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Dept. of Computer Science and Information Systems

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About us

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) at BITS Hyderabad strives to produce engineers of tomorrow by imparting instruction with advanced curriculum, and research methodologies in modern areas of Computer Science. The Computer Science and Information Systems department at BITS Hyderabad started admitting students from 2008, the year of inception of Hyderabad campus. The CSIS Dept offers B.E (Hons) Computer Science, M.E Computer Science as well as Ph.D. programmes. Apart from these programmes, we also offer a Minor programme in Data Science to equip our students to meet the requirements of the industry from the Data Science applications. The CSIS Dept has a vibrant student strength of around 1000. The department has a good mix of faculty with experience from reputed academic institutes and industry. The department offers a wide range of courses spanning areas like Algorithms, Theoretical Computer Science, Computer Architecture and Organization, Systems and Networks, Databases, Software engineering and Soft computing. The Dept has faculty expertise in various niche areas like Blockchain Technology, Natural Language Processing, Reinforcement Learning, Bio-Inspired Algorithms, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Computational Neuroscience and Cyber Physical Systems. The department lays emphasis on the hands-on aspects of learning through academic computing laboratories and computer oriented projects to make the students industry-ready. We also have thesis/dissertations to inculcate research aptitude in our students. The CSIS Department consistently attracts top BITSAT scorers every year. The CSIS Department is committed to achieving high standards of excellence in academic and research activities over the coming years.
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The CSIS Dept has faculty expertise in areas like Computer Networks, Distributed Computing Systems, Information Security, Cloud Computing, Cloud Security and Cloud Forensics, Online Social Networks, Data Privacy, Internet of Things, Blockchain Technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Databases, Data Science and Data Analytics, Computer Architecture, Cyber Security and Secure Information Systems, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Algorithms and Computational Geometry, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Software Engineering, Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience. The dept has research scholars in full time, part time as well as aspirant schemes. The full time scholars pursue their Ph.D. with funding from the Institute or from external agencies like DST, MeitY, UGC etc. The faculty members collaborate with researchers from India as well abroad. Students get  funded research opportunities under several fellowships like ASCRIN, DAAD, Viterbi-India etc.
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Since its inception, the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems has been organizing guest lectures from Industry and academia. Many eminent professionals from Industry have delivered talks in entrepreneurship, challenges & rewards in software engineering, quantum reality and objective semantic information etc. The department has also organized seminars and workshops on topics like business challenges in data warehousing and data mining, lean for leadership: lessons from corporate jungle, challenges in animation industry, network design and development strategies for sensor networks etc. to make them Industry ready. The faculty members from the department supervise the activities of the two student associations, CSA, and EXTEK. The department also helps students from all other streams of engineering and science in honing their programming skills by conducting hands-on training programs and certificate courses from time to time on topics like web programming, data structures, object oriented design, Android programming etc. The department helps the student members in managing the activities of the ACM Student Chapter at BITS Hyderabad Campus.

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Our faculty have extensive experience in industry, research as well as teaching. Our strength is a reflection of their skills, innovation and drive. Click here for faculty Personal pages.


Ph.D. Admissions 
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Syllabus for Written Test for candidates with BE/BTech or equivalent as the qualifying degree.
Current JRF/SRF & Other Openings
The Department is hosting the annual India HCI conference from 9th to 11th November: https://www.indiahci.org/2022/ 

Placement Statistics

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Computing and Electronics Research Summit 2022
CEReS, a two day Computer and Electronics Research Summit was organized by the student bodies (PHoEnix, CSA, ACM and IEEE) of CSIS and EEE department to spread awareness on research opportunities. The event brought experienced speakers and aspiring enthusiasts together to network and expand their skills. The event was held during March 30th - 31st 2022 with brilliant research speakers, workshops and presentations to nurture the students' skills and propel them to success. For more details, please visit ceres-bits.in
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Evolving Technologies in Network and Communication Systems (ENCoS)
A workshop on The mobile communication and network technologies
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Expository Lectures on Graph and Geometric Algorithms
A workshop jointly organised by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus and ACSDM. 
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Invited Talks I Sem 2020-21


Dr. Aneesh Sreevallabh Chivukula delivered an invited talk titled "Tutorial on Adversarial Deep Learning for Cyber Security", on 1st October 2022 in the Workshop on AI & ML Applications in Cyber Security organized by Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, Hyderabad in in technical collaboration with ACM Hyderabad Deccan Chapter.

