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AnitaB.org Chennai Meetup – 13 Dec 2019

December 13, 2019 · 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm IST


AnitaB.org Chennai brings you another awesome line up of sessions to end 2019 with a celebration of women in technology. We welcome you to relive the magic of GHCI 19 at our very own Chennai.
This event heroes the theme of AI / ML and will be a hands-on session – full of #morelearning and #moreconnections. Both topics above will be a continuum to AI/ML. A Machine Learning model is never perfect.  If it completely fails, it must be fixed. If it performs well, we want to improve it. In this meetup, we will discuss the various techniques and tools needed to understand the basics of machine learning in general and natural language processing in particular.

We round off the event with a session on self-defence specifically designed for the digital age.

Venue: KLA India, Multi-Purpose Hall, Ground Floor 286/1 & 286/2, Prince Infocity Towers, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Kandanchavadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600096

Time: 3.30 – 6.30 PM



3:00 – 3:30 PM          Registrations

Emcee for the event: Vandana Sharma, Qualcomm

3.30 – 3.40 PM          Welcome note, by Dominic Gerald David, President, Operations, KLA India

3.40 – 4:05 PM         The Innovator’s Dilemma: Application of AI/ML in Semiconductor Yield  – Saravanan Paramasivam, Manager, Algorithms R & D KLA ndia, Chennai

4:05 – 4:10 PM          GHCI and AnitaB.org updates, Sreedevi Srinivasan, Senior Engineer, Amazon
4:10 – 4:40 PM          Introduction to Machine Learning techniques and hands on demo, Kartika Kalyan, Sr. Manager, Qualcomm
4:40 – 5:10 PM          Applied AI for Visual Intelligence, Padmapriya Mohankumar, Sr Tech Project Manager, PayPal

5:10 – 5:20 PM         #moreconnections BINGO – Networking Activity

5:20 – 6:00 PM          Introduction to Self Defence in the Digital Age – Shorei-kan Assault Prevention and Evasion (S-K.A.P.E)

6:00 – 6:05 PM          Thank you and closure note, Mahati Chandramohan, PayPal

 6:05 PM onwards     Networking hi-tea

Please note:  Since the tech session is hands-on, please ensure you carry your laptops to the venue.

Speaker Profiles

Vandana Sharma, Core committee member at AnitaB.org Chennai is the Emcee for the event. Vandana is the Site HR Lead for Qualcomm, Chennai and comes with 13+ years of HR experience with a proven track record in delivering strategic impact with measurable results. Her strengths include operating in global matrix environment with global leaders, formulating and implementing HR strategies to meet business objectives, talent acquisition, employee engagement, talent development, employee relations, employer branding and change management.

Dominic Gerald David President, Operations, KLA India Dominic is president of Operations at KLA India where he is leading the organization to be a Center of Excellence (COE) in software and product engineering. Dominic is also a trainer and embodied leadership coach for leadership aspirants in KLA India. Dominic joined KLA as a software design engineer and has been spearheading software engineering at KLA for more than 19 years. He has lead KLA India to win Strategic Planning Award and he was recognized with VIA (values-in-action) Exemplar award from KLA CEO. He has been awarded three patents for his inventions in semiconductor measurement recipe management areas. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College, University of Madras, India, and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, AZ, USA. He is also a graduate of NIIT in software engineering and exports, Chennai, India. : http://www.linkedin.com/in/dominicdavid

Saravanan Paramasivam is a Manager, Algorithms Research and Development at KLA, Chennai. He is leading Analysis and Machine Learning solutions group for next generation KLA Broad Band Plasma hardware. His interests are in data analytics, machine learning and high performance computing. He has over 10 patent applications in these areas. He enjoys solving problems with his peers at KLA and academia.  For more details, please see https://www.linkedin.com/in/saravanan-paramasivam-0815384/

Kartika Kalyan, Sr. Manager at Qualcomm, Chennai

Kartika focusses on building Wireless Lan (Wi-Fi) products that spans across home networking and enterprise deployments. Kartika has a strong background in machine learning and data mining with a broad understanding of supervised and unsupervised learning methods (such as Regression, Decision Tree, Collaborative Filtering, PCA, Clustering, etc.) She leads ML initiatives and her team is implementing a full machine learning system that includes generating training data, model design, feature selection, system implementation, and evaluation.

She leads Qualcomm Women network Chennai Chapter as its president. She is a recipient of the Qualcomm Women in Technology Award. Kartika is driven by passion for solving the toughest problems, and the smarts to solve them. She has 15+ years of experience in building next generation products in mobile and Wi-Fi technologies.

Padmapriya Mohankumar, Sr. Technical Product Manager, PayPal 

Tech Evangelist with demonstrated expertise in diverse stack of Data and Business Intelligence Products, Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualization, Data Warehousing, Tech Architecture, Big Data adoption solutions, Data Governance. Spearheaded and been a Technology Influencer to architect, design, develop and deploy enterprise solutions of various significant project implementations for Cisco, Apple, and Bank of America. Highly passionate in engineering futuristic products for Data Intelligence and in the Artificial Intelligence spectrum such as Cognitive Services (Vision/Image/Text), Chatbots and Machine Learning.

AI for Visual Intelligence

Data generated from various channels around us at an unprecedented rate has led to data proliferation. Artificial intelligence enabled vision has been a super exciting field which is constantly evolving. This emerging field has tremendous potential to make difference in how machines perceive the world around bringing in more values. Emergence of new technologies has helped to alleviate varied problems with significant results and pushed the frontier of capabilities in the domain of digital world which was heavily relied on human intelligence. In the era of data driven economy high-quality data with automated actionable insights are at Paramount.

This Power up session will help the audience to know about some of the techniques of AI Applications for visuals.

 S-K.A.P.E (Pronounced Escape) Self-defence

S-K.A.P.E is an acronym for Shorei-Kan Assault Prevention & Evasion. This is a first of its kind self-defences system unlike any other self-defence system available today, combining exhaustive research, understanding of cultural and social conditions, work place culture, clothing restrictions etc to provide practical, effective solutions in real-world scenarios to overcome molestation, abuse, kidnap, assault and sexual assault situations. S-K.A.P.E has conducted seminars and workshops for educational institutions as well as corporate clientele, including CNSI, Infosys and AO Smith Corporation.

The team from S-K.A.P.E comprises Zhayynn James, a second generation landscape architect and a Karateka since 1989. He is course director at S-K.A.P.E and a 4th degree black belt, Shorei-Kan Karate. Deepak Jain is a sales executive at HappyFox Technologies and has been a Karateka since 1998. He is a senior instructor at S-K.A.P.E and a 2nd degree black belt, Shorei-Kan Karate. P. Shri Ram is an engineering student and a Karateka for the past 15 years. He is an instructor at S-K.A.P.E and a 1st degree black belt, Shorei-Kan Karate.


December 13, 2019
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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KLA Tencor
Multi-Purpose Hall, Ground Floor 286/1 & 286/2, Prince Infocity Towers, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Kandanchavadi
Chennai, Tamilnadu 600096 India
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