Speakers

Valentina Salapura

Dr. Valentina Salapura

Dr. Valentina Salapura is an IBM Master Inventor and System Architect at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Salapura is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and an IEEE Fellow.

Valentina Salapura received the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Special Achievements for the BlueGene/L supercomputer and Quantum Chromodynamics in 2006, was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2011, and is recognized as ACM Distinguished Speaker. Valentina was recognized with several IBM Research division awards, including an Outstanding Technical Achievement award, by being elected member of IBM Academy of Technology, and being named IBM Master Inventor. In 2010, Valentina was co-leading the IBM Research strategy to define the future research agenda.

Valentina has patented and published widely. She holds over 70 patents issued in US, with approximately additional 50 patents pending. Valentina published 60 papers and gave 13 keynotes and invited talks that identified the challenges for future multiprocessors and supercomputer design. Dr. Salapura is a speaker for the CRA-W/CDC Distinguished Lectures Series, is a member of ACM and IFIP WG10.3, and has Erdos number 3.

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Kumud Srinivasan

Ms. Kumud Srinivasan

President, Intel India.

General Manager and executive leader with 28 years of experience in leadership roles working in a global environment with focus on digital transformations. Responsible for general management of Intel's operations in India, which includes location’s overall strategy, relationships with government, industry and academia, business-enabling operations, organizational development, engineering and innovation for market development. Viewed as a highly-respected and influential Intel leader, a mature and versatile general manager, and a formidable Intel ambassador.

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Dr. Lipika Dey

Dr. Lipika Dey

Principal Scientist, TCS Innovation Labs, Delhi.

Dr. Dey graduated with an Integrated M.Sc. in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 1988. She completed her M.Tech in Computer Science and Data Processing and obtained a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in 1995 from IIT Kharagpur, India.

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Prof. Dipanwita Roychowdhury

Prof. Dipanwita Roy Choudhuri

Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Chairman, Kalpana Chaola Space Technology Cell

Prof. Dipanwita Roy Choudhuri has joined IIT Kharagpur in 1997. She has been working in the fields of Cryptography, Cellular Automata and Error Correcting Code.

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Prof. Susmita Sur-Kolay

Prof. Susmita Sur-Kolay

Professor
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Susmita Sur-Kolay is presently a Professor in the Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. Her current research interests include algorithms for electronic design automation, Intellectual Property protection of electronic design, synthesis of quantum computers, and graph algorithms. She has co-edited two books, authored a book chapter in the Handbook of Algorithms for VLSI Physical Design Automation, and coauthored about 100 technical articles. Two papers co-authored by her won best paper awards at two international conferences. Dr. Sur-Kolay was a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society, India, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and Member of ACM. She was on the editorial board of Proc. of IEE CDT and IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, and is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems presently. She has served on the technical program committees of several leading international conferences, and as the Program Chair of the 2005 International Conference on VLSI Design, the 2007 International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test, and the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI. Among other awards, she received the President of India Gold Medal from IIT, Kharagpur, IBM Faculty Award and recently IEEE Women in Engineering Inspiring Member Award.

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J. Lakshmi

Dr. J. Lakshmi

Dr. Lakshmi is currently working as a Principal Research Scientist in the Supercomputing Education and Research center at the Indian Institute of Science. She is the convenor for the Cloud Systems Lab in SERC and has research interests in Cloud systems and Virtualization and has papers published on work associated with QoS issues and architectures specifically with perforamance, security, fault-tolerance aspects. She also manages and supports the High Performance Computing Center in SERC which today hosts the fastest supercomputer, called SahasraT, of the country. She has been with IISc from 1997 onwards and has guided many post-graduate and research students.

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Krithika Venkataramani

Dr. Krithika Venkataramani

Krithika Venkataramani received her B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2000, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2002 and 2007, respectively. She is well known in the area of Biometric Recognition and has published around 20 articles in conferences, journals and as book chapters. She was the technical expert in the Biometrics Committee advising the Govt. of India on standards and requirements for all Biometric Recognition govt. projects. She was also part of technical program committees in Biometrics conferences. She is leading the Cancer Screening project in Xerox Research Center India. Before her work in Xerox Research Center India from February 2014, she has been a faculty member in an Indian university and has also worked in a research lab at TCS Innovation Labs, Hyderabad. Her research is in Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, particularly in Data and Classifier Fusion. Her research in Data and Classifier Fusion is on finding effective ways of combining information from multiple sources and can be applied to many areas. This has been applied to biometric recognition, digital watermark detection in video robust to multiple attacks, and land use classification in multi-spectral and multi-source satellite imaging in her previous work. Her other research areas are Image processing, Computer Vision and Statistical Analysis.

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Prof. Rowena Robinson

Prof. Rowena Robinson

Prof. Rowena Robinson has compeleted her Master of Arts in sociology from Delhi School of Economics and Doctor of Philosophy in social anthropology from Trinity College, Cambridge. Currently working as Professor in IIT Bombay.

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Prof. Dr. Sharmila Mande

Dr. Sharmila Mande

Dr. Sharmila Mande is Chief Scientist and Head of the Bio-Sciences R&D activities at TCS Innovation Labs (Pune). She received her PhD degree in the year 1991 in Physics from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. She had her post-doctoral training at University of Groningen, The Netherlands and University of Washington, Seattle, USA. She worked in Institute of Microbial Technology and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, before joining TCS in 2001 to start the Life Sciences R&D activities at TCS. She is also a member of the board of directors of one of the Tata group companies, Advinus Therapeutics.
During her fourteen years at TCS, she has successfully built a group of Bioinformaticians, and trained many of them, including engineers, mathematicians, physicists and biologists in this field. Her main areas of research include algorithm development for analyzing large scale biological data and understanding human health through ‘Systems biology’ as well as ‘Metagenomics’ approaches. She has a number of projects in collaboration with several renowned National/International academic institutes as well as hospitals. The focus of these projects is on diseases/disorders like malnourishment, diabetes and tuberculosis.
She has published several papers in international journals and has delivered talks in many International and National conferences. She also has a number of patented algorithms and software solutions that address challenges faced by researchers in analyzing data generated from Next Generation Sequencing technologies.

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