Speakers


  • J. Roberto de Marca
    IEEE President and CEO

    J. Roberto de Marca was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He has been in the faculty of the Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro (PUC/Rio), since 1978 where he has held several leadership and administrative positions including Associate Academic Vice President for Sponsored Research. Twice on leave, Dr. de Marca served as Scientific Consultant with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and more recently he was a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Guest Scientist at the NEC Europe Research Labs, Heidelberg, Germany.

    He was founding President of the Brazilian Telecommunications Society and in 1990, Prof. de Marca was appointed Scientific Director of the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) where he approved the initial funding of the national research network that opened the way for the widespread use of Internet in Brazil. He was a delegate to several ITU-R TG8/1 meetings, also chair of a working group on QoS, where the wireless 3G technology specifications were developed. From 2009 to 2011 he was a member of FINEP’s (the largest Brazilian R&D and Innovation funding agency) Presidential Advisory Board.

    He is an IEEE Fellow and a full member of both the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and Brazilian National Academy of Engineering. Dr. de Marca was the 2000-2001 President of the IEEE Communications Society. In 2008 he held the office of IEEE Vice President of Technical Activities. He will serve as 2014 IEEE President and CEO.

  • V K Saraswat
    Former Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri & Director General of DRDO & ADA

    Dr. VIJAY KUMAR SARASWAT, FIE,FAsSI,FAeSI,FNAE India Today’s “Face of the Millennium Sciences” is the Ex- Director General of DRDO, the premier national organization engaged in defence research. He brought a paradigm shift in approach to the defence R & D requirements of the nation through his creative thinking and dynamic leadership. A Master in Mechanical Engineering from IISc Bangalore had specialized and obtained his doctorate in Combustion Engineering. Dr Saraswat is one of the most enterprising Indian Defence Scientist who has built the base for design, development and production of missile technologies. As an innovative researcher, he brought breakthroughs in many critical technological areas to support the strategic and tactical requirements of the nation when India had faced embargoes through MTCR. His initiatives and drive have made India self reliant and placed the nation under the spotlight in the global arena. A Distinguished Scientist with nearly four decades of dedicated career is credited with numerous outstanding contributions towards indigenous missile development programs. Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, was the youngest to be appointed as a Project Director. Dr Saraswat was instrumental in development of Surface-to-Surface missile, PRITHVI - A PRIDE OF INDIA and its variants and their induction into Indian Armed Forces, a rare distinction for the indigenous weapon system to find place in the armories’ of all the three armed forces.

    Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat is known as the "Missile Man II" in India. Dr Saraswat is the founder and principal architect behind the first ever BMD development program in India by spearheading major technology breakthroughs in the areas of missile defence systems, Interceptors, Radars, C4I Systems and the integration of battle management resources. Dr. Saraswat created history with a successful interception of an incoming missile at exo-atmospheric region in 2006 for the first time. In 2009, the Indian Government appointed Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat as Secretary to Dept of Defence R&D, Director General of DRDO & Aeronautical Development Agency and Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri.

    Dr Saraswat retired on 31 May 2013. During his tenure, he steered science and technology programs of DRDO with a mission to develop world class defence technologies. At 64 years old, Dr Saraswat retains both his joy in Research and his commitment to self-reliance in defence science. Since he assumed the office, he has guided the TEJAS (Light Combat Aircraft) Naval version roll out; NAG (Anti Tank Missile) complete User Trials; ASTRA (Air-to-Air Missile) complete aerodynamic configuration trials; maiden launch of strategic Missile PRAHAAR; Development of guided Glide Bomb with extended range; development of System on Chip for missile and EW applications; demonstration of RUSTOM-I; Initiated development of Surveillance Systems, Cyber Security, Nano Technologies; Development of LIC & NBC Technologies to support Security & Paramilitary forces and Induction of DIVYADRISHTI (EW software) into Services. Dr Saraswat’s research initiatives have taken shape into a Research Park at IIT(M) Chennai and Kyrgyz-Indian Mountain Bio-Medical Research Centre at Kyrgyzstan.

