Date: 6th February 2022
Time: 08:30 A.M. IST (GMT + 5:30 Hours)
Plenary Session Talk 1: Building a Future Focused Research University
Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Prabhat Ranjan
Vice Chancellor, D.Y.Patil International University, Pune, India and Former Executive Director, TIFAC, Govt. of India.
Prof. Prabhat Ranjan

Professor (Dr.) Prabhat Ranjan, Vice Chancellor, D. Y. Patil International University, Pune, India and Former Executive Director, TIFAC, Govt. of India. Prof Ranjan is a Nuclear Fusion Scientist, a Futurist, an Educator, an Innovator, an Entrepreneur and a Science Communicator. From 2013-18, he was heading India’s Technology Think Tank, TIFAC (Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council) in Delhi as its Executive Director. TIFAC is an autonomous body of Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India. TIFAC developed Technology Vision 2035 during his tenure, which was released by Hon’ble PM in Jan 2016. PMO has directed all Dept/Ministries to follow this document and take the agenda forward under the leadership of NITI Aayog. Earlier he worked for nearly 20 years making important contributions to Nuclear Fusion research as a scientist in India and USA. After this, he worked on Chandrayaan-II mission, wildlife, agriculture and brain-computer interface. He has brought smile on faces of many persons with severe disability by innovative assistive technology for more than 11 years. His research areas incldue Wireless Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems – applications to Planetary Exploration, Brain-Computer Interface, Wildlife, Nuclear Fusion, Assistive Technology for persons with severe disability.

Date: 6th February 2022
Time: 09:30 A.M. IST (GMT + 5:30 Hours)
Plenary Session Talk 2: 5G Security – Opportunities and Challenges
Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Ashutosh Dutta
IEEE Fellow, Senior Scientist and 5G Strategist, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA
Prof. Ashutosh

Ashutosh Dutta is currently Chief 5G Strategist and JHU/APL Sabbatical Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs (JHU/APL), USA. He also serves as Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU. His career, spanning more than 30 years, includes Director of Technology Security and Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, CTO of Wireless at a Cybersecurity company NIKSUN, Inc., Senior Scientist in Telcordia Research, Director of Central Research Facility at Columbia University, adjunct faculty at NJIT, and Computer Engineer with TATA Motors. Ashutosh is author of more than 100 technical papers and 31 issued patents. Ashutosh is co-author of the book, titled, “Mobility Protocols and Handover Optimization: Design, Evaluation and Application” published by IEEE and John & Wiley. As a Technical Leader in 5G and security, Ashutosh has been serving as the founding Co-Chair for the IEEE Future Networks Initiative that focuses on 5G standardization, education, publications, testbed, and roadmap activities. Ashutosh is IEEE Communications Society’s Distinguished Lecturer for 2017-2020 and as an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2020-2022). Ashutosh currently serves as the founding co-chair for IEEE Future Networks Initiative and Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society. He co-founded the IEEE STEM conference (ISEC) and helped to implement EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) projects in several high schools. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the IEEE STEM conference for the last 10 years. Ashutosh served as the Director of Industry Outreach for IEEE Communications Society from 2014-2019. He was recipient of 2009 IEEE MGA Leadership award and 2010 IEEE-USA professional leadership award. Ashutosh currently serves as Member-At-Large for IEEE Communications Society for 2020-2022. Ashutosh has served as the general Co-Chair for the premier IEEE 5G World Forums and has organized 75 5G World Summits around the world. Ashutosh currently serves as the Chair for IEEE Industry Connection’s O-RAN activities. Ashutosh is a Distinguished Alumnus of NIT Rourkela with BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science from NJIT, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University under the supervision of Prof. Henning Schulzrinne. Ashutosh is a Fellow of IEEE and Distinguished member ACM.

