Dr. Vijay Bhatkar
Chairman, Oversight Committee, SERB, Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.
Ex Chairman, Board of Governors - Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Dr Vijay Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India. He is best known as the architect of India's first supercomputer and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India's national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.
He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernace Committee Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa.
The third highest Civilian Award of Govt of India, PADMA BHUSHAN for Year 2015 had been conferred upon Dr. Vijay Bhatkar for his contributions in Science and Engineering.
A Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of ACM, CSI, INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has been honored with Padmashri and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award, HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg Prize and is a Distinguished Alumni of IIT, Delhi.
Dr Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research & technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality.
He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab and National President of Vijnan Bharati.
Dr. Rath Vannithamby
Keynote: M2M Communications for Internet of Things.
Dr. Rath Vannithamby Rath Vannithamby received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in EE from the University of Toronto.
He is currently a Director responsible for 5G Internet of Things research in Intel Labs. Previously, he was a researcher at Ericsson.
He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2014-2015.
He has published over 50 journal/conference papers and has over 200 patents granted/pending. He is a co-editor of a couple of books: (i) "Towards 5G:
Applications, Requirements and Candidate Technologies" by Wiley and (ii) "Design and Deployment of Small Cell Networks" by Cambridge Press, in production.
He has also authored chapters of 3 books on 4G. He has given or scheduled to give keynote speeches in IEEE GC' 10 BWA workshop, IEEE APWiMob' 14, IEEE IAICT' 14, IEEE ISTT' 14,
and IEEE ICIIS' 15.
Dr. Vannithamby is currently an associate editor for two journals: (i) Journal of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, and (ii) IEEE Internet of Things Journal.
He was the lead-chair for workshops on (i) "5G Technologies" and (ii) "M2M Communications for IoT" in IEEE ICC 2014. He has given tutorials on 3G, 4G and 5G in numerous
venues including IEEE GC' 03, GC' 04, GC' 06, ICC' 05, and ICC' 15. He was a Guest Editor for EURASIP JWCN SI on RRM for 3G+ Systems. He was a TPC symposium co-chair for PIMRC' 11.
He is a member and the Standards Liaison for IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing and Communications Electronics Technical Committee (SPCE-TC).
He has also served on TPC for IEEE ICC, GC, VTC, WCNC, and PIMRC. His research interests are in the area of 5G radio-access and core-networks,
IoT/M2M/MTC, energy efficiency, low-latency, QoS for mobile internet applications.
Prof. Antoine Bagula
University of the Western Cape, Cape Town- South Africa
Dr. Bagula obtained his doctoral degree from the KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He held lecturing positions at Stellenbosch University (SUN) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) before joining
the Computer Science department of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in January 2014. Since 20016, Dr Bagula has consulted for the UNESCO, the World Bank and other international organizations on
different telecommunication projects. He has been on the technical programme committees of more than 50 international conferences and on the editorial board of international journals. Dr Bagula has also co chaired international conferences in the field of telecommunications and ICTs and authored/co-authored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed conferences, journals and book chapters. Dr Bagula's current research focus on the Internet-of-Things, Big Data Science and Technologies, Cloud Computing, Network security and Network protocols with their applications to Cyber Healthcare, Public Safety, Drought Mitigation, Disaster Relief Networks, and Community Sensor Networks.
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Keynote: Security Challenges and Solutions for the Internet of Things
Dr.Biplab Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore.
He received the B. Tech. degree in electronics and communication engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, in 1996, the M.Tech.
degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor from 2001-2007 and Associate Professor from 2007-2013 in the Department of Electrical, Computer,
and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2001 to 2013. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Tan Chin Tuan fellowship from NTU Singapore,
the Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship, and the Leiv Eiriksson fellowship from the Research Council of Norway. His research interests include wireless wireless
MAC protocols, network security, and network performance evaluation. Dr. Sikdar is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE
Transactions on Communications from 2007 to 2012 and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
Dr. Suresh Borkar
Dept Electrical and Computer Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA
Keynote: Technology Advances for the Future Tactile Internet of Things
Dr. Suresh Borkar is a member of the faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department
at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago. He is President of Telek Solutions, a knowledge share company, and also a Senior Principal Investigator with
Roberson and Associates, technology and management company based in Chicago. He is a visiting faculty member at MITSOT, Pune. Previously, he was the Managing Director
and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tata Lucent Telecom Joint Venture and Lucent India Inc. Dr. Borkar had a long, successful career with AT&T, a Lucent Technology which
is currently Nokia Technologies. He received his B. Tech. in EE from IIT Delhi and M.S. and Ph. D. in ECE from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago.
