Educational Programs

2-week Executive Training Program for PSUs

iHub-Data, IIIT Hyderabad conducted a two-week executive training program on AI/ML for Scientists of PSUs to boost the R&D efforts of strategic research institutions in India. The program extended a brief theoretical overview of contemporary problem-solving paradigm involving AIML techniques and enabling practice in terms of:

(i) use of AIML tools/libraries

(ii) use of public resources (datasets, trained models), and

(iii) systematic training of ML models and their evaluation.

The brief program explored and mapped vital gaps in formulating, implementing or evaluating problem-statements pertaining to AI/ML research/production environments, helping the research engineers/scientists familiarize with differing state of the art results that could be of practical help in formulating and solving original problems in their specific domain of work, with added focus on computer vision and natural language processing. In the long run the program envisages capacity building efforts of each of these R&D units to execute such training activities on their own.

The two-week course was scheduled from 04th to 15th December 2023 at IIIT Hyderabad.

Centres Participated in the Training Program

  • MCSRDC Mission and Combat System R&D Centre, HAL
  • ARDC Aircraft Research and Design Centre, HAL
  • Strategic Electronics Research & Design Centre, HAL
  • Research Centres of DRDO:
    • Advanced Centre for Energetic Materials (ACEM), Nashik
    • Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru
    • Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune
    • Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), Hyderabad
    • Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bengaluru
    • Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), Bengaluru
    • Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai
    • Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory (DEAL), Dehradun
    • Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), DRDO, Delhi
    • Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad
    • Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior
    • Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad
    • Institute for Systems Studies & Analyses (ISSA), Delhi
    • Electronics & Radar Development Establishment (LRDE), Bengaluru
    • Mobile System Complex (MSC), DRDO, Pune
    • Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), Orissa
    • Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad
    • Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), DRDO
    • SPIC, DRDO
    • Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL), Delhi
    • Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh
    • Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), Delhi

Broad Topic Outline

Introduction, ML Paradigms and Performance Metric
Brief overview of CNN
Data Representation and Visualisation
Feature Engineering and Dimensionality Reduction
Multilayer Perceptrons
Activation functions, Cost functions and Optimization algorithms
CNN Architectures.
Pre-trained model, Transfer Learning
Text representation and learning
Self-supervised and Multi-modal architectures
Object Recognition, Detection and Semantic Segmentation
Overview of Speech/Signal Processing application
Time Series/Sequential models
Attention Mechanisms and Transformers
Transformers in NLP/Computer Vision
Variational Autoencoders and GANs
AIML in Nation Scale Identity Systems
Smart Sensors and Applications
IoT and Smart City
Design Perspectives
Observability and Maintainability of ML Systems
Industry Perspectives on AI

Accommodation Services:
Nagendar 08374052233, Aditya Homes,
Near Gachibowli Police Station.
Email at:
Please book your room in advance.

Alternative accommodation information: Hyderabad.

The training sessions also had technical classes covering extensive practical insights, and dedicated hands-on tutorial sessions too.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I am planning to stay at Hotel Mariott in Gachibowli. Can I get a transportation facility to and from IIITH?
A: Hotel Mariott is close to IIITH. Since IIITH does not own any vehicles, support for commuting is usually not extended. Participants can make use of OLA/Uber services for commuting between the hotel and IIIT Hyderabad.

Q: Do I need to bring my laptop to the program?
A: Yes, participants are required to bring their laptops. This program has sufficient tutorial contents to back up learning from theory.

Q: Is there any specific operating system (OS) requirement for the laptop, such as Android, Windows, or macOS?
A: No, there is no specific OS requirement. A laptop with any operating system is ok, as long as it can get connected to internet and have a browser application running.

Q: Will internet facilities be available at the campus?

A: Yes, internet facilities will be available on the IIIT Hyderabad campus for participants to use during the program.

Q: Are mobile phones allowed on the campus?
A: Yes, participants are allowed to bring and use personal mobile phones inside the IIIT Hyderabad campus.

Q: What time does the program start, including the date and time?

A: The program is scheduled to start on 04th December at 09:00am

Q: What time does the program end on the last day, including the lunch break?

A: The program on the last day typically ends at 2:00 p.m. after lunch.

Q: How can I reach IIIT Hyderabad from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport?

A: To travel from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to IIIT Hyderabad, please follow these steps:

  1. Look for the Pushpak AC buses with the AJ series.
  2. The first stop will be at Gachibowli.
  3. IIIT Hyderabad is approximately 1.5 kilometers away from the Gachibowli bus stop.
  4. Alternatively, you can also book OLA or UBER cabs for convenience from airport.

Liaison Contact:

Ms Fathimath Rifna <>,

Ms Faheema VV <>

Logistics and Support:

Harishwar <>

Duration of the Program: 04 December to 15 December 2023

Venue: Seminar Hall 1 (SH1), C6 – Vindhya Block, IIIT Hyderabad

Announcement in Press:

For participants attending the program: Registration Link (closed)

Feedback (for participants only)

Program Coordinators: Vikram Pudi and CK Raju

Certificates : Course Completion certificates

Program Coordinators:

Teaching Assistants: