*Registration open for expert lecture series on 18th July 2018 *Registration Deadline for Conference and Expert Lecture Series: 10th July 2018


Speakers for Pre-Conference expert lecture series

Dr. Bharadawaj Amrutur, IISc, Bangalore Professor Bhardawaj Amrutur is Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor at IISc, Bangalore. His research areas include Neuro- Electronics, Neuronal Networks,Interface to Neuronal Networks and Neuro Electronic Hybrid Systems.
Dr. Urbasi Sinha, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore Dr. Urvashi Sinha is an Associate Professor at the Raman Research Institute, Bangalore, India and Affiliate faculty at the Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, Canada. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and Material Sciences from Cambridge University, U.K. Her areas of research interest are Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Computing, Nanotechnology, Device Fabrication, Quantum Optics and superconductivity.
Dr. Anil Kumar received his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Bangalore University, India in 2002 and Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2011. He has held positions with Accord software and systems Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India during 2002–2005, Panasonic Singapore laboratories pte. Ltd, Singapore during 2010–2011 and with Temasek Laboratories@Nanyang Technological University, Singapore during 2011–2015. Now, he is a scientist at the Research & Innovation division of Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore. His general research interests lies in the field of sampling theory, array signal processing and of-late in graph signal processing.
Dr. K. Giridhar belongs to the Communication Section of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His academic research interests include adaptive estimation and it's application to digital wireless communications transceiver algorithms. Our research group is currently involved in the performance analysis and capacity enhancement of emerging MIMO-OFDM mobile broadband systems which could be considered for IMT-2020, with special emphasis on non-orthogonal spectrum sharing technologies. This involves inter-operator co-operation at various levels, and opens up new problems (and solutions!) all the way from user admission control, scheduling, rate-adaptation, and new transmission waveforms as well as non-linear receiver algorithms to handle the increased co-channel interference.
Dr. Bapat received her Ph.D. from Penn State University. Her thesis was in the area of semi-blind equalization applied to communication systems. After graduation, she worked on design and implementation of voice-band (V.34) and DSL (G.lite) modems at Ariel Corp and Lucent Technologies respectively. Her area of interest is Digital Signal Processing as applied to communication systems. In particular, she is interested in semi-blind identification as applied to OFDM systems. Her research interests are Wireless communication systems, Opportunistic communication, Cognitive Radios and communication for Internet of Thing, she is interested in semi-blind identification as applied to OFDM systems

