RBCDSAI Seminar - Ponnurangam Kumaraguru



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Abstract

With increase in sage of the Internet, social media platforms, huge amount of data is getting generated at various level; one of the dire need of the hour is to see how we can use this data to have societal impact. I will briefly mention some super cool projects that we have worked on and that have made some visible contributions to the world outside academia. All work presented in the talk (including datasets, code, slides, recorded videos) has related publications at Precog Projects that I will touch upon are — Legal - AI, Selfie deaths / Killfie #GeneralElections2019 (Mis)Information / Fake content, Code-Mixed data on Social Media. We all understand, many real world problems cannot be addressed by a single domain faculty / researcher, we need more students & faculty to come together, hoping to generate some interest to join hands to have an impact and make a difference. Many of our research work is made available for public use through tools or online services at Precog including datasets that we have used in our research work. Our work derives techniques from Computational Social Science, Data Science, Statistics, and Network Science. I will be more than happy to clarify, discuss, any of our work in detail, as required, after the talk. Feel free to reach out!

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Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK") is a Professor of Computer Science at IIIT-Hyderabad. He is a Visiting Faculty at IIT Kanpur, an Adjunct faculty at IIIT Delhi, and Associated Researcher at Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI, IIT Madras. PK was inducted an ACM Distinguished Member in 2021. PK is an ACM India Council Member, and Chair of the Research Facilitation Committee of ACM India. PK is a TEDx and an ACM Distinguished & ACM India Eminent Speaker. PK received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His Ph.D. thesis work on anti-phishing research at CMU contributed in creating an award-winning startup - Wombat Security Technologies. Wombat was acquired in March 2018 for USD 225 Million. PK was listed in the World's 2% Scientists by Stanford University in Nov 2020. He has co-authored research papers in the field of Computational Social Science, Privacy and Security in Online Social Media, Cyber Security, Social Computing, Data Science for Social Good, amongst others. PK's research work regularly gets featured on news media, including print, online, and TV within India and across the world. PK started and successfully manages PreCog , a research group at IIIT-Hyderabad.