Keynote Speakers 2020

Dr Katina Michael
Dr Katina Michael.
Katina Michael has recently moved to Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. She is also the director of the Centre for Engineering, Policy and Society.
Dr Katina Michael is also affiliated with the School of Computing and Information Technology at the University of Wollongong. Until recently she was the Associate Dean – International in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Katina is formerly the long standing IEEE Technology and Society Magazine editor-in-chief (2012-2017), and presently an IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine senior editor. Since 2008 she has been a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and formerly the Vice-Chair. Michael researches on the socio-ethical implications of emerging technologies. She has written and edited six books, guest edited numerous special issue journals on themes related to radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, supply chain management, location-based services, innovation and surveillance/uberveillance. In 2017, Katina was awarded the prestigious Brian M. O’Connell Award for Distinguished Service to the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (IEEESSIT).

Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala 

Ashok JhunjhunwalaAshok Jhunjhunwala,Institute Professor at IIT Madras, did his B.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur and MS and PhD from University of Maine, USA and was a faculty at Washington State University, USA for a year and half before joining as a faculty at IIT Madras in 1981. In 2017-18, he was on sabbatical from IITM and was Principal Advisor to Minister of Power, MNRE, and Railways, Government of India, New Delhi.
Prof. Jhunjhunwala is considered a pioneer in nurturing Industry-Academia interaction in India towards R&D, Innovation and Product Development. He conceived and built India’s first university affiliated business park (IIT Madras Research Park) to promote Industry-Academia R&D collaboration. TIE conferred him the title of Dronacharya for his contributions to the cause of entrepreneurship, as he incubated and nurtured more than 180 companies at IIT Madras. He heads the IITM Incubation Cell and Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI). He leads TeNeT group, which has worked closely with industry to create innovative affordable products in sectors like telecom, banking, energy and electric vehicles.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala has been Chairman and member of various government committees and has been on boards of several education institutions in the country. At the same time, he has been on the boards of a number of public and private companies and has driven comprehensive changes, especially in the areas of technology, in these companies. He was on the boards of State Bank of India, Bharat Electronics Ltd, HTL, NRDC, IDRBT, VSNL and BSNL as well as in Tata Communications, Mahindra Electric, Sasken, Tejas Networks, TTML, Intellect and Exicom. He is currently also on the board of BIRAC and the Chairman of Technology Advisory Group of SEBI. Also he is currently Chairperson in IIIT Kottayam and College of Engineering, Trivandrum, Kerala.
Dr. Jhunjhunwala was conferred Padmashri, Shanti-Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, H. K. Firodia Award, Silicon India Leadership Award, Millenium Medal at Indian Science Congress, UGC Hari Om Ashram Award, IETE’s Ram Lala Wadhwa Gold Medal, JC Bose fellowship, Bernard Low Humanitarian Award, “Dronacharya and Lifetime Achievement Award by TIE, Chennai among many others. He is fellow of IEEE, INSA, NAS, IAS, INAE and WWRF and a member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA. He has also been conferred honorary doctorate by University of Maine and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Dr Katina Michael
Dr Kota Harinarayana.
Dr. Kota Harinarayana was born in Berhampur, Orissa, in 1943 and graduated from BHU in Mechanical Engineering, post-graduate in Aero Engineering at IISc, Bangalore. He did his Ph.D. at IIT Bombay and also he is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Law.
He started his career in 1967 at HAL. He moved to DRDO HQ in 1970 till 1982 and held various positions. He rejoined HAL in 1982 as Chief Designer in Nasik Division. He was deputed to DRDO in 1985 and assumed charge as Director, ADE, and Bangalore. He was appointed as LCA Programme Director in December 1985 and he was concurrently holding the post of Director, ADE till June 1986. During 1995 he was elevated as Distinguished Scientist by DRDO. As Programme Director and Chief Designer of Light Combat Aircraft, he successfully directed the project leading to flight testing and clearance for limited series production. Thanks to his efforts, India succeeded in developing a state-of-art, high technology fighter aircraft of world class.
He is the Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (former President of the Society), National academy of sciences and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He received distinguished alumnus award from Indian Institute of Science and from IIT Bombay. He was awarded National Aeronautics Prize and FIE Foundation Award in 1996. He received SBI-Pragna Puraskar in 2001. He received the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Memorial Award for 2001. He received the DRDO Technology Leadership Award for 2001. He was honoured with Padma Shri by Government of India in 2002. He received Gujar Mal Modi Science foundation award for the year 2006.Indian National Academy of Engineering conferred up on him,the life time contribution award in engineering, for the year 2006. He was awarded Shri Om Prakash Bhasin award for Science & Technology for the year 2007 in the field of engineering including Energy & Aerospace. He received DRDO life time achievement award in 2008.
He was formerly Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad till 15 July, 2005. He is Chairman, Research council, Centre for wind energy technology,Chennai, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT-Bombay. Indian Technical coordinator for India-Trento/Italy S&T program, Director, MIDHANI, Min of Defense. He is at present the Raja Ramanna Fellow at National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore spearheading the development of regional civil aircraft in India.

