Keynote Talks

Keynote Talks

Dr. Sriram Raghavan,
IBM Research

Sriram Raghavan is the Director for IBM Research in India & the CTO for IBM India/South Asia. He is responsible for establishing and executing the technical agenda of IBM’s India Research Lab in collaboration with IBM’s worldwide research labs and business units. In addition, Sriram is responsible for representing and communicating IBM’s overall technical vision & strategy with key stakeholders across the India/South Asia ecosystem – from developers and startups to key clients, analysts, media, and industry experts.
Over the past two years, Sriram has established and grown IBM Research-India into a world class center of competency for blockchain, driving both deep technology innovations and first of a kind blockchain-based solutions. Sriram serves as the worldwide blockchain leader for IBM Research, working closely with IBM’s industry platforms and global services businesses to take innovative blockchain solutions to clients across the globe. Prior to his current role, Sriram led the Information & Analytics Department at IBM Research-India, establishing new research directions at the intersection of large scale data management, text analytics, and distributed systems. Sriram has been with IBM since 2004 when he first joined the Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, as a Research Staff Member. Sriram is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and Stanford University and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Shivkumar Kalyanaraman serves as the Chief Scientist of IBM Research – Australia, and is a Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM). Previously he was a Senior Manager of the Next Gen Systems & Smarter Planet Solutions Department at IBM India Research Labs, Bangalore. Prior to this, he was a Manager of the Next Generation Telecom Research group and a Research Staff Member since 2008. Before joining IBM, he was a full Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005). His current research in IBM is at the intersection of emerging wireless technologies and IBM middleware and systems technologies with applications to large-scale smarter planet problems (natural resources, energy, network traffic etc). He was selected by MIT’s Technology Review Magazine in 1999 as one of the top 100 young innovators for the new millenium. He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, and General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi. He served on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He is a visiting professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where he co-founded and directs the UBD | IBM Centre, a nationally significant Smarter Planet collaboration between the country of Brunei and IBM.

Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman,
IBM Research

Dr. Venkatarao Ryali,
GE Research

Dr. Balamuralidhar P. is a Principal Scientist and the Head of TCS Innovation Lab, Bangalore. He focuses on research in areas such as Cyber Physical Systems, Sensor Informatics and the Internet of Things, Cognitive Computer Vision, Mobile Interactive Sensing, and Model Driven Security. He has over 100 publications in various international journals and conferences and over 40 patent filings, out of which 15 have been granted. He is also a senior member of IEEE. Dr Balamuralidhar has a PhD from Aalborg University, Denmark in the area of Cognitive Wireless Networks. He has an M.Tech. from IIT Kanpur and a B.Tech. from Kerala University.

Dr. Balamuralidhar,
TCS Innovation Labs

Prof Sudip Misra,
IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Sudip Misra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Prior to this he was associated with Cornell University (USA), Yale University (USA), Nortel Networks (Canada) and the Government of Ontario (Canada). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. He has several years of experience working in the academia, government, and the private sectors in research, teaching, consulting, project management, architecture, software design and product engineering roles.
His current research interests includes Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Software Defined Networks, Cloud Computing, Big Data Networking, Computer Networks, Learning Systems, and algorithm design for emerging communication networks. Dr. Misra is the author of over 260 scholarly research papers, including 150+ reputed journal papers. Dr. Misra has published 9 books in the areas of wireless ad hoc networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless mesh networks, communication networks and distributed systems, network reliability and fault tolerance, and information and coding theory, published by reputed publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Springer, Wiley, and World Scientific.

Dr Laxmidhar Behera is working as the Professor at IIT Kanpur having research and teaching experience of more than 23 years. He has received the BSc (engineering) and MSc (engineering) degrees from NIT Rourkela in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He received the PhD degree from IIT Delhi in 1996. He pursued the postdoctoral studies in the German National Research Center for Information Technology, GMD, Sank Augustin, Germany, during 2000-2001. Previously, he has worked as an assistant professor at BITS Pilani during 1995- 1999 and as a reader at Intelligent Systems Research Center (ISRC), University of Ulster, United Kingdom during 2007-2009. He has also worked as a visiting researcher/professor at FHG, Germany, and ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. He is one of the pioneers in the field of AI based autonomous robotics. His work lies in the convergence of machine learning, control theory, robotic vision and heterogeneous robotic platforms. He has received more than INR 15 crore research grants to support his research activities – the recent one being DST-UKIERI International grant. He has established industrial collaboration with TCS, Renault Nissan, and ADNOC, Abu Dhabi while making significant technological development in the areas such robotics based ware-house automation, vision and drone guided driver assistance system, and drone guided pipeline inspection systems. He has published more than 220 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings. He is a Fellow of INAE and Senior Member of IEEE. His other research interests include intelligent control, semantic signal/music processing, neural networks, control of cyber-physical systems and cognitive modelling.

Prof Laxmidhar Behera,
IIT Kanpur