Plenary Speakers

Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai

Distinguished Scientist of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore.

Dr M Annadurai, was Director, URSC from April 01, 2015 to July 31, 2018. Before taking over as Director, URSC, he was Programme Director for Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) at URSC, Bengaluru.

Born on July 2, 1958, Dr Annadurai graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, obtained his Post Graduate degree in Applied Electronics from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and Doctoral degree from Anna University. Joining ISRO in 1982, Dr Annadurai began his career at URSC as the team leader to design and develop Software Satellite Simulator. During the period 1992 -2005, Dr Annadurai was the lead member of ISRO's satellite mission team and managed eight INSAT Missions as the Mission Director and brought about the efficient ground automation for satellite operations. As Project Director, Dr Annadurai made the most crucial contribution to the realisation of India's first Lunar Mission, Chandrayaan-1, which won many appreciations and awards including the prestigious Space Pioneer Award, 2009. In 2011, Dr Annadurai became the Programme Director of Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) and Small Satellite Systems (SSS) and realised five satellite projects. His other major contribution is the realisation of the successful Mars Orbiter Mission in record time. Dr Annadurai also supervised two student satellite projects. He has recieved many awards. He has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri , 2016 for his contributions in the field of Science & Engineering by the President of India.

Hon’ble Dr. Justice N. Kumar

Former Judge, High Court Of Karnataka, Bengaluru.

Former Judge, High Court of Karnataka, Executive Chairman, ICADR, Bangalore and presently holds the National Human Rights Commission Chair on Human Rights.

Enrolled as an Advocate in 1976 and started extensive practice on the original side and extended the practice to the High Court of Karnataka. He is specialized in Civil, Company, Labour, Taxation, IPR and Constitutional matters. He served various institutions as Legal Advisor. He was also the Assistant Editor of Indian Law Reports (ILR), Karnataka for a period of six years. He elevated as Judge of the High Court of Karnataka in 2000. He was the President of Karnataka Judicial Academic for a longer period and he is actively involved in training Judicial Officers of the State of Karnataka in the Judicial Academy.

He has participated in number of National and International Judges Round Table Conferences. He has delivered key note addressed in the State level seminars organized by HRD, Govt. of India on IPR and Patent Laws. He was invited by USA to study the American Judicial System in the District Courts with special reference to mediation and plea bargaining.

He was conferred the Honorary Doctorate in Law by the Alliance University in the year 2015.

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Lottis

Principal Engineer, Western Digital and IEEE Sight Chair

Daniel Lottis is a physicist with over twenty years of experience working with Spintronics and its precursors. Active in the Magnetism and Magnetic Materials field since 1987. He had early collaborations with partners in the Magnetic Recording industry involving perpendicular media and, later, GMR materials for sensors. He is recently active in the development of Spin-Transfer-Torque MRAM. Supporting collaborations between WD and academic research groups. Devoted volunteer in the Engineering for Development / Humanitarian Technology arena. Currently, he is a part of Western Digital's CTO Office team, where I coordinate our External Collaborations Program, often described simply as "University Collaborations".He is also a volunteer on IEEE's Humanitarian Activities Committee. Specifically, I am honored to have been appointed as 2018 Chair of the IEEE SIGHT Steering Committee. Further details in the "Volunteer Activities" section, below the "Experience" portion of the profile.

Kristen MacCartney

Senior University Partnership Program (UPP) Manager, IEEE

Kristen directly supports unique programs with students, librarians, and faculty at 18 schools in the US, India, and China. She focuses on universities in UPP: the Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), Peking University, Tsinghua University, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, UCSD, UCLA, Michigan, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Drexel and WPI; but embraces outreach to any student/groups interested in learning more about the IEEE. She partners with the IEEE Client Services team and others throughout the Institute to reach engineers and technologists around the world, raising awareness of the information and opportunities provided by the IEEE that lead to better research, leadership, teamwork, networking, and communication skills. Kristen joined the IEEE in 2005 from Rutgers University, where she networked her way back into the workforce while completing her MLIS.   She also has an MBA from Rutgers and an English degree from Lafayette College; these degrees opened doors to an early career in financial writing (business plans, annual reports, and corporate PR.) She serves in leadership roles with various library and community organizations in Ohio and New Jersey.

