India's leading computer scientist talks about AI

India's leading computer scientist talks about AI
Prof. Sankar answers a question asked by a student
By Medhansh Das

Bennett University had the privilege of hosting Prof Sankar K Pal for an intuitive and immersive hybrid seminar on "Granular Data Mining in Video Analytics: Shallow to Deep Learning”.

Sankar, a recipient of the Padma Shri award in Science and Engineering for 2013, as also the proud recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology in 1990, the most coveted award in multidisciplinary science in India, is a leading figure in the field of data science and machine learning in the country. Currently, he is the president of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata.

The seminar, which was conducted in hybrid mode, drew participation from Faculty members and students of the engineering school. Some students occupied seats in the auditorium, while others connected and heard the words of wisdom from Prof Sankar through live streaming on YouTube.

One question that raised the most concern was the involvement of Artificial Intelligence (AI). “AI has been influencing and changing the almost every industry for the past couple of years and I am definitely a little concerned about the future and where AI takes, but, in my opinion, the work labour that humans produce is something which cannot be replicated,” Sankar said.

Sankar also talked about the latest developments and trends in the field of data mining and video analytics, resulting in a very fruitful session.

(The writer is a Semester IV BAJMC student)

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