Research talks remain an essential part of the learning model in the most premier institutes around the world.
Alumni Research Talks (ART) based on a similar idea, promises to be a novel concept with immense potential on the Indian front.
It is a 3-day long student-industry-research symposium organized by the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Computer Science Association
and Embryo , BITS PIlani. Featuring research talks by recent BITS graduates currently in Grad schools or working in industry on some really hot research topics,
the talks are broadcasted 'live' to the Goa and Hyderabad Campuses of BITS Pilani. For a really quick overview of the event, an info-graphic is also available for download at the bottom of this page.
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The process of ART begins with a comprehensive survey of the students about their interests centered over Computer Science and its applications. Their expectations and profile of the audience is also taken care of in the analysis. The topics of discussion and their level and detail are hence finalized. Suitable preparatory material is also posted to the registered participants to provide a background and overview of the talks.
During ART, the recent Graduates motivate and guide the students to take up research and related activities. And also direct their minds towards how things truly work in the real world. The talks are video recorded for future reference and each talk is followed by an informal session with the speakers. This provides the much needed time and space for an insightful discussion with the Alumni wherein one can actually meet in person and talk their hearts out to these wonderful BITSian gems.
On the last day, a faculty-alumni dinner is organized which facilitates a fruitful exchange of ideas and a healthy discussion between the two groups about research practices at BITS Pilani and outside as well.
Following a detailed feedback from speakers and students, process for the next season of ART starts.
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The last time around..
ART had its first season in 2012. It saw a participation of about 660 inquisitive students at Pilani, in addition to the students at Goa and Hyderabad. Besides, ART also saw some students from BITS Dubai visiting Pilani for the event. For more information on the previous edition of ART, please go here or refer the info-graphic at the bottom for a quick go through.