Plenary/Keynote Speakers

Professor Ezendu AriwaDept. of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Title of the Talk: Cloud Computing and Corporate Social Responsibility for Engineering Sustainability

Biography: Professor Ezendu Ariwa  holds the position of  Professor in Computer Science at University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, Department  of Computer Science & Technology, with speciality in Practice in Computing. He is also a Visiting Professor at Gulf University, Bahrain, Visiting Professor in Engineering Sustainability and ICT, Anadolu University, Turkey, Visiting Professor, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Cloud Computing, IAMTECH University, Sierra Leone  and Visiting Professor, Kano State Polytechnics, Nigeria as well as Visiting Affiliate of the Green IT Observatory, RIMT University, Australia and Visiting Affiliate of ICT University, USA.  He also holds the position of Director - Technical and Non-Executive Director and Research Professor for Enterprise Projects at Sun Bio IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd, India.  He is also the Chair for the IEEE Consumer Electronics Chapter, United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland (UKRI),  Chair for the IEEE Broadcast Technology Chapter, UKRI and Chair for the IEEE Technology Management Council Chapter, UKRI. He is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (SMIEE); Chartered FELLOW of the British Computer Society (CITP, FBCS),  Fellow of the Institute of Information Technology Training (FIITT), Fellow of Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). 

He is also a member of the Elite Group of The British Computer Society (BCS),  Fellow of Global Strategic Management, Inc., Michigan, USA and Fellow of  the UK Council for Health Informatics Professionals (UKCHIP). He was the Co-ordinator of the Digital Enterprise Research Group (DERG), African Research in Business Group (ARBG) and worked with the team to achieve African Business Enterprise Research Observatory (ABERO). The ABERO achieved good collaboration with multicultural SMEs in the United Kingdom and internationally, with respect to mentoring and working on joint professional development enterprise programmes. He has experience of doctoral research supervision as well as doctoral external examiner for various Universities both in the UK and internationally.

He has a good research profile and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Green Computing (IJGC), Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computing and Digital Systems (IJCDS), Journal of E-Technology, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of E-Politics and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Distributed Systems and Technologies (IJDST). He is a member of Policy Co-ordination Committee of the International Research Foundation for Development (A Corporation of NGO in special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations).  Professor Ezendu Ariwa is author of a number of books and more than 200 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. He has also delivered keynote speeches at various international conferences.  He recently published a book on Green Technology Applications for Enterprise and Academic Innovation, 2014; Publisher: IGI Global, USA.

Talk Description: Cloud computing is recent development of the future generation communication technology which contributes towards industrialization and commercialization of product development in terms os virtual applications and service delivery through the internet for the purpose of cost benefit and usability of business and enterprise services. The main aim of this talk is to deliver the knowledge on Cloud Computing and Corporate Social Responsibility for Engineering Sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Ramin Yahyapour, Director, GWDG University Göttingen, Germany.

Dr Ramin

Title of the Talk: Cloud and Data Management in Sciences - Challenges and Opportunities.

Biography: Professor Ramin Yahyapour is full professor at the Georg-August University of Göttingen since October 2011. He is also managing director of the GWDG, a joint compute and IT competence center of the university and the May Planck Society. The GWDG has over 110 staff members and serves as a research and service center. Prof. Yahyapour is also CIO of the University and the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG). Before his appointment in Göttingen, he was Professor at TU Dortmund University, director of the IT & Media Center and CIO of the University.

Dr. Yahyapour holds a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering and his research interest lies in the area of efficient resource management in its application to service-oriented infrastructures, clouds, and data management. He is especially interested in data and computing services for eScience. He gives lectures on parallel processing systems, service computing, distributed systems, cloud computing, Grid technologies.

He was and is active in several national and international research projects, e.g. he was scientific coordinator of the FP7 integrated project SLA@SOI or executive member of the CoreGRID Network of Excellence. Ramin Yahyapour serves regularly as reviewer for funding agencies and consultant for IT organizations. He is organizer and program committee member of conferences and workshops as well as reviewer for journals. Since 2012 he is member of the IT commission (KfR) of the German science foundation (DFG). 

Talk Description: Science has become data-driven in many disciplines. Topics like cloud computing, data analytics and handling of big data are common trends in the scientific domain. The collection, analysis, re-use and publication of data provide new opportunities for novel scientific insights beyond the traditional ways. Cloud services are a convenient management model to provide access to huge amount of computational and data resources. Enabling this potential is an important competitive factor for universities, research organizations and industry. The talk will highlight examples from digital humanities to life sciences and healthcare. The role of these technologies as part of research infrastructures will be discussed.

