Lecturers of the Computer Science Department of Samara State Technical University provided a 6-days training course on "Emergent Intelligence" in National Institute of Technology (India)
The team of lecturers of the Computer Science Department provided a full-time 6-day training course on «Emergent Intelligence» for students and postgraduates of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in the city of Durgapur, West Bengal (Kolkata), India.
The course run from 11 to 16 December 2023 under the guidance of Founder of Knowledge Genesis Group, Senior Researcher of the Samara Federal Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor of the Department, Doctor of Technical Sciences P.O. Skobelev for student and post-graduates of NIT, studying modern information technologies and artificial intelligence systems.
Emergent intelligence is a new fast growing area of artificial collective intelligence in open self-organizing systems with non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The solution of any complex problem in this approach is self-organized via competition and cooperation of software demand and supply agents in the virtual market of the system until a state of «competitive equilibrium» (consensus) is reached, in which none of the agents can improve the results obtained.
At the request of colleagues from NIT, India, the course was specially modified for an English version entitled «Industry 5.0: Society 5.0: A Vision and Roadmap for the Development of Artificial Intelligence for Collaborative Decision Making», which aroused great interest among the audience of undergraduates, graduate students and engineers. artificial intelligence programmers.
More than 40 undergraduate and graduate students from NIT and other Indian universities took part in the course, a third of whom connected remotely via video conference. The training program is built on the basis of the above-mentioned program of additional professional education, significantly adapted and reduced to 5 days of intensive training (8 hours per day).More than 40 undergraduate and graduate students from NIT and other Indian universities took part in the course, a third of whom connected remotely via video conference. The training program was built on the basis of the above-mentioned program of additional professional education, significantly adapted and shortened for 5 days of intensive training (8 hours a day).
Morning lectures (4 hours a day) were supplemented by practical exercises in the afternoon in the computer class (4 hours a day additionally). For the «hands on the keyboard» mode the digital platform «Emergent Intelligence» was made available and daily blitz surveys were applied for continuous control of training results. At the end the exam was held to check overall results of the training. English versions of the textbook, laboratory workshop and a user manual for working with the digital platform were prepared and deployed to students. Intensive training was accompanied by technical 24/7 Whatsup support for self-study of trainees who additionally completed individual lessons at home.
One of the main practical objectives for the trainees was to develop a virtual AI company in Delhi for the courier delivery of various goods, which would work autonomously 24/7 and will be able to replace part of human dispatchers.
Despite the fact that almost a third of the trainees were online, the result exceeded all expectations: the Indian students successfully mastered all the training materials and built the Emergent Intelligence virtual company, receiving mostly excellent and good grades. An anonymous survey of students showed the high relevance and effectiveness of the course, giving a high rating to the staff of the Department of Computer Science of Samara Technical University of almost 9.8 points in average (out of 10 possible).
The development of the course was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Education of India, received by NIT as a result of winning a competition of the Global Initiative on Academic Networks (GIAN).
Photo 1 – Ceremonial presentation of diplomas at the end of the course
At the meeting Prof. Arvind Choubey, Honorary Rector of NIT, and Prof. Petr Skobelev, Prof. of SamGTU, have discussed not only the results of training, but also innovative areas of cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence, in particular, in the management of various mobile resources, smart «swarm» robotics, digital twins of crops of plants, etc.
The feedback that Indian students sent at the end of the course was very warm, noting the high novelty and practical orientation of the course, as well as the productive approach to combining theory and practice in the course.
One of the student of NIT Ms. Rahat Naz noted her impressions in a following way: «Professor Peter, your unwavering dedication to illuminating the complexities of the Gian EI course transforms learning into a captivating symphony of wisdom and inspiration».
Photo 2 – Diploma-Certificate for Exemplary Contribution to the Teaching of NIT Undergraduate and Graduate Students
In gratitude for the course, a commemorative badge in a colorful design was presented to Prof. P.O. Skobelev.
The parties are planning the next step to create an extended version of the course on «Emergent Intelligence» for enterprises and universities for ontology-based multi-agent programming for solving complex problems of adaptive resource management.