Dr. Ramalingam Sridhar - University at Buffalo [State University of New York], USA

Dr. Ramalingam Sridhar(M’82–SM’99) received the B.E. (honors) degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Guindy Engineering College, University of Madras, Chennai, India, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. He has been with the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA, since 1987, where he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His current research interests include very large scale integration (VLSI) circuits, systems and architecture, variability, power-aware and robust design, very deep sub-micrometer systems, deep sub-micrometer VLSI systems, clocking and synchronization, memory circuits and architecture, wireless and sensor network security, secure architectures, and power-aware security solutions for embedded systems. Prof. Sridhar was an IEEE CAS Distinguished Lecturer. He has served as the Program Chair and General Chair of the Application Specific  Integrated Circuits and the International System-on-Chip Conferences, and has served on the Editorial Board of many journals, including the IEEE TCAS-I and IEEE TVLSI, and the technical committees of numerous conferences in wireless systems and VLSI.


Dr. Saptarshi Das - Penn State University, USA

Dr. Das was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) and member of the Materials Research Institute (MRI) and the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University in January 2016. He received his B.Eng. degree (2007) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and Ph.D. degree (2013) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. Before joining Penn State, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar (2013-2015) and Assistant Research Scientist (2015-2016) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Professor Das’ Research Group (https://sites.psu.edu/sdas/) explores novel devices based on nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene, phosphorene and layered two dimensional (2D) materials such as MoS2,
MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2, among others. His ultimate goal is to develop future generations of high performance and ultra-low-power/self-power electronic, optoelectronic, spintronic, straintronic, neuromorphic, energy harvesting, and energy storage devices which are flexible, scalable, reliable, bio-compatible, corrosion resistant and radiation tolerant. Dr. Das has published 34 journals  articles, authored 1 book chapter, given a total of 44 keynote, invited and regular presentations, and is a guest editor for a special issue on 2D Materials to be published in the journal, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (2018).

He is a member of IEEE, has served on the Technical Committee for the Carbon conference and as a Focus Topic Organizer for the American Physical Society. Two US patents have been issued. Professor Das’ work has been cited more than 3800 times in the last 5 years. He has peer reviewed grant proposals for the Army Research Office (ARO), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the NSF Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems pro-gram. Professor Das has won Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Award for Energy Efficient Computing from Devices to Architecture (E2CDA), Army Research Office (ARO) Small Term Innovative Research Award, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award from Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Further Das Research Group is funded by Corning Inc, NSF/IUCRC ATOMIC center, PPG Industries and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR).

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh - Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh is the Director & Professor at Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA) and Dean of International Programs, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh pursued her Ph. D. in Computer Science from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and authored a research thesis titled Wireless Sensor Network to Detect Rainfall Induced Landslides. Her research work was instrumental in deploying the first ever Wireless Sensor Network system capable of issuing landslide warning. She has received U.S. Patent US 13/168,3572014. for this work, "Network based system for predicting landslides and providing early warnings". She has an M. B. A. in Systems Management and Financial Management from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

She completed her B. Tech. in Production Engineering from Kerala University. Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh is the Dean of International Programs. She heads all the activities of Amrita Center for International Programs (ACIP). The Center has been in charge of developing collaborative initiatives between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and other International Universities. The main work includes developing MoU with international universities for faculty and student exchange programs, dual degree programs, research collaborations etc. As of now Amrita has signed 153 MoU's since 2005. Dr. Maneesha had given distinguished lectures in different reputed Universities during visits at International Universities. Since 2007 she had published more than 94 publications, including three best paper awards. Dr. Maneesha was awarded the prestigious Young Faculty Research Fellowship under Visvesvaraya PhD scheme for Electronics and IT for the year 2015-16 from The Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. She has received the national award, NABARD award for her work on landslide monitoring and early warning system. She is the Editor of Ad Hoc Networks Journal published by Elsevier.

Dr. Bhargab B. Bhattacharya - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Dr. Bhargab B. Bhattacharya received the B.Sc. degree in physics from the Presidency College, Kolkata, and the B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in radiophysics and electronics, and the PhD degree in computer science, all from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata.

Dr. Bhattacharya is currently serving as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Prior to that, he had been on the faculty of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, for over 35 years. He held visiting professorship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and Duke University, USA; the University of Potsdam, Germany; the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka, Japan; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and at IIT Guwahati, India. He has published over 400 technical articles, and he holds ten U.S. patents. His current research interests include design and testing of integrated circuits, nano-biochips, and digital geometry. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Vishal Saraswat - Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Vishal Saraswat received his Ph.D. in Cryptography from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and has held regular and visiting positions at a variety of institutions, including IIT Jammu, IIT Hyderabad, ISI Kolkata, Univ. of Hyderabad and AIMSCS, Hyderabad. His research interests include anonymity and privacy in communication protocols, searchable encryption for the cloud-based services, lightweight cryptography for IoT devices, post-quantum crypto, active and passive cryptanalysis, and hardware security, topics on which he has published several papers in reputed international journals and conferences.

Dr. Saraswat has co-authored the book “Introduction to Cryptography” that makes cryptography more accessible for Indian undergraduate students and researchers and contributes regularly to the popular media to raise awareness about cybersecurity among the non-specialists. He has delivered training programs on cybersecurity for various intelligence agencies, defence organizations, academic institutions and policymakers and has supervised several M.Tech and M.S. student projects in cryptography and cryptanalysis in the last several years. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of security and cryptography journals and conferences and is the executive committee member of the Cryptology Research Council of India.

Every sincere step towards realization is as sanctifying as the knowledge pursued.

Mihir Mody - Senior Principal Architect, Automotive Business, DMTS, Texas Instruments

Mihir Mody is Senior Principal Architect for Automotive Business at Texas Instruments (TI) Incorporated. He has 18+ years of experience in embedded domain with image processing, computer vision, machine/deep learning, autonomus driving and video coding. He has filed and been granted 50+ patents and published multiple IEEE conference papers. He holds a Master of Engineering (ME) degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from GCOEP.

The talk starts with an introduction to Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which are designed to increase driver’s situational awareness and road safety by providing essential information, warning and automatic intervention to reduce the possibility/severity of an accident. The talk provides overview various sensors (e.g. Cameras, radars, Lidars etc) and system (Front Camera, Surround view, Driver etc) along with typical software stack. Thte talk also covers trend in automomu driving functions Automated driving functions like Highway driving, auto valet parking etc. are getting deployed in the high-end cars with the trend towards the self-driving car. The talk ends by covering challenges from embeddes system stanpoint in terms of of algorithms, computation needs, power, functional safety, security etc, which provides ample opperturnity for acadamia and industry to address in next decades.