Keynote Speakers


Rajkumar Buyya

Fellow IEEE
Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Lab,
The University of Melbourne, Australia
CEO, Manjrasoft Pvt Ltd, Melbourne, Australia




Title: New Frontiers in Cloud Computing for Big Data and Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications

Abstract: Computing is being transformed to a model consisting of services that are commoditised and delivered in a manner similar to utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telephony. Several computing paradigms have promised to deliver this utility computing vision. Cloud computing has emerged as one of the buzzwords in the IT industry and turned the vision of "computing utilities" into a reality. Clouds deliver infrastructure, platform, and software (application) as services, which are made available as subscription-based services in a pay-as-you-go model to consumers. Cloud application platforms need to offer (1) APIs and tools for rapid creation of elastic applications and (2) a runtime system for deployment of applications on geographically distributed computing infrastructure in a seamless manner.

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm enables seamless integration of cyber-and-physical worlds and opening up opportunities for creating new class of applications for domains such as smart cities. The emerging Fog computing is extending Cloud computing paradigm to edge resources for latency sensitive IoT applications.

This keynote presentation will cover (a) 21st century vision of computing and identifies various IT paradigms promising to deliver the vision of computing utilities; (b) opportunities and challenges for utility and market-oriented Cloud computing, (c) innovative architecture for creating market-oriented and elastic Clouds by harnessing virtualisation technologies; (d) Aneka, a Cloud Application Platform, for rapid development of Cloud/Big Data applications and their deployment on private/public Clouds with resource provisioning driven by SLAs; (e) experimental results on deploying Cloud and Big Data/Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications in engineering, and health care, satellite image processing, and smart cities on elastic Clouds; and (f) directions for delivering our 21st century vision along with pathways for future research in Cloud and Fog computing.

Biography: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He served as a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council during 2012-2016. He has authored over 625 publications and seven text books including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. He also edited several books including "Cloud Computing: Principles and Paradigms" (Wiley Press, USA, Feb 2011). He is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=112, g-index=245, 63,600+ citations). Microsoft Academic Search Index ranked Dr. Buyya as #1 author in the world (2005-2016) for both field rating and citations evaluations in the area of Distributed and Parallel Computing. Recently, Dr. Buyya is recognized as a "2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters and a Fellow of IEEE for his outstanding contributions to Cloud computing. Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 40 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft's Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received "2010 Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award". He served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Software: Practice and Experience, which was established over 45 years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome: www.buyya.com


Prasant Mohapatra

Fellow IEEE, Fellow AAAS.
Professor, Computer Science
Dean & Vice-Provost of Graduate Studies
University of California, Davis, USA



Title: Smart-Sensing in Mobile Devices

Abstract: With the expansive usage of mobile devices and potential growth in the deployment of Internet of things, we will have proliferation of smart sensors in our handheld devices, wearables, and in our surroundings. Making sense out of the web of sensors is what we term as Smart-Sensing. Smart-Sensing would involve accurate and innovative sensing approaches while using minimal resources. In this talk, we will have an overview of a few approaches and novel ideas for smart-sensing using mobile devices. We will address the security aspects of a variety of related applications. Capturing the movement of fingers and hand gestures through accelerometer and gyroscope, we will develop the concept of finger-writing using smartwatches. Sensor assisted biometric authentication will be the next topic of our discussion. Then we will explore how the WiFi APs can detect the movement of other devices as well as identify humans. The last part of the talk will demonstrate unconventional sensing and discuss the vulnerability and energy consumption in smart devices. The talk will conclude with the summary of the potential scope and applications of smart-sensing environments.

Biography: Dr. Prasant Mohapatra is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and serves as the Dean and Vice-Provost of Graduate at the University of California, Davis. He is a former Endowed Chairman of the Department of Computer Science. In the past, he has held Visiting Professor positions at AT&T, Intel Corporation, Panasonic Technologies, Institute of Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore, and National ICT Australia (NICTA), University of Padova, Italy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and Yonsei University, South Korea. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transaction on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ACM WINET, and Ad Hoc Networks. He has been on the program/organizational committees of several international conferences.

Dr. Mohapatra is the recipient of an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from Penn State University, an Outstanding Research Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at the University of California, and the HP Labs Innovation Research Award winner for three years. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS. He received the Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence for the year 2015.

Dr. Mohapatra's research interests are in the areas of wireless networks, mobile communications, sensor networks, Internet protocols, and QoS.


