Artificial Intelligence & Data Science

  • UG INTAKE

    60

  • DURATION

    4 Years

Bachelor of Technology in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (AI & DS), is an engineering program started in the academic year 2022–23 under Nitte Deemed to be University, aiming to create experts in the domain of data science. It enables the students to acquire technical skills to perform data processing, analysis and visualization in real-time applications from various domains. The courses studied in this program relate with methodologies, processes, techniques and tools drawn from various domains of computing and information science to extract knowledge from structured and unstructured data.

The concepts studied in AI & DS cover the applications of mathematical concepts for data handling, study of various methods followed for data handling and analysis, applications of data analysis in the domain of artificial intelligence.

The knowledge acquired could be applied in designing the software systems facilitating intelligent decisions in business applications. It is a specialized branch that deals with the development of data-driven solutions, data visualization tools and techniques to analyze big data. It also incorporates the concepts of machine learning and deep learning model building for solving various computational and real-world problems.

Vision

Achieving excellence in engineering education by creating a dynamic learning environment, fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary research in Artificial Intelligence and Data science, and empowering our graduates to become leaders in the global AI landscape.


Mission

  • Creating an ecosystem of academic excellence by incorporating the best possible teaching-learning methodology, collaborative research and usage of modern IT infrastructure and tools.
  • Grooming professionals with ethical values and inculcate the ability to solve real-life problems that involves data analytics.
  • Contributing to the innovation of computing, AI system and Data Science to raise satisfaction level of all stakeholders.
  • Preparing professionals for employment in industry, research, higher education, community partnerships, and entrepreneurship to benefit the society.
  • To have a successful professional career with capabilities to build innovative solutions by applying the knowledge of Data Science and using technology as a tool to solve real-world problems.
  • To develop an ethical attitude and exhibit effective skills in communication, management, teamwork, and leadership to lead and work as a team in a professional environment.
  • To develop engineering, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to create social, economic and sustainable impact and develop an ability to adapt themselves to the dynamically changing technologies catering to the organizational needs.

Engineering Graduates will be able to

  • PO1: Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals, and an engineering specialization to the solution of complex engineering problems.
  • PO2: Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyze complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering sciences.
  • PO3: Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex engineering problems and design system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  • PO4: Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions.
  • PO5: Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex engineering activities with an understanding of the limitations.
  • PO6: The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues, and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the professional engineering practice.
  • PO7: Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
  • PO8: Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of the engineering practice.
  • PO9: Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
  • PO10: Communication: Communicate effectively on complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  • PO11: Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the engineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  • PO12: Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.
  • Apply the principles of artificial intelligence and data science to develop the systems that require data analysis, inference, perception, knowledge representation, and learning.
  • Obtain the competencies to excel in Employment, Higher studies and Research in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science while upholding ethical values.
  • Demonstrate proficient professional abilities for seamless collaboration within diverse and interdisciplinary teams, embracing a growth-oriented mindset.

For any information regarding the admissions,mail us at: info@nitte.edu.in

Faculty

Program

  • Duration - 4 years
  • Semester - 08
  • Intake - 60 Students

Department Activities

Date: 4 January 2024

Venue: ADL03

Resource Person:

  • Dr. Ankitha K, Assistant Professor Gd-III, AI&DS
  • Ms. Ankitha Shetty, Assistant Professor Gd-I, AI&DS

Department of AI&DS organized a half day workshop titled “Exploring Jetson Nano for Data Science” on 4th January 2024 for the faculty members of NMAMIT, Nitte. Dr. Ankitha K and Ms. Ankitha Shetty, faculty in the department of AI&DS, were the resource persons of the workshop. A total of 15 faculty from various branches participated in the workshop.

Ms Ankitha Shetty provided insights into Edge AI, Jetson Deep Dive-Platform, Family and Hardware, Initial setup and first boot and TAO toolkit. Dr. Ankitha K discussed TensorRT, Deepstream, Video AI with DeepStream on Jetson, NVIDIA SDKs for Audio and Robotics Application development and Generative AI on Jetson. Few applications developed to run on Jetson Nano were demonstrated. The significance of using the board for developing video processing applications was discussed. Participants were asked to motivate the students to attend the NVIDIA Global Technology Conference to be held from 17- 21 March 2024, in online mode and work on the projects related to NVIDIA boards. These works could lead to quality publications.

