Blockchain :The New Craze

One of the biggest highlights of the past year was the monumental rise of cryptocurrencies. Almost everyone has heard the names Bitcoin and Ethereum. Blockchain is the technology that powers the sudden growth of these platforms. Tessellate presents two talks by CMI Alumnus Ratul Saha providing key insight into what drives this technological boom and where does it lead from here.
Date: 2nd February, 2018

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Sound Designing and Mathematics

Over the years, sound design has evolved from sound recordings for movies to being an artistic expression of technology. Today, your digital assistant is able to speak with a more humanized voice, thanks to recent advances in the field. In this workshop, we will delve into the Mathematical and Algorithmic ideas that goes into building sounds and synthesize the sound of a plucked string from scratch.

About the Speaker

Ashvala Vinay is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Electronic Production and Design. His work has been used by award Winning artists BT (Solo Artist) and GZA (Wu Tang Clan, Liquid Science).
Date: 2nd February, 2018

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Photography Workshop

The Joy of Photography - Understand the important technical & aesthetic aspects of digital photography and enjoy making pictures !

About the Speaker

KL Raja Ponsing, is the founder of AMBITIONS 4 PHOTOGRAPHY ACADEMY. He is one of the most successful senior commercial photographers with active career graph in India with clients from around the globe.
Date: 4th February, 2018

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Mimicking human dialogues - Building a chatbot using ML

The talk is about how to use machine learning and natural language processing to build AI agents that can mimic human behavior. How can we empower humans by automating mundane tasks like live chat agents, support, etc. We will talk about progress and challenges faced currently.

About the Speaker

Khuzema is an entrepreneur from Chennai, India. His passion towards using technology as enabler to build better businesses led him to start Siam Computing. He works with companies from across the world and has helped build technology products for both startups and enterprises alike. A stickler for details, nothing pleases him more than a solution that's well designed and crafted with the end user in mind.

Registration

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Generative Playground

Drawing Parallel with the work he has been doing with Graphic Design and New Media, Arunatpal intends to celebrate the beauty of working and examining visual systems which exist in their multiplicity, opposed to the culture of making visual objects. Concluding with how such systems exists around us and how they might help us contribute back to the society.

About the Speaker

Arunatpal Chanda is a mad little visual communication student from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad working in the intersections of drawing,generative art, Illustration and his fascination with mathematics.

Registration

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The Writer’s Workshop

Every story can be told a thousand different ways. So what influences writers to choose the form, style and perspective that they do? Using a famous six-word short story as a jumping off point, we will discuss what even qualifies as a story and how particular methods of storytelling affect the reader’s experience. Students will then draft their own short-short story to share and discuss with the class. This workshop focuses on writing as a craft and the importance of constructive feedback in the creative process. Please come ready to think, write and collaborate. (And with a pen and paper, of course.)

About the Speaker

Emily Holleman is the author of CLEOPATRA'S SHADOWS and THE DROWNING KING. Her nonfiction has appeared in Elle, LitHub, Salon and BookPage, among others. At the moment, she is the writer-in-residence at CMI, where she is working a new novel set in the not-so-distant future.
Date: 2-4PM, 4th February, 2018

Registration

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Computational Origami - How Mathematics transforms Art

The universality and simplicity of origami has inspired and impacted art forms across the world, and now finds application in modern space equipment design to cardiovascular surgery. This workshop tries to unfold the Principles of Origami Design that have let the art-form to evolve from the pastime of Japanese samurais to an elegant form of sculpture. We explore the tree method, appendage grafting, pattern grafting and the tessellations with a hands on approach to paper folding. The need for mathematical and computational tools for optimized designing are discussed along with an introduction to the TreeMaker tool. We also dwell into the mathematical questions raised by the art form in aspects of computational geometry. The workshop is aimed to induce a sense of dimension and space, minimalism, and efficient design which may be implemented on a variety of mediums ranging from metal to textile.

About the Speaker

Aalok Thakkar is a student of mathematics and computer science at Chennai Mathematical Institute, and currently works at Adobe Systems, Delhi. He has been awarded the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahana Yojana Fellowship by the Government of India and Aruna Lal Fellowship by Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. His interest in computational geometry has inspired him to take up origami as a hobby and explore the technical aspects of the art-form. His work deals with analysis and portrayal of evolution of art.

Registration

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TCS Research Cafe

TCS and CMI welcomes you to discuss the latest achievements in Computer Science at the junction of academia and industry, in a relaxed environment, over a cup of tea or coffee.