Why Statistics – A talk by Dr. Anil Gore

Listen to this fascinating talk by Dr. Anil Gore about statistics and its use for solving interesting everyday problems. He discusses the need for statistics and its application to make sense of the deluge of information we’re faced with.

Dr. Gore was a Professor of Statistics at University of Pune, and is current the VP of statistical services at Cytel. This presentation was organized as part of the Innovidya talk seties.

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How to lead a healthy life – Dr. Rajiv Sharangpani

Dr. Rajiv Sharangpani talks about leading a healthy and fit life till your last day, and how NOT to get trapped in the so called “healthcare system” which is getting more insidiously commercial by the day. According to Dr. Sharangpani what we have in the developed countries, and now in India, is not Health-care but disease-care. It is an eco-system that tries to maximise return on investment by the various stakeholders – doctors, hospitals, pharma companies, and medical equipment manufacturers. It does this by creating a fear psychosis, and prescribing unnecessary tests, medicines and surgeries, sometimes doing great harm to the “customer”, the hapless patients. He gave this talk at the IIT Bombay Alumni Association Pune Chapter meet.



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Samuchit Lifestyle – A talk by Dr. Priyadarshini Karve

Dr. Priyadarshini Karve talks about how to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle with minimum environmental impact. She describes her passion and work in the area of sustainable energy and her quest to promote eco-friendly products in the society. This led her to found
Samuchit Enviro Tech, a company which creates and markets such products. She talks about the journey, the hurdles encountered and the consequent learning and solutions. This talk was held at GS Lab on the occasion of International Women’s day.

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Alternate Energy Systems: Myths, Facts and Challenges – A talk by Dr Paul Ratnasamy

Currently over 80% of our energy comes from fossil fuels. However these fuels are the major sources of the green house gas pollutants which lead to severe environmental degradation including climate change. Energy from non-polluting sources – like biomass, solar and wind – is under development worldwide. Due to the recent exciting research and technological advances, it is now technically feasible to produce conventional transportation fuels like diesel and gasoline from biomass like sugarcane bagasse and municipal / forest wastes. Solar energy, in addition to generating electricity directly (photo-voltaics), can also produce liquid fuels, like diesel. Waste gases like CO from steel/cement/power/chemical plants can be catalytically converted to transport fuels like ethanol & diesel. This talk by Padmashree Dr. Paul Ratnasamy describes some of these technologies and their potential adoption in large commercial plants.

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Alan Turing – Scientist Unlimited : A talk by Dr. Mathai Joseph

Dr. Mathai Joseph spoke about the life and work of Alan Turing at the IUCAA Auditorium. He describes the seminal contribution on computability and models of computation proposed by Alan Turing. He also talks about his academic career, participation in the war effort and events in his personal life. Watch his talk below…

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Conversation with Manohar Parrikar, CM Goa at IITBAA Pune Chapter

Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister Goa and an IIT Bombay alumnus, visited the IIT Bombay Alumni Association Pune Chapter on 20th January. Watch the frank, informal conversation with Manu below where he talks about politics, ethics, bureaucracy and how IITians could make a difference.

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SciPy 2012 India conference at IIT Bombay

SciPy 2012 was held at IIT Bombay from Dec 27-29th last week. Watch the keynote delivered by Dr. Ole Nielsen below, where he talks about the lessions learned from two decades of scientific open source software development.

To watch the entire proceedings (talks) of the conference, click on the image below.





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