random thoughts..

2009 to 2010


2009 has been an eventful and hectic year. Well most of the high points of the year were related to Gargi and her growing up. We celebrated her first birthday in April and had a good time. She learnt to walk on her own and also has now started speaking a few things. Already has developed a taste for things, chooses the clothes she would wear and even the food she would eat. A good experience over all.

We got the chance to take a few breaks from the daily routine. Summer break of around days in May, when we went to my parents place (Karnal) was a nice, and we spent quality time with parents and my sister’s family. The trip to BR Hills with office friends was a lot of fun. Trip to Hyderabad in Oct got a bit extended by the rain gods, when train and bus routes got submerged owing to the heavy rains lashing southern india. Then there was also a trip to Pune, Shirdi and Mumbai. Pune, to meet our friends Atul and Dipti and their cute son Aaroh. Mumbai, to meet my maternal family in Mumbai, which was pending for a long time.

I also took a two week break from work to exhaust my pending leaves in the last two weeks, to spend some more time at home with Jayashree and Gargi. We also did a short trip to Mysore in the past week to meet Jayashree’s cousin Rajesh, and also took the chance to visit Bylakuppe.

On the work front the year was fairly ordinary. However, Jayashree got back to work after an year and half break. And started off on her own. Which was quite exciting for her and also for me. We also did discuss a lot of our own ideas and also worked on a few of them to put down on paper. Maybe on of these days, we will get back to implementing one of them. I met a lot of very nice and interesting people at the OCC, StartupSaturday, NASSCOMPC and other events and had a good time learning about the happenings in the startup space in Bangalore.

Started contributing more time to my social commitment DYPC. And am hoping that in 2010 we will be able to take DYPC to the next level.

I got introduced to twitter and now tweet almost on a regular basis. Read more books this year than 2008. Blogged more often than 2008. Watched more movies than I did in 2008.

And hope that I will be able to do more in 2010 than what I did in 2009. 2010 promises to be a year of making more decisions and playing a more active role. There are already quite a few challenges lined up and I am looking forward to them.

2010 starts with the ACM Bangalore Compute 2010 and Quiz 2010 events.

Happy New Year 2010 to all !


December 31, 2009 Posted by | General, Personal | , , | 1 Comment

ACM Compute 2010

The 3rd Annual Conference of ACM Bangalore Chapter has been announced and will be held on 22nd and 23rd Jan 2010.

For details of paper submission and Program Committee member please refer to the CFP. Below are some of the details from the CFP :

Important Dates

Paper Submissions Due: October 1, 2009
Notification of Acceptance: November 20, 2009
Camera Ready Versions Due: December 10, 2009
Conference: January 22-23, 2010

Areas for Sumissions :

Search in both enterprise and internet context

  • Information lifecycle management
  • Data management
  • Databases and Related Topics
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
  • Data Mining
  • Text mining
  • Image mining / Processing
  • Text summarization
  • Structured-unstructured information integration
  • Information Standards
  • Information as a service
  • Anywhere anytime access to Information (mobility, pervasive computing)
  • Multi-channel and Pervasive Information access (including mobility)
  • Artificial Intelligence and its role in Information Processing
  • Information Accessibility/Usability (especially for Web)
  • Cloud based Information storage/access/retrieval
  • Semantic Web, Web 3.0, and Semantic Technologies
  • Web 2.0, and Rich Internet Applications
  • Analytics
  • High Performance Information Management, including Data Grids, Low Latency Apps

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Technical | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment