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Dr. M Annadurai

Distinguished Scientist and Director,

ISRO Satellite Center

Advances in Indian Space Programmes for Societal Needs and Upliftment

Brief Biography of Dr. Annadurai: Dr. M.Annadurai, is a Distinguished Scientist of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Currently since April, 2015, he is Director, ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore. Dr. Annadurai leads a team of more than 2500 engineers and scientists engaged in the design, development and production of satellites for Indian space programme.

Prior to this, from April 2011 to March 2015 he was Programme Director IRS & SSS of ISRO’s Satellite Centre (ISAC).

Born on 2nd July, 1958, Dr Annadurai graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore, Post Graduate in Applied Electronics from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and Phd. from Anna University, Coimbatore.

Joining ISRO in 1982, he began his career at ISAC as the team leader to design and develop the Software Satellite Simulator. He has done it for IRS-1A and INSAT-2 Missions. During the period 1992 -2005, he became the lead member of ISRO’s Mission team and managed Eight INSAT Missions, as the Mission Director. He played a pivotal role to bring out ground automation for S/C operations. He also contributed for the first satellite dedicated for tele-education, Edusat, as its Associate Project Director.

Dr Annadurai has made significant contribution to the India’s first Lunar Mission, Chandrayaan-1 as it’s Project Director. The project has won many appreciations and awards including the prestigious Space Pioneer Award, 2009 for it’s innovative cost effective design, international co-operation and the historical discovery of water on the Moon.

In 2011, Dr Annadurai was elevated as Programme Director IRS & SSS. In this capacity he has realised five satellite projects leading to their launch, namely Resoursat-2, YOUTHSAT, Megha-Tropiues, and RISAT-1. The list includes the realisation and launch of the most prestigious Mars Orbiter Mission in record time and successful insertion in the Martian orbit. He has also overseen two student satellite projects namely Jugnu by IIT Kanpur and SRMSAT by SRM University, Chennai.

Dr. Annadurai has received many awards, notable among them are, Padma Shri Award in 2016, Team Excellence Award from ISRO for the Contribution to Indian Space Program (2007), Doctor of Science, Conferred by five Universities, Eminent Scientist Award, from Madurai Kamaraj University, Sir C.V.Raman Award from Periyar

University, Salem, Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (2004), PRL, Ahmedabad, Rajyotsava Award for Science (2008) from Govt.of Karnataka, National Aeronautical Award-2008 from Aeronautical Society of India, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Systems Award, 2009, SIES National Eminence Award for Science, 2009, HK Firodia Award for Science and Technology, 2009, National Eminence Award for Science, 2010 from Centenarian Trust, Chennai , A Citation from ISRO for his contribution to the INSAT Satellite systems Mission Management '2009, Dr Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar Birthday Commemoration Award for 2012, National Science and Technology Award, 2011, Sathyabama University, Chennai, Member International Lunar Network Enabling Technologies Group, Certificate of Appreciation from Boeing Asia-America Professional Association, USA, C.PA. Adithanar Literary Award, 2013 for the book, “ Kaiyaruke Nila”, Laurels for Team Achievement Chandrayaan-1, International Academy of Astronautics,2013, Beijing , Vivekananda Human Excellence Award, 2014 from Ramakrishna Missions and Distinguished Scientist Award by K C College, Mumbai, 2015.

Dr Annadurai is Fellow of The Society for Shock Wave Research. He is also the Chairman of Indian Remote Sensing Society (ISRS) Bangalore Chapter. He has 75 papers to his credit and is the supervisory guide for four PhD works. He has delivered lectures in many national and international forums and also has written three books.

Dr M Annadurai’s life and works are mentioned in the 10th Standard Science Text book of Tamil Nadu.

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Dr. San Murugesan

Director, BRITE Professional Services

Addressing the Challenges of Network of Things (NoT): An Agenda for Research and Development

Brief Biography of Dr. Murugesan: San Murugesan is the director of BRITE Professional Services and an adjunct professor at Western Sydney University in Australia. He is editor in chief of IEEE IT Professional, serves on the editorial boards of Computer, The Institute, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and edits Computer’s Cloud Cover column. He is a corporate trainer, researcher, academic and author. He was an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor.  

