AI for a Better World !

Global landmark event on Ethics and Governance of AI.

Prime Minister of India  Shri Narendra Modi – Industry needs to be prepared for the important role played by Technological disruptions like AI, IoT and Robotics for the Nation.

 Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the buzzword ushering in the 4th Industrial Revolution.  AI is a wide-ranging tool that enables people to rethink how we integrate information, analyse data, and use the resulting insights to improve decision making—and is already transforming every walk of life.  Artificial Intelligence is also raising important questions for society, industry, commerce and economy, moral ethics and governance.

“Artificial intelligence technologies could increase global GDP by $15.7 trillion, a full 14%, by 2030.”  PWC

Rapid advancements in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), super smart machines, cognitive informatics, cognitive robotics, soft computing, and related areas have aroused interest as well as concerns about the emerging interactive man-machine heterogeneous environment, where autonomous super intelligent machines/robot working solo or teaming with, can match and even surpass humans in speed and precision. No longer is this a matter of science fiction when Isaac Asimov in 1942 wrote three rules on robotics to protect humans in his short story ‘Runaround’.

“A.I. might prove to be either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity" Stephen Hawking

As computational resources, algorithms, design and engineering grow in complexity and range, it is important to anticipate, investigate, and to the extent possible, design and evaluate, how AI can be best deployed for good, aligned, and in harmony with human intelligence and ethical norms in the face of complex and demanding situations. However, alongside the growing interest in exploiting the potential for AI, there are also concerns, among others, about its possible unethical use, for example, in collecting data or its usage in decision making which is contrary to the human values and rights.

India’s NITI Aayog in the Discussion Paper on AI National Strategy highlights Ethics, Privacy and Security related concerns associated with AI implementations in various areas. It also mentions about remediation and regulatory measures to make AI: applications safe, secure and contributing towards better life of mankind.

UNESCO COMEST recommends a technology-based ethical framework for the two categories of AI systems viz. deterministic and cognitive. Deterministic, where results/actions are controlled by a set of algorithms whose actions can be predicted; and Cognitive computing where it can learn from experience, not only from human teachers, but also of its own, thereby developing an ability to deal with its environment on the basis of what has been learned. Compared to ‘traditional’ or deterministic robots, cognitive robots can make decisions in complex situations, decisions that cannot be predicted by a programmer.

The IEEE Global Initiative has evolved certain ethical guidelines for AI and autonomous systems. Its experts suggest that these models be programmed with consideration for widely accepted human norms and rules for behavior. AI algorithms need to take into account the importance of these norms, how norm conflict can be resolved, and ways these systems can be transparent about norm resolution. Software designs should be programmed for “nondeception” and “honesty,” according to ethics experts. When failures occur, there must be mitigation mechanisms to deal with the consequences. In particular, AI must be sensitive to problems such as bias, discrimination, and fairness.

To discuss the emerging issues and challenges in applications of AI systems, specially related to ethics and governance of such systems, a landmark global event is being organised by a group of concerned think tanks and non profit organisations in India. These include: CMS ( - a research based think tank on development and governance;  Infocom Think Tank (  - deliberating  on technological, social and related issues aimed at national / global benefits; ITU-APT Foundation of India a registered not-for-profit Scientific Society and member of ITU-T and ITU-D.

The Colloquium

The International Colloquium on Ethics and Governance of Autonomous AI Systems will be held in the historic city of Delhi, capital of India, from 18 – 19 February 2019 at India International Centre located in the serene surroundings of the famous Lodhi Gardens in its newly constructed Kamaladevi Complex, Seminar Hall on 40 Max Mueller Road, New Delhi. We look forward to extending a very special Indian welcome and invite you to join us for a truly memorable event where all aspects of the AI technology and its societal impact shall be deliberated upon. The broad-reaching program holds great interest for industry, government, regulators, public/private sector executives, as well as researchers and academics interested in the latest developments, new standards, technical innovations, and first-hand experiences with commercial offerings.

In this Colloquium it is proposed to discuss AI's application across a variety of sectors, address issues in its development, and offer recommendations for getting the most out of AI while still protecting important human values. It will highlight the issues of need for transparency, accountability, awareness of misuse, well-being of environment in which the autonomous AI is operating and also ensuring that human rights are always protected.

Activity in AI is progressing rapidly in every sector. In order to ensure that the tempo of these activities embracing multi-disciplinary cyber-physical domain stays within appropriate limits, professionals of the various areas must get together in ‘brainstorming’ sessions towards ensuring an ethical base for AI. The deliberations are proposed to be covered under the following interactive thematic Panel Discussions:

  • > Technology Overview, Current Trends and Forecast
  • > Sectoral Applications, Case Studies
  • > Primary Concerns, Key Policy Issues
  • > Societal Need for alignment with Human Ethics and Values
  • > Principles, Guidelines, Technical Standards and Evaluation and Governance and Legislation

Eminent speakers who are working on these issues in academics and industry will provide their perspectives on the above issues.

All interested in AI related developments, challenges and opportunities, are invited to participate in this two-day colloquium. To register, log on to :

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The recommendations of the Colloquium in respect of the following factors shall lead to a Research project to develop an ethical governance mechanism for Autonomous/ AI Systems to be taken up as a multi-institutional initiative. The outcome of this international colloquium would be to identify policy and governance mechanisms that may be put in place that encourage – not inhibit -  technological development of AI for betterment of the society and environment and at the same time are adequate to safeguard human life and values. The colloquium will also aim at preparing an ethical framework for the various Stakeholders to take forward (Academia, Research bodies, Corporate, etc.).

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Eminent speakers include :

Hon'ble Dr. V.K. Saraswat

Member - NITI Aayog

Dr.R S Sharma

Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

 Dr. Ashutosh Sharma

Secretary Department of Science& Technology

Dr Murali Mohan

Scientist ‘G’ DST, Govt of India, Head ICPS Division

Ph D in Computer Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University and an alumni of S V University, Tirupati. He also attended Science, Technology, Innovation and Policy (STIP) program at Kennedy School of Govt, Harvard University, Boston, USA. He is serving the DST from 1998 onwards and presently, Dr Mohan is Adviser/Scientist-G and Heading the Big Data Initiatives Division. Prior to the current position, he was associated with NRDMS&NSDI Divisions of DST. He has developed number of new R&D network based cluster initiatives. His multidisciplinary academic background coupled with multi-institutional scientific exposure spanning over 20 years provides him an edge in identifying and in conceptualizing niche scientific areas of research. The program he developed/ under development, synergizes the core concepts of Big Data, Geo-Sciences Information & Communication Technologies (Geo ICT) and brings in the fundamental and applied aspects of this emerging spectrum of Science. Identification of a burning national issues and scientific challenges which requires S & T interventions, development of scientific framework, institutional network/ arrangements, expertise driven holistic experimentation and core capacity building/ Critical mass creation, is the generic model followed in all his endeavors. Some of the ongoing Big Data Initiatives are

Indian Digital Heritage (IDH-Hampi): Technology that involves computer Vision, digital image processing, terrestrial laser scanning, point cloud, 2D&3D rendering, Digital in-painting and web technologies coupled with heritage, recreated digital media for interactive visualization. Also, created a technology platform for researchers to invent and innovate new algorithms to deal with variety of media types appropriate for capturing many types of heritage such as dance forms, poetry, oral history, rituals and festivals, etc.

