Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mike Hinchey - President , IFIP, founded by UNESCO; University of Limerick, Ireland; Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland for 2018-2019

Mike Hinchey is President of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing), founded by UNESCO in 1960, and Professor of Software Engineering at University of Limerick, Ireland. He is Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland for 2018-2019. Until end of 2016, for 8 years he was Director of Lero-the Irish Software Research Centre, a multi-university research centre with a footprint in each of Ireland's universities. Previous positions include Director of the Software Verification Research Centre at University of Queensland, and Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center; he has also served as a NASA "Expert". Hinchey holds a BSc in Computer Systems from University of Limerick, an MSc in Computation from University of Oxford and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of IET, British Computer Society, Irish Computer Society (of which he is also Vice President), Engineers Ireland and Engineers Australia. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including the forthcoming "Software Technology: 10 years of innovation in IEEE Computer" (Wiley, 2018), more than 200 papers, and holds 26 patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal "(Springer) and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society (Springer)

Prof.(Dr.) Anurag Kumar - Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Prof. Anurag Kumar is the current Director of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, India. He was a professor at the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, and the Chairperson of the Electrical Sciences Division at the Indian Institute of Science, before becoming the Director. On 29 March 2014, the Council of the Indian Institute of Science selected him as the 20th Director.He worked at Bell Labs in the US before joining as faculty at the Indian Institute of Science. His main research area used to be TCP/IP, but now he has moved into wireless networking focusing on sensor networks. From 1989 to 2001, he coordinated the project ERNET for networking the major education and research institutions in India. This project was instrumental in bringing network connectivity to Indian students and researchers in the late 80s and early 90s. He has been an elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering since 1999 and an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy since 2006. Indian National Science Academy. Accessed May 14, 2008 He is also a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences from 2010. As of January 1, 2006, Anurag Kumar is an elected Fellow of the IEEE.

Prof. Partha Pratim Chakraborty - Director, Iindian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

   Prof. Partha Pratim Chakraborty is an Indian computer scientist. He is a distinguished professor and the present director of IIT Kharagpur. Dr. Chakrabarti has made pioneering research contributions and has solved a number of open problems. His work has been incorporated in standard text books as well as industry level tools of major international companies. He has published more than 200 papers in international journals and conferences and supervised two dozen PhD students. He is also an honorary awardee of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, for the engineering category in 2000.

Dr. Pavithra Prabhakar - Associate Professor,Department of Computer Science and Peggy and Gary Edwards Chair in Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA

   Pavithra Prabhakar is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Peggy and Gary Edwards Chair in Engineering at the Kansas State University. She obtained her doctorate in Computer Science and a masters in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a CMI postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. Her main research interest is in formal analysis of cyber-physical systems with emphasis on both foundational and practical aspects related to automated and scalable techniques for verification and synthesis of hybrid systems. She is the recipient of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant from the EU, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award.

Hasit Kaji - Head Digital impact square, Vice President, Tata Consultancy Services

   With over 30 years at Tata Consultancy Services, Hasitleads Digital Impact Square - an open innovation center for enhancing lives of citizens using digital technologies. The innovation center encourages bottom-up innovation, provides platform for students and early start-ups to re-design people's lives by humanizing technology for solving complex societal challenges. He is also responsible for TCS operations in Gujarat.

Prior to his current role, Hasit led the integration of Computer Research Laboratory, company focused on High Performance Computing; led strategy and capabilitydevelopment to address emerging needs of enterprises in the digital era;held P&L responsibility for Energy, Resource and Utilities business unit; led Global SAP Practice and TCS business in New Jersey.

Hasit graduated in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and has completed management and leadership development programs with Ross Business School, IIM at Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

Topic for Keynote: Innovating for Societal Impact

Synopsis: We are living in an era where technologies are abundant and affordable, we have young talent whose strong academic background can be enhanced in 21st century skills through experiential learning and challenges worth solving to enhance lives of billions of citizens. The keynote will address how an open innovation centre can address complex societal issues by Humanizing Technology.