He has vast experience in both academia and industry. His expertise and interests span a range areas including the Internet of Things, cloud computing, green IT, IT for Emerging Regions, smart systems,  and automation. He delivers multilevel certificate and training programs on the Internet of Things, cloud computing and green IT.  He is co-editor of Encyclopedia of Cloud Computing (Wiley, June 2016) and Harnessing Green IT: Principles and Practices (Wiley, 2012; Wily Indian Edition; and Chinese Edition). He has over 180 publications and edited several special issues of international journals on a range of topics.

He was a Senior Research Fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center, has been a professor at various universities, and has led several projects at the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore. He has served on several review and advisory boards and conference committees. He is Standing Chair of the COMPSAC Symposium on IT in Practice (ITiP). Murugesan received a PhD in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, IETE, and IICA. For further information,  visit his webpage

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Prof. Hamid Krim


Raleigh, NC, USA


Convexity, Sparsity, Nullity and all that... in Machine Learning

Abstract of Talk: High dimensional data exhibit distinct properties compared to its low dimensional counterpart; this causes a common performance decrease and a formidable computational cost increase of traditional approaches. Novel methodologies are therefore needed to characterize data in high dimensional spaces. 

Considering the parsimonious degrees of freedom of high dimensional data compared to its dimensionality, we study the union-of-subspaces (UoS) model, as a generalization of the linear subspace model. The UoS model preserves the simplicity of the linear subspace model, and enjoys the additional ability to address nonlinear data. We show a sufficient condition to use l1 minimization to reveal the underlying UoS structure, and further propose a bi-sparsity model (RoSure) as an effective algorithm, to recover the given data characterized by the UoS model from errors/corruptions.

As an interesting twist on the related problem of Dictionary Learning Problem, we discuss the sparse null space problem (SNS). Based on linear equality constraint, it first appeared in 1986 and has since inspired results, such as sparse basis pursuit, we investigate its relation to the analysis dictionary learning problem, and show that the SNS problem plays a central role, and may naturally be exploited to solve dictionary learning problems. Substantiating examples are provided, and the application and performance of these approaches are demonstrated on a wide range of problems, such as face clustering and video segmentation.

Brief Biography of Prof. Krim: Hamid Krim ( received his BSc. MSc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, where he has conducted R&D in the areas of telephony and digital communication systems/subsystems. Following an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at Foreign Centers of Excellence, LSS/University of Orsay, Paris, France, he joined the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT, Cambridge, MA as a Research Scientist and where he was performing and supervisingresearch. He is presently Professor of Electrical Engineering in the ECE Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, leading the Vision, Information and Statistical Signal Theories and Applications group. His research interests are in statistical signal and image analysis and mathematical modeling with a keen emphasis on applied problems in classification and recognition using geometric and topological tools. He has served and is currently serving on the IEEE editorial board of SP, and the TCs of SPTM and Big Data Initiative, as well as an AE of the new IEEE Transactions on SP on Information Processing on Networks, and of the IEEE SP Magazine. He is also one of the 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturers of the IEEE SP Society.


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Prof. Jean-Luc Gaudiot

Fellow, IEEE, AAAS

Professor of EECS, UC, Irvine


Technology Considerations in Computer Architecture

Abstract of Talk: Good engineering practice uses the characteristics of existing technologies to optimize implementation.  Often, this will mean that design techniques optimal in a previous generation prove impractical or even unusable when a new technology becomes dominant.  This rule is all too often forgotten, which we will demonstrate in two problems of computer design:  Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and hardware prefetchers (providing the ability to fetch data early in anticipation of the need).  FPGAs are extremely useful in mobile embedded systems where computing power and energy considerations are major concerns.  Partial reconfiguration is often used to reduce power consumption when parts of the array are inactive, albeit at the cost of high energy overhead due to the large cost of transferring configuration information. Our study reveals that partial reconfiguration accelerates execution and reduces overall energy consumption by half.  Second, we will demonstrate how increased transistor integration allows hardware prefetching to improve both energy-efficiency and performance.

Brief Biography of Dr. Gaudiot: 

Jean-Luc Gaudiot received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur from ESIEE, Paris, France in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA in 1977 and 1982, respectively.   He is currently Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC, Irvine.  Prior to joining UCI in 2002, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California since 1982.  His research interests include multithreaded architectures, fault-tolerant multiprocessors, and implementation of reconfigurable architectures.  He has published over 250 journal and conference papers.  His research has been sponsored by NSF, DoE, and DARPA, as well as a number of industrial companies.  He has served the community in various positions and was just elected to the presidency of the IEEE Computer Society for 2017.