 Samiran Gupta

Head of India - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Samiran is the Head of India for ICANN and a veteran in business strategy and public affairs management.

Prior to joining ICANN, Samiran was a Senior Director with APCO Worldwide responsible for counseling clients in business and public affairs strategy. Earlier, Samiran was a founder and managing director of a leading management consulting and business advisory practice known for working on distinctive projects for a range of corporations from Fortune 500 clients to top Indian businesses and mid-sized entities. Samiran has worked extensively in sectors including telecom, entertainment, payment systems, e-commerce, social media, and energy and renewables.

Samiran has a Masters in Business Administration from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta, India

 Prof. S. Banerjee

IIT Delhi

Dr. Mona Bhatia


Director and Head of Department
Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imaging, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi

Dr. Mona Bhatia’s experience spans over 30 years including 13 years internationally in India, UK, UAE, Turkey, Switzerland and USA. Dr.Bhatia completed her training in Radiodiagnosis from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi and later held the position of faculty MAMC and ass. LNJP Hospital, New Delhi. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant in different countries in large teaching and research hospitals. Dr Bhatia has an exceptionally wide and in depth experience and expertise in all imaging modalities with a special interest in Cardiac Imaging.  Dr. Bhatia is Convener, Cardiac Imaging Subspecialty Council, for the prestigious Cardiological Society of India. Dr. Bhatia, also holds the distinguished position of Chair of the International Regional Committee of the Society of Cardiovascular CT, USA in India, in recognition of her outstanding contribution in cardiovascular diseases through cardiovascular tomography research, education and patient care. Dr. Bhatia is also faculty to the European Society of Cardiology.

In addition to her role as a clinician, Dr. Bhatia has exceptional educational, teaching, research, audit and management skills with many papers, publications, presentations, chapters and technical innovations to her credit in National and International journals and conferences. Dr. Bhatia is passionate about technological advancements and her multi-national experience and work with various industry partners in the field of diagnostic advancements , stresses on the need of clinical relevance of technology in the field of healthcare diagnostics.

She has been actively involved in driving research and technological innovations in medicine, quality and medical operating systems.

Rear Admiral Sanjay Chaubey (Retd)


Rear Admiral Sanjay Chaubey (Retd.) is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), a Hyderabad based Public Sector Undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy. He is a graduate in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and a post graduate in Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

He was with Indian Navy for more than three decades and actively involved with the commissioning of Electrical, Electronic and Control Systems in the frontline warships. During his long career with Navy, he is associated with formulating apex level policies, indigenous technology development through R&D Centers, setting up infrastructure for Life cycle support systems, Quality Assurance Processes and eco-system for supply of defence electronic equipment. He is trained in contemporary international technologies and successfully handled assignments in Russia and Italy. He is associated with projects of strategic importance for the nation.


Special Chief Secretary to CM & Advisor to Govt. Information Technology, Electronics and Communications Department, Govt. of AP

Sri N.Bala Subramanyam - 1994 batch IPS is the CEO of e-Pragati Authority and Transport Commissioner for the State of Andhra Pradesh. Under his leadership, Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Department has been in the forefront of digital transformation and re-engineered all of it's 80+ citizen services so that the citizens could access and do transactions online.

e-Pragati is a framework to provide integrated services to citizens through free flow of information and to usher in an era of good governance, characterised by efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and foresight. It is a massive e-Governance programme covering 33 departments and 330+ agencies across the State and about 793 services.

Early adopters of technology, he introduced predictive analytics in tracking the naxals and terrorists during his tenure as Superintendent of Police (SP), Greyhounds department back in the year 2000. As Inspector General (IG) in the AP Intelligence department, he was known as a geek and extensively used big data analytics, identity resolutions techniques, data visualisation tools and technologies.

Prashant Chugh

Vice-Chair, IEEE Communication Society Delhi Chapter and Group Leader at C-DOT

Prashant Chugh is a senior member of IEEE. He is currently Vice-Chair of IEEE Communication Society, Delhi Chapter. He has about 22 years of experience in Telecom R&D in C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics) where over the years he has worked in various capacities as Research Engineer, Senior Research Engineer, Team Leader and Group Leader. In his job role, he has worked and coordinated design, development and testing of various telecom systems. His current interests are Fault Tolerant Systems, Network Security and Quantum Safe Cryptography. Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence have also drawn his keen interest and he has started reading about intricacies involved in design of such systems. Prashant is a BTech in Electronics & Communications from NSIT and MTech in Computer Technology from IIT Delhi.

Dr. Prabhakar Dekhne

Technical Consultant, IT & Former Scientific Consultant to the PSA to the GOI & Former Associate Director, E&I Group, BARC

Currently he is serving as a Scientific Consultant to the Principle Scientific Adviser to Government of India and a Member, NKN project, after retiring from BARC as Associate Director, E&I Group, BARC, Mumbai. During his long tenure of over 35 years, he has made invaluable contributions in the field of High Performance/Distributed/Grid Computing and information security systems spanning more than three decades. He is renowned expert, nationally as well as internationally in HPC systems & high speed Networking. His major contributions include the design and development of various models of ANUPAM parallel processing systems, High resolution Tiled Graphics System, building layered and highly secure information architecture, establishment of worldwide LHC computing grid, EU-INDIA grid and DAE grid. He was Apex project coordinator of DAE project

U B Desai

Director IIT Hyderabad

Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering. Since June 2009 he is the Director of IIT Hyderabad. He was the Mentor Director for IIT Bhilai and IIIT Chittoor.

Prof. Desai was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Washington State University and Professor at IIT Bombay. He has also held Visiting Faculty position at Universities in US and Europe.

His research interest is in Cyber physical systems, Internet of things, artificial intelligence, wireless communication, and statistical signal processing. He has been a coauthor of 9 research monographs, and author of nearly 300 peered reviewed papers in international journals and international conferences.

He is on the board of Tata Communications Limited. Dr. Desai is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, and a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship. n 2015 he received the Outstanding Alumni award from University of Buffalo, and in 2016 the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur.

Pavan Duggal

Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Law,


Dr. Pavan Duggal, is the Founder & Chairman of International Commission on Cyber Security Law. He is also the President of Cyberlaws.Net and has been working in the pioneering area of Cyber Law, Cyber Security Law & Mobile Law. While a practicing Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Dr. Pavan Duggal has made an immense impact with an international reputation as an Expert and Authority on Cyber Law, Cyber Security Law and E-commerce law.

Dr. Duggal has been acknowledged as one of the top 4 Cyber Lawyers around the world.

WDD [World Domain Day] recognises him as one of the top 10 Cyber Lawyers around the world.