Date: 6th February 2022
Time: 10:30 A.M. IST (GMT + 5:30 Hours)
Plenary Session Talk 3: IoT in Healthcare
Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Sudip Misra
IEEE Fellow, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India
Prof. Sudip

Professor (Dr.) Sudip Misra is a Professor, Fellow of IEEE, and Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. His current research interests include Wireless Sensor Networks and Internet of Things. Professor Misra has published over 350 scholarly research papers and 12 books. He has won eleven research paper awards in different Journals and Conferences. He was awarded the IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, California, USA. He was also the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships such as the Faculty Excellence Award (IIT Kharagpur), Young Scientist Award (National Academy of Sciences, India), Young Systems Scientist Award (Systems Society of India), Young Engineers Award (Institution of Engineers, India), (Canadian) Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal at Carleton University, the University Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Doctoral level at Carleton University and the National Academy of Sciences, India – Swarna Jayanti Puraskar (Golden Jubilee Award), Samsung Innovation Awards-2014 at IIT Kharagpur, IETE-Biman Behari Sen Memorial Award-2014, and the Careers360 Outstanding Faculty Award in Computer Science for the year 2018 from the Honourable Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India. Thrice consecutively he was the recipient of the IEEE Systems Journal Best Paper Award in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He was awarded the Canadian Government’s prestigious NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany. His team received the GYTI Award 2018 in the hands of the President of India for socially relevant innovations. Dr. Misra has been serving as the Associate Editor of different journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, IEEE Network, and IEEE Systems Journal. He is the Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NASI), India, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK, British Computer Society (BCS), UK, Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), UK, and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (IETE), India. Professor Misra is the distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He has been serving the Executive Committee of IEEE Kharagpur Section since 2008 in different capacities. Presently, he is the Vice Chair of the IEEE Kharagpur Section. He is the Director and Co-Founder of the IoT startup, SensorDrops Networks Private Limited (

Date: 7th February 2022
Time: 09:00 A.M. IST (GMT + 5:30 Hours)
Plenary Session Talk 4: Cyber Resilience: Inspiration from the Internet Addressing Systems
Speaker: Dr. Balaji Rajendran
Associate Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Bangalore, India
Dr. Balaji

Dr. Balaji Rajendran is working as an Associate Director at C-DAC Bangalore. He is leading the Centre of Excellence in DNS Security and also leading a national level project effort for developing Next Generation Smart Applications enabled with digital signatures and public key infrastructure. He is an Internet evangelist and had established a forum (Indian Internet Research and Engineering Forum) for promoting the development of Internet Protocol Standards in India. He has executed several funded (both National and International) and commercial projects predominantly in the areas of Information Security, and Streaming Solutions. He has more than 21+ years of R&D experience in various niche segments of IT, and has published 45+ research papers in various International Conferences and Journals. He is a Fellow of IETE, Senior Member of IEEE, member of ACM, and National Expert Member for developing IOT Security Standards by ISO. He had received national and international fellowships for attending Internet Research and Engineering meetings and cyber security trainings. He has delivered 75+ technical talks in various prestigious forums. He is also co-supervising PhD scholars from NIT-T, NIT-K, IIT-M, and IISc. His current research interests are in the areas of Electronic Trust Models and Internet Security Protocols.

Date: 7th February 2022
Time: 10:00 A.M. IST (GMT + 5:30 Hours)
Plenary Session Talk 5: Internet of No Things in the Era of 6th Generation Networks
Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Martin Maier
Professor with National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), Montreal, Canada

MARTIN MAIER is a full professor with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Canada. He was educated at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering both with distinctions (summa cum laude) in 1998 and 2003, respectively. In summer 2003, he was a Postdoc Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. He was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, October 2006 through March 2007. He was a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award. Further, he was a Marie Curie IIF Fellow of the European Commission from March 2014 through February 2015. In March 2017, he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation in recognition of his accomplishments in research on FiWi enhanced mobile networks. In May 2017, he was named one of the three most promising scientists in the category “Contribution to a better society” of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) 2017 Prize Award of the European Commission. In winter 2019/20, he held a UC3M-Banco de Santander Excellence Chair at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Madrid, Spain. He is co-author of the book “Toward 6G: A New Era of Convergence” (Wiley-IEEE Press, January 2021).