Dr. Venkata Padmanabhan - Microsoft Research India

Venkata Narayana Padmanabhan is a computer scientist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research India. He is known for his research in networked and mobile systems. He is an elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards for his contributions to Engineering Sciences in 2016.

Invited Speakers

Suvira Srivastav - Associate Editorial Director, Springer New Delhi Proposals for all computer science products & CCIS volumes

    Suvira Srivastav is Associate Editorial Director, Computer Science and Publishing Development in Springer Nature group. She is part of Springer’s Global Editorial Management team managing Computer Science portfolio of the Company and is also responsible for establishing Biomedicine program in the country. At Springer, Suvira has been instrumental in establishing major publishing partnerships that have benefitted Indian researchers and different publishing units of company.
Author of two books, a knowledge management expert, an avid writer and a former columnist of leading dailies of India, she brings with her the experience of establishing knowledge networks and programs in South Asian countries.

Mr. Samiran Gupta - Head of India,Internet Corpora on for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

   Samiran is the Head of India for ICANN and a veteran in business strategy and public affairs management. Prior to joining ICANN, Samiran was a Senior Director with APCO Worldwide responsible for counseling clients in business and public affairs strategy. Earlier, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities. Samiran has worked extensively in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables. Samiran has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India.

Prof.(Dr.) Dharm Singh - Namibia University of Science and Technology

   Dharm Singh Jat received his degree Master of Engineering and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering fromprestigious universities in India. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science of Namibia's University of Science and Technology. From 1990 to 2014, he was with College of Technology and Engineering, MPUAT, Udaipur, India and has more than 27 years' academic experience. He was instrumental in the setting up of MPUAT Intranet. He has given several Guest Lecturer/Invited talk at various prestigious conferences 45th Annual National Convention of Computer Society of India (2010), 26th Indian Engineering Congress at Bangalore (2011) and various ACM conferences as ACM Speaker. More than 8 PhD and 30 Master students have guided who are occupying leading positions including Professor in academia and industry. His interests span the areas of multimedia communications, wireless technologies, mobile communication systems, roof computing and video transmission over wired-wireless networks, Software Defined Networks, Network security, Internet of things and ICTs Applications. He has been the recipient of more than 19 prestigious awards, such as Eminent Scientist Award, Distinguished Academic Achievement, Eminent Engineering Personality, Significant Contribution National level, Best Researcher, Best Technical Staff, Outstanding Services, IEI Fellow, Senior Member IEEE and Distinguished ACM Speaker. Formed Special Interest Group on Wireless Networks of Computer Society of India and designated first Convenor and Chairman, SIG-WNs by CSI. He was Member of review committee for accreditation and chairing of two programmes of review committee for accreditation appointed by Council on Higher Education, Maseru, Lesotho.Organised more than Workshops, National workshops, National Seminars and Conferences, In-country workshop and ACM and IEEE International Conference as Chair or Secretary. Prof Sing isworking groupsmember of IEEE P1931TM IEEE and IEEE P1932.1 TMStandards. He is thesole author of 04 Books and an editor of 16 books including Springer edited books and IEEE conference proceedingsand has authored/co-authored over 135 research publications in peer-reviewed reputed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.An upright affiliation of various engineering societies like: Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India), Life Senior Member, IACSIT, Senior Member, Computer Society of India (CSI), Senior Member Institute of IEEE and Life member, The Indian Science Congress Association (Engineering Science).

Dr. Aladdin Ayesh - School of Computer Science and nformatics, De Montfort University, The Gateway, United Kingdom

   Dr Aladdin Ayesh is an eminent Reader in Artificial Intelligence. His prime research area of interest within Artificial Intelligence is Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in Cognitive Systems. This falls within the crossing boundaries of Knowledge Engineering and Intelligent Agents. His current research focuses on Emotions Modeling, Social Swarms, and Text Mining with their applications in knowledge management, ad hoc networks, eLearning and games.

