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General Chair
  • Prof. Anupam Basu, Professor, CSE, IIT Kharagpur
Programme Chair
  • Prof. Sukhendu Das, CSE, IIT Madras
  • Prof. Patrick Horain, Telecom SudParis, France (Co-Chair)
  • Dr. Samit Bhattacharya, CSE, IIT Guwahati (Co-Chair)
Jointly Organized by
  • CSIR-CEERI, Pilani
  • BITS Pilani
  • IIIT, Allahabad
  • Welcome in IHCI 2016
  • Conference Dates: 12-13 December, 2016

Participants of the Industry Session

  • Dr. Arpan Pal, TCS Research & Innovation
  • Dr. Amit Nanavati, IBM Research
  • Prof. Anupam Basu, CSE, IIT Kharagpur
  • Prof. Anirudha Joshi, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay
  • Coordinator : Dr. Lipika Dey, Principal Scientist, Innovation Labs, TCS

Speaker: Amit Nanavati, IBM, New Delhi

Title: The Spoken Web


The World Wide Web (WWW) enabled quick and easy information dissemination and brought about fundamental changes to various aspects of our lives. However, a very large number of people, mostly in developing regions, are still untouched by this revolution. We will discuss our experiences with the Spoken Web: our vision of a voice-driven ecosystem parallel to that of the WWW. The Spoken Web is a network of interconnected voicesites that are voice driven applications created by users and hosted in the network.

Speaker: Anirudha Joshi, IIT Bombay

Title: Challenges and opportunities in IHCI for text input in Indian languages - an outsider's view from the inside


"How many people in this room can type in their mother tongue?" By now, I have asked this question several times at the start of a talk. When I ask this question outside India, usually most people in the audience put up their hands. When I ask this question in India, only about 10% put up their hands - even in the biased population that self-selects itself to attend my talks. Things have improved over the last 5 years. Earlier, I was lucky to find two hands even in a room with 100 people.

I often follow up with the question "How many people in this room have typed in their mother tongue this morning?". Then most people keep their hands down and eyes on their phones.

In this talk I will discuss why it is that text input in Indic scripts has been a special challenge, how things have evolved over the years, what are the current underlying research issues, and what may lie ahead. I will contextualise it with examples of our work from 2001 till date - starting with Keylekh our hardware keyboard to Swarachakra, our Android keyboard. I will then (very briefly) discuss where our research is pulling us - more and more of intelligent HCI.

Why an "outsider"? I am neither a "computer scientist" or "AI" person. But with this talk I hope to attract some people from the IHCI community to work on the challenges in this field. An alternative title to the talk could have been "an invitation to IHCI community". How come I am on the "inside"? You will have to attend the talk to find *that* out.

Jointly Organized by :
Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CEERI), Pilani
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
IIIT Allahabad