Research => Innovation => Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 9:18am


Friday, April 23, 2010
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Computer Science Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall Rm. 1132

HOST: Kevin Almeroth

SPEAKER: Nischal Piratla
Chief Scientist, Deutsche Telekom

Title: Research => Innovation => Entrepreneurship


Coming out of University with a graduate degree has always created a
dilemma of what/where to go after the exciting stay on campus. This talk
will be consist of three parts, where a step towards scientific research
and applied research led to Entrepreneurship.

Scientific Research: Jiminy, a framework for explicitly rewarding users
who participate in reputation management systems by submitting ratings.
To defend against participants who submit random or malicious ratings in
order to accumulate rewards, Jiminy facilitates a probabilistic
mechanism to detect dishonesty and halt rewards accordingly. Applied
Research: MediaScout, a recommender engine uses a novel stereotype-based
recommendation engine. Upon the registration of new users, the system
decides how to classify the new users to existing stereotypes. A method
to achieve this classification through an anytime, interactive
questionnaire, created automatically upon the generation of new
stereotypes, will be presented. This work led to a recent startup (2009)
called YooChoose. Entrepreneurship: Qiro is not totally scientific, but
an idea at coffee shop that became a real system and company, which
achieved localization much before Google showed it. System and structure
of the startup will be discussed in some detail.


Nischal Piratla is Chief Scientist – Mobile Services & Platforms,
Innovation Development, at Deutsche Telekom, Inc., R&D Lab, USA, also in
conjunction with Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs) in Berlin.
Previously, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at T-Labs (2005 -
08). During this tenure, he co-founded Qiro GmbH, the first
spin-off of T-Labs. Other terms in industry include, Lucent/Avaya Inc.
(2000 – 02), Seagate Inc.(1999 – 00), and CMC (India) Ltd (1996 – 97).
Piratla received his Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from
Colorado State University in 2005 and 1999 respectively. Currently his
focus areas are Mobile Services, Architectures and Platforms. He is a
Senior Member of IEEE.