Participants were also given insights of NVIDIA Jetson AI Courses and certification. The session concluded with the remarks and thanking note by the HoD, Dr. Venugopala P. S.

Date: 16 October, 2023

Venue: Nandini Seminar hall, NMAMIT, Nitte

Resource Person:

Mr. Murali S Iyer, Professor of Practice, Department of AI & DS, NMAMIT, Nitte, Former partner, Wipfli

Aim of the workshop: The workshop was designed to give some insight into the applications of software engineering practice during the course of study as a part of mini projects. The faculty are given with inputs on how to incorporate the software engineering practices in the curriculum.

Contents of the workshop: Resource person, Mr. Murali Iyer explained the observations of students not being able to apply the concepts of software engineering to the software projects that they carried out. During the session, Mr. Iyer explained the industry practices of using Software Engineering process while developing the software products. Various processes like waterfall, spiral, incrimetal models of software engineering were discussed during the session.

A major part of the session was dedicated to discussing the Agile methodology. The speaker elaborated on its iterative approach, adaptability, and its relevance in modern project management.

Faculty are encouraged to evaluate the mini projects and final year projects by keeping the rubrics as per the software engineering life cycle.

Total 14 faculty members from various departments participated in the workshop. The Principal Dr. Niranjan N Chiplunkar addressed the faculty members and highlighted the need for integration of practicing software engineering during student projects Mr. Bharath G Kumar, Head of Placement and Training department mentioned the observations made by various companies regrading the skill sets of the graduate students. From these observations it was suggested to include more problem solving and real life case studies during the teaching process. Probelms from the website like HackerEarth and HackerRank are to be discussed in the class and added in the examination papers.

An interaction program with Mr. Piyush Goel, a former senior vice president of Capillary Technologies, was organized on 11 September 2023, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Shambhavi Seminar Hall, for the students in the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.

During the interactive event, Mr. Piyush Goel discussed the multiple obligations of a data science engineer from the aspect of the job, as well as the necessary preparations for such responsibilities. He quoted several case studies indicating the engineering concepts applied to the data analytics projects. When asked about the significance of foundational subjects in computer science, such as algorithms, computer networks, computer organization, and data structures, he responded by emphasizing the significance of a data engineer who should have the foundations of core subjects as a basic requirement to excel in any information technology field. In addition, the necessity of core computer science subjects in the curriculum cannot be overstated. These subjects provide a strong foundation for students to understand fundamental concepts and principles in computer science. These are essential for building a successful career in the field. Likewise, core computer science subjects help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are applicable in various domains beyond just programming. He also gave some insights into how data may be acquired from our own devices and explained the pros and cons of doing so.

Additionally, he strongly suggested that students sign up for an account on GitHub or other open-source site so that they may share their work and cooperate with other programmers. Engaging actively in open-source projects allows individuals to get important experience and receive feedback from the community, thereby developing their abilities and expertise in machine learning. This may be accomplished by actively engaging in the project. In addition to that, he underlined how important it is to always learn new things and to have an inquisitive attitude about new techniques and technologies to remain competitive in this quickly developing profession.

Furthermore, he discussed recent developments in data science and how those developments are transforming a variety of business sectors. He also emphasized the students to have a hands-on experience with real-world datasets through projects or internships to showcase your practical skills and problem-solving abilities.

Students actively participated in the session by clarifying their queries about the data science project development and industry expectations. The session had helped the students to plan their study process during their engineering course. Ms. Abhijna and Ms. Nidhi Shenoy presented their painting to Mr. Goel as a memento.

Session Date: August 7, 2023 - August 11, 2023

Session Speakers:

Mr. Murali S Iyer, Professor of Practice, Department of AI & DS, NMAMIT, Nitte, Former partner, Wipfli

Mr. Sumanth Padival, Director and Head of India Operation, Wipfli India

Mr. Rajesh Suryanarayan, Business Analysst, Wipfli India

Mr. Pradhan Iyer, Custom Software Manager, Wipfli India

Mr. Raveesha, Head of Talent and Culture, Wipfli India

Branches (7th semester):

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Computer and Communication Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications
  • Information Science and Engineering

Session Report: Team from Wipfli Inida had conducted sessions for the final year students to enable them for the placements. During the session, the speakers addressed the following key points.

