Keynote Speaker

Plenary Session Talk 1:

Date: Saturday, 6th February 2021

Title: Artificial Intelligence for Science

Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Ian T. Foster

Father of Grid Computing,
Professor of Computer Science, University of Chicago, USA
Ian T. Foster

Dr. Ian T. Foster is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago, USA and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. He was the Director of Argonne’s Computation Institute from 2006 to 2016. Foster’s research contributions span high-performance computing, distributed systems, and data-driven discovery. He has published hundreds of scientific papers and eight books on these and other topics. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyber infrastructures. Dr. Foster is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and engineering worldwide (h-index=133, g-index=578, 1,24,000+ citations).

Foster received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society’s Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine’s Innovator of the Year, the IEEE Tsutomu Kanai award, and honorary doctorates from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and CINVESTAV, Mexico.

He is a fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, ACM, and BCS and an Office of Science Distinguished Scientists fellow.

Plenary Session Talk 2:

Date: Saturday, 6th February 2021

Title: Resetting the Universities after COVID-19

Speaker: Dr. Akshai Aggarwal

Professor Emeritus, University of Windsor, Canada
Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, India.
Dr. Akshai Aggarwal

Dr. Akshai Aggarwal (Life Senior Member of IEEE), Professor Emeritus, University of Windsor, Canada, Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Technological University (GTU), Ahmedabad, India (June 2010 to May 2016). Before joining as the Vice-Chancellor, of Gujarat Technological University, he worked as the Director of School of Computer Science, University of Windsor, Canada. Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad for about 10 years (1989-1999). Professor & Head, Department of Electrical Engg (which included Computer Science) and Dean of Students at the Faculty of Technology & Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Gujarat, India. Served as a Fellow on the Senates of University of Windsor, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and of Gujarat University. He graduated with a B.Sc.(EE) from Punjab Engineering College, Punjab in year 1964 and completed Master’s and Doctoral work at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India in year 1967 and 1979 respectively. He has published hundreds of scientific research papers in repute International Journals. Guiding post-graduate research since 1971 and has guided a large number of graduate projects at Ph. D. and Master’s level in India and abroad. He received several awards, achievements and laurels in his credit including I.E.E.E. Millenium Medal 2000, I.E.E.E. Outstanding Branch Counselor Award 1997, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA) Teaching Award – 2006, University of Windsor Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching -2006, OPUS Faculty Award- 2005, Faculty of Science, Univeristy of Windsor Teaching Award for the highest weighted mean score for larger classes – 2002, University of Windsor Employment Equity Appreciation Award – 2009, Award as the Best Vice-Chancellor by SMEs in Ahmedabad region. He was Chairman of IEEE India Council for two years (1999-2000). He initiated IEEE activities in Gujarat by starting the first IEEE Student Branch at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Gujarat. Later he initiated the establishment of the Student Branch at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He was also the founder Chairman of IEEE Gujarat Section, the IEEE Computer Society Chapter and the IEEE Joint Chapter of Industry Applications, Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics, Chairman, CSI Vadodara Center (1989-90).

Plenary Session Talk 3:

Date: Saturday, 6th February 2021

Title: Neoteric Frontiers in Cloud and Edge Computing

Speaker: Professor (Dr.) Rajkumar Buyya

Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Lab,
The University of Melbourne, Australia
CEO, Manjrasoft Pvt Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Rajkumar

Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He has authored over 850 publications and seven text books including “Mastering Cloud Computing” published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. Dr. Buyya is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=138, g-index=307, 104,500+ citations). “A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature” by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World’s Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World’s Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. Dr. Buyya is recognised as Web of Science “Highly Cited Researcher” for five consecutive years since 2016, IEEE Fellow, Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier, and the “Best of the World”, in Computing Systems field, by The Australian 2019 Research Review.

Software technologies for Grid, Cloud, and Fog computing developed under Dr.Buyya’s leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 50 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of “2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing” from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft’s Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received “Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award”. He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Software: Practice and Experience, a long standing journal in the field established ~50 years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome:

Plenary Session Talk 4:

Date: Sunday, 7th February 2021

Title: Impact of Emerging Technologies and Challenges in Cyber Physical System and Embedded IoT for Industrial Revolution

Speaker: Dr. K. K. Soundra Pandian

Scientist for Government of India (GoI),
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,
Office of Controller of Certifying Authority (CCA), New Delhi, India
Dr Pandian

Dr. K. K. Soundra Pandian, Received Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna and Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) from New York University, USA. Currently serving as “Scientist for Government of India (GoI), in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Office of Controller of Certifying Authority (CCA), New Delhi, with the responsibility to handle the “Digital Signature Certification, PKI” and Internet of Things (IoT). Prior to this worked for 12 Yrs as Research Scientist (Grade I) in Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing Jabalpur; executed the research work in the field of VLSI Cryptography, PKI, etc., Prior to this worked for 5 Yrs as Research Scientist (Grade II) in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. Prior to this worked for 2 Yrs as Project Engineer executed to develop IP core on FPGA Board in Center for Electronics and Design and Technology of India, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Published SCI indexed Journals/conferences (40Nos), funded/Consultancy projects (3Nos) as Principal and Co-Investigator, and Patents (5Nos). Active technical reviewer of reputed IEEE, IET, Elsevier, IOP, AIP, Wiley and Springer Journals. Serving as a reviewer for Government funded research projects (ECR, EMR, etc.,). Received “Outstanding Scientist Award” for his contribution, research excellence and accomplishments in the area of Electronics and Communication. Guided several Ph.D, PG, and UG students for research work and the scholar received a young scientist award under his guidance.

Chief Guest

Valedictory Session Talk

Title: Security and AI – Social Dimensions

Speaker: Prof. A. R. Dasgupta

Former Dy. Director, Space Application Centre, ISRO, India
Prof. Dasgupta

Prof. Prof A. R. Dasgupta has significant and original contributions in the convergence of information and communications technologies in the area of geospatial systems and applications, notably on Spatial Data Infrastructure. He is a recipient of the National Geomatics Award for Excellence for the year 2016 from the Indian Society of Geomatics, Geospatial Lifetime Achievement Award in Geospatial Technologies for 2009, a recipient of the National Geospatial Award for Excellence for 2005 from the Indian Society of Remote Sensing and the Astronautical Society of India Award for Space Science and Applications for the year 2000.

Prof. Dasgupta is an M.E. in Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and has worked at the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, Government of India, from November 1970 to March 2005. He has pioneered the introduction of Geomatics in ISRO and conducted advanced research and development in the convergence of Geomatics, Information Technology and Communications Technology in space applications. His areas of research interest include Spatial Data Infrastructure, Standards and Interoperability, Information Systems, GIS, Image Processing, Technology Transfer and Operationalization of Space Applications.

He is a Fellow of the Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers, India; and also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc., USA and a member of several other professional societies.

Prof. Dasgupta is very active in the field of engineering education. He was an adjunct faculty with the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Gandhinagar and currently in Faculty of Technology, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He was on the Board of Diploma Studies, Faculty of Technology, NIRMA University. He has served on the Board of Studies of the Faculty of Technology, MS University, Vadodara. He has conducted training courses in India and abroad.