Prof.(Dr.) L. M. Patnaik - Emeritus Professor, IISC Bangalore, India

   Prof. L.M. Patnaik obtained his Ph.D in 1978 in the area of Real-Time Systems, D.Sc. in 1989 in the areas of Computer Systems and Architectures, both from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During March 2008 – August 2011, he was the Vice Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Deemed University, Pune. Currently he is an Honorary Professor with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and INSA Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Prior to this he was a Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During the last 48 years of his long service, his teaching, research, and development interests have been in the areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Computer Architecture, CAD of VLSI Systems, High Performance Computing, Mobile Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, Real-Time Systems, Soft Computing, and Computational Neuroscience including Machine Cognition. In these areas, he has over 1150 publications in refereed International Journals and refereed International Conference Proceedings including 29 technical reports. He is a coeditor/co-author of twenty two books and has authored 13 chapters in other books. He has supervised over 30 Doctoral theses and over 160 Masters’ theses in the above areas. In the areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Soft Computing, he has been a Principal Investigator for a large number of Government-sponsored research projects and a Consultant to a few industries. One of his research papers in the area of adaptive genetic algorithms has been cited over 2700 times, a survey article on genetic algorithms over 2000 times, by Google Scholar; with an i-10 index of 114.

Prof. Dr.A Damodaram - Professor, Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.


Prof. Allam Appa Rao, - Chairman, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Chennai, India

   Dr Allam Appa Rao was, the first ever to receive a Ph. D from Andhra University in Computer engineering, then part of electrical engineering, in the year 1984. During his more than four decades of professional experience, such as Head of the University Computer Centre, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Chairman Faculty of Engineering, Principal: College of Engineering, Vice Chancellor JNTU Kakinada and Director CRRao AIMSCS, he shared his wisdom with fellow engineers and scientists across the globe through his innumerable research papers published in international journals and international conference proceedings. 49 scholars were awarded Ph. D degrees under his guidance and another 6 are in progress .“Best Academician Award” and “Best Researcher Award” were bestowed on him by Andhra University. Andhra Pradesh Government accorded him “Best Teacher Award". International Accreditation Council for Quality Education and Research (IACQER) bestowed on him Distinguished Fellow Award. Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) conferred him with “Srinivas Ramanujan Birth Centenary Award” Gold medal for his significant and life time contribution to the development of Science and Technology in the country specifically in the area of Computational Biology, Software Engineering and Network Security. Dr Allam is a strict disciplinarian. Government of India, NCC wing rightfully conferred on him the honorary Colonel of the regiment position on him.

Prof.(Dr.) H R Viswakarma - Senior Professor, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India


Arvind Kumar - Chief of Research and Development, Tally Solutions Pvt Ltd.

Arvind has 20+ years of experience in executing large scale distributed and enterprise software product development, web technology and cloud computing. He has worked in diverse domains including medical imaging informatics, enterprise application, e-commerce and telecom.
Currently, As Chief of R&D at Tally, He takes care of all the R&D Operations and manage the Product Software and Engineering team of ~200 people.
Prior to Tally, he was working with Philips as Director R&D of Health Suite Digital platform. He has also worked with Hughes Network Systems, NIIT Ltd, Methodex and GE Healthcare in various leadership roles. His expertise lies in defining and implementing platform solution for console, enterprise and cloud. He has been a recipient of the FICCI award for low cost innovation in product engineering and development during his tenure in GE Healthcare

Prof.(Dr.) M S P Babu, - College of Engineering, Andhra University, India


Arindam Mukherjee, - Alumnus Software Ltd.


Tutorial Speakers

Mr. Lawrence Mohanraj - IBM Chennai, India

   Topic: Cloud Computing & Security

Dr. Anirban Chakraborty - IISc Bangalore, India

   Topic: Internet of Things & Data Science

Dr. D. P. Mukherjee - ISI Kolkata, India

   Topic: Machine Learning

Dr. Nabarun Chatterjee - Professor, Vice Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.


Dr. Atal choudhuri - Jadavpur University, India

   Topic:Green Computing

Dr. Prodosh K. Roy

   Topic: Compressed Sensing

Dr. Nilay Ganguly

   Topic: Social Computing

Dr. Suman Sahu -NTU Singapore

   Topic: Fault Resilient Embedded Systems

Dr. Debotosh Bhattacharjee

   Topic: Face Recognition

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