank Mohta, a 4th yearite and ex-Google Campus Ambassador. It was arranged in room no. 5106, LTC by CSIS.

The talks were basically held with the simple motive of showing puzzle-enthusiasts the proper way to approach a problem as well as have fun while solving it.

The talks began on a light note by Mr. Mohta or rather Mr. Turing telling everyone to venture into the unknown by taking up challenging problems and experience that “Eureka” moment!

He emphasized that it should not be merely for an interview or for the sake of friends that you solve problems but one must take joy in the amount of brain-teasing a problem makes us undergo.

The session

After that, everyone was subjected to a great variety of puzzles: from the relatively easy ones to the toughest nuts to crack. The subjects of all the puzzles were amusing yet interesting. The bonus attraction being that anyone solving a riddle would get a chocolate!

The hidden motive behind this Turing Talk, as the astute would have deciphered by now, was to encourage people to participate in outside events and bring BITSian populace amongst the most enthusiastic competitors in all technical festivals henceforth. We felt that even if a handful of them get inspired by the idea and let their brain wander we’ve achieved our purpose 😀

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