His empanelment as a consultant to UNCTAD and UNESCAP on Cyber Law and Cyber Crime respectively, membership of the AFACT Legal Working Group of the UN / CEFAT, consulting as an expert with the Council Of Europe on Cyber Crime, inclusion in the Board of Experts of European Commission‟s Dr. E-commerce and his work as an expert authority on a Cyber Law primer for E-ASEAN Task Force and as a reviewer for Asian Development Bank speaks volumes of his worldwide acceptance as an authority. Pavan is the President of Cyberlaw Asia, Asia‟s pioneering organization committed to the passing of dynamic cyber laws in the Asian continent. Dr Duggal is also a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Panel of Neutrals.

As an internationally renowned Cyber law and Cyber security subject expert, at the world stage during the High-Level Policy Statement delivered by him at the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNESCO, UNCTAD & UNDP in Geneva, Switzerland from 25th May – 29th May, 2015. Pavan Duggal has recommended the need for coming up with an International Convention on Cyberlaw & Cyber Security.

As a thought leader, Dr. Duggal has suggested that India requires a new legislation that is wholly dedicated to cyber security.

As a subject expert on Artificial Intelligence legalities, Pavan was invited by the Council of Europe to address the Session on Artificial Intelligence Legal and Policy issues on the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Cybercrime during the Octopus Conference 2018 held at Strasbourg, France.

Pavan has also authored his seminal Book entitled “Artificial Intelligence Law”, which examines the legal and policy issues concerning Artificial Intelligence. He has also authored another Book entitled “Cyber Security Law Thoughts On IoT, AI & Blockchain” examining the legalities concerning Artificial Intelligence.

Dr Duggal has been the Member of the Public Interest Registry‟s.Org Advisory Council. He is a member of ICT policy and governance working group of the UNICT taskforce. He is the legal and policy Consultant to Internet Mark 2 Project, which is examining the next level of internet.

He has been invited to be an Associated Fellow of the Centre for Asia Pacific Technology Law and Policy (CAPTEL) at Singapore. He is a Member of Panel of Arbitrators of the Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur and Asian Domain Names Dispute Resolution Centre at Hong Kong. He is a Panel Member Of Permanent Monitoring Panel For Information Security-World Federation Of Scientists.

He has been associated with the Ministry Of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India on Cyber Law and Electronic Governance legal issues and is a member of Advisory Committee on e-governance in Karnataka constituted by the Government of Karnataka. As also a member of Information Forensic Working Group on E-Information Systems, Security and Audit Association.

Dr. Duggal is a member of Multi – Stakeholder Steering Group of the Asia Pacific Region Internet Governance Forum (APRIGF)

He heads his niche law firm Pavan Duggal Associates, which has practice areas, amongst others, in Cyber Law, Business Process Outsourcing Law, Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology Law, Information Security Law, Defence, Biotech and Corporate Law.

While he has been a member of the Nominating Committee, Membership Advisory Committee and Membership Implementation Task Force of ICANN, Pavan is also the President of Cyberlaws.Net, which is Internet‟s first ever-unique Cyber Law consultancy.

In addition to that, he is the founder of the Cyber Law Association and is also the Founder-President, Cyberlaw India.

Some outstanding pioneering work in the field of BPO legal issues has resulted in his being a member of the BPO Steering Committee of ASSOCHAM. Today, he advises a number of BPO concerns on different legal issues relating to outsourcing. Pavan was the Chairman of the Cyber Law Committee of ASSOCHAM and works closely with CII and FICCI.

Dr. Duggal is a regular on the lecture circuit. He has spoken at over 2000 Conferences, Seminars and Workshops in the last seven years, and has lectured extensively in select Law Colleges. As a Writer, he has made his mark with 105 Books on various aspects of the law in the last 20 years. He has contributed a continuing weekly column on diverse aspects of the law, titled „Brief Cases‟ to the Economic Times, for the last seven years.

Ambassador AR Ghanashyam IFS (Retd.)


(Ajjampur Rangaiah Ghanashyam)

Qualified with a Post Graduate degree in Physics and another in Business Management A.R. (Ajjampur Rangaiah) Ghanashyam spent two and a half years in the Indian Petroleum Industry and a similar duration in the Indian Shipping industry prior to joining the IFS (Indian Foreign Service) in 1982. During his time in industry, important assignments undertaken by Ghanashyam include (i) merger of two Oil majors - Hindustan Petroleum (Former Standard Oil) and CALTEX Oil, (ii) Planning, production, bottling and distribution systems for LPG for industrial and residential consumers, (iii) designing optimal crude affreightment Program for safe and efficient transportation of West Asian crude oil to India’s coastal refineries.

In his tenure in the Diplomatic Corps of three and a half decades, Ghanashyam has worked in Syria, Nepal, Belgium & Luxembourg, European Union, Pakistan and United States (New York). He was India’s Envoy to eight countries headquartered in Luanda (Angola) and Abuja (Nigeria). Ghanashyam has also been involved in negotiating a large number of bilateral, regional and international Agreements on investment, trade, environment, cultural and consular matters, borders and boundaries, sharing of water and electricity and more. He revamped the Indian Passport & Visa system and streamlined the Hajj management system introducing innovations and bringing in much needed transparency and efficiency.

During the course of his career, Ghanashyam has addressed many national, foreign and international audiences on several subjects. Few recently addressed audiences in India include Defence Training Institutions, Management Institutes, National and Regional Chambers of Commerce & Industries, Universities and NGOs. Audiences addressed abroad include US Universities - Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Boston, MIT, Tufts, Asia Society (New York), Council on Foreign Relations (New York) apart from Non-Governmental Think Tanks and Apex Business Bodies in Nepal, Pakistan, USA, Belgium, Angola and Nigeria.

After his diplomatic tour of duty, Ghanashyam works in and advises on the Health, Education and Technology sectors and writes and speaks on international affairs.


January 2019.


Director & President at Aniara Communications and Aniara SpaceCom.

Govindarajan has over 25 years’ experience in Strategic Selling and Business Development in Satellite and leading edge Technology companies. He has held several senior technical and leadership roles with Hewllett-Packard where he was responsible for shaping and implementing growth strategies in the company. He also held the position of Executive Director at Loral Skynet responsible for business development in South Asia, Central Asia, and East Africa.

He is currently Director & President at Aniara Communications and Aniara SpaceCom. He is also on advisory board of a few technology start-up companies.

Satyen N Gupta

CEng. DIISc. DRP, IRSSE(VR)Secretary General, ITU-APT Foundation of India

An International expert in NGN technologies, Regulation, Interconnection and Broadband with 38 years experience in all aspects of Telecom, including 25years with Govt. and Regulator, Satya N. Gupta is publicly recognized as an Analyst, Author, Advocate and Advisor on ICT related Policies, Projects and Business. After his post graduation from IISc. Bangalore, he joined ministry of Communication in 1981 and Ministry of railways in 1983. He is  recipient of Minister of railways award for outstanding performance for the  digitalisation project.