Russell Andrews
Russell Andrews
Medical Advisor for Neurosurgery Applications, Intelligent Systems Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA]
Chief, Neurosurgery, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Chief, Neurosurgery, Syracuse University
Neurosurgeon, Stanford University School of Medicine
Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University School of Medicine
M.D. Dartmouth
B. Ed. Harvard
B.A. Dartmouth

Featured Speakers

Dr Heather Love
Dr Heather Love
“I grew up in a small B.C. town on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, completed a BA in English and BMus in Piano Performance on the west coast (at the University of Victoria), and then moved east for my graduate work in English (MA, Queen’s University; PhD, Indiana University). I then worked for three years as Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where my teaching ranged from courses on American literary history, early twentieth-century American and transatlantic modernism, literature and science, and introductory composition. In July 2018, I joined the University of Waterloo’s English faculty.
Because I embrace interdisciplinary approaches to literary scholarship, my research and teaching often bring literature into dialogue with ideas from fields like science and technology studies, the medical humanities, and sustainability. My first book project looks at the ways in which experimental modernist literature constitutes a cultural precursor to the technical and mathematical disciplines of information management that emerged during World War II; I have collaborated with faculty from medical programs to create courses that help future practitioners account for narrative elements of health and illness; and when I teach writing to students across different disciplines—particularly the sciences—I draw from my years of non-academic work experience developing public interpretive programs for Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks and writing scripts for the Indiana Public Media radio show “A Moment of Science.”
Beyond the classroom, I am committed to advocating for the importance of humanities perspectives in contexts often dominated by scientific, applied, or technical approaches—such as the world of engineering. To this end, I have been affiliated with the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) since 2014 in a variety of capacities that range from organizing conferences to guest editing special issues of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine. I also edit the organization’s monthly newsletter and was elected to a three-year term on the SSIT Board of Governors beginning January 2018.”
Dr Heather Love

Dr Sarbani Banerjee Belur

Dr. Sarbani Banerjee Belur holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has a MA in Sociology from the University of Hyderabad. Currently she is a senior research scientist in the Gram Marg Rural Broadband initiative at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai, India. 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, women and their usage of connectivity, development of sustainable business models supporting the Public-Private-Panchayat Partnership (4-P) model, seeding the growth of community networks, developing community technologies, meaningful usage and utilisation of connectivity, and impact assessment studies of connectivity in the lives of people. The impact studies that she focuses on are based on gender, social and economic impacts of connectivity.

Health Care 2030
Panel Chair : Dr K Ganapathy
Dr K Ganapathy
K. GANAPATHY M.Ch.(Neurosurgery), FACS, FICS, FAMS Ph.D is a Past President of the Telemedicine Society of India. former Secretary and Past President of the Neurological Society of India, former Secretary of the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgery , Past President of the Indian Society of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery. An Adjunct Professor, at the IIT Madras, Tamilnadu Medical University & Anna University, Chennai. Dr. Ganapathy was formerly Honorary Consultant and Advisor in Neurosurgery Armed Forces Medical Services. In 1990 he became the first in South Asia to get a Ph.D in neuro-imaging. A former examiner & Inspector for the National Board of Examinations Ministry of Health, Govt. of India he was also an overseas examiner to the Universiti Sains Malaysia and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. He is Member of the Editorial Board of 4 International and 3 National Journals in Neurosciences and was the first neurosurgeon from South Asia to be formally trained in Stereotactic radiosurgery in 1995 and later in robotic radiosurgery in 2008. He is a reviewer for ATA’s official journal and other telemedicine journals.


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