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Dr. Sudhakar Rao

Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman


Advanced Phased Array and Reflector Antenna Systems for 21st Century Satellite Communication Payloads

Abstract of Talk: 21st century has seen several new satellite services such as local-channel broadcast for direct broadcast satellite service (DBS), high capacity K/Ka-band personal communication satellite (PCS) service, hosted payloads, mobile satellite services using very large deployable reflectors, high power hybrid satellites etc. All these satellite services are driven by the operators need to reduce the cost of satellite and pack more capability into the satellite. Antenna sub-system design, mechanical packaging on the spacecraft, and RF performance become very critical for these satellites. This talk will cover recent developments in the areas of antenna systems for FSS, BSS, PCS, & MSS satellite communications. System requirements that drive the antenna designs will be presented initially with brief introduction to satellite communications. Reflector and array antenna designs will be covered in this talk.

Advanced antenna system designs for contoured beams, multiple beams, and reconfigurable beams will be presented. Contoured beam antennas using dual-gridded reflectors, shaped single reflectors, and shaped Gregorian reflectors will discussed. Multiple beam antenna (MBA) concepts and their advantages compared to conventional contoured beams will be introduced. Various designs of the MBA for DBS, PCS, and MSS services will be discussed along with practical examples. Recent advances in feed technology and reflector technology will be addressed and few examples. Advances in multi-band antennas covering multiple bands will be presented. Topics such as antenna designs for high capacity satellites, large deployable mesh reflector designs, low PIM designs, and power handling issues will be included. Advanced high power test methods for the satellite payloads will be addressed. Brief introductions to TT&C antennas, passive inter modulation products (PIM) and multipaction for satellite payloads will be given. Future trends in the satellite antennas will be discussed. Next generation satellites using higher frequency bands will be addresses. At the end of this talk, engineers will be exposed to typical requirements, designs, hardware, software, and test methods for various satellite antennas.

Brief Biography of Dr. Rao: Sudhakar K. Rao received B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D degrees in electronics & communications engineering from REC Warangal, IIT Kharagpur, and IIT Madras in 1974, 1976, and 1979 respectively. During the period 1976-1977 he worked as a Technical officer at ECIL Hyderabad and then as a Senior Scientist at the Electronics and Radar development Establishment, Bangalore on phased array antennas for airborne applications during 1980-1981. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Trondheim, Norway and then as a research associate at University of Manitoba during 1981-1983. During1983-1996, he worked at Spar Aerospace Limited (now MDA), Montreal, Canada, as a Staff Scientist and developed advanced antennas for several satellite communications. From 1996-2003 he worked as Chief Scientist/Technical Fellow at Hughes/Boeing Satellite Systems and developed multiple beam antennas and reconfigurable beam payloads for commercial and military applications. During the period 2003-2010, he worked as a Corporate Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and developed antenna payloads for fixed satellite, broadcast satellite, and personal communication satellite services. He invented novel high power TVAC test methods for satellite payloads using “pick-up horn absorber loads” that have about 8 times cost and schedule savings which has become a standard method at Lockheed Martin and used successfully on more than 10 satellite payloads. He is currently a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, CA working on advanced antenna systems for space & aircraft applications.

Dr. Rao developed antenna payloads for more than 70 satellites including first mobile satellite M-Sat, first Direct Broadcast Satellite with local channels (DirecTV-4S), and first multiple beam antenna at Ka-band for personal communications satellites. His work on development of radiation templates for complex radiation patterns of satellite antennas for interference analysis was adopted and recommended by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)/CCIR in 1992 as the world-wide standard for satellite manufacturers and operators. He authored over 170 technical papers and has 44 U.S patents. He authored and co-edited three text book volumes on “Handbook of Reflector Antennas and Feed Systems” that are published in June 2013 by the Artech House.