Saroj Kumar Meher

Systems Science and Informatics Unit,
Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore




Title: Evolving Granular Neural Networks with Applications

Abstract: Information granulation opens ample scope to design likely transparent neural networks called granular neural networks (GNNs). Reforming the architecture of a GNN with varying input information further improves its operational transparency in the classification of land use / land cover of remote sensing data. Recently, evolving GNN (eGNN) has been originated with an advancement to GNN that has the ability to explore and accommodate input information more effectively and results in the performance improvement of classification systems. For each input, the shape and size of granules are adjusted with randomly selected weight parameters and accordingly, the network architecture of eGNN is determined. In this talk, we discuss and aim to improve the performance of eGNN by deterministically initialise the weight parameters and reforming the network architecture through encoding the domain knowledge using rough set-theoretic method. In this study, we use back error propagation learning algorithm for eGNN. The resultant network called progressive GNN (PGNN) becomes more dynamic in the learning process and thus minimizes the learning time with improved accuracy. The efficacy of the method was justified with land cover classification of both multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing images.

Biography: Saroj K. Meher is an Assistant Professor of the System Science and Informatics Unit at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore Centre. He received the B.Sc. degree in Physics (Honours) from the Sambalpur University in 1990, M.Sc. degree in Physics with Electronics Specialization and Ph.D. degree in Science from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela in 1997 and 2003, respectively.

He worked as a Senior Research Scientist at Research & Development Units of various Industries in India for about three years and was awarded for his excellent contribution in some important projects. He was working as a Post Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata in 2005-2006 and 2009-2010.

He received the Sir. J. C. Bose memorial award of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India in the year 2003 and Orissa Young Scientist award for research in the field of Electronic Sciences & Technology for the year 2003 and Three Gold Medals from Institute of Engineers, Orissa. He is an elected Senior Member IEEE.

His current research interest includes Image processing & analysis including remote sensing imagery, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Granular Computing, Computational Intelligence/Soft Computing. He has contributed about 50 research papers in well known and prestigious archival journals, international refereed conferences and in the edited monograph volumes.


Aninda Bose

Springer (India) Private Limited
Senior Editor - Hard Sciences




Title: Publishing Ethics and Author Services

Abstract: The importance of research publishing can be defined by a simple quote of Gerard Piel, which says "Without publication, science is dead." The first scientific journal was published in 1665 and we have travelled 350 years since then. In the last 20 years, science and reporting of science have undergone revolutionary changes. Computerization and Internet have changed the traditional ways of reading and writing. Hence, it is very important for scientists and students of the sciences in all disciplines to understand the complete process of writing and publishing of scientific paper in good journals. There is also a downside of digital publishing. The principal challenge for publishers is to handle ethical issues and it is of utmost importance for the authors to understand the ethical practices involved in the process.

The talk is designed to provide information on different ethical practices and also on how to make use of various author services for the publishing work.

Biography: Aninda Bose is presently working as a Senior Publishing Editor with Springer India Pvt. Ltd. Mr. Bose is part of the Global Acquisition Team at Springer and responsible for acquisition of scientific content across the globe. The disciplines he is responsible for are Chemistry, Material Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Intelligence. He has more than 23 years of industrial experience in marketing and different fields of publishing. Mr. Bose has completed Masters in Organic Chemistry from Delhi University and Masters in Marketing Research from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. He has published books for secondary level in Chemistry and a member of American Chemical Society, USA. Mr. Bose has delivered more than 50 talks on Scientific Writing and Publishing Ethics in reputed Universities, International Conferences and Author Workshops.


Pradip K. Das

Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
IIT Guwahati, Assam, INDIA




Title: Research Trends in Computer Vision

Abstract:This talk will introduce the problem and challenges in computer vision and the types of research trends in solving such problems using modern algorithms and technology.

Biography:Dr. Pradip K. Das, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. My research interests include Speech Processing, Mobile Robotics, Cyber-Physical Systems, Software Engineering, Algorithms and Smart Devices.

Dr. Das has 25 years of teaching and research experience, completed over 15 numbers of research and developmental sponsored projects and was involved in consultancies with UNICEF, India. He has filed a patent on Nasal Characterization for Human Speakers.Over 60 research papers have been published in international journals and conferences by him and his research focuses in the areas of Speech/Image Processing, Robotics & Intelligent Systems. He has guided over 55 Post Graduate thesis (M.Tech. Projects) and over 65 undergraduate projects (B.Tech. projects). Currently, he is guiding four Ph.D. scholars. He was the organizing Vice Chairman, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2009, Course Director of Finishing Summer School for Engineering Graduates for North East Region 2008. Presently nominated as Vice President, IITG Club and Member of Project Implementation Group of the FIST Programme.