Team Building: The session emphasized the significance of team dynamics and how to build strong working relationships among team members. Mr. Murali S Iyer highlighted the importance of understanding individual strengths and weaknesses to create a harmonious and efficient team.

Curiosity on the Project: Mr. Sumanth Padival discussed the role of curiosity in driving successful project outcomes. He encouraged participants to cultivate a curious mindset, fostering innovation and deeper problem-solving. Self-Accountability: Mr. Rajesh Suryanarayan focused on personal responsibility within a team setting. He underscored how individual accountability contributes to the collective success of the team and the project as a whole.

Teamwork: Mr. Pradhan Iyer explored the intricacies of effective teamwork, including active listening, conflict resolution, and leveraging diverse skills to achieve common goals.

Communication: Mr. Raveesha delved into the art of communication within teams. He provided insights on clear and transparent communication, promoting a collaborative and inclusive work environment.

Leadership: Throughout the sessions, the speakers collectively touched upon leadership qualities that empower team members to take initiative, guide others, and navigate challenges confidently.

Agile Methodology: An integral part of the sessions was dedicated to discussing the Agile methodology. The speakers elaborated on its iterative approach, adaptability, and its relevance in modern project management.

In the session, insights were provided by Dr. Venugopala P S, Professor and Head of AI & DS, regarding the current state of teamwork within the project. This encompassed equitable project distribution, student comprehension of project aspects, and the methodology of student collaboration in teamwork.

Mr. Bharath G Kumar, Head, the department of counselling, welfare, training and placement, elaborated on the positive and negative aspects that students may encounter during the placement process.

The above topics were repeated in each sessions, where each batch was consisting of 60 students.

The sessions were organized as per the following time table.

Date Time Branch Room No.
07 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM ECE LH006, S Ramanujan Block
07 August 2023 9.00AM to 11.00AM ECE + AIML NC 32, SMV Block
08 August 2023 9.00AM to 11.00AM ECE LH002, S Ramanujan Block
08 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM AIML+ CCM SMV52, SMV Block
08 August 2023 2.00PM to 4.00PM CSE LH104, S Ramanujan Block
09 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM ISE NC 26, SMV Block
09 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM ISE NC 26, SMV Block
09 August 2023 2.00PM to 4.00PM CSE LH108, S Ramanujan Block
10 August 2023 9.00AM to 11.00AM CSE + ISE ELH104, Atal Block
10 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM ECE + ISE LH112, S Ramanujan Block
11 August 2023 9.00AM to 11.00PM CSE LH005, S Ramanujan Block
11 August 2023 11.00AM to 1.00PM ISE ELH001, Atal Block

The sessions were well-received by participants from various engineering branches, fostering a rich exchange of ideas and experiences. Attendees gained insights into practical techniques for enhancing team dynamics, effective communication, and project management strategies. The comprehensive coverage of topics ranging from individual accountability to larger project frameworks left participants with a well-rounded understanding of successful project execution. Overall, the sessions greatly contributed to the development of valuable skills required for future engineers and leaders in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and engineering.

A Five-day faculty development program on ‘Data Science - Industry & Academia Perspective’ was organized by the Dept. of Artificial Intelligence & Data Science in association with the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) & Nitte Engineering Education Unit (NEEU) from 13 to 17 March 2023. The FDP was inaugurated by Mr. Murali Iyer, Former Partner, Wipfli USA. In his inaugural address, Mr. Murali highlighted the importance of data and the need to analyse the data from the industrial perspective; he emphasized the importance of learning data science as an engineering curriculum. He enlightened the participants with his knowledge of working on projects related to data science and data analytics. He said that data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are to be taught to the students with the help of real-time examples.