Dr. Narendra S. Chaudhari
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur (M.S.)
Dr. Narendra S. Chaudhari
is currently Director of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur (M.S.), and also with Indian Institute of Technology,
Indore since Aug 2009 as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Since January 2016, he has also been Mentor Director of newly established Indian Instittue of
Information Technology (IIIT), Nagpur. Since Sept 2010 to June 2013, he was Dean - Research and Development (Dean - R&D), IIT Indore. Since 2001 to July 2009,
he was with the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1990 to 2001, he was Professor of Computer Science Science
in M.Sc. DRDO Program, Ministry of Defense (Govt. of India) at Devi Ahilya University, Indore and from 1988 to 1990, he was a Reader in M.Sc. DRDO Program, Ministry
of Defense (Govt. of India) at Devi Ahilya University, Indore. Before 1988, he was with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT, Mumbai, as a Senior
His significant research work contributions are in the areas of network security and mobile computing, game AI, novel neural network models like binary
neural nets and bidirectional nets, context free grammar parsing, optimization,parallel algorithms and graph isomorphism problem. Some of his important
contributions are: (i) Authentication Protocols and Security Mechanisms for Cellular Networks, (ii) generalization of notion of alignment in bioinformatics
sequences to fuzzy similarity and its usage for identification of Context Free structure in languages, (iii) rerouting strategies in Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
networks, (iv) applications of soft-computing techniques like genetic algorithms for cutting stock problems, and for credit risk estimation. He has delivered invited talks
and presented his research results in several countries like America, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, United Kingdom, etc.
Title of Workshop: Emerging trends in the design of IoT Systems
is working at CTO office of Wipro Technologies, Bangalore as Principal consultant.
He has a mixture of industrial and academic work experience for over two decades in various fields of technologies.
His doctoral research spans signal processing, Communication networks and data integration. He has published about 150 papers in international conferences
and journals and a book. He represented the organization in international standardization bodies such as Wi-Fi Alliance, served as the editor for the regional
profiles standard in Digital living network alliance (DLNA) and as the industrial liaison officer for the CE-Linux Forum. He has chaired several international
conferences and workshops. His research interests include signal processing applications for networking. He has worked as senior faculty, visiting professor and
advisor for various institutions of Visveswaraiah technological university.
Tata Consultancy Services, Bengaluru
Physical Search and Mobile Internet of Things with a focus on Drones and Machine Vision
received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University, Bengaluru, India, in 2000, the Ph.D. degree from the University of Melbourne,
Australia, in 2007. For three years, he was a Research Assistant at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, where he was engaged
in speech technology for Indian languages. Between 2007 and 2015, he worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow -
Industry (APDI) and Senior Research Fellow working on several industry linkage grants in biomedical signal processing, video processing and Internet of
Things. He has co-authored more than 65 peer reviewed papers and has received AUD 500,000 worth of competitive grants. He is currently a research scientist
in TCS Innovation Labs - Bengaluru and Honorary Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Melbourne, Australia.
His current interests include Spatio-temporal Analysis, Deep Learning and Cognitive architectures. The application domains span Internet of Things, Computer
Vision and Biomedical Engineering. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of ACM.
Dr. Lalit Kumar Singh
Keynote: Reliability Analysis of Safety Critical Computer Based Systems
Dr. Lalit Kumar Singh
received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University). He is currently a
Scientist in NPCIL-BARC, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, since 16 years, and has distinction of working on Pressurized
Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) and Light Water Reactors(LWR). He has an illustrious career and succeeded in several critical jobs assigned to
him in his illustrious career, though, each of them was challenging. His assignments over the years range from design, development, testing, IV&V,
related research and site validation of the safety critical computer based systems of Indian Nuclear Power Plants. He has published several research
papers in journals of high impact factor like IEEE Transactions, IEEE Computer, ACM, Elsevier, Quality & Reliability International, etc. He has been invited
for chief guest, keynote speeches and talksin many international conferences, short term courses, workshops & faculty development programs from many IITs, NITs
& other institutes of national importance. He is recipient of many awards like publication award, group achievement award, etc. He is a reviewer of several SCI
indexed journals of high impact factor. He is a life member of Indian Nuclear Society. He is a member of editorial board of many reputed journals and guestlead
editor of many special issues. He is supervising many PhD students of different IITs, NITs and is PhD thesis examiner of IITs, NITs and other reputed institutes.