Dr. Aneesh Sreevallabh Chivukula delivered an invited talk titled "Applied Data Analytics and Computational Sanskrit", on 17th February 2023 in the National Seminar on Sanskrit-IKS (Indian Knowledge Systems) & ICT (Information & Communication) Tools organized by Samskriti Foundation, Mysore and sponsored by the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India at the National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Dr. Aneesh Sreevallabh Chivukula delivered an invited talk titled "Application of Machine Learning to the Data Analytics of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics", on 1st and 2nd March 2023 in the “National Conference on Various Dimensions of Vedic Sciences” and the session “A Scientific Perspective on the interpretation and relevance of the Vedas and the Upavedas” organized by Vedic Vigyan Kendra, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and sponsored by the Department of Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan at the Centre for Vedic Science, BHU and Department of Humanistic Studies, Indian Institute of Technology BHU, Varanasi.

Dr. Aneesh Sreevallabh Chivukula delivered invited talks titled "ICS & SCADA Based Cyber Security in Power Systems" and "Adversarial Deep Learning in Power Systems", on 22nd March 2023 in the Classroom Continuing Professional Development Programme on Cyber Security Issues in Power Sector by the Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, Government of India, organized by the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) as per the Cyber Security in Power Sector Guidelines 2021 from the National Cyber Coordination Centre, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology at ESCI Campus, Gachi Bowli, Hyderabad.

Dr. Barsha Mitra delivered an invited talk titled "Cyber Security Defenses using Machine Learning: Recent Trends and Approaches" in the Workshop on AI & ML Applications in Cyber Security organized by Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology on 1st October 2022.

Dr. Barsha Mitra delivered an invited talk titled "Different Dimensions of IoT Security - Recent Trends and Advances" in the Workshop on Internet of Things, Its Security Measures and Advances organized by IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation on 9th and 10th December 2022

Dr. Prajna Upadhyay delivered an invited talk titled "Construction and Applications of Knowledge Bases" at the Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning workshop organised by the Centre for AI and Robotics (CAIR), DRDO, Bangalore, on 25th January, 2023.

Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty delivered an invited talk titled "Tech Optimist --> Tech Pessimist --> Tech Realist: A PhD Journey" at the Pre-PhD Symposium / Post-PhD Consortium organised by the IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, on 28-29 January, 2023.

Dr. Barsha Mitra delivered an invited talk titled "Different Dimensions of IoT Security - Recent Trends and Advances" in the Workshop on Internet of Things, Its Security Measures and Advances organized by IIT Mandi iHub and HCI Foundation on 9th and 10th December 2022

•Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty was an invited speaker and panelist at the SIGCHI Symposium for HCI and Friends organised at IIT Bombay from 9th to 11th December, 2022.

•Dr. Prajna Upadhyay delivered an invited talk on "Semantic Web Technologies for the Internet of Things" at the Workshop on Internet of Things: Trends and Applications at IIIT Sri City, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India, on 5th November 2022

•Dr. Paresh delivered an invited talk on "Deep Reinforcement Learning for MEC Enabled Non-Terrestrial Networks: Models, Applications and Challenges" at 48th Wireless World Research Forum's Plenary Session "Non-Terrestrial Networks", Abu Dhabhi, UAE, 7th-9th November 2022 https://wwrf.tii.ae/index.php

•Dr. Jay Dave delivered an invited talk on "A Dive in Machine Learning for Cyber Security" at a workshop on AI & ML Applications in Cyber Security organized by KMIT, Hyderabad and ACM Hyderabad Deccan Chapter on October 1st, 2022.

•Dr. Aneesh Sreevallabh Chivukula delivered an Invited Talk titled “Deep Learning and its Applications”, on July 27th, 2022 in the Distinguished Lecture Series on Advanced Computing DLSAC 2022-23, Quarter 2, organized by Department of Artificial Intelligence, Anurag University in technical collaboration with ACM Hyderabad Deccan Chapter and Centre of Excellence - AI ML, Osmania University (under RUSA 2.0).

•As part of the Faculty Seminar Series, Dr Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy presented a talk on 'The Interface of Neuroscience and Computer Science'. He gave an introduction to contemporary research in Neuroscience and Computational Neuroscience. He also spoke about how understanding the brain ought to involve ideas and tools from Computer Science

Faculty Seminar Series: Talk 3: Dense Graph Mining Dr Apurba Das gave a talk on Dense Graph Mining on November 17th, 2021.
He spoke about how the Dense structures serve as important primitives in solving many real-world problems such as understanding similar entities in a social network, identifying frauds in a transaction network, finding similar proteins in Protein-Protein interaction networks, and so on.

