Speakers

Prof. Alison Clear
Associate Professor and Programme Leader
Eastern Institute of Technology, Auckland

Alison Clear is an Associate Professor and Programme Leader at the Auckland campus of the Eastern Institute of Technology. She has an extensive academic and professional career that has involved academic leadership in research, scholarship, teaching and curriculum development nationally and internationally and an extensive publication record in national and international conferences and journals in computing and information technology.

Her research interests include Women and Computing, ICT in developing countries, elearning implementation and the development of computing education. Alison is an invited international keynote speaker, has been a member of the international ACM Educational Council, member and vice chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education and Fellow of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITP) and Fellow of the Computing and Information Technology Research and Education in New Zealand (CITRENZ). She is currently leading an international research project CC2020 of 36 people from 20 countries to redefine the computing curricula for 2020 forward.

Prof. Pankaj Jalote
Director and Professor
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi

Pankaj Jalote is the Director of IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi). Earlier he has been an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland College Park, Chair Professor at IIT Delhi, and Head of Computer Science Department at IIT Kanpur. He has also been Vice President at Infosys for 2 years, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft in Redmond for 1 year, and Interim Vice Chancellor of Delhi Technological University (DTU) for six months.

He has a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of five books, some of which have been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc, and the Indian edition of his text on Software Engineering was adjudged the bestselling book by the publisher. His main area of interest is Software Engineering. He has served on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Intl. Journal on Empirical Software Engineering, and IEEE Trans. on Services Computing.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and INAE.

Prof. Abhiram Ranade
IIT, Bombay

Abhiram Ranade is a ​P​rofessor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. Before joining IIT Bombay he was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctorate in Computer Science from Yale University in 1988 and the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1981. His research interests are in Algorithms, Combinatorial Optimization, and Programming Education.

Prof. Madhavan Mukund
Dean of Studies and a Professor of Computer Science,
Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai

Prof. Madhavan Mukund is the Dean of Studies and a professor of Computer Science at Chennai Mathematical Institute, which is a research and education institute in Chennai, India. He is the President and Member of Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) and the immediate past President of Association for Computing Machinery (India Council). He did his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1986, and his PhD in Computer Science at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Mr. Amit K Gupta
Founder & CEO
GT Silicon Pvt Ltd

Amit K Gupta has been innovating in the electronic industry for over 15 years. He is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, IISc Bangalore and IIM Bangalore from where he completed B.Tech., M.Sc.(Engg) and EGMP respectively. He has produced an award winning thesis at IISc and has many research publications to his credit. He has founded GT Silicon Pvt Ltd, a niche IoT company.

Amit has received DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation (IIGP) Award for the innovative shoe-mounted indoor positioning sensor which his venture GT Silicon co-developed with its R&D partner KTH University, Sweden. He has also been awarded with the TiE-UP Young Entrepreneur Award. Under his leadership, GT Silicon has been adjudged as the Top 10 Most Promising Startup of 2015 by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Since the launch, GT Silicon has distributed products to research groups across 25+ countries. The products have been selling under the brands "oblu" and "Inertial Elements".

Mr. Vivek Rastogi
Infosys, Chandigarh

Vivek brings 21+ years of global delivery experience in BFSI domain, of which 9 years were with TCS and 12+ years have been with Infosys. He currently heads delivery of blockchain-powered solutions to government sector worldwide. He completed MCA from MS University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat in 1996.

Mr. Amit Vats
Infosys Chandigarh

Amit brings 18+ years of product strategy, product management & global consulting experience in BFSI domain, of which nearly 15 years have been with Infosys. He currently heads blockchain consulting globally for Infosys. He completed Computer Engg. from AMU Aligarh in 1998 and Business Management from SJM SOM, IIT Bombay in 2000.

Mr. Amitabh
Infosys Chandigarh

Amitabh has 23 years of global delivery experience, all of which has been with Infosys. He currently heads the delivery for a large financial services client. His passion includes Artificial Intelligence and he heads the Data Science center of excellence for financial services practice. He did his graduation from IIT Delhi in 1993.

Dr. N S Kumar
PES University

N S Kumar is a Visiting ​P​rofessor of Computer Science and Engineering at PES University, Bangalore. Out of 32 years of experience in the field of Computer Science, he has been a corpotate trainer for the last 18 years. He is teaching at PES University for the last 8 years. He received his Master in Computer Science from IIT Chennai in 1986. His interests are in Algorithms, Programming Languages and Compilers. He has passion for teaching.