Dr. Rao became an IEEE Fellow in 2006 and a Fellow of IETE in 2009. He received several awards and recognitions that include 2002 Boeing’s Special Invention Award for series of patents on satellite antenna payloads, 2003 Boeings’ technical achievement award, Lockheed Martin’s Inventor of Technology award in 2005 & 2007, IEEE Benjamin Franklin Key Award in 2006, Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year in 2008, and Asian American Engineer of the year award in 2008. He received IEEE Judith Resnik Technical Field Award in 2009 for pioneering work in aerospace engineering. He is the recipient of the IETE’s 2015 Prof. S.N. Mitra Memorial award. He received best reviewer recognition by the IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation Journal for the years 2014 and 2015. Dr. Rao is appointed as the Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE APS for a three year period (2014-2016). He was the Chair for the IEEE APS “Industry Initiatives Committee” during 2010-2015, Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas & Propagation Magazine’s “Antenna Applications Corner”, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, Special Session Organizer/Chair for the last six IEEE APS/URSI Symposia, Technical Program Committee member for IEEE APS/URSI Symposia from last 10 years, and reviewer for the IEEE AP Transactions, WPL, IEE etc. Dr. Rao mentored more than 50 engineers in his career who are now in key technical and management positions throughout the aerospace industry.

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Balajee Sowrirajan

Senior Vice President and Managing Director,

Samsung Semiconductors India R&D

Semiconductor Challenges in the Connected World

Brief Biography of Balajee Sowrirajan: Balajee Sowrirajan has 25+ years of experience in the area of Semiconductor R&D. Presently he is the Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Samsung Semiconductor R&D Center at India.  His organization is responsible for many Industry first Memory Solutions and LSI product development for Samsung Semiconductors.

Prior to joining Samsung, He spent 19+ years in Texas Instruments, where he was the Senior Director for World Wide OMAP Hardware Development. He has led many successful Industry First Product development during his career, which includes World's first single chip Modem solution, Industry's best Application Processors, High performance CPUs, GPUs and High speed and Multimedia IPs Development.

He was elected as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at TI for his Technical Leadership. He holds Masters in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani.

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Dr. Ashok K. Das

Founder CEO, SunMoksha Power Pvt. Ltd.

IoT/Cloud-Based Smart Nanogrod™ for Sustainable Rural Development

Abstract of Talk: The socioeconomic development of India’s marginalized rural and agricultural communities, needs interventions to move them up the value chain by addressing three key areas of education, employment and energy. Access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy, creation of ‘micro-enterprise zones (MEZs)’ business models and development of locally relevant skills play key roles. These, in turn, reduce the pressure on agriculture and land, and lead to triple bottom-line impact. SunMoksha has developed a holistic solution, ‘Smart NanoPower’, for sustainable, scalable, rural socioeconomic development. The key ‘technical intervention’ of NanoPower is the ‘Smart Nanogrid’ - a comprehensive IoT-on-Cloud solution to remotely manage the entire operations of the micro-grid, including hybrid renewable energy, remote monitoring, management and maintenance, demand-supply management in a mini/micro/nano-grid, billing and payment, knowledge sharing and training. A dynamic management of supply and demand is the key differentiator. It dynamically manages demands to meet supply constraints and vice versa. Additionally, it provides complete solution for management energy, water, agriculture and environment! A key differentiator of Nanogrid is making data available to experts in real time for a timely intervention; thus bridging the skills gaps and providing a platform for sustainable, scalable business models. The ‘social interventions’ of ‘NanoPower’ include viable business models for sustainability and scalability, and skill development for bridging the skills gaps and creating entrepreneurial capacity. Our model has been successfully demonstrated in Chhotkei village in Odisha, and endorsed by MNRE, Power Minister, ISGF, ADB, OREDA and won Smart Village Award.

Brief Biography of Dr. Ashok Das: Dr. Ashok Das is the founder CEO of SunMoksha, a Clean Technology Solutions company. He has over 22 years of experience in semiconductor equipment and clean energy that spans across solar, bio, waste on supply side, and smart micro grids & energy efficiency on demand side. He has extensive experience in rural electrification, and has developed a comprehensive technology-cum-business solution that includes smart micro grid solution for remote monitoring, operations, controls and demand-supply management. He has been working on the ground in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, UP, Assam and Bengal addressing the real issues of energy access. His consulting expertise includes technology & business solutions, market research, feasibility study, and advisory services to MSMEs.His work in development sector includes consulting assignments with several development agencies, such as, the World Bank, UK-DFID, KfW, ADB, SIDBI, Ashden India, CII-GBC, and USAID/CTI-PFAN. As founding-chair of TiE Clean Tech Forum, he has been very active in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for clean technologies and social impact across India. Prior to founding SunMoksha, he worked for semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials in California, and then headed the India Operations of a fab automation start-up Aquest Systems. Prior to Applied Materials, he worked at MTCI on technology development to convert waste to energy. He is a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles.