Message from President, CSI
I am happy to note that the 52nd Annual Convention of our Computer Society of India (CSI), the nation's premier body of Computer Science & IT professionals is coming back to the historic mega city of Kolkata. CSI shares a proud association and history with Kolkata; the first annual convention of CSI was held here at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in 1966. Subsequently, Kolkata hosted several CSI Annual Conventions in 1978, 1986, 1990 (Silver Jubilee), 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2012. I take this opportunity to congratulate the CSI Kolkata chapter for organizing this CSI annual convention for the 9th time; perhaps a record; at Science City, Kolkata from 19 to 21 January, 2018. The theme of this convention is "Social Transformation- Digital Way" and I am sure this IT International Congress will open new avenues and vistas for the participants for knowledge exchange and networking as also showcase research contributions and innovations for societal transformation, true to the motto of CSI, "IT for Masses".
A distinguished keynote speaker for the convention will be Prof. Mike Hinchey, President of International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). IFIP is a global organization for ICT researchers and professionals to conduct research, develop standards and promote information sharing established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO. CSI represents India as a member society in IFIP. Prof. Hinchey works as a Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick, Ireland and also a former Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory. The organizing team has put together an impressive array of distinguished speakers from top universities, institutions and companies such as IBM, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Microsoft, Kansas State University USA, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, IISc Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, ISI Kolkata, Jadavapur University, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), IFIP, CDAC etc. For this convention, after rigorous review and quality check, 64 papers have been short-listed for presentation and the proceedings will be published by our partner, Springer Nature. The Annual Convention is preceded by a Pre-Convention Tutorial on 18 January 2018 scheduled to be held at Technology Campus, University of Calcutta. Other Convention highlights include business sessions, plenary sessions, panel discussions and exhibitions.
I wish the convention participants all the best and look forward to meeting each one of you at KolkataMr. Sanjay Mohapatra President, Computer Society of India