The second edition of the conference was attended by both students and faculty alike in large numbers. The speakers at this year’s conference included students of the university, alumni as well as various people who were working in this field from different companies.

Day One was started off by Vivek Kalyanarangan, a Data Scientist who was well-versed with Machine Learning Tools like Python, Tensorflow, Spark, R, Elasticsearch and so much more. He gave a talk about deploying machine learning apps using Docker. His presentation included coding examples for docker containers, building Machine Learning based micro services, and deploying on premise server and cloud services. He was followed by Ashwath Rao B and Murli Krishna SN, senior scale professors at MIT Manipal who spoke about Treebank Validation using Python.

This was followed by a couple of video conferences from students of Carnegie Mellon University, the first of which was by Dheeraj Rajagopal who presented on PyTorch, wherein he delved into the basics, construction and the running of this widely used Deep Learning Library. Our second video conference was by Daniel J Evans, who presented to us his perspective on the use of Python in the field of digital humanities. Day One was brought to a close with a talk by Abhishek Kumar. This Deep Learning Scientist from Predible Health walked us through a journey to Semantic Segmentation from Classification Network. He summarized the methods and papers on segmentation network and also spoke about how semantic segmentation is making concepts such as self-driving cars seem possible.

The presentations were received with a lot of enthusiasm and interest.

Day Two was kickstarted by Kartik Mandaville, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and an alumni of MIT Manipal. Also the Founder of SpringRole Inc., and a senior Technical Advisor at Science-Inc, Kartik Mandaville spoke about the principle behind Blockchain, what it was, and how it could possible replace the Internet in the years to come. He also explained how one create their own cryptocurrency. The next speaker was Anurag Sharma, a first year student at MIT Manipal. He spoke on Open Source and Revision Control System, which covered topics like Django, Django Celery and Web2Py. Ayodhyankit Paul, a machine-learning enthusiast and the creator of TensorFlow India group then took us on a Journey to the Decorators World, wherein he touched upon closures, scopes, nested function and the internal working of Decorator. He was followed by Aneesh Joshi, a ML/DL enthusiast, VR and Software Developer for Mars Society, and a final year student at MIT Manipal. He made a presentation about Neural Style Transfer, in which he dealt with the basics of Neural Networks and the Optimisation behind style transfer.

The next speaker was Naren Ravi. In his presentation, he drew out a detailed comparison between Concurrency and Parallelism, and discussed about how Python3 could be used to achieve near speed as in parallelism but without compromising system resources. Lakshay Kalbhor, a first year student at MIT Manipal was the next to give a presentation. He spoke about MIT Hodor, a messenger bot that tells you your attendance, timetable and so on through our college’s Student Life Cycle Management Portal. This was followed by a talk by Mohammed Sajid, a Data Scientist. He spoke at great length about the applications of Python in the field of Data Science. Focusing on data analysis, visualization and data handling, he discussed about how Python was truly a blessing for his area of expertise.

The next presentation was by Siddharth Kothiyal. He shared with us his perspective on the importance of Python in the field of Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He was followed by Sailesh Sriram. One of the founders of MUPy and an employee at Amazon, Sailesh Sriram is a regular contributor to the world of open source. He gave the audience a day by day breakdown of what he learnt in a week. Ankush Anshuman, the Co-founder of Alexander Computing Private Limited followed this talk with Lifehacks using Python. He spoke about automation and lifehacks which make Python an interesting language. He also talked about using Google Sheets API for automatic backup of data and automatic backup on S3 using BOTO3 for using aws services like S3, Dynamodb etc.

The next person to come up on stage, Yash Kumar Lal, was also one of the founders of PyPals and MUPy. He spoke about Neural Embeddings for Polysemous Words and covered topics like Word Representations, Distributional Semantics, Word Senses and so on. The last speaker of the conference,Ronald Das was a co-founder of Alexander Computing as well. He discussed about Serverless Apps and Architecture that uses microservices, and the various advantages of this technique.

This two-day conference came to an end after seventeen inspiring and resourceful talks. The speakers not only educated but inspired the attendees. Having shed enough light on how Python is truly a boon to the technical world, MUPy 2017 was a resounding success.


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