Indo-German Spring School on “Algorithms for Big Data” at IIT-Madras

A German Research Foundation (DFG) co-financed Indo-German Spring School on “Algorithms for Big Data” was organized from February 22-26, 2016 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) in Chennai. This spring school which is second in series, after the first workshop on Algorithms that was held in March 2015 at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkata, has been organized to train young researchers, in particular PhD students and postdocs, in algorithmic solution techniques for big data problems.

The spring school that was generously funded by the IITM Alumni ’89 batch and DFG within the priority programme SPP 1736 – Algorithms for Big Data, was jointly organized by Prof. Subir Kumar Ghosh, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, Prof. Balaraman Ravindran, Prof, N S Narayanaswamy, and Prof. Rupesh Nasre, from IIT-M together with Prof. Dorothea Wagner, Karlsruher Institute for Technology, Germany. Professor Wagner who is also a member of the prestigious German Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) – was accompanied for the weeklong event by other colleagues from Germany, Prof. Ulrich Meyer, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Prof. Anand Srivastav, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and Prof. Henning Meyerhenke, Karlsruher Institute for Technology.

Welcoming the participants, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director IIT-M reiterated the role of Indo-German co-operation in the establishment of IIT-M and the significance of this continued scientific co-operations, while Prof. Wagner stressed on the importance of such events that bring together leading researchers from varied scientific fields for deliberations on developing efficient algorithms and data structures for large-scale problems.

Dr. Vaibhav Agarwal represented the DFG India office at the spring school and gave a presentation showcasing the German research landscape and spoke about the various collaborative opportunities through DFG funding schemes to the scientists. Close to 20 German students and scientists and equal number of faculty and students from India and abroad participated in the week long spring school that also served as a platform for initiating new collaborations between academia across the two countries and beyond.