Dr.  Piyush  Maheshwari Head (R&D and Innovation), Ericsson India, Senior Member IEEE 

Dr Piyush

Title of the Talk: The Internet of Things: Open Challenges and Research Areas

Biography:  Dr. Piyush is a senior academician, academic leader, architect, and software systems researcher with experience in enterprise distributed systems with high performance and high availability requirements, and a well-recognized thought leader in complex technological environments such as cloud computing and event-driven systems. Dr. Maheshwari currently affiliated with Ericsson India as the Head (R&D and Innovation).Through a career spanning 25+ years with leading edge ICT solution provider companies (10+ years) and universities (15+ years), including IBM Research Lab (IRL), Pitney Bowes Software, Nokia Siemens Network, Perot Systems (now Dell), UNSW and Griffith University in Australia and eServGlobal Sydney, Beacon Group Sydney, Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) and IIT Roorkee. He earned B.E. and M.E. from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Manchester (UK). He has supervised several PhD thesis with more than 90 research publications. He has been awarded with different prestigious awards like TOGAF 9 Gold Award from Architecting the Enterprise, U.K, Certificate of Merit from Beacon Group on achieving the Australian Innovation Award, Commonwealth Scholarship in the United Kingdom, IIT Roorkee Gold Medal etc. He is a senior member of IEEE and Computer Society.

Talk Description: What is the Internet of Things in practice? Maybe the simplest definition is that the Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses all the embedded devices and networks that are natively IP-enabled and Internet-connected, along with the Internet services monitoring and controlling those devices. IoT is made up of the IP-enabled embedded devices, including sensors, machines, active positioning tags, radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers and building automation equipment to name but a few, all connected to the Internet. We will discuss a few key enabling technologies and application domains that are presently driving the IoT research. We will present some IoT applications and address some essential parameters and characteristics of each of the applications of IoT.

Prof Sanjay Misra, Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria 

Prof Sanjay Mishra
Title of the Talk: 
Software Quality Assurance: A Big Challenge for Next Generation Computing

Biography: Sanjay Misra is Full Professor of computer engineering at Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria. He has 21 years of wide experience in academic administration and researches in various universities in Asia, Europe and Africa. He also held academic positions at FUT Minna - Nigeria, Atilim University - Turkey, Subharati University and UP Technical University - India. He is also visiting professor at the University of Alcala – Spain(since 2011-), UCV- Valparaiso – Chile(since 2013-), UNICEN, Tandil – Argentina(since 2011-), and Atilim University – Turkey(since 2011-). His current researches cover the areas of software quality, software process improvement, software project management, object oriented technologies, XML, SOA, Web services, cognitive informatics, artificial intelligence, neural network, health Informatics, e-learning, cloud computing and cyber security. Prof Sanjay is coordinating/working/collaborating with several research groups (as visiting/adjunct/ professor/collaborative researcher) in various universities and industry around the world (Spain, Argentina, Turkey, Singapore, Chili, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, France, South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Vietnam, India). He has author/coauthor in more than 150 papers- (with colleagues from nearly 20 countries) and majority the publications are in ISI Web of Sciences and got several awards for outstanding publications. Recently, Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), United Kingdom awarded him ‘2014 IET Software Premium Award’  for Best Paper published in last two yearsHe has delivered 15 plenary and keynote speeches (IEEE, Springer, Elsevier sponsored conferences) and 30 invited talks (workshops/seminars/lecture) in various universities and institutions in more than 30 Countries. He is editor in chief of the book series on Advances in IT Personals and Project management (IGI Global), author of 1 book and editor (one of) in 15 LNCS (Springer), 4 IEEE conference proceedings. He is General Chair of 6th IEEE ICAST: 2014 and founder chair of 3 annual international workshops: Software Engineering Process and Applications (SEPA), Springer (2009-2015), Tools and Techniques in Software Development Process, IEEE (2009-2015), Software Quality, IEEE (2009), LNCS (2011-2015) and Software Metrics and Measurement, IEEE (2009). Presently, he is Editor in chief editor of International Journal of Physical Sciences, founder EIC of Covenant Journal of ICT and International Journal of Computer Science and Software Technology, and also serving as editor, associates editor and editorial board members of many journals (more than 20) of international repute.