    The scientific career of Dr VK Saraswat and his defence research won him international acclaim. International Academy of Engg, Russia elected him as a Member of Academy and honoured him as Academician in 2007, a rare distinction for an Indian scientist. The Times Magazine of United States in its Issue dated 17 Sep 2007 described Dr Saraswat as an Innovator working on New Technologies. These include development of Propulsion System to accelerate to Mach 8 speed, SCRAMJET and AVATAR (Aerobic Vehicle for Advanced Trans Atmospheric Research) at low cost. He was conferred with nearly a dozen honorary doctorates (Honoris Causa) in Science & Technology from reputed institutes like Sardar Vallabbhai National Inst of Technology (SURAT), Andhra University (VISAKHAPATNAM).

    He has number of papers at his credit published in various journals at national and international level. Recently, Aeronautical Society of India has declared Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat as their President (Elect). During his illustrious career, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat won many accolades and awards including PADMASHREE by Govt of India; National Aeronautical Prize by Aeronautical Society Of India; Dr Y Nayudamma Memorial Award; Prof Jai Krishna Memorial Award from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE); FICCI Annual Award for the year 2005; Lifetime Achievement Award by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda International Foundation, Newdelhi; Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award from Indian Science Congress.

  • Rajkumar Buyya
    Uni. of Melbourne

    Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a founding CEO of Manjrasoft Pty Ltd., a spin-off company of the University, commercialising innovations originating from the GRIDS Lab. He received his BEng and MEng in Computer Science and Engineering from Mysore and Bangalore Universities in 1992 and 1995 respectively and PhD in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Monash University in 2002.

    He has received the following awards:
    1992: Dharma Ratnakara Memorial Trust Gold Medal in for his academic excellence at the University of Mysore, India;
    1999: Richard Merwin Award from the IEEE Computer Society (USA) for excellence in academic achievement and professional efforts;
    2000 and 2003: Leadership and Service Excellence Awards from the IEEE/ACM International Conference on High Performance Computing;
    2005 and 2008: Research Excellence Award from the University of Melbourne for productive and quality research in computer science & software engineering;
    2009: "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing", IEEE Computer Society TCSC, USA
    2010: Aneka Software won the 2010 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award

    He has authored over 400 publications, which include 4 books and 60 journal papers that are widely referenced by researchers around the world. The Journal of Information and Software Technology in Jan 2007 issue, based on an analysis of ISI citations, ranked Dr. Buyya's work (published in Software: Practice and Experience Journal in 2002) as one among the "Top 20 cited Software Engineering Articles in 1986-2005". He received the Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution 2008 from the Computing Research and Education Association of Australasia, CORE, which is an association of university departments of computer science in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Buyya received the "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" for pioneering the economic paradigm for utility-oriented distributed computing platforms such as Grids and Clouds.

    Prof Buyya is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and ACM. He has co-founded four IEEE/ACM international conferences: CCGrid, Cluster, Grid, and e-Science and served as the Chair of their inaugural meetings. He has presented over 200 invited talks (keynotes, tutorials, and seminars) on his vision on IT Futures and advanced computing technologies at international conferences and institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

  • Vijay Bhatkar
    IIT Delhi

    Dr Vijay Bhatkar is one of the most acclaimed scientists and IT leaders of India. He is best known as the architect of India's first supercomputer and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India's national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.

    He has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet of Govt of India, Governing Council Member of CSIR, India and eGovernace Committee Chairman of Governments of Maharashtra and Goa.

    A Fellow of IEEE, ACM, CSI,INAE and leading scientific, engineering and professional societies of India, he has been honored with Padmashri and Maharashtra Bhushan awards. Other recognitions include Saint Dnyaneshwar World Peace Prize, Lokmanya Tilak Award , HK Firodia and Dataquest Lifetime Achievement Awards, and many others. He was a nominee for Petersburg Prize and is a Distinguished Alumni of IIT,Delhi.

    Dr Bhatkar has authored and edited 12 books and 80 research & technical papers. His current research interests include Exascale Supercomputing, AI, Brain-Mind-Consciousness, and Synthesis of Science & Spirituality.

    He is presently the Chancellor of India International Multiversity, Chairman of ETH Research Lab, Chief Mentor of I2IT, and National President of Vijnan Bharati.

