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Deep learning emerging topic with amazing capabilities: Dr. sheet

Smart phones of today are packed with more computational capabilities than the ones which enabled space missions more than half a century ago, Dr. Debdoot Sheet, Coordinator of the Deep Learning for Visual Computing (DLVC), IIT-Kharagpur, has said.

“Deep Learning is a new and emerging subject in the field of artificial intelligence which is currently demonstrating amazing capabilities about how machines can help humans infer about the world,” he said while speaking at a 5-day DLVC Winter School at the SOA (Deemed to be University) here, which concluded on Saturday.

Explaining the concept of Deep Learning, Dr. Sheet said it was aiding in tasks like translating languages to equip people communicate in a foreign land, reading out images as texts as also helping the blind use the social media and predicting weather patterns more precisely than ever.

“The field of Deep Learning has been growing since the last five years with more computing power being available at consumer affordable price points,” he said adding it created the possibility of automating more routine jobs than ever in the history of automation and industrialization posing a greater challenge to humans.

“The intelligence of these machines is limited by our collective intelligence and for industries to build more produces which would make our lives safer, better and offer us a far better quality of life than our ancestors,” he said.

Societies in countries like Canada, UK, Germany and Singapore, he said, had collectively embraced the importance of learning artificial intelligence as a basic human skill over the past three decades which had empowered them with a large viable human resource potential to imbibe artificial intelligence for solving their national challenges, Dr. Sheet said.

“This is a challenge India was facing despite historically being the land with high mathematical quotient,” he said adding “unless we wake up now and consider this as a basic human resource skill in sciences we may miss being the next generation’s super power.”

The Winter School was attended by around 40 participants drawn from, among others, IIT, Bhubaneswar, IIT, Ropar, IIT, Raipur, IIT, Surathkal, IISER, Kolkata, IIIT, Chittoor, University of Delhi, University of Genova, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and the SOA (Deemed to be University).

The inaugural program was addressed by Prof. Damodar Acharya, Chairman, Advisory Board of SOA, Prof. P.K.Sahoo, Dean, Institute of Technical Education and Research, Prof. P.K.Nanda, Dean (Research), SOA and Dr. Trupti Swarnakar, Local Coordinator for DLVC 2017 while SOA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Amit Banerjee graced the valedictory function.

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