Talk Description: Software Quality assurance is an important issue/activity in software engineering. After all efforts for maintaining quality  the failure of the several major software projects indicates that still there are problem areas which must be identified and fixed. In this work, we present issues and challenges for implementing quality assurance activities in software industry. The results are presented based on empirical experimentation carried out in several software companies in different countries.

Dr. Sudip Misra, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Title of the Talk: Sensor-Cloud: A Paradigm Shift in Sensor Networking & Convergence Towards IoT

Biography: Dr. Sudip Misra is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. His current research interests include algorithm design for emerging communication networks. Dr. Misra is the author of over 200 scholarly research papers. He has won eight research paper awards in different conferences. He was awarded the IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award at IEEE GLOBECOM 2012, Anaheim, California, USA. He was also the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships such as the Young Scientist Award (National Academy of Sciences, India), Young Systems Scientist Award (Systems Society of India), Young Engineers Award (Institution of Engineers, India), (Canadian) Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal at Carleton University, the University Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Doctoral level at Carleton University and the National Academy of Sciences, India – Swarna Jayanti Puraskar (Golden Jubilee Award). He was awarded the Canadian Government’s prestigious NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship and the Humboldt Research Fellowship in Germany.  Dr. Misra is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems (IJCNDS), Inderscience, Switzerland. He has also been serving as the Associate Editor of the Telecommunication Systems Journal (Springer SBM), Security and Communication Networks Journal (Wiley), International Journal of Communication Systems (Wiley), and the EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications and Networking. He is also an Editor/Editorial Board Member/Editorial Review Board Member of the IET Networks and IET Wireless Sensor Systems. Dr. Misra has 8 books published by Springer, Wiley, and World Scientific. He was invited to chair several international conference/workshop programs and sessions. Dr. Misra was also invited to deliver keynote/invited lectures in over 30 international conferences in USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. 

Talk Description: Sensor-Cloud Infrastructure (SCI) immensely enhances the usability and management of the physical sensor devices. Traditional Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are manufactured in a proprietary, vendor-specific design, and cannot handle application switching dynamically at runtime due to the presence of monolithic kernel. Sharing of data is also non-trivial, as the WSN owners generally do not want to share their data to an external user in order to maintain security. Consequently, the renderability of WSNs is almost infeasible to people/organizations that do not own a network of their own. Thus, in the existing system, WSN-based applications are inaccessible to the naïve-users or common people who do not own physical sensor devices. Of late, sensor-cloud infrastructure has been viewed as a substitute for traditional WSNs. However, with the increasing growth in the velocity, variety, and variability of data, the management becomes a serious concern and difficulty. Thus, existing systems are not able to capture, analyze, and control the present data efficiently, in real-time. SCI is a distributed framework for potentially “Big” sensor-data storage, processing, virtualization, leveraging, and efficient remote management. The methods of the proposed SCI are persuasive as they are equipped with the ability to handle “Big” data with enormous heterogeneous data volumes (in zettabyte) generated with tremendous velocity. The framework interfaces between the physical and cyber worlds, thereby acquiring real-time data from the physical WSNs into the cloud platform. The primary components of the SCI are the Repository Server, and the Cloud server. Within the Repository server, the unstructured raw data are acquired, virtualized and segregated into virtual sensors and virtual sensor groups as per the end-users’ application requirements on-demand. The data are further channelized to the respective Virtual Machines (VMs) that reside within the Cloud server. The Cloud server component structures the data in a distributed manner within every VM, using unique real-time processing algorithms and delivers the same to the end-users as a simple service – Sensors-as-a-Service (Se-aaS). SCI completely maintains and manages the data and the metadata internally within its database. Multiple organizations with heterogeneous demand can be successfully served with Se-aaS through SCI. From a user-perspective, SCI is highly convenient as the users are completely abstracted from the underlying complex processing logic. This allows the naïve users to envision the typical hardware sensor devices as simple accessible services like electricity, and water. The vision of SCI fulfills the requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT) by creating and connecting a sensor web to the Internet.

