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Keynote and Invited Talks

Dr. Rajeev Sharma
Scientist ‘E’ - Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS)
Division of Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi.


Title of the Talk: TBA

Dr. Sharma did his bachelor’s degree in Electronic& Telecommunication Engineering (AMIE) from Institution of Engineers, Kolkata (India) and Ph.D. from JNU, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Dr. Sharma is Scientist ‘E’ in Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (ICPS) Division of Ministry of Science & Technology, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi. He has attended training programmes in “Managerial skills for Technical Officers” at Institute of Secretariat Trainings and Management (ISTM), JNU, New Delhi and “Foundation training programme for Scientists and Technologists” at IIPA, New Delhi. He was also deputed to attend the Advanced Patent Programme at United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) Advanced Patent Programme at USPTO Headquarters, Alexandria, Virginia, USA. A field trip to main Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) library and museum, 400 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia was made during the said deputation and also updated knowledge through this deputation in areas of filing of National as well as International Patents, protection of know-how, protection of right of trademark etc. Dr. Sharma participated in the workshops namely “Waste recycling and Management”; “Polymeric Sensors”; “Communication Skills”; “Dimensions of Nanotechnology Science, Technology and Society”; as well as in National and International Conferences on “Biofuels”, National Symposium on“Vacuum Electronic Devices Applications (VEDA)” and National Seminar on “Multifunctional Nano-materials, Nano-structures and applications”. He is an associate member of the Institution of Engineers (India). Have active participation in the academic activities of the Institution of Engineers (India). Dr. Sharma has published several papers in refereed International and National Journals as well as in conferences of repute. He has significantly contributed in evolving, developing and execution of programmes of Department of Science & Technology on “ microwave tea drying in Tea Estates of Assam in collaboration with industry”; “Sea-water desalination technology using brackish water at Ramnathapurm District of TamilNadu”; “Design and Development of 42 GHz, 200 Kw Long Pulse Gyrotron”; Commissioning of SOP Plant in Gujarat, Development of Platform Technologies including Optical Sensors, Ceramic Membrane Technologies, Swachchh Bharat Mission (Waste Management Programme), Make in India (Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), Electrochemical and Optical Imaging Devices (EOD) etc. At present he is involved in ICPS programme of DST, which is mainly dealing with (i) e-Governance initiatives of DST (e-Office & e-PMU implementation) and (ii) R&D Activities related to ICPS Programmesuch asInterdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems Research (ICPSR), Data Science Research (DSR), Internet of Things Research (IoTR), Cyber Security Research (CSR), Indian Heritage in Digital Space (IHDS), Epidemiology data & Analytics. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 6th December, 2018 has approved the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) of the Department of Science & Technology (DST). The Mission have four major activities i.e.1. Technology Development, 2. Human Resource & Skill Development (including development of CPS technology application tools for education at elementary and high school level), 3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Start-Up Ecosystem and 4. International Collaborations. The Mission (NM-ICPS) targets the establishment of:

  • 15 Technology Innovation Hubs (TIH) to focus on generation of new knowledge through basic and applied research in areas that is mandated to them
  • 6 Application Innovation Hubs to carryout translational research and work with Line Departments to develop prototypes, product development and implementations.
  • 4 Technology Translation Research Parks (TTRP) with a focus to deliver products/ technology ready for deployment or commercialization, picking up from any of the previous technology readiness levels.

  • Dr. A. K. Singh
    Scientist ‘E’ - NRDMS & NSDI Division
    Division of Ministry of Science & Technology
    Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, New Delhi.


    Title of the Talk: TBA





    Prof. Ajit K. Verma
    Western University of Applied Sciences, Norway

    Ajit K. Verma is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Haugesund, Norway (since March 2012) and has been a Professor (since Feb 2001) with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay with a research focus in Reliability and Safety Engineering. He was the Director of the International Institute of Information Technology Pune, on lien from IIT Bombay, from Aug 2009-Sep 2010. He is also a Guest Professor at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden.

