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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.