Dr. N. R. Srinivasa Raghavan, Head, Data Science and Big Data, Rolta India Limited, Mumbai, India

Title of the Talk:
Opportunities and Challenges in Big Data: A Practice Perspective

Biography: Dr. N. R. Srinivasa Raghavan is currently the Head of Data Science and Big Data at Rolta India Limited, Mumbai. He was earlier the Head of Big Data Analytics/Data Science with Reliance Industries Limited,  Citibank Global Decision Management group, the Lab Group Manager for General Motors R&D, Analytic Science Manager with Fair Isaac, and mentor in R&D at Dell India. Prior to his industry stint, he was a faculty member with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore from 1999-2007. For his signal contributions to the Analytics industry in India, N. R. S. Raghavan was acclaimed as one among the Ten Most Influential Analytics Leaders in India by Analytics India Magazine. He is the recipient of the Young Engineer Award given by the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Young Associate Award of the Indian Academy of Sciences, and the Young Scientist Fellowship Scheme by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. His PhD thesis won the B. G. Raghavendra Memorial Award. He is a Gold Medalist in his graduate and undergraduate degrees. He has chaired many international conferences, been a keynote speaker and has also been a panel coordinator in many panel discussions. He is a co-author of 19 classified reports and 1 US Patent, each detailing solutions/algorithms  sponsored by Business Stakeholders and delivering immense business impact. He collaborated with NUS, University of Manchester, Oklahoma State University, Hebrew University, IIT Kanpur,and IIT Madras in developing innovative solutions for industry. During his 8 year tenure at IISc, N. R. S. Raghavan set up collaborative partnerships with leading industrial houses such as Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC USA), Intel Asia, General Motors USA, SAP Labs India, Unilever etc, and Government agencies like Department of Science and Technology to help fund his laboratory on Decision Sciences. Raghavan has over 67 publications in leading international journals and conferences and edited a book for Springer on Product Research.

Talk Description: Big Data portends immense possibilities for improving enterprise performance. It combines the power of scalability with ease of uncovering hidden patterns in data. In this talk we will highlight use cases in structured and unstructured analytics which bring to bear the significant opportunities to better understand data and therefore drive better decisions. We also focus on some of the practical challenges encountered when implementing Big Data in enterprises. 

Dr. Shailendra SinghVice President – Data Analytics, DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System) Limited, New Delhi, India

Title of the Talk:
SMART Urban Transportation & Big Data Analytics

Biography: Dr. Shailendra Singh is working as Vice President – Data Analytics in DIMTS and leading Data Mining research & development work. He did Ph.D. from IIT Delhi, MSc from IIT Roorkee, & EGMP from IIM Bangalore. He is having almost 17 years of research experience in the domain of Information Retrieval, Web Mining, User Preference Learning, Text Mining, Question Answering Systems, Recommender Systems, Social Networking, Smart Agents, Predictive Analytics, Data Mining, Content based Image Retrieval, and Big Data Analytics (Map-Reduce). In DIMTS, he is focusing on GPS data based analytics applications for transportation industry. Prior to DIMTS, he was associated with Huawei Technologies and Samsung Electronics where he worked in Data Science domain, Business Analytics, Patent Portfolio Management, and Technology Planning Strategy & Management. He collaborated with IITs and IIITs to do research work. He has published 25 research articles in conferences and international journals like IPM, PRL, ASOC, & IJWA. He has 12 Patents which have been filed in US, South Korea, Europe, China, & India. He has edited a book “Soft Computing Applications in Business”, published by Springer-Verlag as an associate editor.He has conducted workshop in IICAI, serving as reviewer for international journals, involved in research and guiding Masters/Doctoral candidates. He was invited as a speaker in India Analytics and Big Data Summit 2015 and participating in Urban Transportation events like IAMAI 2015, i-bharat 2014, Location Based Services 2014, SAP Forum 2014 etc.

Talk Description: India’s major cities population is continuously growing as more citizens are moving to major cities from rural areas in search of better livelihood and better lifestyle. SMART City concept is the best approach to accommodate massive urbanization by finding smarter ways to manage complexities, reduce expenses, increase efficiency, and improving quality of life. To build SMART City, Indian cities must have SMART Urban Transportation to make city transportation reliable and efficient using information and communications technology solutions & Advance Data Analytics. SMART Urban Transportation needs GPS enabled public vehicles, Electronics Ticketing Machines, SMART Cards, Video surveillance, Intelligent Signalling etc. to make public transport intelligent and efficient. Big Data Analytics is playing key role to build analytics solutions like live tracking of public GPS enabled vehicles, estimated time of arrival, estimated time of travel, availability of seats, congestion modelling, traffic updates, trip planner, location based auto-rickshaw search, social media analytics etc. and delivering useful information at commuters finger tips to make their travel convenient & safe.