•The third talk in the faculty seminar series was delivered by Dr Nikumani Choudhury on October 27th, 2021. The title of the talk was "DSME MAC issues in IEEE 802.15.4 based IoT networks".

Faculty Seminar Series - Talk1: The CSA organized the first seminar of the Faculty Seminar Series on October 1st, 2021, by Dr Ayan Das on the topic "An Outline of Natural Language Processing"

Session on career opportunities and career planning: The Computer Science Association (CSA) organized a Session on Career Opportunities and Career Planning on Sept 25th, 2021 by Dr Prashant Chintapalli, a BITSian and currently Assistant Professor, IIM, Bangalore.

•The Department of Computer Science organized a talk by BITS Pilani Hyderabad campus CSIS alumnus Mr. Abhijit Kane - the founder of the $2 Billion company, Postman - on the 30th of January 2021.

•Dr Venkatakrishnan Ramaswamy delivered an Invited talk (online) on “Axiomatic theory for neural circuit”, in the Computational Neuroscience Seminar, organized by the University of Bristol, UK. November 2020.

•Dr Paresh Saxena delivered an Invited Talk on “Machine Learning for 5G/B5G Non-Terrestrial Networks”, organized by the IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications (LATINCOM), 2020, Nov 2020.

•Prof. Chittaranjan Hota delivered an invited talk titled "IoT Code Tamper-proofing: Challenges and Solutions", 25th Sept 2020 at UGC-HRDC, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

•Dr Lov Kumar delivered an Invited Talk on “Ensemble Methods in AI”, in Online AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on "Artificial Intelligence (AI)", organized by the National Institute of Technology, Warangal - 506004, Telangana, May 2020.

•Dr Dipanjan Chakraborty delivered an Invited Talk on “Experiences from a Mobile-Based Behaviour Change Campaign on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Rural India”, in the Interaction Design for Development, organized by IIT Bombay February, 2020.

•Dr Manik Gupta gave a session on “Celebrating Women in Computing” at the GRAD COHORT, a pan-India Workshop for Women in Computing, hosted by IIT Gandhinagar, during July 24th - 26th, 2020.

•Dr Manjanna B received the VGST Award for Research Publications (ARP) 2018-19 by the Government of Karnataka, Vision Group on Science and Technology (VGST) on Sept 12, 2019.

•Mr. Mandan Naresh, Ph.D. student of Dr. Paresh Saxena, has received the prestigious TCS Fellowship from the TCS Research Scholarship Program (RSP) for a period of four years starting from July 2019. The team will be working on using machine learning techniques for efficient video distribution over wireless networks.

•Dr. Suvadip Batabyal has been awarded the TUBITAK fellowship 2019, Govt. of Turkey, for visiting scientist position in the dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, Sabanci University, Turkey.

•Prof.G Geethakumari gave an invited talk on “Cloud Computing Security” at the Workshop on “Virtualization and Cloud Computing” organized by the UGC – Human Resource Development Centre (UGC – HRDC), JNTUH on February 14, 2019.

•Dr. Anoop Kunchukuttan, Senior Applied Researcher, Microsoft AI and Research, gave a talk on “Machine Translation for Related Languages”, on Feb 7th, 2019. He discussed about Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) for related languages as well as about some of the useful and powerful extensions to the standard phrase-based SMT.

•Dr. Abhaya Nayak, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computing, Macquire University, Sydney, Australia visited the Dept during January 15 – 16, 2019. He gave a talk on Trust in Context”. The talk discussed about how Spohn’s Ordinal Conditional Functions, which are used to model belief dynamics, when appropriately adapted and interpreted, can be applied to fruitfully model the dynamics of trust.

•Dr. Jagadish Suryadevara, Global Product Architect, VOLVO Group (Construction Equipment), Sweden visited the Dept on January 2, 2019. He delivered a lecture on “Emerging Systems Landscape: From Connected Machines to Data Analytics”.

•Prof. Sakthi Balan, Associate Professor, LNMIIT, Jaipur, gave an invited talk on “Online Social Synchrony and its Application to Detect Events in Social Media”, on December 21st, 2018.

•Prof. G Geethakumari gave an invited talk on "Embedded System Security" at the Defense Electronics Research Lab (DLRL), DRDO, Hyderabad, on December 12th, 2018.

