D&I Program - Cods Comad

Thursday, 4th Jan 2024

Data Science for Inclusivity Workshop
01:30 pm – 03:00 pm
[Session: 1] Keynote Talk and Demos

Dr. Charudatta Jadhav

Tata Consultancy Services

Inclusion without exception - enhancing ability leveraging AI

Technology has transformed our lives , but there is a segment who is still deprived of advancements of technology. It is a reality that disability is not a problem ,but an inaccessible environment poses a big hurdle for people with disability. To create an inclusive environment and enhance the ability of PWD , AI can play a very critical role and we believe in multifold strategy that can transform the lives of PWD -

  • Creating accessible digital services with less human intervention
  • Developing the intelligent assistive technology to help PWD overcome their limitations.

If we adapt AI , there is ample opportunity for research, and we can come up with capabilities that would lead to transformation and achieve inclusion in real sense by removing the digital divide.

Speakers Bio: Dr. Charudatta Jadhav heads the Accessibility and Inclusive Design Research & Innovation at TCS. He has over 30 years of extensive experience and has been a key architect and lead consultant in establishing the accessibility practice within TCS. He is nominated on the Advisory Board of United Nations WIPO – ABC initiative or Accessible Books Consortium. Besides, he is advisory and member of working groups on many national and international bodies like IEEE, W3C, IDRBT (Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology), Govt of India to formulate Accessibility Standards. He has also filed twelve patents in Accessibility domain, eight of which have been granted and has also published 23 papers, 7 books and other publications.

Charu is passionate about the game of Chess and has represented India seven times at the World Chess Championships and Olympiads for the Blind. He is the first ever outside Europe President of IBCA, world chess federation of blind. Among the many awards he has received, few mentions, Recipient of National Award for Best Disabled Employee, conferred on him by then President of India Hon. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He has also received other national awards, ‘Super Idol’ given by IBN 7, Godfrey Philips award for exceptional career achievements, Times Now nominated him as ‘Amazing Indian’ and ‘Helen Keller’ National Award.

Charu’s contribution to bring societal change and reduced struggle to his fellow differently abled friends, be it in the field of technology, education, employment or sports gives him immense joy and satisfaction of empowering the disabled. He truly believes that WHEN YOU GET TO MAKE YOUR PASSION AS PROFESSION, IT’S SUCH A JOY

04:00 pm – 05:30 pm
[Session: 2] Contributed Talks
  • Innovating LegalAI: Advancing Indian Legal Text Classification through Data Augmentation; Reshma Sheik (National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli) and S. Jaya Nirmala (National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli)
  • Digital Empathy: Unraveling the Complexities of Compassion in a Technological World; Pooja Sarin (IIT Delhi)
  • Unraveling the Impact of Hate Speech on Marginalized Groups and Women; Gopendra Vikram Singh (Indian Institute of Technology, Patna), Mauajama Firdaus (University of Alberta), and Asif Ekbal (Indian Institute of Technology, Patna)
  • Optimizing Odia Braille Literacy: The Influence of Speed on Error Reduction and Enhanced Comprehension; Monnie Parida (IIT Kharagpur), Manjira Sinha (TCS Research), Anupam Basu (IIT Kharagpur), and Pabitra Mitra (IIT Kharagpur)

Friday, 5th Jan 2024

03:00 pm – 04:30 pm
Experience Sharing and Discussion

Discussion session around institutional initiatives for D&I and what we can learn from these. Need and Implication of Affirmative Action.

Speakers: Prof. Arun Kumar (UCSD), Prof. Meenakshi D’Souza (IIIT Bangalore)

Sunday, 7th Jan 2024

03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Panel Discussion on “Building Inclusive AI in the era of LLMs”
  • Prof. Pritha Chandra,
    IIT Delhi
  • Prof. Partha Pratim Chakraborty,
    IIT Kharagpur
  • Dr. Monojit Choudhury,
    Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
  • Prof. B. Ravindran,
    IIT Madras