    He has supervised/co-supervised 38 PhDs and 95 Masters theses in the area of Software Reliability, Reliable Computing, Power Systems Reliability (PSR), Reliability Centred maintenance (RCM) and Probabilistic Safety/Risk Assessment (PSA). He has executed various research projects to promote industry interface and has been course co-ordinator for industry CEPs like Reliability engineering, Six Sigma, Software Inspections, Competency Tracking System and Software Reliability for IT industries. He is the Springer Book Series Editor of Asset Analytics-Performance and Safety Management, Fire safety Engineering and Management and Reliable & Sustainable Electric Power and Energy Systems Management and has jointly edited books titled Reliability and Risk Evaluation of Wind Integrated Power Systems(Springer), Reliability Modelling Analysis of Smart Power Systems (Springer) & Current Trends in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety(Springer) and is an author of books titled Fuzzy Reliability Engineering-Concepts and Applications (Alpha science international - Narosa), Reliability and Safety Engineering (Springer) and Dependability of Networked Computer Based Systems (Springer), Risk Management of Non-Renewable Energy Systems(Springer) and Optimal Maintenance of Large Engineering Systems(Narosa).

    He has over 250 publications in various journals (over 100 papers) and conferences. He is a senior member of IEEE and a life fellow of IETE. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of OPSEARCH published by Springer(Jan 2008-Jan 2011) as well as the Founder Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management (IJSAEM) published by Springer and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Life Cycle Reliability and Safety Engineering. He is also on the editorial board of several international journals. He was a Guest Editor of Special Issue on ‘Reliable Computing’ of International Journal of Automation and Computing (Oct 2007), May 2010, IJSAEM (June 2010) (with Prof Roy Billington and Prof Rajesh Karki) and IJSAEM (March 2011) (with Prof Lotfi A. Zadeh and Prof Ashok Deshpande) and IEEE Transactions on Reliability, March 2011 among others. He was also nominated as a chairman of the “Special Interest Group on System Assurance Engineering and Management' of Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing” by Prof Lotfi A. Zadeh.


    Dr. Lalit Garg
    Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
    University of Malta, Malta


    Title of the talk: Making sense of data in healthcare: Novel approaches for Health resource requirements forecasting

    Dr. Garg is a Lecturer in Computer Information Systems at the University of Malta, Malta. He is also an honorary lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK. He has also worked as a researcher at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and at the University of Ulster, UK. He received his first degree in electronics and communication engineering from the Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India, in 1999, and his postgraduate in information technology from the ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM), Gwalior, India in 2001. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, U.K., in 2010. His research interests are missing data handling, machine learning, data mining, mathematical and stochastic modelling, and operational research, and their applications especially in the healthcare domain. He has published over 80 technical papers in refereed journals, conferences and books.


    Making sense of data in healthcare: Novel approaches for Health resource requirements forecasting

    Health managers and Policy makers need to develop policies to ensure quality of care delivery and optimum utilization of scarce heath resources. Forecasting hospital admission rate, length of stay and bed occupancy can aid policy makers in achieving this goal. There are many factors affect hospital admission rate and length of stay including patient’s characteristics such as age, gender, and disease diagnosed, and factors affecting hospital admission rate include pollution, weather and seasonal changes. This talk will discuss the applications of phase type survival trees-based analysis in forecasting hospital resource demand, occupancy and availability and characterizing the influence of affecting factors on these.


    Mr. Aninda Bose
    Senior Publishing Editor
    Springer Nature


    Title of the talk: TBA

    Aninda Bose is presently working as a Senior Publishing Editor with Springer Nature. Mr. Bose is part of the Global Acquisition Team at Springer Nature and responsible for acquisition of scientific content across the globe. He is responsible for acquisition of content in Interdisciplinary Applied Sciences. He has more than 24 years of industrial experience in marketing and different fields of publishing. Mr. Bose has completed Masters in Organic Chemistry from Delhi University and Masters in Marketing Research from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. Mr. Bose has delivered more than 95 invited talks on Scientific Writing and Publishing Ethics in reputed Universities, International Conferences and Author Workshops. He has published books for secondary level in Chemistry and is a member of American Chemical Society, USA.