Speakers for Invited talks

Dr. M. Nageswara Rao joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in September 1982 after completing Masters in Physics with Specialization in Electronics. He also obtained his Ph.D degree in Physics in July 2012. He started his career at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru. His, first assignment was with Electrical Integration Division, where he was involved in the communication spacecraft assembly, integration, testing and launching activities. He played a major role in the realization of INSAT-2 series of multipurpose communication satellites. He was actively involved in the realization, launching and recovery of the India’s first Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) as a key project executive. During his stint with Assembly, Integration & Testing Group, he headed the Special Test & Instrumentation Section, Geo-Sat Integration & Testing and Compact Antenna Test Facility (CATF). He was Project Director of GSAT 4 communication Spacecraft. He also shouldered the responsibility of Project Director for Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) Space segment. He successfully completed the realization of IRNSS constellation with the launching of 7Th satellit e in the month of April, 2016. He is also responsible for realizing the GSAT-14 communication satellite , which has flown on the GSLV-D5 with indigenous cryo stage. He was also the Deputy Director for Integration & Checkout Area alongwith holding Deputy Director, Communication & Power Area, as additional responsibility. He is recipient of several awards in the field of space systems. He is involved in the discussions with Russia, for joint development of GLONASS satellites. Currently, he is the Director, Satellite Infrastructure Programme Office, ISRO HQ.
Dr. Pan joined University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in fall 2013. Previously, He was an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Research at the Division of Cardiology, Washington University in St. Louis. He also served as a full faculty member of Siteman Cancer Center at the Washington University. After receiving his PhD in Chemistry, he pursued a postdoctoral career in polymer science and nanotechnology at the Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis. Soon after a brief stint at the industry (General Electric biosciences/Healthcare), Dr. Pan joined the WU faculty in 2007. Prof. Pan’s research is broadly aimed at developing clinically translatable defined nanoparticle platforms for molecular imaging, drug delivery and non viral gene delivery applications. His research is highly multidisciplinary, which brings skills from synthetic chemistry, nano-engineering, molecular biology and preclinical animal models. He is a co-inventor of several engineered nano-platforms for molecular imaging and therapeutic application. His research covers several imaging modalities including MRI, CT, Optical, PET/SPECT and Photoacoustic imaging. His work has been commercialized for preclinical application.
Dr. M. Girish Chandra obtained his BE in Electronics from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bangalore, India and MTech from IIT Madras in Communication Systems and High Frequency Technology. He obtained his PhD (and subsequently the DIC) as a Commonwealth Scholar in Digital Communication from Imperial College, London. He is with the TCS Innovation Labs- Bangalore from Jan 2005, presently a Principal Scientist. Earlier, he was with the Aerospace Electronics Division of National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bangalore, India, holding the position of Assistant Director. His research interests are in the broad areas of Communications and Signal Processing, including Graph Signal Processing, Compressive Sensing & Sparse Signal Processing, Source Separation, Error Control Coding, Channel Equalization, Geolocation, Cognitive Radio & Networks, Cross-Layer Design, Adaptive & Multimedia Signal Processing as well as Signal Processing & Machine Learning for Large (Big) Data. He has more than 75 publications in Journals/ Conferences and has filed 20 patents (with co inventors; 8 granted so far). He has delivered many invited lectures (seven of them are key-note addresses) and short courses on topics related to Communications and Signal Processing.
Dr. Varun Raghunathan is working as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Communications Engineering (ECE) department at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore since June 2016. His areas of interest are in nonlinear optics, integrated micro- and nano-photonic devices and nonlinear optical microscopy. Previously he had worked as a research scientist at Agilent Research Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA from 2012-2016 in the area of biomedical imaging for cancer diagnostics and its clinical translation. I did my postdoctoral training under Professor Eric Potma at University of California Irvine, Chemistry Department in the area of nonlinear optical microscopy with the focus on developing novel techniques for resolution and sensitivity improvement. He did his MS and Ph. D at University of California Los Angles, Electrical Engineering department from 2002-2008 under the guidance of Professor Bahram Jalali in the area of silicon photonics and building active photonic devices in silicon using Raman nonlinear optical processes.
Dr. Jayavardhana Gubbi received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bangalore University in 2000, Ph.D. degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2007. For three years, he was a Research Assistant at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, where he was engaged in speech technology for Indian languages. Between 2007 and 2015, he worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow - Industry (APDI) and Senior Research Fellow working on several industry linkage grants in biomedical signal processing, video processing and Internet of Things. He has co-authored more than 75 peer reviewed papers and filed 8 patents.
Dr. Ananthasayanam has contributed extensively to the field of Aerospace Engineering, in a career spanning more than 50 years. His research activities and contributions include about 200 publications spread over reports, conferences, and journals and has guided many M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. He was involved in consultancy and design reviews for ISRO and DRDO. He has been a reviewer for Current Science, Acta Astronautica, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets and many more.
After his B. E. in Electrical Engineering from Madras University in 1961, he joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IISc, where he obtained his M.E. and Ph.D. and retired as a Professor in 2004, and subsequently continues his research pursuits. Apart from research, his teaching, development, and consultancy activities also led invariably to research publications. He contributed extensively to the application of Kalman filtering in aerospace flight test data analysis, tracking of aircraft and missiles, space debris, ionosphere, GPS/INS integration, attitude estimation and docking of spacecraft, and tomography. His vast research experience culminated in the recent publications [SADHANA, Dec 2016] with his associates, provided the Reference Recursive Recipe for the notorious problem of tuning the Kalman filter statistics existing ever since 1960 Kalman proposed the filter.