With a view to addressing the existing need for a sound analytical foundation for Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi is organising a workshop to train students and researchers on the issue.

The workshop is being held with the collaboration of IIT Mandi, Control Society, and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) India from 22 to 26 July.

The workshop on ‘Learning and Control’ is a platform to discuss current advances in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and it is organised for the very first time.

The objective is to enhance the knowledge of participants who want to become researchers and expert users of Machine Learning and Control Methodologies.

The workshop is designed with a focus on senior B Tech students, research scholars and junior faculty from engineering institutes and colleges.

Dr Tushar Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, IIT Mandi, said, this workshop is first-of-its-kind conducted at IIT Mandi which focuses on the integration of Machine Learning and Control Systems.

“It brings researchers from industry and academia on the same platform. Machine learning is a rapidly increasing field in all engineering disciplines with numerous applications such as natural language processing, medical diagnosis, etc. The main idea behind this integration is to enable the agent to learn how to react in the environment, possibly based on large data, to achieve the long-term rewards from that environment. This workshop is expected to cultivate the basic concepts of reinforcement learning through a coordinated set of lectures and hands-on demos,” he said.

He added seeing the list of participants, which mostly include professors and post-graduate students from institutes of national importance, this workshop, gives a unique platform to initiate collaborative multidisciplinary research.

The workshop on Learning and Control will help the participants get familiar with research challenges in the broad areas of learning and control.

The participants include faculties, research scholars and senior B. Tech students from reputed colleges and universities across the country.

The participants are from IIT Mandi, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IET Lucknow, SRM University Amaravati and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR-CSIO).