Dr. Ethirajan Govinda Rajan, President, Pentagram Research Centre Private Limited, India

Dr. Rajan
Title of the Talk: Symbolic Computing

Biography: Prof. Dr. E. G. Rajan B.Sc., D.M.I.T., M.E., PhD, FIE is the Founder President of the Pentagram Research Centre (P) Ltd., Hyderabad, India. He is an Electronics Engineer and a Professor of Signal Processing having about 30 years of experience in teaching, research and administration. He has a number of publications to his credit. He is a professional member of ACM and he is an editor of the journal of AMSE, Barcelona, Spain. He received his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering, (Signal and Image Processing), from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, U.P., M.E. degree in  Applied Electronics, from Madras University, the then famous DMIT in Electronics Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology, Chromepet, Madras and B.Sc degree in Physics from Madras University. His contribution to the state-of-the-art of Electronic Warfare has been well recognized in the Government and industrial sectors. He was a noted teacher in the department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He received Distinguished Scientist and Man of the Millennium Award from Who is Who Bibliographical Records, Cambridge, 2000. He authored many books like, Symbolic Computing – Signal and Image Processing, Electronic Order of Battle Records of Military Radars, Computers and Information Technology and Foundations of Information Technology. He is the father of a novel paradigm Symbolic Computing In the Framework of Markov’s Constructive Mathematical Logic. Two of his fifty Ph.D scholars are involved in the design of digital circuits using organic molecules and some of them are working in the novel area of Genomic Signal Processing. He has brought out more than 25 original concepts. One such concept is Codon Space, which advocates the theory of Life Forms as Subspaces of the Information Space called Codon Space. Another concept is a Mathematical Transform, which goes by his name as Rajan Transform. This transform is ideally used for Pattern Recognition and Analysis purposes. He leads the company in his own professorial style and the company is technically strong and steady. 

Talk Description: The talk will focus on symbolic computing concepts and applications in various  areas of research.

Dr. Zaki Qureshey Founder& C.E.O, E2Labs Information Security Pvt. Ltd. (India)

Title of the Talk: Protecting Critical National Infrastructure

Biography: Dr. Zaki Qureshey is an independent computer security and digital intelligence consultant specializing in Curbing Cyber Crimes & Cyber Terrorism and he is the Founder and Chairman of E2 Labs- a Hyderabad based IT security provider, which has been credited with starting the first school of ethical hacking in Asia. A fountain of talent, Mr. ZakiQureshey is a post graduate with numerous international certifications to his credit that include CCSA, CCNA, MCSE, NCQE, CNS and CFE (U.S) to name a few. He also underwent the SANS GIAC/ GCSW training during his initial years in the field of IT. He has done extensive research on Network Security concentrating on social engineering to detect hackers. His illustrious career spanning over a decade has been enriched with key assignments at prominent national and international organizations that include  Computer information Technology and Union Carbide to name a few. In the last few years, Qureshey has traveled extensively and has been on a virtual whistle-stop tour conducting workshops and Guest lecturing at prominent institutions across India and Abroad such as Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, Administrative Staff College of India, State and Central Government Departments, Law Enforcement Agencies, N.P.A, Universities and Multinational IT companies and Several Countries Internationally. The school of ethical hacking that he helped set up is a first-of-its kind school in Asia that has gained immense popularity for its path breaking efforts in the field of information security and has been making headlines in national and international journals such as the RED - HERRING US, WASHINGTON DC, ASIA WALL STREET JOURNAL, BUREAU OF NATIONAL AFFAIRS, THE ECONOMIC TIMES AND THE TIMES OF INDIA. The appreciation that has been pouring in from all quarters across the globe are epitomized by more then 670+ articles in International media that have featured E2-Labs and its school of ethical hacking. Qureshey’s vision is to convert this school of ethical hacking into a world class university that provides cutting edge knowledge and expertise in information security. Qureshey has been a strong advocate of information Security as the key to a more secure world during these testing times when Business, Governments and organizations across the world have been facing huge IT threats that have at times threatened to destroy countries and commerce. He has helped establish a progressive IT enterprise that is in sync with the Demands of the 21st century and has been a harbinger of IT Security ever since its inception. He has been spearheading a Campaign for greater awareness on information security through Extensive workshops/seminars across the world and is credited with transforming IT security into a more visible and imperative need.

Talk Description: Being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. As a nation, we face constant cyber threats against our critical infrastructure and economy. As individuals, cyber security risks can threaten our finances, identity, and privacy. Since our way of life depends on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play—cyber security is a shared responsibility