Keynote Speakers 2021

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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.
Ashok Jhunjhunwala
Dr Russell Andrews

  • 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
  • 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. Simone Garatti
    Simone GarattiSergio Simone Garatti is currently Associate Professor in the Automatic Control area (SSD ING-INF/04) at the Dipartimento di Elettronica ed Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano. He was born in Brescia, Italy, in 1976. In 2000, he received the Laurea degree cum laude in Computer Science Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano and in 2004 he received the Ph.D. cum laude in Information Technology Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. In 2004, he was a research fellow at the Dipartimento di Elettronica ed Informazione of the Politecnico di Milano. He has been assistant professor within the same department since 2005. During his career, Simone Garatti has been visiting scholar at some prestigious foreign universities. Precisely, in 2003 he visited the Lund University of Technology, Lund, Sweden, while in 2006 he won a fellowship for the short-term mobility of researchers from the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and he spent some months at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, CA, USA. Finally, in 2007 he was invited for a short-term visit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA, during which he gave some invited lectures on his research topics. His research interests include system identification and model quality assessment, identification of interval predictor models, randomized optimization for problems in systems and control. He is the co-author of about 50 contributions on international journals, international books, and proceedings of international conferences.

    Prof. Witold Pedrycz

    Prof. Witold Pedrycz
    Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 1998) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, and a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 15 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering. Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer). He currently serves on the Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals.

    India Special Session
    Raghu Krishnapuram
    Raghu Krishnapuram
    Raghu received his B.Tech. degree from IIT Bombay in 1978, and his M.S. degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, in 1984. After graduating with a PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987, he worked initially at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and later at Colorado School of Mines, Golden until the year 2000. Most recently, Raghu was Head, R&D and IP Cell, as well as Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, at Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.Raghu spent 16 years in industry R&D. From 2000 to 2013, he held various leadership positions at IBM Research India. During the last 4 years of his tenure at IBM Research India, he served as Associate Director, where he led projects in the area of “Knowledge, Information, and Smarter Planet Solutions”, with a particular focus on emerging markets. He also served as a relationship manager for IBM’s services divisions such as IBM Global Process Services and IBM Business Services during this time. During 2014-15, Raghu worked at IBM T J Watson Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, where he was a technical leader for cognitive computing research. He was also Program Manager, Financial Services, Xerox Research Centre India, during 2015-16.Raghu has published about 170 papers in journals and conferences, many with a very high citation count. He has filed over 40 patent disclosures at the US Patent Office. He has been recognized as a Master Inventor by IBM and has served on the Technology Council of the IBM Academy of Technology. Raghu is also a Fellow of IEEE and the Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE).His research encompasses many aspects of machine learning, computer vision, text analytics, artificial intelligence, and data mining.

    Special Session: Geopolitics & Internet Governance
    Dr Katina Michael
    Samiran Gupta
    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.

    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 Laurie Lau

    Laurie is currently Chair of the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society (APATAS) and an active member of IEEE Hong Kong Section and an Executive Committee Member of CAS/COM Joint Chapter. He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist in Hong Kong with a PhD from the University of Glamorgan, UK. Laurie has wide experience in research on policing internet-related crime, including O2O fraud, technology and society, the Internet of things, and AI and robotics. Laurie is actively involved in mentoring students at Wu Yee Sun College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as leadership role taking on the task of as lead organiser for various cybercrime related conferences around the globe.

    Dr Michael Rigby
    Dr Michael Rigby.
    Michael is a spatial scientist with a background in design and engineering, working at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) based at The University of Melbourne. His current research interests include multidisciplinary eResearch, understanding users and geographic information science topics of representation, analysis, visualisation and decision making, with a keen eye on cybernetics and the social implications of technology.

    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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