A triple master in Electronics Design Technology, IT Management and Telecom Policy and Regulation, he is globally known as “NGNguru” he is a trainer and coach for telecommunication technologies, policy and regulation and a Regulatory advocate. Author of " Everything over IP- All you want to know about NGN". He also authored a concept called “Job Factory- Converting Unemployment into Intraprenuership”. His recent research based work ,“Extra Mile- Walking the Talk on Rural Broadband Business”, brings out the innovative business models. He has also established and mentoring a consulting startup named SAAM Corpadvisors providing Govt. Affairs as Managed Service.

He is recently appointed as the Secretary General of ITU-APT Foundation of India. Additionally he is Vice-President and Trustee of PTCIF and  Co-chairs BIF committee on Rural Digital Infrastructure. He founded NGN Forum in India to spread awareness and capacity building in the field of emerging technologies. As a member of Expert panel of Commonwealth Telecom Organisation, he conducts training programs in the areas of NGN Technologies, Broadband Policy and Regulation, Interconnection Costing in NGN Era, Spectrum Management, IPV6, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Blue-Ocean Strategy.

Presently, he is heading Bluetown’s, India and Asia operations and  “Making It Happen” its Vision of  ‘’Connecting the Unconnected  people in Rural areas of World”. 

Dr. Shailendra Hajela

Emeritus Chairman ITU-APT Foundation of India

Dr. Shailendra Kumar Hajela (born 1935), B.Sc., B.E. (IIT-R, India) and Dr. Ing. (TU-Ilmenau, Germany), after a brief stint as Lecturer at the University of Roorkee, served the Indian Telecommunication Administration, including the ITI Ltd. and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, a specialized UN Agency) in Nepal and Thailand, spanning a total of almost 40 years (1959-1998) , the period marked by profound changes in Telecommunication technology from electro-mechanical to analog/digital circuit-switching to Packet-switching, Convergence of computer and communication, Internet, and equally important sector reform allowing private sector participation, which has led to exponential growth of mobile communication.

He is the recipient of Roll of Honours of Victoria College Gwalior, Gold Medal for Best Engineering Project Design and the Thomason Prize for being the most distinguished student at University of Roorkee (1957). In 1988, the IETE awarded him the SN Bose Prize for significant contribution to Power Electronics technology. IIT Roorkee conferred the status of Distinguished Alumnus in 2008 for outstanding achievements and contributions, and the Institution of Engineers India presented the scroll of Honour as Eminent Engineer in 2018.

He has been a Director on the Boards of Uptron Powertronics Ltd, Keltron Crystals Ltd., Punjab Communications Ltd., and Central Electronics Ltd. He is currently an independent non-executive Director of APLAB Ltd. and Chairman of Telecel Communications Pvt. Ltd., an ICT consultancy organization.

He is a Life Fellow of IE (India), Life Fellow of IETE (India), Sr.Life Member of IEEE Inc. (USA), and founder member and Chairman Emeritus of ITU-APT Foundation of India - Sector member of ITU-D and ITU-T.

He has been Consultant to UNDP, UNESCAP, ITU, APT, WB, ADB, TRAI, Government of India and Private sector industry. He has authored over 60 technical papers. His current area of interest is Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence.

Vinod Kotwal

DDG, Department of Telecommunications,Govt of India

Ms. Vinod Kotwal is currently posted as DDG (FIPP) in the Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. She is a 1994 batch officer of IP&TAFS with more than two decades of rich and diverse work experience in the Government of India and Regulatory Bodies spanning the areas of telecom, administration, economics, finance and regulatory affairs.

A Chevening scholar, she did the course “Women in Leadership and Management” from the University of Bradford, U.K. and holds a Masters degree in Botany and a MBA (Finance) from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. Recently, she has also completed Advance Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi. She is currently pursuing PhD course from IIT, Delhi.

An avid reader with an eclectic taste Ms. Kotwal has also penned articles on diverse topics ranging from gender budgeting, potential of food processing in the country, e-waste to Open Data & Digital Identity: Lessons for Aadhaar. She has also authored a book on Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint FAO-WHO body.

She is active in the work of International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-T Study Group 3 (SG3) and holds leadership positions there.

Tanuj Mohan

Founder Enlighted Inc , USA

Tanuj Mohan is CTO and co-founder of Enlighted, Inc. An award-winning, 20-year technology veteran with expertise in computer networking, security and software, Mohan oversees the company’s technical vision and strategic direction. He is responsible for many of Enlighted’s technology advancements and building the company into the world leader in advanced lighting control. Enlighted was acquired by Siemens in 2018.

Mohan’s passion is centered on helping businesses solve resource inefficiencies through the IoT. He continues to focus on the importance of gathering and analyzing data for actionable insights while balancing the need for human privacy. Prior to joining Enlighted, Mohan served as director at Tropos Networks, where he was responsible for solutions that managed the world’s largest WiFi mesh network. He has also held management and architectural positions at Cisco, Nevis, Novell and Hughes.

With more than 40 patents, Mohan is a recognized expert in IoT applications. In 2018 he was selected by Sapphire Awards as Illumineer of the Year for his contributions to smart buildings leveraging lighting technologies. Mohan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

M.R. Vikram

M.Anandam & Co.

Vikram is a partner of M.Anandam & Co, Chartered Accountants, Secunderabad, since 1981. He has led teams as Central Statutory Auditor in five PSBs and also RBI. He was also Chartered Accountant Director and Chairman, Audit Committees in two PSBs and as a RBI nominee in a private Sector bank.


He is an expert on Forensic Audits with more than two decades experience. 

He is also a Director in many companies including Facebook India, Chettinad Cements, ASM Technologies, GTN Industries and T.I.M.E.

He is the Secretary Trustee of MV Foundation, a leading NGO on issues of child literacy and mobilised more than a Million children to schools in nearly three decades of work.  

He is the founder Trustee of Manthan, a leading platform for Public Discourse in Hyderabad. 

He is a Former Chairman of the Hyderabad branch of ICAI and also on the Regional Council, SIRC.

He is a regular speaker on issues of Ethics, Governance, Fraud, Budgets & Economic issues.

Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay 

Chairman ETMA

Former Director of NIEPA, Chairman of CABE Subcommittee on School Education; consulted by UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, British Council, INTEL, Microsoft, etc. Marmar trained principals and teachers from India and abroad. His books on Leadership and TQM enjoy global readership

Subhankar Pal 

Aricent, USA

Subhankar Pal is Assistant Vice President (AVP), in the Research & Innovation team of Altran. Altran is world’s leading engineering and R&D services company. Subhankar has more than 18 years of professional experience in IT & Telecommunication industry. In Altran he leads “5G, Network Automation and AI” practice. His responsibilities include technology consulting, solution creation and service offering definition in the area of 5G, SDN, NFV, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence for telecommunication market. Prior to joining Altran he worked at Nokia Networks and C-DOT. Subhankar has extensive experience in speaking at international conferences and presenting technical papers in various forums. He has blogs and whitepapers published in IEEE & other international forums in the areas of AI, Cloud, IoT & Unified Communication.

