Keynote Speakers 2021

Virtual Conference

Opening Keynote Speaker

Kumpati S. Narendra


Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Kumpati S. Narendra is the Harold W. Cheel Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Systems Science at Yale University.
Professor Narendra came to the United States from India in 1954, after receiving the B.E. (Hons) degree from the University of Madras. He received his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1955 and 1959 respectively, and was then an Assistant Professor at Harvard. In 1965, he came to Yale University and was made a full professor in 1968. Professor Narendra was the Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department from 1984 to 1987, Director of the Neuro-Engineering and Neuro- Science Center at Yale from 1995 to 1996 and he has served as the Director of the Center for Systems Science since its creation in 1981. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater, the University of Madras (now Anna University) in 1995, and one from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) in 2007.
Professor Narendra has lectured at over 40 universities around the world, has delivered over fifty plenary and invited lectures, and has been a consultant to over 15 corporations, including Sikorsky Aircraft (1967-73), AT&T (1975-1980), General Motors (1984-1985), and Sandia National Laboratories (1996-1999). He was a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in 1994-1995.
Professor Narendra has had 47 doctoral students, and over 40 post-doctoral and visiting fellows have worked with him over a 50-year period. He is the author of more than 250 technical articles, three books, and the editor of four books in the areas of stability, adaptive control, and learning automata. He has served on various international technical committees, several editorial boards of technical journals, and has been on the advisory committees of academic institutions in India, Ireland, Korea and Singapore.
Professor Narendra is the recipient of numerous awards including the Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Award (IEEE SMC Society, 1972), the George Axelby Best Paper Award (IEEE Control Systems Society, 1988), The John R. Ragazzini Education Award (ACC, 1994), The Outstanding Paper Award of the Neural Networks Council (1991), The Neural Network Leadership Award (1994), The Bode Prize/Lecture (IEEE Control Systems Society, 1995), The Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award of the American Control Council (ACC) for Pioneering Contributions to Adaptive Control and Learning Theory (2003), the Walton Visitor Award of the Science Foundation of Ireland (2007), and the Neural Network Pioneer Award/Medal of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2008).
Professor Narendra is a member of Sigma Xi and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, a Fellow of IEE (U.K.) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Valedictory Keynote Address

Dr. Moshe Y. Vardi


Junzo

Moshe Y. Vardi is University Professor, Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University, where he is leading an Initiative on Technology, Culture, and Society. His interests focus on automated reasoning, a branch of Artificial Intelligence with broad applications to computer science, including machine learning, database theory, computational-complexity theory, knowledge in multi-agent systems, computer-aided verification, and teaching logic across the curriculum. He is also a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala 
Ashok Jhunjhunwala

Ashok 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.

JunzoDr. Junzo Watada

Prof Junzo Watada received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Osaka City University, Japan, and his Ph.D degree from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. Currently, he is a professor emeritus, Waseda University since 2016. He was a professor, University Teknologi PETRONAS till 2020. He received the Henri Coanda Medal Award from Inventico in Romania in 2002. He is a Life Fellow of the Japan Society for Fuzzy Theory and intelligent informatics (SOFT). Prof Watada is an IEEE life senior member, Executive Chair of ISME, and WCICME, right now the president, Forum of Interdisciplinary Mathematics. His professional interests include artificial neural network, human centric data mining, soft computing, image processing, knowledge engineering, financial engineering and management engineering.

RussellAndrewsDr Russell Andrews

Russell J Andrew’s training included a doctorate in Human Development (Harvard), medical school (Dartmouth), neurosurgery residency (Stanford), and 6 months at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. His experience has included two years as a US Army Flight Surgeon, 15 years on the neurosurgery faculty of several university medical centers (including UC Davis and Stanford), and a similar period in private practice neurosurgery in Silicon Valley. He has been medical advisor for 25 years at NASA Ames Research Center with the Nanotechnology and Smart Systems groups. For the past two years, he has been a guest lecturer for Stanford’s Mechanical Engineering course ME 268 (Robotics, AI and Design of Future Education). Appointments include: Past Chair, International Outreach Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Newsletter Editor, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS); Section and Feature Editor, World Neurosurgery; board member of several medical societies; President, International Conference on Neuroprotective Agents (ICNA); and member, WFNS Neurotrauma, Mass Casualty, and Neurorehabilitation Committees. He is author/co-author of over 90 research articles, over 40 book chapters, and over 300 presentations at major scientific conferences worldwide (many as an invited speaker). He has published two books: (1) Editor: Intraoperative Neuroprotection. Williams & Wilkins, 1996; (2) Author: Too Big to Succeed: Profiteering in American Medicine. iUniverse, 2013. Together with colleagues from NASA, he holds medical device patents.

