The visit by Deepak Padmanabhan, a technical staff member in the Information Management Group at IBM India’s Research Lab in Bangalore, was funded by the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) as part of a scheme designed to provide wider benefits for the Scottish research community in knowledge exchange, mentorship, access to new industry partners and development of new industry-academia research programs.
Mr Padmanabhan, who is in the final stages of completing his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, specializes in areas such as data mining, information retrieval, and similarity search in databases.
He was involved in an earlier collaboration between RGU and IIT Madras in 2010-2012 as part of a UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) project on ‘Knowledge Acquisition for Textual Case Base Reasoning’ during which he visited Aberdeen twice.
Research coordinator for RGU’s institute for Innovation, Design and Sustainability, Dr. Nirmalie Wiratunga, said: “We were delighted to welcome Deepak back to RGU for what proved to be an extremely fruitful visit. His industry knowledge helped to introduce our students to various industry motivated problems, while also uncovering potential areas for future collaborations with the university.”
Padmanabhan delivered a number of talks during his visit, not only at RGU but also at Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, focusing on some of the projects at the IBM India Research Lab, encompassing technical areas such as information extraction, text segmentation and information retrieval.
He said: “It was fantastic to visit RGU again and interact with Dr. Nirmalie Wiratunga and other faculty and students. It has been a very nice and enriching experience in understanding the spectrum of research activities being undertaken at the School of Computing and I hope to continue the technical interaction and collaboration in the coming years.”