Xerox Research Centre India (XRCI), Xerox’s latest global research location that captures revolution prospects for Xerox in emerging markets to advance Xerox’s position as the leading global provider of document and business process services concluded the 2nd edition of XRCI Open Innovation Symposium 2015 in Bangaluru. The objective of the XRCI Open Seminar is to establish stronger partnerships with the universities and the start-up community.
The event saw participation from renowned institutes including IISc Bangaluru, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Delhi, IIM Indore, amongst others as a part of panel discussions, keynotes, and poster presentations.
“With the availability of abundant computing power, proliferation of data from sensors and increasing digitization of data, there are amazing opportunities to apply technology towards making a difference to the world at large”, said Manish Gupta, VP, Xerox Corp and Director of Xerox Research Centre in India during his welcome address.
Manish also spoke about revolutions from Xerox Innovation Group in industry verticals like healthcare, education, transportation, and banking, and opportunities for partnership.
The opening keynote address was delivered by Prof. Anurag Kumar, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, who presented advances and open challenges in the design and deployment of IEEE 802.15.4 (“Zigbee”) Networks for applications of the IoT.
Prof. Krithi Ramamritham from IIT Bombay also gave an insightful keynote talk on leveraging technology for developing smarter real-time systems while optimizing cost, comfort and energy.
The event also witnessed an inspiring panel discussion among prominent computer science researchers from India, Prof. P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT-Hyderabad, Prof. Jayant Haritsa, Chairman, Computer Science and Automation, IISc Bangaluru and recent Infosys prize winner, Prof. Ashwin Srinivasan, and Dr. Rajeev Shorey on the topic “Taking good research to great heights”.
Further, spectators like numerous PhD students and researchers, picked up several pearls of wisdom from the distinguished panelists.
Other highlights of the event included a Ph.D. Symposium, which provided a forum for Ph.D. students to present their work for which they got cash awards worth over INR 2 lakhs for the best doctoral dissertations and poster presentations.
The 2nd day included a panel discussion on “Bridging the innovation gaps between Corporations & Start-ups” with Shyam Vasudeva Rao, President & CTO, Forus Health Pvt. Ltd, Abhijit Bose, CEO and Co-Founder, Ezetap, Parul Gupta, Co-Founder, SlideRule and Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.
Commenting on the event, one of the renowned panelists, Mr. Shashank ND said, “Healthcare as an industry is in need of innovation to help improve consumer healthcare experience and improve their ability to make better informed healthcare decisions. Strategic collaboration with corporates and government helps us cater to the healthcare requirements of the consumer in a more comprehensive way. The symposium organized by Xerox Research Centre India is a wonderful platform for corporates to engage and understand different needs of today have evolved consumers and how innovative technology can help us to access their requirements, optimise services and make lives better.”
The third keynote address focused on ‘Design Innovation’. The spectators were addressed by Ashish Deshpande, Co-founder, Elephant, who shared the value of design thinking and attributes like empathy with end-user and frugal approach.
Last but what not to miss was the Research Innovation Challenge that went beyond the conventional coding contests and was aimed at harnessing the creativity of students to solve some of the pressing problems in India.
The finalist teams presented solutions for difficulties like ambulance scheduling and decreasing traffic congestion. The winning team also got iPad Mini for their efforts along with gift voucher worth Rs 40,000 and an opportunity to work as an intern at Xerox Research Centre India.
The crux of the seminar was to encourage students, learners and researchers from industry and academia to discover opportunities to team up and develop pioneering solutions that matter to the world.