He is a reviewer and project collaboratorof Research proposals of Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences(BRNS).His research interests are in the area of reliability,
safety and security of safety critical computer based systems.
Dr. Rashid Said
Sudan University of Science and Technology, Khartoum
Deputy Dean and Head of Research Projects, Sudan University of Science and Technology.
Dr. Dhananjay Singh
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Soul, South Korea
Keynote:The Convergence of IoT and Sensing Technology for Smart City Services
Dr. Dhananjay Singh
is the Director of ReSENSE Lab, Assistant Professor the Dept. of Electronics Engineering and Chair in the Division of Global IT at Hankuk University
of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Global Campus- Yong-in, South Korea from September 2012 - Till Date. He received B. Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering
from VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, India in 2003 and M. Tech. degree in Wireless Communication and Computing from Indian Institute of Information Technology
(IIIT), Allahabad, India in 2006. Dr. Singh received his Ph.D. degree in Ubiquitous IT from Dongseo University (DSU), Busan, South Korea in Feb. 2010.
Dr. Singh was working as a Post Doctor Researcher and Senior Member of Engineering Staff of Future Internet Architecture at National Institute of Mathematical
Sciences (NIMS), and Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), Daejeon, South Korea from March 2010 to until May 2012. Dr. Singh is a Senior
Member of IEEE and ACM Society. He has won three times best paper awards from IEEE conferences and two times fellowship award from APAN meeting for
Singapore and Manila. He has published 100+ refereed scientific papers, served 100+ TPC membership and delivered 50+ invited talks into the major IEEE conferences/workshop.
His research interests focus on the design, analysis and implementation of algorithms/protocols for large-scale data set to solve real-world problems spec. Future Internet
Architecture for Smart City and IoT services.
Mr. Pramod Prabhakaran
Keynote:Application of Things
Mr. Pramod Prabhakaran
has 16 years’ Experience in the CAD, PLM, ALM, IOT and Engineering domain. He has been at PTC for more than 12 years. At PTC Pramod has handled multiple
roles starting with managing Windchill Product Development team (India and China) and then taking up the role of a solution consultant (PLM, ALM and IoT domain)
for strategic accounts for India and South Asia. Prior to joining PTC, Pramod worked as a design engineer in Tata Power SED. Pramod comes with strong experience
in discrete manufacturing process & technology, Product Development, Consulting, Business Development and customer success expertise. In his current role as IOT
Program Manager with PTC, he is responsible business development, solutionising IoT deployments for customers and is also responsible for IoT adoptions in Universities,
Maker Labs and IoT evangelists in India and South RIM. Pramod did his mechanical engineering from Army Institute of Technology, Pune and is currently pursuing his
MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Dr. Gopi Krishna Durbhaka
Keynote:IoT based Adaptive Ambient Assisted Living applying Analytics
dr. Gopi Krishna Durbhaka
is a Senior Member of IEEE Community and Fellow Member of Indian Society of Electronics and Communication Engineers (FISECE) and Member of ISTE.
He is at present working with TCS Innovation and Transformation Group and prior to this had been working with HCL Technologies and R&D organization under Ministry of
Communications and Information Technology, Govt. Of India. He has filed 5 patents both in IPO and USPTO and received 2 Patent Grants too. He has presented and published
technical & management papers in national & international conferences as well as journals. He has been a Review Committee member, Session Chair for multiple IEEE conferences.
He has been invited as Patron, for guest lectures, Keynote & Plenary talks both in academic institutions, universities, IEEE cum ACM conferences and as well
to Energy board of engineers too. He had specialized his Master of Engineering in Electronics & Control and Master of Business Administration in Technology Management.
His major areas of research interest are Embedded Systems, Wireless communications, Supply Chain management, IoT, Behaviour Pattern Analysis,
Machine Learning and NLP.
Dr. Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur
University of Groningen,Netherlands.
Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur
, holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. She is a MA in Sociology from University of Hyderabad. Currently she is a Senior Project
Research Scientist in the TV White Space project at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at Indira Gandhi Institute for Development
Research (IGIDR), Mumbai and Future Ideas, Mumbai. She has also taught courses in Sociology and Development as a guest lecturer at IIT Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She
has published in international conferences, contributed book chapters and has authored a book in the areas of demography and social issues. Her current work involves increasing digital outreach to
remote and rural areas of India, deployment of new technology alternatives for the middle and last mile internet connectivity and development of a sustainable models supporting Public - Private -
Panchayat - Partnership (4-P model).