Prof L M Patnaik

"Adjunct Professor and INSA Senior Scientist National Institute of Advanced Studies Bengaluru"

Prof. L.M. Patnaik obtained his Ph.D in 1978 in the area of Real-Time Systems, D.Sc. in 1989 in the areas of Computer Systems and Architectures, both from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During March 2008 – August 2011, he was the Vice Chancellor, Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Deemed University, Pune. Currently he is an Honorary Professor with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and INSA Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Prior to this he was a Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. During the last 48 years of his long service, his teaching, research, and development interests have been in the areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Computer Architecture, CAD of VLSI Systems, High Performance Computing, Mobile Computing, Theoretical Computer Science, Real-Time Systems, Soft Computing, and Computational Neuroscience including Machine Cognition. In these areas, he has over 1150 publications in refereed International Journals and refereed International Conference Proceedings including 29 technical reports. He is a co-editor/co-author of twenty two books and has authored 13 chapters in other books. He has supervised over 30 Doctoral theses and over 160 Masters’ theses in the above areas. In the areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and Soft Computing, he has been a Principal Investigator for a large number of Government-sponsored research projects and a Consultant to a few industries. One of his research papers in the area of adaptive genetic algorithms has been cited over 2700 times, a survey article on genetic algorithms over 2000 times, by Google Scholar; with an i-10 index of 114.

He has served as the President of the Advanced Computing and Communications Society, and the Computational Intelligence Society of India. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Region 10. He is a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society for the Asia-Pacific Region. As a recognition of his contributions in the areas of Electronics, Informatics, Telematics and Automation, he was awarded the Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1989; the Honorable Mention Award, Fourth CSI/IEEE International Symposium on VLSI Design, 1992; the Dr. Ramlal Wadhwa award for the year 1992 by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, for his contributions during the last ten years in the fields of Electronics and Telecommunication; the Platinum Jubilee Lecture Award (Computer Science), Indian Science Congress, in 1994; the Samanta Chandrasekhar Award for the year 1994 by the Orissa Science Academy; the Certificate of Appreciation "For excellent service and dedication to the objectives of the IEEE Computer Society as a Distinguished Visitor", in 1995; the VASVIK Award in the Field of Electronic Sciences and Technology, Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra,1996; the Hands for Indian IT Award for his contributions to the Indian IT (Information Technology) industry, in 1998; the "Distinguished Professional Engineer Award" by the Computer Engineering Division of the Institution of Engineers (India),in 1999; the IEEE Computer Society's "1999 Technical Achievement Award" for his contributions in the field of parallel, distributed, and soft computing, and high performance genetic algorithms; the Fourth Sir C V Raman Memorial Lecture Award in 2000; the First SVC Aiya Memorial Trust Award for Telecommunication Education, The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, Pune Centre, 2000; the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru National Award for Engineering and Technology, in 1999; the Om Prakash Bhasin Award for contributions in the areas of Electronic and Information Technology for the year 2001; the FICCI Award for Innovation in Material Science, Applied Research and Space Science, 2001-2002; the IEEE Computer Society’s Meritorious Service Award, 2002; Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Engineering, the Indian Institute of Science, 2003, Distinguished Engineer Award of The Institution of Engineers(India), 2004; Goyal Prize for Applied Science, 2005; Honorary Fellow, the Indian Society for Technical Education, 2006; Indian Science Congress Association’s Srinivasa Ramanujan Birth Centenary Award, 2007-2008; Biju Patnaik Award for Excellence in Science – 2007, in 2009; Top Management Consortium, Pune, ‘Education – Defence Services Excellence Award – 2009’, Mar 2010; Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela; Felicitation of International Neural Network Society India Chapter for outstanding contributions to Soft Computing, Dec 2014; M N Saha Memorial Award for Best Application Oriented Paper by the IETE in 2016; and Life Time Achievement Award, Computer Society of India, 2017.

He is Fellow of the IEEE, and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste, Italy, The Computer Society of India, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is a Life Member of the VLSI Society of India, and Instrument Society of India, a founder Member of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Fault-Tolerant and Autonomous Systems; a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers, and the Institution of Engineers. His name appears in Asia’s Who's Who of Men and Women of Achievement; Directory of Distinguished Computer Professionals of India. For over one hundred and fifty International Conferences, he has served as General Chair or Program Chair or Steering Committee Chair; most of them sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has delivered over 300 Keynote/Invited Talks at several International Conferences covering a broad range of topics in Computer Science and Engineering and IT. He has served on several significant committees of leading professional societies such as the IEEE, CSI, IETE and Institution of Engineers; review and policy committees of Government agencies such as the DST, DBT, MHRD, CSIR, DOS, UGC, AICTE, DRDO, DIT and UPSC; including on the Yash Pal committee to advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education. His participation in the reviews of several Engg Colleges in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharastra, organised by the AICTE, UGC, NBA, and TEQIP has significantly improved the quality of technical education in the country.

As Vice Chancellor of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Deemed University, he was responsible for conducting large number of Doctoral, Masters’, short and long courses, in the field of defence technologies for service officers from the Army, Air Force, Navy; DRDO scientists, officers from Indian Ordnance Factories and Director General of Quality Assurance, and service officers from several friendly foreign countries. He had initiated three new Post-Graduate Programmes of relevance to defence services including one on Cybersecurity, a new Centre on Nanotechnology for defence applications, and a collaborative programme with the Naval Post-Graduate School, California, USA.

He has delivered several Invited lectures in USA, Canada, France, UK, Yugoslavia (erstwhile), Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Japan.

It needs to be emphasized that his training, as well as the research work done by him are entirely indigenously based. His contributions to Indian higher technical education system are outstanding. For publications and other details please visit,

Prof C Patvardhan

Professor Dayalbagh University, Agra

C. Patvardhan obtained his B.Sc.(Engg.) degree from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra in 1987, M. Tech. (Computer Science) from I.I.Sc., Bangalore in 1989 and Ph.D. (Graph Algorithms) from Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra in 1994. He is working in the Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra since 1989 where he is currently Professor in Electrical Engineering and Dean (South).

He has published nearly 300 papers Journals and Proceedings of Conferences. He has also published one book and has been an Editor of three proceedings. He has been awarded more than 20 best paper awards and other recognition for his research work. He has supervised 11 PhDs and about 30 Master’s Theses. He has been a PI /co-PI of 15 funded R&D projects including two Indo-German Projects.

He has been on Project Review Committees of R&D projects of Ministry of Communications and IT, Member of Screening Committee of DST and nominated by AICTE as Expert for Skill Courses related to Computer Science.

He has been a Training Consultant for Cadence Design Systems, NOIDA and Atrenta Communications, NOIDA for Advanced Algorithms. He has also completed a Consultancy Project for Cadence Design Systems on Test case Optimization for Large Software.

