ACM India Annual Event

15-17 February 2018, Nagpur

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery is the world's largest educational and scientific society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM awards the Turing Award (aka Noble Prize in Computing). ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking. ACM is recording a healthy growth in India, and ACM India was launched in 2010 to increase the focus on the country.

ACM India has been organizing annual flagship events to discuss trends in science and technology, and to celebrate ACM's spirit and India's accomplishments in computing. This event is attended by ACM Turing Award winners, ACM Office Bearers, researchers and IT professionals. The past events have witnessed keynote speeches by Tony Hoare (Turing Award 1980), Raj Reddy (Turing Award 1994), Barbara Lisskov (Turing Award 2008), Charles Thacker (Turing Award 2009), Eric Brewer (Infosys ACM Award 2009), Franz Kaashoek (Infosys ACM Award 2010) Ravi Kannan (Knuth Prize 2011), Vinton G Cerf (Turing Award 2004), Joseph Sifakis (Turning Award 2007), John E. Hopcroft(Turing Award 1986), Edward Albert Feigenbaum (Turing Award 1994), Susan Rodger, and Kathy Yelick.

ACM India announces its annual event for the year 2018 to be held at Persistent System limited, Nagpur on February 17, 2018. The event is organized by ACM Nagpur Professional Chapter in association with the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering. CSPathshala Workshop, iSIGCSE Workshop and IRISS are co-located ACM events with ACM India Annual Event 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Martin E. Hellman is best known for his invention, with Diffie and Merkle, of public key cryptography. He is the 2015 Turing Award recipient. more...

Title of Talk: The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography

Abstract: While public key cryptography is seen as revolutionary, after this talk you might wonder why it took Whit Diffie, Ralph Merkle and Hellman so long to discover it. This talk also highlights the contributions of some unsung (or "under-sung") heroes: Ralph Merkle, John Gill, Stephen Pohlig, Richard Schroeppel, Loren Kohnfelder, and researchers at GCHQ (Ellis, Cocks, and Williamson). The talk concludes by examining the relationship between the continued evolution of cryptography, Alan Turing's work on computable real numbers, and Hellman's current work on reducing the risk of a nuclear war.


Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering,
15 February 2018 - half day (Parallel session) CS Pathsala Workshop on "Bringing computational thinking to Indian schools"
15 February 2018 - Full day (Parallel session) iSIGCSE Workshop on "Computing Curricula for India"
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
16 February 2018     IRISS 2018 (12th Inter-Research-Institute Student Seminar in Computer Science)                          
Cummins college of Engineering for Women, Nagpur
16 February 2018    ACM Nagpur Celebration of Women in Computing                                                                     
Persistent System limited, Nagpur
17 February 2018    ACM India Annual Event 2018                                                

CSPathshala - 15 Feb

01:00 - 02:00 pm                  CSPathshala Registration & Lunch
02:00 - 02:15 pm Introduction / Inauguration
02:15 - 03:10 pm Key Note
Speaker : Dr. MadhavanMukund, CMI
03:10 - 04:00 pm CSpathshala overview & activities
Speaker : Sonali Gogate, CSpathshala
04:00 - 04:15 pm Tea break
04:15 - 04:45 pm Teachers: Experience sharing
Geeta Godmade, School of Scholars, Nagpur
Sonia Garcha, CSpathshala
04:45 - 05:00 pm Q&A & Closing

iSIGCSE Faculty Summit - 15 Feb

09:30 - 10:00 am                                                 Breakfast, Tea and Registrations
10:00 - 10:30 am Introductory remarks
Madhavan Mukund (CMI, Chennai) and R Venkatesh(TCS)
10:30 - 12:30 pm Applying the CS2013 curriculum in the Indian context
Arati Dixit (SPPU), Abhijat Vichare (Persistent), Viraj Kumar (PES University)
12:30 - 01:30 pm Lunch
01:30 - 03:30 pm Pedagogy, Assessment and Resources based on CS2013 Principles
Abhiram Ranade (IIT Bombay), Viraj Kumar (PES University)
03:30 - 04:00 pm Concluding Remarks and High Tea

