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On February 5, 2020, students of B. Tech. and M. Tech. at the School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bengaluru, had a chance to interact with an esteemed speaker Dr. Jayakumar who talked about Deep Learning. His talk was inspired by the audience. The event saw enthusiastic participation by the curious student community at Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru. Ms. B. Uma Maheswari and Dr. Navin Kumar were key people in providing support and encourage students to actively participate. Vice-chair (IEEE student branch), Prajwal K.S introduced the speaker to the audience as a person of prominence.
Dr. Jayakumar, is an experienced CTO and has over 29 years of experience in the signal processing industry and has worked in various fields, ideating, prototyping and triggering solutions of quality to challenges in the field of Electronics and Communication Engineering and is currently working on innovating mathematics for neural network and associated computations.
Dr. Jayakumar captured the student’s attention by interrelating math, neural networks and the vastness of deep learning and defining bridges/ relations between various related fields. He spoke of the emergence of deep learning and accredited its founding to prominent figures like Geoffrey Hinton, Alex Krizhevsky and Ilya Sutskever. Interesting examples and inferences were made, pertaining Boltzmann Machine, how training networks may result in meaningful work, using artificial intelligence to program complicated machines and how math is crucial and is interlinked to the subject at the discussion. Applications of deep learning such as image and object classification, semantic segmentation and so on, were mentioned in chronological order of emergence of the technology. Dr. Jayakumar also attempted to inspire students and mentioned unexplored future implications of the technology and how it is presently being used in the industry (such as Inter-Processor Computing – which as he states are his current interests).
The event ended with a gesture to thank Dr. Jayakumar and positive feedback from the audience. Inspired students were then seen interacting with Dr. Jayakumar for guidance and also mentorship, which was actively encouraged by Dr. Navin Kumar.