Guest of Honour Mr. Sumanth Padival, Director & Head of India Operations Bengaluru, during his address, highlighted the need for real-time projects to understand the fundamental concepts. Mr. Sumanth also coordinated the team from Wifli to be the resource persons for this 5-day faculty development program.

Dr. Niranjan N Chiplunkar, Principal, NMAMIT, in his presedential remarks, highlighted the need of industry-academia collaboration in the engineering curriculum. He also emphasised that the faculty must be trained in handling subjects that are in line with industry requirements.

Dr. Venugopala P S, Head, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science welcomed the gathering and presented an overview of the 5-day FDP. Mr. Prajwal Hegde introduced the guests. Ms. Ankita Shetty proposed the vote of thanks.

It may be recalled that NMAM Institute of Technology started a B.Tech program in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science under Nitte (Deemed to be University) from the Academic Year 2022-23. The Institute has academic collaboration with Wipfli India for curriculum development, internships, and placements. The FDP was organised with technical assistance from Wipfli India.

Topics like, Industrial implications of Data Science-Expectations from fresh graduates; R programming for data handling; Customer needs and development process of a DS project by applying engineering fundamentals; Data sources, Data Cleaning, Data modelling, and BI; Demo of an open-source tool for data cleaning and pre-processing; Components of a DS project, roles involved, knowledge expected, and the process followed; Web scraping and UI development; Applications of ML algorithms in real-time projects (Case studies); Data analytics with Excel / UI design; Statistics in application to DS; Python for Data Science- data pre-processing, and visualization libraries were covered during this five day FDP.

The events during the five days of the workshop are as follows -

Day 1

Mr. Murali Iyer, Former partner, Wipfli India, conducted a session on “Industrial implications of Data Science, Expectations from fresh graduates” providing an overview of data science in industry, benefits and challenges of using data science, skills and knowledge required to succeed in data science.

The second session was on “R programming for data handling - hands-on” by Dr. Anisha P R withhands-on exercises for data handling using R.

Day 2

The first session was conducted by Mr. Murali Iyer on “Customer needs and development process of a DS project by applying engineering fundamentals” where an overview of engineering fundamentals in data science, customer needs and requirements for a data science project, and development process for a data science project was discussed.

The next session was handled by Dr. Venugopala P S, on “Data sources, data cleaning, data modeling, and BI”addressing data sources for data science projects, Data cleaning, and pre-processing techniques, and Data modelling techniques.

Mr. Pranesh (Wipfli India), gave a Demo of an open-source tool for data cleaning and preprocessing in the last session.

Day 3

Mr. Santosh Shet & Mr.Praveen Subu (Wipfli India) delivered a detailed session on “Components of a DS project, roles involved, knowledge expected, and the process followed” facilitating the participants to understand the components, Roles and responsibilities of team members, Skills and knowledge expected from team members and Process followed for a data science project.

In the afternoon session Mr. Nabarun Chakravarthy & Mr. Chethan Pagaria (Wipfli India) given an overview on “Web scraping and UI development.”

Day 4

The first session on “ Applications of ML algorithms in real-time projects (Case studies)” Was handled by Mr. Santosh Shet & Mr.Praveen Subu (Wipfli India) with Case studies on real-time projects using machine learning algorithms.

In the second half Mr.Pranesh (Wipfli India), conducted a hands-on session on Data analytics with Excel / UI design.

Day 5

Mr. Shailesh M. S. , Encora Innovation Labs, deliverd a detailed presentation on how statistical concepts are used and applied in data science along with Hands-on exercises for data pre-processing and visualization using Python.

An interaction program with Mr. Murali Iyer, Former Partner, Wipfli USAwas organized for the students of the Department of AI & DS on 15th March 2023 from 1 pm to 2 pm at Shambhavi Seminar Hall.