    Dr G Athithan
    Former Director General
    Micro Electronic Devices & Computational Systems (MED & CoS), DRDO


    Title of the talk: TBA

    Dr. G Athithan , Distinguished Scientist has been appointed as Director General – Micro Electronic Devices & Computational Systems (MED & CoS) wef 01 June 2016. He was born on 30th October 1958. He received his B.E. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications in 1981 from Madras University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics (Neural Networks) in 1997 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. After receiving his B.E., he was a trainee in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay for a year. In August 1982 he joined the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam. He worked in IGCAR for six years on computer graphics, computer aided design, and modeling of Penrose patterns and crystal structures. In October 1988 he joined the Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group (ANURAG), Hyderabad, where he continued his work on computer graphics besides taking up projects on data visualization, parallel processing, and neural networks. His R&D efforts in ANURAG contributed to the development of ANAMICA and other software for medical and scientific data visualization and also to the design and productionisation of PACE series of parallel computers. As project coordinator to design and implement an Intranet for DRDO, he contributed to the setting up of the first version of DRONA network. During this tenure at ANURAG, he obtained his Ph.D. degree for his work on solving two fundamental problems of the Hopfield model of human memory. From June 2000 onwards he was with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Bangalore working in the field of Information Security among others. As the project director of a major initiative to develop Information Security Technologies and Solutions, he brought out a suite of products for preventive and reactive security requirements of the customers of DRDO. In particular, he developed the concept of information security overlay and applied it as a successful model for protection of two tactical C3I networks of the Indian Army. Since Jan 2013 he is with the Scientific Analysis Group, Delhi and has made contributions to the framing of the DRDO Information Security Procedures and guidelines as well as to the drafting of the Cyber Security part of the Long Term Technology Perspective Plan.
    His current research interests are Information Security Management, Computational Intelligence, Network Data Mining, and Cyber Security Technologies. So far he has guided two scientists towards their Ph.D. and three scientists towards their M.S. (Engg.) research degrees in reputed institutions of the country. He has participated in a number of international and national conferences and workshops, and has published about twenty-five papers in archived journals and about thirty papers in conference proceedings.
    Dr. Athithan was selected as a Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1989. He received the Scientist of the Year award from DRDO for the year 1998. He received the R & D Excellence award for year 2006 from Bharat Electronics Ltd. During 2005 he became a senior member of the IEEE. As the leader of his team, he received the Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance for the year 2008 from DRDO. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Scientist in September 2015.


    Dr. Hari Mohan Pandey
    Edge Hill University
    Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK


    Title of the talk: TBA

    Dr. Hari is associated with department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University, UK. He is specialized in Computer Science & Engineering. His research area includes artificial intelligence, soft computing techniques, natural language processing, language acquisition and machine learning algorithms. He is author of various books in computer science engineering (algorithms, programming and evolutionary algorithms). He has published over 50 scientific papers in reputed journals and conferences, served as session chair, leading guest editor and delivered keynotes. He has been given the prestigious award “The Global Award for the Best Computer Science Faculty of the Year 2015” (http://asdf.international/hari-mohan-pandey-asdf-global-awards-2015/), award for completing INDO-US project “GENTLE”, award (Certificate of Exceptionalism) from the Prime Minister of India and award for developing innovative teaching and learning models for higher-education.
    Previously, He was working as a research fellow machine learning at Middlesex University, London where He worked on a European Commission project- DREAM4CAR. His role was to research and develop advanced machine learning techniques relevant to the project goals and to evaluate these on both project & reference data sets. To lead and manage relevant work packages in support of Project DREAMS4CARS, ensuring appropriate interfacing with partners. To lead a Work Package and to work with those of research partners; to carry out individual and collaborative research relevant to the project. To contribute to the development of software according to project specifications. To produce research reports and deliverables related to the project. To undertake work package leadership and general administrative tasks to ensure the smooth running of the project. To coordinate with research partners and stakeholders related to the project with immediate responsibility for the work package.