IDRBT Doctoral Colloquium

The Annual IDRBT Doctoral Colloquium is a part of the Institute’s efforts towards attaining leadership in technology research related to Banking. This colloquium provides an opportunity for researchers pursuing doctoral research (Ph. D.) from reputed institutions such as IITs, IIMs, and NITs to present and discuss their research ideas.

Apart from sessions wherein students pursuing Ph. D. share their research and get feedback from the academic community, the colloquium features workshops and panel discussions on emerging issues in technology research, with the aim of enriching the next generation of technocrats. The colloquium involves extensive participation of faculty members and technical experts from IDRBT as well as from other top technical institutes, banks, financial institutions, and industry as reviewers, presenters and members of jury.

Students pursuing full-time doctoral research (Ph. D.) in different areas of Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Information Security, Banking Technology or closely related areas, and have completed a minimum of two years of research after enrolling for full-time Ph. D., and who wish to present it to an eminent technical community are invited to participate in the Colloquium.

This Colloquium, held every year around December, provides an opportunity for budding researchers to present and discuss their research ideas and problems and to build a strong network of technology researchers. The Colloquium covers in the areas mentioned below as well as other closely related areas of technology with an application to Banking and Financial Technology:

  • Applied Cryptography: Access Control, Anonymity and Privacy, Cryptographic Protocols, Key Management, Key Agreement Protocols, Privacy Enhancing Techniques- Zero-knowledge Proofs, Secure Multiparty Computation, Differential Privacy, Homomorphic Encryption, Public Key Cryptography, Light Weight Cryptography, Post-quantum Cryptography, Quantum Computing, Quantum Communications
  • Authentication and Identity Management: Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, Multimodal Biometrics, Physiological and Behavioural Biometrics, Multi-factor Authentication, Single Sign-on, Privacy Preservation, Digital Rights Management
  • Cyber Security: Network Security, Web Security, Application Security, Malware Analysis, Hardware Security, IoT Security, Mobile Security, Software Security, Information Security, Security Testing, Digital Forensics, Cyber Defence, Recent Trends in Cyber Attacks and Mitigation Techniques, Vulnerabilities and Controls, Formal Verification Methods
  • Data Centres, Virtualisation and Cloud Computing: Green Computing, Open Source Technologies, Architectures, Security and Privacy, Edge and Fog Computing, Micro Services, Multi-Access Edge Computing, Data Center Management, Data Security and Privacy, Scalability and Performance, Big Data and NoSQL Databases, Graph Databases.
  • Data Science: Artificial Intelligence (Subsuming Explainable AI, and Causal Inference) & Machine Learning (subsuming Reinforcement Learning, Deep Learning, Deep RL, LLMs, Adversarial ML, Auto ML, Privacy-Preserving ML, and MLoPS), Big Data Analytics (subsuming streaming data analytics), Social Media Analytics, Financial Fraud Analytics, Chatbots, Robotic Process Automation, Data Warehouse/Data Lake/Data Lakehouse, Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, Information Retrieval and Extraction, Query Processing and Optimization
  • Mobile Computing and 5G: Banking Apps, Security Testing, Network Orchestration, 5G Use Cases for BFSI, Multilingual Services, Mobile Governance, Mobile Edge Computing, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Sensor Based Threats, Wireless Networks: BAN, LAN, WAN, LoRa, WiFi, 5G/6G, Satellite, IoT networks, Control Plane – Management, Orchestration and Composition: Core Services in 5G/6G, Slicing, Management and Network Exposure APIs, Mobility Management.
  • Payment Channels and Systems: Digital Currency, Card Payments, ATM, PoS Devices, Mobile Payments, Drones, Blockchain, Distributed Consensus Protocols, Distributed Ledgers, Wallets, Protocols for Secure Transactions, Decentralized Finance(DeFi), Smartcards, Secure Tokens, and Secure Hardware.
  • Program Analysis: Dataflow, Control-flow Integrity, Secure Programming Practices, Open APIs
  • Use Cases and Experience: Banking Apps, Security Testing, Multilingual Services, AR/VR, Machine Triggered Transactions, Green / Zero-impact / Carbon-credit, Mobile Governance, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Metaverse, Sensor based Threats, Micro-Insurance, Trading, Post-disaster Payments, Account-aggregator, Lending and Fraud, Auditing, AI/ML Applications
  • Web Services: Semantics, Ontologies, Discovery and Secure Composition, SoA, Internet Banking, Customer Education

The Institute has conducted Eleven Doctoral Colloquiums, starting in 2011, and the links beside provide their details.