He has an ongoing collaboration with Christian Albrechts Univeristat zu Kiel, Kiel where he has been visiting almost every year from year 2008. He was invited to participate in an Indo-German workshop on Algorithms during June, 2010 in Bonn, Germany and was a Guest of Honor at KIT, Germany in the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Indo-German Society also in 2010. He has been invited participant in two meetings of Algorithm Engineering Cluster in Germany.

His main areas of interest are Quantum and Soft Computing, Machine Intelligence and Image Processing.

M Ramakrishnan

Founder Intello Labs

M Ramakrishnan is an Entrepreneur and experienced business leader. He is currently associated with Intello Labs – a firm that digitizes food quality assessment. He dons several hats in Intello Labs – involved across finance, fundraising, sales and marketing, HR and so on. He also advises budding start-ups on strategy and fundraising. In his previous life, he has incubated, scaled and managed large teams in analytics businesses. He has worked with large MNCs such as KPMG, Accenture as well as SMEs (e.g. Evalueserve). He started his career as a Consultant in PwC. In his spare time, he likes to read and blog.

Dr. Sidharth Ramji

Director-Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Neonatology And Former Dean Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi

PROF. SIDDARTH RAMJI is Director-Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology and Former Dean at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He has over three decades of experience as a medical teacher and researcher, and in the field of public health. He is Chair/member of several technical and advisory committees of the Ministry of Health (Government of India), Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Health Research, Department of Biotechnology and the University Grants Commission. He has also been member on several bioethic committees.

Dr. N B Rao

Chairman Centre for Media Studies


A pioneer of social research in India and an eminent mass communication expert with 50 years of distinguished background, Dr. N. Bhaskara Rao is founder Chairman of well known independent Centre for Media Studies (CMS) (,founder chairman of prestigious market research and forecasting outfit, Marketing & Development Research Associates (MDRA) (, and also founder of Basic Research in Education and Development (BREAD) (www.    

Dr. Bhaskara Rao is known to different people differently:  Dr. Rao is an independent analyst, strategic advisor on public policies, public opinion, reforms process, media trends within and across. He is known as a pioneer in social research and impact studies. To some around the country he is Social Audit expert having been the Convenor of India’s first Social Audit Panel (for the Ministry of Communication) and later the Ministry of Environment & Forests.

Dr. Rao is credited for giving fillip to Applied Social Science Research in India with his innumerable research studies of significance on a variety of subjects spanning well over four decades, starting with ORG, India’s first independent research outfit to which he was the President until 1989. He is credited for large-scale sample surveys in India. Dr. Rao had high academic credentials having three post-graduate degrees and a Ph.D from University of Iowa (1970), USA. 

Dr. Rao made a mark on futures studies in India starting in 1975 with "India 2001" series sponsored by Resources for Futures of US, his work on India 2021 (1988) has provided the perspective for the second millennium studies. He initiated and lead Vision 2020 for Andhra Pradesh Government. His 1995 publication "Marketing Communication: Perspectives into Media Scene 2020" provided basis for convergence view of communication.

His several books/monographs/writings over the decades had profound impact on policies, programmes and perspectives of more than a couple of sectors.     


Dr. V. V. Sadamate

Former Adviser Agriculture, Planning Commission

Dr. V. V. SADAMATE, Former Adviser Agriculture, Planning Commission(born 1st June,1953 at Deshing, Maharashtra, India), did his graduation from Pune Agriculture College (1973) and Masters / PhD programmes in Agricultural Extension Discipline from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi in 1975 &1979 respectively. Pursued Post - Doc from Michigan State University, USA as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. Obtained advanced Extension Management training at Wisconsin, Cornell University and Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) London, UK. Extensively travelled across the continents for extension studies, consultancies and training programmes. 

Worked with ICAR as Junior Scientist (1978-1982) & with the Ministry of Agriculture (1982-2005) in various capacities including Director and Additional Commissioner (Extension) before joining Planning Commission as Adviser Agriculture (2006-2013).  Retired from Ministry of Agriculture in May, 2013. Worked as Principal Consultant with Food &Agricultural Organization (FAO), New Delhi and developed their Country Programme Framework Document (2013). Was associated with the Ministry of Rural Development on their World Bank assisted Watershed project Neeranchal as Agricultural Convergence Expert (2013-15).

Keen student of Agricultural Extension over last four decades, had contributed significantly in developing and operating extension reforms. both Agricultural Technology Management Agency(ATMA)/Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK)approaches. Published over 50 research papers in national and international journals & guided MSc/ Ph.D.Scholars of various institutes, and guided management student conclaves of IIMs. He is an active professional on major extension networks within and abroad and associated with number of GO/NGO institutions in advisory capacities including National Council for Climate Change, Ahmedabad, & Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), New Delhi.  He is equally comfortable on academic and application part of agricultural extension. Dr.Sadamate served  various high power professional committees of national institutes like GB ICAR, QRT Chair, KVK Awards Committee, MANAGE Cadre Review, TIFAC Vision Document,  BODs of NABCONS &  AFC,  Technical Committees of SAUs/ICAR, and of international organizations like IWMI, CCAFS, ICRISAT, World Bank etc.

Attended COP-19 at Warsaw, Poland, COP-21 at Paris, France, COP-22 at Marrakech, Morocco, COP-24 Poland,   GACSA 2017 FAO, Rome and Chaired SDG Conference 2018 at Kandy, Sri Lanka. Actively involved in follow up actions both within and overseas. Working as Independent Consultant on Agricultural Extension Reforms, Policy Advocacy, Agricultural HRD & also served  as Adjunct Faculty, Extension Division of IARI, New Delhi since 2013 -14 to 2018.     

P M Sasi

Senior Director and Centre Head, C-DAC

Sasi Pilacheri Meethal

 Positions held

  • Currently working as Senior Director and Centre Head, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Premier R&D organization of Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India
  • Recipient of IEEE Communications society award for Public services in telecommunications
  • Recipient of IEEE R10 Outstanding Volunteer award, 2013
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India (2016 onwards)
  • Member, Expert Committee, Kerala Startup Mission (2016 onwards)
  • Member, Committee for formulating IT plan for Kerala for 13th Five year plan (2016)
  • Member, Governing Council, International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS) (2010 onwards)
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, IEEE Communications society (2012-2013)
  • Vice Chair, Conference Activities, IEEE Communications Society Asia Pacific (2014)
  • Vice Chair, Technical Activities, IEEE Communications society Asia Pacific (2012-2013)
  • Member, Board of studies in Engineering, University of Kerala (2011-2014)
  • Member, E-Governance Sectional Committee, Bureau of Indian Standards (2011-13)
  • Member, Governing Body and Executive Committee, Kerala State IT Mission, Government of Kerala (2009-2010)
  • Chair, IEEE Kerala section (2010, 2009)
  • Board member, Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE) (2006-2011)
  • Member, Computer Hardware Committee, Bureau of Indian Standards (2006 – 2008)
  • Review Chair, IT Policy of Government of Kerala (2006)
  • Member, Committee for formulating IT plan for Kerala for 11th Five year plan (2006)
  • Founding Mission Coordinator, Kerala State IT Mission(2000)