Dr. Balakrishna Shetty

Vice Chancellor, Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education (SAHE)

He has been a Vice-Chancellor of Sri Siddhartha University Tumkur since 2012 and a Post Graduate Examiner in Radiology since 2002 He has also been a Head Dept. of Radiology, Director of PG studies since 1995. He was the President at Indian Radiology and Imaging Association (IRIA), in the year 2015. He is also an International Journal Reviewer for Medical Science Educator (Springer Publication)and an International Abstract Reviewer for Consortium Universities Global Health, USA.

Rohit M A

Co-founder and Managing director, Cloudnine

He is the Co-founder and Managing Director, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, India's leading maternity, women and child service care hospitals. He is a certified corporate director by the Institute of Directors and has previously served on Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Panel of Healthcare, Karnataka. He graduated with an executive MBA from IIM Bengaluru and has over 15 years of Entrepreneurial Management experience.

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi

Founder and CEO, HiiiH Innovations Pvt Ltd

Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is an ENT Surgeon, Medical Device Innovator, Author and Stand-up Comedian. He trained at St. John’s Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore (2009-2011), a Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellow 2012, and holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Hospital Management (NIBM,2013). His core expertise lies in the process of identifying and analyzing unmet clinical needs for quick development of low-cost and high-quality medical devices, and teaching/ training the Biodesign process. Since 2010, he has co-invented and developed 18 affordable medical devices addressing the unmet needs in the Indian healthcare system, many of which have been taken over by indigenous companies, while some have formed startup companies for further development and commercialization. Dr. Jagdish Chaturvedi is currently Director, Clinical Innovations, and Partnerships atInnaccel Technologies Private Limited. He continues his clinical career as a Sinus Specialist by running his private evening ENT clinic and carries out surgical procedures at Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore as Visiting Consultant in Ear nose and throat.

Lt. Col. Shri Harsha

Deputy Program Director – Vizag Smart City, AECOM

Lt Col L Shri Harsha, Retd, with three decades of experience brings with him a wealth of experience in the areas of Strategic Planning, Construction Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management and Crisis & Risk Management. Apart from a degree in BE (Civil) and an MBA, he also holds a Master’s in business law and a PG Diploma in Human Rights Law from the prestigious National Law School of India University. After retirement from the Army, he is engaged in multifarious assignments. As a Consultant he handles programs and projects across multiple industry sectors, He currently works as a Consultant. He is currently Deputy Program Director – Vizag Smart City and also Secretary and Treasurer of Project Management Institute, Bangalore India Chapter.

Dr. Amit Kumar

Forensic Scientist and Founder, BioAxis DNA Research Centre

Amit is a passionate Forensic Scientist, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Bioinformatician and an IEEE Volunteer. In 2005 he founded first Private DNA Testing Company BioAxis DNA Research Centre (P) Ltd in Hyderabad, India with a US Collaborator. He has vast experience of training 1000+ Crime investigation officers and helped 750+ Criminal and noncriminal cases to reach justice by offering analytical services in his laboratory. His group also works extensively on Genetic Predisposition risk studies of cancers and has been helping many cancer patients from 2012 to fight and win the battle against cancer. Amit is a member of IEEE Strategy Development and Environmental Assessment committee (SDEA) of IEEE MGA. He is the senior member of IEEE and has been a very active IEEE Volunteer. With experience at Section, Council, Region and IEEE MGA levels in several capacities. He has driven a number of IEEE Conferences, Conference leadership programs, Entrepreneurship development workshops, Innovation, and Internship related training.

Prof. Debabrata Das

Professor and Hewlett Packard Chair, IIIT-Bangalore (IIITB)

Dr. Debabrata Das is serving as Professor and Hewlett Packard Chair at IIIT-Bangalore (IIITB). Before joining IIIT-B, he had served at G S Sanyal School of Telecommunication at IIT Kharagpur and later at Kirana Networks in New Jersey, USA. He is CoPI of a project from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India on Smart Home and PI of a project on IoT interworking from Bell-Lab Nokia Research India. He was PI of sponsored projects from Intel, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Motorola Research, Nokia, Govt. of India on areas of IMS and Broadband Wireless MAC/QoS/Energy-saving, TVWS. His main areas of research interest are IoT and Wireless Access Network’s MAC, QoS, Power saving. He has more than 110 peer-reviewed papers in different Transaction/Journals and International Conferences. His 7 patents are under review. He and his wireless network team had contributed three ideas to IEEE 802.16m Broadband Wireless Standard. Dr. Das received his Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has received Prof. K. Sreenivasan Memorial Award 2017 for excellent teaching in the areas of Telecommunication from IETE.  Dr. Das has received Global IEEE MGA Achievement Award 2012 and Outstanding Volunteer Award-2008 IEEE Bangalore Section 2008. He is Fellow-IETE, Fellow-IE, and SM-IEEE. He is Chairman-2017 of IEEE Bangalore Section an IT-Service Management Forum India (itSMF); Board Member of IIIT-Bhubaneswar; Technical and Empower Committee member of e-Governance for Govt. of Karnataka. Dr. Das was the first Dean-Academic and R&D of IIIT-Bangalore.