During the interaction program, Mr. Murali highlighted the importance of data in the present-day world and the need to analyze the data from the industrial and business perspective; The data comes in various forms and from various sources, and he emphasized the importance of learning data science as an engineering curriculum in order to understand the process of handling the data. He enlightened the students with his knowledge of working on projects related to data science and data analytics. He believed data science, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are to be explored with the help of real-time examples. He informed the students to take up internships and work on real-time projects. He highlighted the importance of communication while working oncustomer-centered projects. Students are advised to develop communication skills during their course of study in college. The institutions will provide an ample number of opportunities to work as a team during projects and co-curricular activities. These activities are to be used to build leadership and communication skills. Technical competitions and hackathons are to be used as a platform to learn coding and project-building skills. Mr. Muraliinformed the students that a skilled person will always be in demand in the industry. Hence the students need to work for improving their technical and inter personals skills during the study of their engineering course. Students clarified their questions about the future of data science and possible career opportunities. Mr. Murali has explained the idea of career paths for the students. 65 students from the second semester of the AI&DS branch participated in the program.

Association Activities

Department of AI&DS organized an interaction session on preparation towards successful placement for the benefit of III semester students. The LINKUP event unfolded as a focused online session, offering invaluable insights into kick starting placement preparations and crafting a holistic plan for personal development. The session featured Rashmi Murali, a 2023 Batch CSE graduate and Management Trainee at ACT Fibernet, as the resource person. Ms. Rashmi covered crucial topics such as resume building, interview preparation, and strategies for personal growth. 50 students of have registered for the talk and raised queries regarding placement preparation from starting from the second year of engineering. Ms. Rashmi provided clear idea about various coding sites to register and take up coding problems to improve programming skills. She highlighted the need of working on internships by taking real world problem. She said that working on research projects and writing research papers act as added benefits. Leadership skills, effective communication and team work are the skill sets that students can develop by participating in extra curricular activities in the college. She discussed these aspects along with narrating her experiences during the college days. Students actively participated in the event by clarifying their doubts about the topics related to placement process and the preparations required for the same.

The session coordinated by Ms. Ankitha Shetty, faculty coordinator of IDEA in association with Institution Innovation Council, NMAMIT, Nitte, was concluded with remarks and words of gratitude by the HoD, Dr. Venugopala P. S.

Date: 28 October 2023

Venue: ADL03, 6th Floor, SMV block, NMAMIT

IDEA, the students’ association of the department of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science successfully organized a comprehensive hands-on workshop titled "EXPLORING DATA INSIGHTS USING EXCEL AND TABLEAU" on the 28 October 2023. The workshop was sponsored by the IEEE student branch of NMAMIT, Nitte. Dr. Venugopala P S, HoD of AI&DS department and Ms. Ankitha Shetty, faculty in the department of AI&DS, were the resource persons for the workshop aimed to delve into the fundamental aspects of Excel and the transformative power of Tableau in data analysis and visualization. Total 45 students from various branches participated in the workshop.

Sessions:

The workshop spanned from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm was divided into two key sessions:

  • Excel Fundamentals by Ms. Ankitha Shetty: The session elucidated the basics of Excel, providing participants with a solid understanding of the essential functionalities and capabilities within the platform.
  • Tableau Demonstration by Dr. Venugopala P. S.: This session showcased the prowess of Tableau, demonstrating how to understand the data, transform raw data into visually compelling dashboards and stories by creating various types of graphs, illustrating the potential for insightful data interpretation.

Engagement Activities:

The event also featured interactive segments such as a quiz and a Tableau dashboard contest. These activities had not only engaged the participants but also encouraged healthy competition among them, motivating everyone to showcase their skills and creativity. Winners of these contests were duly recognized and rewarded for their exceptional performance.

Outcomes and Impact:

The workshop significantly contributed to enhancing the technical skills of the participants in both Excel and Tableau. Moreover, it served as a catalyst to inspire creativity in capturing the data, analyzing and creating visualization as per the customer need. The engagement and knowledge shared marked a significant milestone in the journey of the participants, leaving a lasting impact on their professional growth and skill development.

Conclusion:

The "EXPLORING DATA INSIGHTS USING EXCEL AND TABLEAU" workshop conducted in collaboration with IEEE, was a resounding success, fostering an environment of learning, competition, and camaraderie. The dedication and expertise of Dr. Venugopala P. S. and Ms. Ankitha Shetty, combined with the enthusiasm of the participants, made this workshop a pivotal moment in the department's calendar.

The workshop was well organized by the technical team of the students’ association with good support from the media and publicity team and other office bearers.

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