Interview of Dr Aparna Lalingkar on All India Radio Mumbai

All India Radio Mumbai in collaboration with Marathi Vidnyan Parishad organize a program named “Vidnyananjanhitay”. The focus of this program is to highlight how science is useful to human beings and their day to day life. If people understand the science used in day to day life their living will be more prosperous.

In this program they conduct interviews of women scientists working in the field of science, mathematics and technology. Dr. Aparna Lalingkar was interviewed as a mathematician and educational technologist in this program. It was broadcasted on 14th September 2020.  The interview link is here.


11 May 2022. Vijay Jaishankar, Vignesh Bondugula, and Siva Jagadesh M won an award for the best presentation based on live audience voting, in the International Conference on Simulation of Urban Mobility (SUMO). They presented their work on simulating traffic flows in Electronics City Phase 1, along with several intervention measures like placing speed cameras, placing adaptive traffic lights, and estimating congestion at different intersections.

9 Oct 2020. The paper entitled “Social Capital as Engagement and Belief Revision” authored by Gaurav Koley, Jayati Deshmukh and Srinath Srinivasa awarded the best paper award at the 12th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2020). Link to the paper

10 Sep 2020. The paper entitled “Social Capital as Engagement and Belief Revision” authored by Gaurav Koley, Jayati Deshmukh and Srinath Srinivasa was nominated for the best paper award at the 12th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2020)

7 Aug 2020. Prakhar Mishra awarded certificate of our appreciation during Q2 of 2020 for the work put into projects, workshops, online meetups and more while being Student Ambassador @intelsoftware.

17 June 2020. Raksha P S presented a webinar talk titled “Introduction to Web Science”. Talk was organised by Global Institute of Management Sciences, Bangalore.

28 Nov 2019. Prakhar Mishra is selected as Intel AI Academy Student Ambassador at Intel Corporation, Bengaluru, IN.
The award includes  following: * Student Amabassador gets to use any of their services (devcloud, etc) for the purpose of his/her research free of cost. They will fund the his/her research as well in due course if they see potential in his/her work. s/he will have internship opportunities with Intel AI division. All travel will be reimbursed for any event that s/he will attend hosted by them. * The student ambassador’s responsibilities are writing blogs for them about the research, give seminars and probably host couple of them. * The program has currently around 80-90 people in India across different colleges that are Intel SA.

Precision Learning for Enterprise


Organizational learning is fast becoming an integral element of the daily operations of organizations given the pace of change in technology and market dynamics. Organizational learning is the process of creating, retaining, and transferring knowledge within an organization. An organization improves over time as it gains experience. From this experience, it is able to create knowledge. This knowledge is broad, covering any topic that could better an organization. Organisational learning is an essential element for the survival of any organisation in this fast paced technological and business landscape.

A concept of “learning organizations” has been a focus of enormous research and managerial interest since the early 1990s. Peter Senge, identifies five key disciplines for organizational learning:

  1. Systems Thinking
  2. Shared Vision
  3. Mental Models
  4. Team Learning
  5. Personal Mastery

While the concept of learning organizations elicited enormous interest in its early years, the above principles of learning organizations were found to be very challenging to manage, in an environment of fast changes and churn in the workplace.

In recent times, a new paradigm called precision learning is gaining a lot of research attention. Precision learning entails the use of “Big Data” techniques to identify expertise and knowledge gaps in a given community or organization, and mediate between them. The result is a continuous, on-going process of learning catering to a population of diverse interests, skills and learning goals.

Navigated Learning is a precision learning model being developed at the Web Science lab at IIIT Bangalore. Navigated learning implements precision learning, by computing a variety of semantic embeddings. This project explores Navigated Learning models for enterprise settings.

Expected Social Impact:

Navigated learning is part of the research focus called “Digital Empowerment” being pursued by the Web Science lab. The underlying social challenge being addressed is the need for informal and continuous upskilling required for overall social empowerment. Current models of technology enabled learning have not gained enough engagement and traction from users to pursue their upskilling activities in a sustained manner. One of the reasons we believe for this, is the dearth of context, relevance and social support during the learning process. Navigated learning is expected to cater to this need, and we hope that it becomes as popular as, and an empowering alternative to streaming video and gaming apps.

Since this is under applied research in cognitive computing “Precision Learning for Enterprise portal” will be delivered in which the concept of Navigated Learning is applied.

This project is sponsored by Mphasis under the Mphasis Center of Excellence for Cognitive Computing.

Team Members:

Dr Aparna Lalingkar, Postdoctorate Research Fellow

Mr Prakhar Mishra, MS Research Scholar

Mr Shyam Kumar VN, MS Research Scholar

Current Members:

Jagatdeep Pattanaik, MTech Student

Puneeth Sarma, IMTech Student

Rohit Katlaa, IMTech Student