Tathagat Verma

Country Head and General Manager, ChinaSoft International

Mr. Tathagat Verma is a Software executive, product leader and technologist with 26+ years experience building B2B and B2C products in Digital Video, ATM Switches, Gigabit Switch Router, 3G Softswitch, Core Routing Platform, Network Management, Deep Packet Inspection, Internet, SaaS, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics and Big Data. He is currently responsible to build and lead Chinasoft business in India from scratch and build a healthy P/L global delivery and innovation practice. He played significant technical and leadership roles in the past, including VP for Strategic Process Innovations (24[7] Innovation Labs), Head of Business Operations / GM and Country Head (Yahoo!, NetScout, Network General), Director of Engineering / Group Head (McAfee, Huawei), Product Management (Network General, Huawei, Philips), Software Architect / Tech Lead (Philips, Siemens), Computer Scientist (DRDO) and Process Coach / Agile Transformation Leader (Yahoo!, NetScout, Huawei and Philips).Mr. Tathagat Varma is well-rounded with higher education in Computer Science (Master), Statistics (Bachelors), Human Resources (Executive MBA in HR / PGCHRM from XLRI), and Business Leadership (Certificates in Business Leadership, Executive Leadership and Financial Management from Cornell University). Moreover, he is a highly sought-after public speaker, accomplished thought leader, agile transformation leader, published author and startup mentor and have trained over 5000+ professionals, delivered 200+ public talks and conference papers, published 150+ blogs and articles, mentored over 100+ startups, and published a book (""Agile Product Development"", 2015). He also possesses advanced certifications in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant 4.0 (SPC4), CSP, CSM, CSPO, PMP, PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner,"

Ravikiran Annaswamy

CEO, Innohabit Technologies

Ravikiran is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur, coach, teacher and volunteer leader. He has 22 years of rich global experience at large MNC’s like Siemens & Nokia Siemens Networks, founded successful product startups and leading a large technology community at IEEE with global leadership roles. His passion is to make Innovation a habit with individuals, organizations, and society. He works closely with students and young entrepreneurs, making this a reality with a structured approach of lean innovations. He has done his MBA from IIM Bangalore and B.E from U.V.C.E Bangalore. He has been awarded by various organizations for his contributions to Innovation, Leadership and Building communities. He is an amateur astronomer, photographer and writes poetry in his spare time.

Dr. Preeti Bajaj

Professor & Director, G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering

Dr. Preeti Bajaj is an Electronics Engineer-Post graduated in 1998 & awarded the doctorate in 2004. She is currently Director of G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur. She is currently Secretary- IEEE India Council, Member - IEEE MGA SAC, CGAA EAB. Previously she also served as Vice-chair students activities- India council for IEEE for 2013-16. She is currently guiding 3 Doctoral students & 8 have been awarded Ph.D. & 30 have completed M.Tech. She has to her credit as author and co-author over 200 reviewed Publications in International Journal/ International Conferences & 3 book chapters with citations 550 plus & h ratio 12. She has also been instrumental to the design and development of ITS systems in public and private sectors like toll collection/toll audit /highway traffic management system and AITS by applying Soft/hybrid Computing. She is founder General Chair of ICETET series of IEEE Conferences. Dr. Bajaj holds several awards like Best Teacher award, “Bhaskar Woman’s Award” and “Faculty of Month”. She was on General Council of National Board of accreditation. She has expertise in OBE, CTS, CBCS, designing curriculum, autonomy, NBA, NAAC accreditation, administration, strategic management, autonomy, industry connect, branding. Strong belief in innovations, she is putting all efforts into creating an ecosystem for innovations and entrepreneurship which has turned 153 projects into patents.