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Artificial Intelligence & Big Data for Public Policy & Governance

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  • About the Webinar


    60 mins


    November 27, 2019


    3:00 pm

    Who is the Speaker?

    Dr. Avik Sarkar is Faculty at Indian School of Business working in the areas of Data, Emerging Technology, and Public Policy. Dr. Avik Sarkar was the former Head of Data Analytics Cell and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog) premier policy think-tank of Government of India. At NITI Aayog, Dr. Sarkar helped in developing a roadmap for use of data, analytics and artificial intelligence for Governance, Policymaking across various sectors for India's inclusive growth and led efforts towards setting up the first High-Performance Computing based Data Analytics Lab and Energy Modeling Unit at NITI Aayog.

    Dr. Sarkar has been nominated among the "Top 10 Data Scientists in India" in 2017 by the Analytics India Magazine and nominated as "LinkedIn Influencer" in the Technology space in 2015 for contribution and engaging discussions on the LinkedIn platform in areas related of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, etc.

    Dr. Sarkar has over 18 years of experience across different aspects of artificial intelligence, data science, analytics, statistical modeling, text mining, network analysis across companies like Accenture, IBM, Nokia, NASA, Persistent Systems, Zycus, etc. At Accenture Consulting in Singapore, he contributed to various data and analytics related engagements with Singapore Government like efficient reporting and resolution of municipal issues, evaluation, and monitoring of secondary school education, improving operational efficiency in immigration and customs. While at IBM, Dr. Sarkar made significant contributions towards developing the Monte Carlo Simulation of SPSS and the Predictive Maintenance and Quality solution for the manufacturing sector. Dr. Sarkar holds a Ph.D. from The Open University, UK, Masters from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Bachelors from Calcutta University. Dr. Sarkar has authored several technical publications and technology patents.

    Avik Sarkar

    Key Takeaways
    • Application of Data Science in Public Sector
    • Improving Governance Effectiveness using Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Science use for Social Good

    Session Agenda

    The use of Data Science and AI across various industries is pretty established now. The talk will focus on the lesser-explored domain of use of data science and AI for improving the delivery of citizen services, governance, and public policy. This trend is picking up slowly across both the central government and various state governments and would see a huge explosion of demand over the next few years. The talk would help data science enthusiasts make themselves familiar with this domain and explore career opportunities.

    Who Should Attend?


    Computer Science Graduates

    Aspiring Machine Learning Engineers


    Aspiring Data Analysts

    Aspiring Data Scientists

    Software Engineers