Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Program Director, Special Initiatives




Keynote Speaker for Friday, October 21,2016,

4:30 — 5:30 PM,




Title: The Energy-Transportation Nexus & the Emergence of Cognitive IOT Systems



This talk will overview the concept of Cognitive IOT (Internet of Things) where the combination of advanced machine learning with IOT can enable transformative cyber-physical systems. We take the specific focus of the Energy and Transportation ecosystems. With the rapid growth in deployment of renewables, and the early emergence of lower cost energy storage and electric vehicles, a virtuous energy-transport nexus is in play. The modularity of these energy building blocks is driving a decentralization of market power, significant increase in uncertainty/variability on the grid, and and the early emergence of a virtualization layer that orchestrates these assets to deliver a variety of end user services.


At IBM Research, we are developing smarter energy solutions that can either be cloud-based or in decentralized realizations, for the customer domain and to help utilities in their transition to manage uncertainty. This talk will overview the market challenges and examples of research work especially from "Eastern" markets such as India, Australia and projects done in Brunei. A sample of topics covered include: distributed demand response (nplugs) inspired by power cuts in India & adaptive solar injection (iplug, which is the inverse of the nplug idea), thermal grids in Europe, participative micro-grids in Brunei, experiments with re-used laptop batteries for street vendors, commercial fine-grained building management analytics in Australia, solar forecasting via model blending, and a new personalised shared (EV) transportation model .


The Indian market is poised for a significant uptake in renewables (especially solar + wind) and already a huge market for diesel substitution/UPS systems in all sectors (commercial, telecom towers, residential, industrial); but has a weak electricity grid. Inspired by this context of solar in India, we overview a new IOT-based approach we are developing called "photonic energy harvesting" to change the nature of solar PV systems to being more software-defined.



Speaker Bio:

Shivkumar Kalyanaraman is Program Director, Special Initiatives and Dept Head, Cognitive Industry Solutions in IBM Research - India. He has served as the Chief Scientist of IBM Research - Australia (2013-2015), and served in earlier senior management roles for teams in systems, wireless, networking and smarter planet solutions at IBM Research - India since 2008. In 2010 he was part of a founding team of the UBD | IBM Centre, a nationally significant Smarter Planet collaboration between the country of Brunei and IBM; and directed this centre till 2013. Before joining IBM, he was a Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005).


His current research interests are in large-scale cyber-physical systems ("smarter planet"problems such as energy, natural resources, water, transportation, network traffic, and the application of ideas inspired from computing, wireless and networking in these domains. He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi, and is the General Co-Chair of ACM e-Energy 2015 in Bangalore, India. He served on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2010), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (2015), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2010), and was recognized by MIT's Technology Review Magazine in 1999 as a TR100 young innovator.





Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Head, Centre of Urban Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay



Keynote Speaker for Saturday, October 22, 2016

9:30 — 10:30 AM,




Title: Managing Energy, Computationally




Efficient use of energy is an age-old goal. But its importance has become even more apparent with the increased emphasis on development and our thirst for more consumption.


In this talk we will take a computer-science driven look at the problem of energy consumption. Not only are computers and the infrastructure surrounding them big energy-guzzlers, our belief is that the so-called "computational thinking" can lead to approaches that are applicable to other use(r)s of energy. In this talk, we will try to understand how recent research in computer systems can be applied to develop various measures for increasing energy efficiency of buildings, campuses, and cities. We will be driven by the following question: "Are there ideas in computer systems that we can borrow/adapt/apply to reduce/avoid/optimize energy usage in buildings, etc.



Speaker Bio:

Prof. Krithi Ramamritham holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He did his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) and M.Tech (Computer Science) degrees from IIT Madras. After a long stint at the University of Massachusetts, he moved to IIT Bombay as the Vijay and Sita Vashee Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. During 2006-2009, he served as Dean (R&D) at IIT Bombay. He currently heads IIT Bombay's new Center for Urban Science and Engineering.