Technical contributions

  • Leads several teams working on development of Indian Microprocessor, Cyber security & cyber forensic products, Intelligent transportation systems, strategic systems, MRI development, early cancer detection systems, telemedicine systems.
  • Developed a multi standard wireless base station with TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) and WiMAX capabilities (2010)
  • Designed and implemented Mobile Telemedicine Facility to extend the super specialty facility to the doorsteps of the rural population in Alleppey district of Kerala State, India, using a unique low cost communication facility achieved through teaming of multiple WLL (Wireless in local loop) links (2009)
  • Architected and implemented Kerala State Wide Area Network, an MPLS network with wireless last mile, connecting more than Government 1500 offices (2008)
  • Architected and implemented the E-Governance Data Centre for Government of Kerala, currently hosting more than 120 applications (2006)
  • Architected and implemented Akshaya wireless WAN, providing blanket wireless coverage of 3500 sq km in Malappuram district of Kerala, India, first of its kind in the world (2004)
  • Instrumental in standardization of Malayalam keyboard and character encoding (2000)
  • Architected FRIENDS, the single window payment facility for utilities of Government of Kerala, first of its kind in India (2000)
  • Designed and implemented simulation of Digital Flight Control Computer, Cockpit and Avionics systems for Light Combat Aircraft (1999)
  • Developed an interface system for the weapon systems, SONAR and databus of INS Godavary class of ships (1990)


Prof Dharmendra Singh

IIT Roorkee

Dharmendra Singh was born in Varanasi, U. P., India and he basically belongs to Jaunpur, U.P., India. He received his Ph. D degree in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi, Varanasi, U.P., India. He is Senior Member of IEEE. He has more than 24 years of experience of teaching and research. He received various fellowships and awards by the national and international bodies mainly Monbusho Fellowship, Japan, UCAR Fellowship, USA, MERIT Fellowship, European Union, DAAD Fellowship, Germany, TWAS Fellowship, China, IFCAM Fellowship, France, TWAS Fellowship, Brazil and many others. He worked as Visiting Scientist/Post doc Fellow at Information Engineering Department, Niigata University, Japan, German Aerospace Center, Germany, Institute for National Research In Informatics and Automatique, France, Institute of Remote Sensing Application, Beijing, China, Karlsruhe University, Germany, UPC, Barcelona, Spain and visited several other laboratories in other countries. He has visited more than 20 countries for academic purpose and having strong collaborations with many of them. He received best innovation award in India Mobile Congress-2017 for development of Satellite Based Agriculture Information System. He has received the best Industrial Research award- 2017 by Institution of Engineers, Roorkee Chapter. He has received Dr. Ajit Singhvi Institute Chair Professors in June 2018.

Currently he is working as Professor in Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He is also the Coordinator of RailTel-IIT Roorkee Center of Excellence in Telecom. He has also started a startup DIRGHADHI TECHNOLOGY PVT LTD.

He has guided 24 Ph.D students and 12 are pursuing their Ph.D and guided more than 60 M. Tech students. He has published more than 300 research papers in reputed international/national journals and conferences. He has developed a Ground Penetrating Radar and several other products. His main research interests involve ICT application, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Data Fusion, Satellite data application, electromagnetic wave interaction with various media, polarimetric and interferometric application of microwave data, microwave imaging like through wall imaging, ground penetrating radar and numerical modeling, radar absorbing materials, stealth application.

Prof V Sridhar

Professor IIIT-B ,Bengaluru

Dr. V. Sridhar is Professor at the Centre for IT and Public Policy at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), India. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed leading telecom and information systems journals. He is the author of two books published by the Oxford University Press: The Telecom Revolution in India: Technology, Regulation and Policy (2012), and The Dynamics of Spectrum Management: Legacy, Technology, and Economics (2014). He is authoring his third book titled Emerging ICT Policies and Regulation: Roadmap to Digital Economies in contract with Springer Nature publications. Dr. Sridhar has taught at many Institutions in the USA, Finland, New Zealand and India. He was also a visiting scholar at Aalto University, Finland and was the recipient of Nokia Visiting Fellowship. Prior to joining IIIT-B Dr. Sridhar was a Research Fellow at Sasken Technologies, India. He has been a member of Government of India committees on Telecom and IT. He has written more than 250 articles in prominent business newspapers and magazines relating to telecom regulation and policy in India. Dr. Sridhar is very active in organizing and chairing conferences on telecom regulation and policy and has received funding from different sources for his research projects.

Dr. Sridhar has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, U.S.A., Masters’ in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute for Training in Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India and B.E. from the University of Madras, India.

His work can be accessed at:

Dr. Swarup Medasani

Director of Engineering, MathWorks

Dr. Swarup Medasani received his Ph.D degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Missouri in 1998. He joined Colorado School of Mines as a visiting scholar in 1997 and worked on fuzzy logic based information retrieval methods. Subsequently, he worked at HRL Laboratories in Malibu California from 1999-2012 on cutting edge projects in biologically-inspired algorithms, robots, and systems that employed computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, and information fusion. He has co-led the computer vision group for over 10 years focusing on active safety for vehicles, surveillance from terrestrial and aerial platforms, and real-time systems for scene understanding from multiple modalities. He has developed multiple image, video, SAR, and LIDAR-based recognition and learning algorithms for several companies including HRL Laboratories, GM, Raytheon, John Deere, Delphi, Volkswagen, Boeing, and DARPA. He was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Uurmi Systems a leading research and innovation company in India focusing on novel solutions and embedded systems in imaging and communications.

He is currently the Director of Engineering at Mathworks, Inc. He has published over 100 invited, journal, and conference papers and has been on the program committee for several leading IEEE conferences. He was the program chair for the 2014 IEEE conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety and the general chair for the 2017 Embedded Vision Workshop at IEEE CVPR 2016. His recent cover page editorial on Self-driving cars appeared in the Dec 2017 issue of IEEE Computer.

He has over 60 issued patents. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Vipin Tyagi

Executive Director C-DOT, Government of India

Mr. Tyagi is heading C-DOT, which is engaged in development of various projects at the frontier of Telecom technology in the areas of Optical communications, Next Generation Networks and Wireless technologies. C-DOT is also playing important roles in ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ programs launched by Govt. of India, Department of Telecommunications. Digital communication infrastructure required for smart cities and smart buildings is also being innovated by C-DOT. Mr. Tyagi is an innovation and Business Leader from Information Technology and Telecommunication Industry for over 35 years. He had founded and led a Company out of New Delhi for 12 years as Board Member and Global CEO. He has headed global business in India, Japan, Australia, USA and Europe. He has actively worked towards Research and Development of large systems, Organizational Development and creation of high performance teams. In October 2009, Vipin decided to promote National level R&D and joined C-DOT. He has won several awards and recognitions.

He is Master of Technology (Computer Science and Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi). Bachelor of Electronics & Communication Engineering and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (2 years, from AIMA).

Prof. Dr. N.Viswanadham

Emeritus Professor & INSA Senior Scientist

Computer Science and Automation

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore-560012, India

Professor Viswanadham has contributed significantly to the area of automation, and in particular, supply chain automation. He is the author of three textbooks, eight edited volumes, over hundred journal articles and more than hundred conference papers on Automation. His current research interests include Logistics and Global Manufacturing and Service Networks. N. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is also a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Third World Academy of Sciences.


Executive Director R&D ITI Ltd.

Sri. M.Arun Kumar did his graduation in Engineering in Electronics & Communication from Mysore University in 1975. He has done Management Development course in Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in 1997.

After graduation he worked as Internee in Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore and later joined ITI Limited, Bangalore as Assistant Executive Engineer. He spent his entire career of almost 34 Years in ITI working in R&D.

He is Professional with over 30 years’ experience as Designer, Project Leader, Team Leader and head of Core R&D team in ITI Limited . He was instrumental in developing the first Indigenous Crypto system for Indian Army. Since then has worked extensively in design & development of different Crypto systems vital for securing the communication networks of Indian Defence forces.

Wide experience in design of Networks involving wide range of Communication Systems from different OEMs. Successfully designed, commissioned Static Communication network for the Indian Defence force which is currently operational.

Presented Technical papers in various National Technical seminars.

Later, he worked as Director and Officer on Special Duty with Govt, of India in National Technical Research Organisation, New Delhi for five years. He also Conducted conferences with National and International Experts in area of Cryptology and was General chair of International Conference SPACE 2016.

Currently he is working as Executive Director R&D He has served as member of various prestigious committees of Govt. of India.

Ms.Manjusha Madabushi

CTO, Mist Systems Inc

Manjusha Madabushi is an entrepreneur and technologist, passionate about building products that help change the game. She is the CTO and co-founder of Talentica Software and the India head for Mist systems. She has helped bootstrap multiple startups andscale them. She is curious about new technologies and has helped startups build key features using AI. Prior to Talentica Software, she was the India Engineering head for eGain Communications.

She has a master’s degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL and BTech degree from IIT Bombay.

Sudhanshu Mittal

Director – Industry 4.0  NASSCOM

Having spent 25+ years in technical roles in different companies like HCL, Agilent, Marvell, Freescale, Juniper among others, Sudhanshu comes from a strong technical background in embedded, IoT, Security etc. He also holds a patent in imaging area.

Sudhanshu completed his graduation in Electrical Engineering from IIT-BHU and is also certified Intellectual Property Rights professional from Indian Law Institute.

As “Director – Industry 4.0” with NASSCOM Center of Excellence for IoT, Sudhanshu has been leading the Industry4.0 program. The program aims to build thought leadership in the domain of Industry 4.0 and to promote Digital Transformation of Industrial Enterprise by bring together the users and solution providers on one platform.

 Dr C Rao Kasarabada

Former C&MD ECIL

 Shivnath Thukral

Public Policy Director - Facebook

Shivnath Thukral in his earlier role was the managing director of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, India and set up the global think tank’s India office, leading operations and fundraising.

Thukral spent the first fifteen years of his career as a journalist with New Delhi Television Limited, India’s premier TV news channel. He was the channel’s primetime presenter with special interest in business news and policy analysis. He later established the network’s business channel NDTV Profit in 2003, taking over as the managing editor.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Thukral worked with an Indian corporation with a turnover of over $35 billion. He led its global marketing efforts, including strategic and digital communications for the group across the world.

Thukral has been a speaker at global events such as the World Economic Forum and the Milken Institute conference, as well as Indian industry summits on issues ranging from India’s economic policies, domestic politics, and the impact of new digital technologies on society.

Thukral interned in the U.S. Senate and was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2012.

 R G S Asthana


About the Organisers

CMS is a reputed not for profit multi-disciplinary research organization, since 1991. It has to its repute numerous studies and publications on various issues, including on media and technologies. It has also organized number of national and international consultations, seminars and workshops with various stakeholders like policy makers, academia, media, researchers, corporations, film makers, etc. Details of work, expertise and experience of CMS is given on their website:

Infocom Think Tank is a pioneering group established in 2004 at the point of time when there was a need for enhancing India's telecommunication & ICT sector and its contributions needed to be projected in the public eye with the objective of bestowing socio-economic benefits to the consumer and technological advancements reaching the end-user namely the citizen.

The Pioneer Members of this group are seasoned experts and independent professionals - who have held or are holding senior positions in private and public sector - working for the benefit and enhancement of the Nation.

Steering Committee

  • Dr SK Hajela
  • Prof. L M Patnaik
  • Prof. Vishwanadham
  • Prof V Sridhar
  • Prof S K Manocha
  • Dr C Rao Kasarabada
  • Prof. Jaya Indiresan
  • S. N. Zindal
  • Manoj Arora
  • P N Vasanti - Convener

Organising Committee

  • N K Mathur
  • Dr N Bhaskara Rao
  • Dr S K Hajela
  • Satya N Gupta
  • P K Garg
  • Rajesh Mehrotra
  • R R Prasad
  • Dr Rakesh Mehrotra
  • Dinesh C Sharma
  • Meera Mathur - Convener


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We invite you to showcase your organization, products, and services to a global audience of nearly 150, representing key government, industry decision makers, public sector administrators, and renowned researchers, creating the AI for Better World. Both sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available. For further details for Sponsorship please contact -

Ms. P N Vasanti

Call for Papers

The International Colloquium on Ethics and Governance of Autonomous  AI Systems will be held in the historic city of Delhi, capital of India, from 18 – 19 February 2019 at India International Centre located in the serene surroundings of the famous Lodhi Gardens in its newly constructed Kamala Block Seminar Hall on 40 Max Mueller Road, New Delhi. We look forward to extending a very special Indian welcome and invite you to join us for a truly memorable event where all aspects of the AI technology and its societal impact shall be deliberated upon.

The broad-reaching program holds great interest for industry, government, regulators, public/private sector executives, as well as researchers and academics interested in the latest developments, new standards, technical innovations, and first-hand experiences with commercial offerings.

The recommendations of the Colloquium shall lead to a Research project, to be taken up as a multi-institutional initiative, to develop a governance mechanism for Autonomous/ AI Systems. The outcome of this international colloquium would be to identify technical standards of the governance mechanisms within the ambit of internationally stated principles that may be put in place that encourage – not inhibit -  technological development of AI for betterment of the society and environment and at the same time are adequate to safeguard human life and values. Accepted and presented technical papers will be published in the Colloquium proceedings. Papers can be submitted through email to

Top Three Selected Papers will be Rewarded.

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Participants will gather to present research results, share visions and ideas, obtain updates on latest developments in AI technologies and expand professional and social networking. This 2-day event includes a diverse technical program for practitioners, policy makers, and executives delivered by distinguished experts from government, regulators, industry, academia and the public sector. All conducted in a relaxing environment accompanied by poster exhibition and display. All Participants are requested to register to ensure entrance.

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