Dr Katina MichaelDr 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 Garatti

Simone Garatti received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Technology from the the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2000 and 2004, respectively. After graduating, he joined the Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano, where he currently holds a position of Associate Professor in the Automatic Control area at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria. During his career, he also was visiting scholar at some prestigious foreign universities, like the University of California San Diego (UCSD) (as winner of a fellowship for the short-term mobility of researchers from the National Research Council of Italy (CNR)), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Oxford. From 2013 to 2019 he served for the EUCAConference Editorial Board, while he is currently member of the IEEE-CSS Conference Editorial Board and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing and of the Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction journal. He is also member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Modeling, Identification and Signal Processing, of the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Computational Aspects of Control System Design, and of the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on System Identification and Adaptive Control. Simone Garatti is the author/co-author of about ninety contributions in international journals, international books, and proceedings of international conferences and of the book “Introduction to the Scenario Approach” published by SIAM in 2018. His research interests include data-driven optimization and decision-making, system identification, uncertainty quantification, and machine learning. Simone Garatti (jointly with Marco Campi) has pioneered the theory of the scenario approach, a unitary framework to make designs where the effect of uncertainty is controlled by knowledge drawn from past experience that has marked significant advances in systems and control design, stochastic and uncertain optimization, and machine learning.

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

Dr. Heather Love is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Her research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to literary scholarship, and her work brings literature into dialogue with ideas from fields like science and technology studies, the medical humanities, and sustainability. She is completing a book titled “Cybernetic Aesthetics: Modernist Networks of Information and Data,” which explores 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. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary studies journals such as Modernism/modernity and the Journal of Modern Literature as well as more interdisciplinary venues like the IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, the Johns Hopkins Guide to Critical and Cultural Theory, and the collection Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism.
Dr. Love has 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. She edits the organization’s monthly newsletter, is serving her second three-year term as an elected member-at-large on the SSIT Board of Governors, and is Conference Co-Chair for the 2021 SSIT Flagship event, “ISTAS21: Technological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation.” She has been appointed an IEEE TechEthics Ambassador, and she also collaborates with a variety of scholars and professionals in the sciences and engineering fields to study develop curricular programming that highlights the ethical dimensions of technological innovation within STEM communication courses.

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, and Data Science Support Team Lead at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) based at The University of Melbourne. His research interests include multidisciplinary eResearch, understanding users and geographic information science topics of representation, visualisation, analysis, and decision making. Michael has a keen eye on cybernetics and the social implications of technology and is passionate about sustainability, open science, future cities and towns. He is engaged on a range of collaborative research infrastructure projects across Australia leveraging cloud spatial computing, from transport, water-energy supply-consumption and health themes, to open space data, environmental and urban sensing using new technologies. His teaching experiences range from spatial visualisation and analytics to applications of GIS.

Prof. Paul Pangaro

Paul Pangaro is President of the American Society for Cybernetics and Professor of the Practice in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. A current project is an initiative called #NewMacy that will revive and revise the original Macy Meetings for the challenges of the 21st century. His career spans startups, consulting, research, and education. He has worked with and within startups in New York and Silicon Valley, in product and technology roles. His most recent startup was General Cybernetics, dedicated to new ways of reading and writing in digital media based on Gordon Pask’s Conversation Theory. His consulting clients include Du Pont, Nokia, Samsung, Instituto Itaú Cultural (São Paulo), Ogilvy & Mather, Intellectual Ventures, and PoetryFoundation.org. He has lectured in São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Linz, and in cities in the US, most often on design for conversation and conversations for design. Partnering with TJ McLeish as master fabricator, they created a full-scale replica of Pask’s Colloquy of Mobiles, displayed at Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2020 and now part of the permanent collection at ZKM in Germany. Pangaro studied theatre, film criticism, and computer science while earning a B.S. at MIT, spending the rest of his time acting in plays and writing software for interactive graphics and computer-generated film. On graduating Pangaro worked on neural simulations with Jerry Lettvin and then joined the research staff of the MIT Architecture Machine Group where he met Gordon Pask and consequently completed his PhD with Pask at Brunel University (UK). His work can be found at http://pangaro.com/.

Dr Sarbani Banerjee Belur

Sarbani-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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