•Prof. G Geethakumari gave an invited talk on “Introduction to Cloud Forensics and its Challenges”, at the Training Programme for experts from BIMSTEC Countries) Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand , Nepal and Bhutan), on November 16th, 2018 at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad. The event was jointly organized by National Investigation Agency (NIA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and CFSL, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India.

•The Computer Science Association of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus won the Best Technical Association for the year of 2017-2018. We congratulate the team and wish them success in all their future endeavours!

•Dr. Shailesh Kumar, Chief Data Scientist, Reliance Jio and Visiting Faculty, Indian School of Business, delivered an expert talk on “Evolution of AI Thinking for building Products of the Next Decade”, on 23rd October 2018. The talk was followed by a Hands-on session on “How to build AI Systems for unlimited scale”, by Mr.Shobhit Agarwal and Mr Prateek Srivastava, founders of Couture.ai and BITS Pilani graduates.


  1. Prof V S Rao Foundation Best All-Rounder (Female) Award – 2020 is awarded to Ms Vijitha Gunta (ID No. 2015B3A70491H), student of CSIS Dept, based on the assessment of all-round performance. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000/-. Dept.of CSIS congratulates Ms Vijitha on her achievement.


Sponsored Projects

Newly Approved Projects

•Dr. Rajib Maiti // Title of the project: "Defend Internet of Things-based Cyber Espionage through Analysis of Encrypted or Unencrypted Network Traffic using Machine Learning" // Funding Agency: CRG SERB, DST // Total Project Outlay: Approx. 28 lakhs // Duration of the project: 3 years.

•Dr. Suvadip Batabyal // Title of the project: "QoE Optimized Multimedia Content Delivery through Caching in D2D underlay Networks" // Funding Agency: DST-SERB (CRG) // Total Project outlay: Atleast 14 lakhs (exact amount is not communicated by the agency) // Duration of the project: 3 years.

Sponsored Projects – (Ongoing)

•"Geometric Obnoxious Facility Location Optimization"; PI: Dr. Manjanna B; Funding Agency: TARE SERB, DST; Total Outlay: INR 18.3 lakhs; Duration: 3 years.

•"MASTIC: ML-Aided Secure SoC and Analytics"; PI: Dr. Paresh Saxena, Co-PIs : Dr. Rajib Maiti and Dr. Manik Gupta; Duration: 2 years, Total Outay: INR 67.3 lakhs.

•"Design, development and project management support for fwo Al-based dialogue systems (e.g. voice-based chatbot) in Indian language"; PI: Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty; Funding Agency: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Total Outlay: INR 6,839,988; BITS' share: INR 8,96,000; Duration: 1 year.

•MUT-DROCO: Multipath Networking Test-bed for Drone Communications. Grant Amount: INR 16.6 Lacs. Funding Agency: Start-Up Research Grant by Science and Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India. Duration: 2020-2022. Type: Research Grant. (Chief Investigator: Dr Paresh Saxena).

•Network Coding for Multipath Transport. Grant Amount: INR 5.5 Lacs. Funding Agency: AnsuR Tech., Oslo, Norway. Duration: 2019-2020. Type: Industrial Consultancy. (Chief Investigator: Dr Paresh Saxena).

•Interpretation of Tuberculin Reaction Using Medical Photography and Computer Aided Diagnosis, Grant Amount: Rs. 9.94 lakhs, DST-SERB; Start up Research Grant, (Formerly known as Early Career Research Award), 2019 – 2021, (Chief Investigator: Dr Jabez Christopher).

Sponsored Projects – (Completed)

•. "Lightweight Code Self-verification for Internet of Things (IoT) Devices", under Indo-Dutch Joint Research Program for ICT funded by DeitY-NWO-Progress-Irdeto with a project outlay of 380, 000 Euros (INR 2.6 Crores) from July, 2015 to July, 2019. (Investigators: Prof. Chittaranjan Hota and Researchers from Vrije University, Amsterdam).

•"Design and Development of Digital Forensic Tools for Cloud IaaS", Grant amount: Rs 55 lakhs, funded by Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India, New Delhi, 2014 - 2017. (Chief Investigator: Prof G Geethakumari, Co-Investigator: Dr. Digambar Povar).

•Network Coding with Deterministic Coefficients. Grant Amount: INR 5.6 Lacs. Funding Agency: AnsuR Tech., Oslo, Norway. Duration: 2018-2019. Type: Industrial Consultancy. (Chief Investigator: Dr Paresh Saxena).

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