  • Suraj Kothari
    Iowa State University

    After starting his undergraduate education in engineering, Suraj "Suresh" Kothari decided to switch first to physics and then to mathematics, and finally got his B.Sc. from Wadia College in Pune, India; M.Sc. from the University of Pune; and Ph.D. from Purdue University with Professor Shreeram Abhyankar.

    After 15 years in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University, Dr. Kothari joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 1999. He led the efforts to build a strong Software Systems Group in the department and start an undergraduate degree program in software engineering. Dr. Kothari has held consulting positions at AT&T Bell Labs; the Tata Research, Design, and Development Center (TRDDC); and the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

    Dr. Kothari teaches courses in software engineering, parallel computing, operating systems, and discrete mathematics. He has mentored 12 Ph.D. and 44 M.S. students. His joint research efforts with students and colleagues have led to more than 70 papers, four patents, and more than a dozen software tools.

    Dr. Kothari’s research in software engineering involves developing appropriate theoretical foundation and building practical tools for improving productivity and quality of software. His research in applied high-performance computing involves developing algorithms and parallel computing tools for computational biology and scientific computing. In 2002, he founded EnSoft Corp., a company that now provides software tools to more than 90 companies including major avionics and automobile companies in US, Europe, and Japan.

    Additionally, Dr. Kothari has served as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer and as a distinguished technologist for the United Nations’ TOKTEN program. He has received several awards including a $25,000 First Prize in John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition, a Prometheus Award for Innovative Teaching, and a Prometheus Award for Innovator Company of the Year.

  • Vidyasagar Potdar
    Senior Research Fellow;
    Curtin University

    Dr. Vidyasagar Potdar is a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University, Australia. His key areas of research include Smart Grids, Cyber Physical Systems and Information Security.

    He has published more than 125 scientific research publications in journals and conferences. His research has been widely cited, so far he has 1345 citations and his h-index is 19 and i10 index is 41. He has attracted more than one million dollars in research funding in the areas of smart grids and sustainable development.

    He has supervised to completion 6 PhD students and is currently supervising 4 full time PhD students. He has been awarded best researcher award in 2011 and 2012 across all faculties in Curtin University.

    He regularly reviews articles for top international journals including IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Journal of Systems and Software. He is also a guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

    He has organized more than 25 international workshops at IEEE and ACM conferences worldwide and was the General Chair for CEAS 2011, CUBE 2012 & CUBE 2013. He has more than 10 years of full time research experience and in this period he was involved in the management of a Multi-Disciplinary Research Institute at Curtin University, where he took the responsibility of research commercialization, research mentoring, business development and research student recruitment.

  • Martin Casado
    Stanford University

    Mr. Martin Casado has been Senior Vice President and General Manager of Networking & Security Business Unit at VMware, Inc since September 2014. Mr. Casado joined VMware in August 2012 with the acquisition of Nicira Networks, Inc., a company he co-founded in 2007. He serves as VMware’s Chief Technology Officer of Networking and Security. He served as Chief Technology Officer of Nicira, Inc. He co-founded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006. He held a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked on network security in the information operations assurance center (IOAC). He serves as Member of Advisory Board at Cohesive Flexible Technologies Corp. He is Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. He received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for “his work creating the movement of Software Defined Networking (SDN), a new paradigm in the research and practice of computer networking that provides a software alternative to hardware-based network components.” Mr. Casado received his Masters in Science (2005) and PhD (2007) from Stanford University in Computer Science. He received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in Computer Science and Engineering.

  • Thomas M. Conte
    2015 IEEE Computer Society President

    Thomas M. Conte has been a volunteer for the Computer Society for many years. He has chaired major symposia in his technical area, served as a Technical Committee chair, and served on numerous editorial boards, for example, Computer and Micro magazines, Transactions on Computers, and Computer Architecture Letters. Tom served as the Computer Society's awards committee chair from 2009-2011, and as an elected member of the Board of Governors from 2010-2011. In 2011, he was elected to the First Vice President position, where he currently shepherds Computer Society Publications. In awards and publications, his focus has been on what is best for the members of the Society.

    Tom is Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he takes pride in both his research and his teaching. If given the choice between the intrigue of departmental politics and teaching computing to freshmen, he'll choose the latter every time. His research focuses on computer architecture, compiler optimization, and fast simulation techniques. A Fellow of the IEEE, he received a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1992.



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