IRISS 2018 - 16 Feb

09:30 - 11:00 am                         Inauguration and Key-Note
11:00 - 11:30 am Tea Break
11:30 - 12:30 pm Presentation by Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner
12:30 - 01:30 pm Lunch + Posters
01:30 - 03:30 pm Paper Presentations by PhD Students
03:30 - 04:00 pm Tea Break
04:00 - 05:30 pm Industry Presentations

Council Meeting, Cultural, Dinner - 16 Feb

02:00 - 04:30 pm Council Meeting                  
04:30 - 05:00 pm High Tea
05:00 - 06:00 pm Chapter summit
06:00 - 06:30 pm Tea
06:30 - 08:30 pm Cultural program
08:30 - 09:30 pm Dinner

ACM-W : 16 Feb

10:30 - 11:00 am Registration                        
11:00 - 12:00 am Key Note
12:00 - 01:00 pm Panel Discussion

Annual Day Event - 17 Feb

08:30 - 09:30 am                                       Registration
09:30 - 10:30 am Inauguration
10:30 - 11:00 am Tea Break
11:00 - 12:00 pm Key Note : The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography
Speaker  : Martin E. Hellman
12:00 - 01:00 pm Key Note : Advances in Neural Models for Sequence Prediction
Speaker  : Sunita Sarawagi
01:00 - 02:00 pm Lunch
02:00 - 03:00 pm Key Note : Simplicity in Algorithm Design
Speaker  : Robert Tarjan
03:00 - 04:00 pm Key Note : Humans, Machines, and Work: The Future is Now
Speaker  : Moshe Y. Vardi
04:00 - 04:30 pm High Tea
04:30 - 05:00 pm Closing


15 Februrary 2018 - Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur

16 Februrary 2018 - Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur

16 Februrary 2018 - Cummins college of Engineering for Women, Nagpur

17 Februrary 2018 - Persistent System limited, Nagpur


Program Name Free Registration Paid Registration
15th Feb : CSPathshala Workshop Invited Heads of Schools & nominated CS teachers
15th Feb: iSIGCSE Faculty Summit Invited curriculum makers, course co-coordinators, and faculty  
16th Feb: IRISS 2018 Nominated Delegates
Others – 1180 INR (with S.T.)
16th Feb: ACM-W Nominated Delegates
16th Feb: Professional chapters summit, cultural program, Dinner Nominated Delegates
17th Feb: ACM India Annual Event 2018 Nominated Delegates
Others - 1180 INR (with S.T.)

Last date to register : Registration Closed

Travel & Stay

Where to Stay

Accommodation arrangement for the IRISS participants are made in the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology Hostels inside campus, Nagpur from 15th evening till 21st morning. The same may be extended for another day, on request.

Recommended hotels near VNIT/ Persistent Systems, Campus are: Radisson Blu, Hotel Ashok, Tuli Imperial, Centre Point, Oyo Rooms - an indicative list.

How to Reach

By Air

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is situated at Nagpur, which is about 8.8 kilometres away from the heart of the city. This airport has good connectivity across major cities in India and abroad. From the airport you can take a taxi or a bus to your final destination.

By Train

Electrified broad gauge railway track connects Nagpur to all four major cities and villages of India with Nagpur. Nagpur railway station is an important rail junction on the Central and Southeastern lines. There are two major railway stations in the city – one is located in Main station and the other is Ajni. Most of the trains will stop at main station ensure the details however Ajni(Nagpur) railway station is pretty close to the venue(Request you to confirm the stopages before boarding the train)

Local Transport

VNIT/Persistent Systems Campus - Around 8km away and well connected by local bus/rickshaw (auto rickshaw/Ola / uber would be prefered option expect 30min to reach )

A large number of public transport buses [AC/non-AC]. Taxis / Ola / Uber readily available.


We would love to hear from you!

The Chair, ACM Nagpur Chapter