Prof. Ramamritham's research explores timeliness and consistency issues in computer systems, in particular, databases, real-time systems, and distributed applications. His recent work addresses these issues in the context of sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile environments and smart grids. During the last few years he has been interested in the use of Information and Communication Technologies for creating tools aimed at socio-economic development.


He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was honored with a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. Twice he received the IBM Faculty Award. He just received the 2015 Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee for Real-Time Systems and IEEE's CEDA Outstanding Service Award.

He has been associated with the editorial board of various journals. These include IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and Springer's Real-Time Systems Journal (Editor-in-Chief), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet Computing, ACM Computing Surveys and the VLDB (Very Large Databases) Journal.


Moreover, he has served on the Board of Directors of Persistent Systems, Pune, on the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment, and on the Technical Advisory Board of TTTech, Vienna, Austria, Microsoft Research India, and Tata Consultancy Services. Of the two startups that he has co-founded, Agrocom offers award-winning information and communication technology-based real-time decision-support tools to farmers and organizations enabling progressive farming while Nex Robotics delivers high quality products in robotics and embedded systems.






Dr. Rajeev Shorey, Principal Scientist, TCS Innovation Lab, Cincinnati, USA and Bangalore,




Keynote Speaker for Sunday,, October 23, 2016

9:30 to 10:30 AM,




Title: Internet of Things: Technology, Applications, Services and Research Directions







Internet of Things (IoT) serves as a glue between two diverse worlds the physical world and the cyber world. The physical world comprises of all categories of devices, equipment, components. The cyber works is the Internet that ensures connectivity between any two devices. In the last few years, almost every industry has been deeply influenced by advances in IoT. In fact, suddenly IoT seems like a seamless and all pervasive technology that is likely to bring rich returns on investment to industry, academia and governments world-wide. What we are witnessing now is an explosion in IoT across several industry verticals, from transportation, energy, healthcare to manufacturing, retail and supply chain.


The excitement for IoT is supported by several factors. Some of these factors are ever shrinking and cost-effective hardware, ubiquitous connectivity, emerging light-weight communication protocols, rich IoT application platforms, an increasing number of IoT use cases and industry applications and the economic value that big data hold.


In this talk, we highlight IoT technology, architecture and protocols in detail. We discuss emerging standards and several important & exciting applications of IoT. The talk will conclude with a discussion of several research directions in the multi-disciplinary and complex world of the Internet of Things.



Speaker Bio:

Dr. Rajeev Shorey is the Principal Scientist at the TCS Innovation Lab, Cincinnati, USA and Bangalore, India. Prior to joining TCS Innovation Labs, Rajeev was the Program Director at IT Research Academy, Media Lab Asia, Dept of Electronics & IT, Government of India. He was the (Founder) President of NIIT University, India.


Dr. Shorey received his Ph.D and MS (Engg) in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India in 1997 and 1991 respectively. He received his B.E degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1987 and the B. Sc degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University in 1984.


Dr. Shoreys career spans several reputed research labs General Motors (GM) India Science Laboratory (ISL), IBM India Research Laboratory and SASKEN Technologies. He was an adjunct faculty in the Computer Science Dept at IIT, Delhi from 1998 to 2005. He was a faculty in the Computer Science Dept at the National University of Singapore from 2003 to 2004, while on leave from IBM Research Labs in New Delhi.


Dr. Shoreys work has resulted in more than 50 publications in international journals and conferences and several US patents, all in the area of wireless, wired networks, including wireless security. He has 12 issued US patents and several pending US patents to his credit. His areas of interest are Wireless Networks, Internet, Telecommunications, Telematics, Data Security and Data Analytics.


Dr. Shorey has served on the Editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and is currently serving on the Editorial board of WINET (Wireless Networks Journal of Mobile Communication, Computation and Information) journal.  He is the editor of the book titled Mobile, Wireless and Sensor Networks: Technology, Applications and Future Directionspublished by John Wiley, US in March 2006. Dr. Shorey has given numerous talks, tutorials and seminars in industry and academia all over the world. He is the founding member of the Communication Systems & Networks (COMSNETS) conference in India.