Topic: Smart City – How Smart is our Smart City Plan in comparison with the western scenario?
Panelist 1: Rajan MA
Bio: Rajan is a Scientist at TCS Research and Innovation, Bangalore since 2010. He has +17 years of experience in the area of cryptography, computer networks, Internet of Things, spacecraft technology, Cross layer design, Number Theory, Graph Theory, Combinatorics, coding theory and Functional Analysis. He has BE, MTech. and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering and MSc, MPhil and PhD in Mathematics. During 2000-2005, he worked at the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, India as a Scientist and was actively involved in realization of several spacecrafts. From September 2005, he is with TCS Bangalore. During 2005-10, his worked in the area of Optical Network Management System (ONMS) and was involved in design and implementation of ONMS software for Lucent, Bell Labs. At CTO Innovation Labs, he is involved in the design of efficient lightweight cryptographic algorithms for Internet of Things/M2M communication based on functional encryption which includes identity based elliptic curve cryptography, attribute based encryption. Currently he is working in the area of Homomorphic encryption, program obfuscation, Threat models and risk assessement for IoT Systems and Privacy enhance techniques. He is actively participating and contributing to standardization activities (GISFI, TSDSI) in the area of security for M2M workgroup. He has published several research papers in national and international conferences (IEEE Globecom, ANTS, AINA) and journals. He served as a reviewer, TPC member for IEEE COMSNETS, NCC. He has filed and obtained several patents at India and outside India as well. He is an IEEE senior member. Apart from this he is serving as advisory member for various educational institutions in the department of computer science and engineering such as NITK Suratkal, Acharya Institute of Technology, BMSCE. He also worked as a visiting faculty at various engineering colleges such as UVCE, SJCIT, Acharya Institute of Technology.
Panelist 2: Paramanda Jena
Bio: Paramananda Jena has obtained his BE degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engg. from Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (formerly UCE, Burla), Odisha in the year 1998 and ME degree in Microelectronics Systems from IISc, Bangalore in the year 2005. Currently he is Scientist F at LRDE, Bangalore and pursuing his PhD in the area of Electromagnetic Time Reversal for UWB MIMO radar at IIT Bhubaneswar. He has worked for signal processor development for various projects BFSR-SR, Bharani, Aslesha, Millimeter wave Collision Avoidance Radar, Ultra Wide Band Ground Penetrating Radar, Costal Surveillance radar. He is a recipient of AGNI award for self reliance in 2002 & 2010 ,2011 and laboratory scientist of the year-2007. He is currently project Director of Coastal Surveillance Radar(CSR). His areas of interests are radar signal processing, Ultra Wide Band MIMO Radar and Passive multi-static Radar.
Panelist 3: Dillip K. Mishra
Bio: A researcher trying to understand the entrepreneurship using technology learned over the years; recently started an office at IIT Bhubaneswar startup center and exploring the ideas of composites use in LED/EV along with the idea of social impact such as making composites from plastic waste; which is essential for Smart City Ideas in India. Prior to this, Dillip received his doctoral degree from IIT Bombay in the year 2005. Post that, he got an opportunity to work in Taiwan for post-doctoral research and industry over 9 years. He has expertise on various solar cell and carbon related materials. Apart from that, he briefly associated to Asha Bombay Chapter during 1999-2002. His other interests include biking (bicycle), play badminton, trivia, and photography.
Panelist 4: Arpita Thakre
Bio: Arpita Thakre did her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She had completed the Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology degrees from the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics, Kolkata, India, both with a major in communications engineering. Since January 2016, she has been working as Assistant Professor at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University), Bengaluru, where she leads a team of engineers who are working on transceiver design for next generation wireless systems. She has worked for Ikanos Communications (now Qualcomm), Hellosoft (now Imagination Technologies), and Orca Radio Systems (now Imagination Technologies), developing firmware for VDSL chipset, WLAN chipset, and RF front end chipset. She has research contribution to IEEE 802.16 TGm. She was a visiting researcher with the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany, during 2008–2009. She has more than 5 years of teaching experience at post graduate and under graduate engineering level.
Topic :Smart City – Our Industry Preparedness
Panelist 1: Punit Rathod
Bio: Dr. Punit Rathod is a Research Scientist with the Next Generation and Standards Group of Intel and works on prototyping and pathfinding activities. Prior to this, he has dabbled with entrepreneurship for a brief time in his start-up on emergency communications and a researcher in the IIT Bombay for LTE-WiFi interworking. He has represented IIT Bombay at the 3GPP RAN2 wireless standards meetings. He has done his PhD from IIT Bombay and has been working in the wireless networking domain specifically on resource scheduling, network protocols, testbeds and performance analysis for more than a decade.
Panelist 2: Radhakant Das
Bio: Radhakant Das is currently serving TCS, Network Solution Group on Telecommunication domain. He is telecom professional with more than 20 years of practice experience in various domains of Telecom and OTT. During his professional career, Radhakant has been instrumental in designing end to end Mobile networks and product innovations in India and Indonesia. In TCS Radhakant leads the practice of Cognitive Automation and application of Artificial Intelligence in Telecom Networks.
Panelist 3: K V Srinivas
Prof. Srinivas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering at IIT (BHU) Varanasi. He has completed his PhD from IIT Madras, MTech from IIT Kanpur and BE from Andhra Univ College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam in the year 2009, 1998 and 1996 respectively. Prof. Srinivas was with Doordashan Kendra, Hyderabad during the period 1998-1999, ISRO Ahmedabad during 1999-2002, IIT Madras during 2002-2008. He also worked as Postdoctoral fellow at the Univ of Toronto, Canada during 2009-2011, Samsung India during 2012-2013 and Nokia Networks during 2013-2014, prior to joining IIT Varanasi. Currently he is working in the areas of anti-jamming techniques for LTE Cellular networks, rate adaptation using machine learning techniques and physical layer aspects of mmWave communications., etc.
Panelist 4: M. Sabarimalai Manikandan
Bio: Dr. M. Sabarimalai Manikandan received the Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communication Engineering from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India, the Master of Engineering in Microwave and Optical Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India, and the Ph.D. degree in biosignal processing from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He served as an Assistant Professor with Amrita University, India. He was a Chief Engineer with the Advanced Technology Group, Samsung India Electronic Pvt. Ltd., Noida, India. Dr. Manikandan was a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Performance Award during his tenure at Samsung India Electronic Pvt. Ltd. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar. He has filed six patents in the field of biomedical and multimedia systems, and published 20 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 35 papers in international conference proceedings. He has served as Session Chair, Reviewer, Invited Speaker, Technical Programme Committee Member for reputed journals and national and international conferences. His current research interests include Signal and Image Processing; Biometrics and Multimodal Interactions; Mixed Reality Systems; VLSI Systems; Real-time Data Analytics; and Internet-of-Things.