Keynote Speakers

New York
Prof. Rajkumar Buyya
Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Lab
The University of Melbourne, Australia
CEO, Manjrasoft Pvt Ltd, Melbourne, Australia

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

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 Fellow of IEEE, 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 serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He is also serving as Visiting Professor for many Universities around the world including Imperial College London (UK). He served as a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council during 2012-2016. He has authored over 550 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=111, g-index=230, 60,300+ 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. "A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature" by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World's Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World's Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. Recently, Dr. Buyya is recognized as "2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters. 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". Recently, Dr. Buyya received "Bharath Nirman Award" and "Mahatma Gandhi Award" along with Gold Medals for his outstanding and extraordinary achievements in Information Technology field and services rendered to promote greater friendship and India-International cooperation. 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:

New York
Prof. P. Nagabhushan
Director, IIIT Allahabad

Biography: Dr. P. Nagabhushan, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad is Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Mysore, Mysore. He has more than three and half decades of teaching. Prior to joining IIITA as Director, he has served several administrative positions such as Chief Nodal Officer, Choice Based Credit Pattern Continuous Assessment Education System, University of Mysore; Director, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Board; Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology; Director, Center for Information Science and Technology at University of Mysore, Mysore, India. He was also distinguished Professor and Chairman at Amrita Vishwavidyapeetam, Amrita University, Coimbatore; Director, Bangalore Educational Society for Technology Advancement and Research and Principal, Bangalore Technological Institute, Bangalore. He is actively associated with various academic, statutory and professional bodies. He is the member of academic councils and Board of studies of several universities. He has been serving as an active member in Technical Advisory committee at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, School Board member of Central University of Hyderabad and Academic council member of Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora, Jammu & Kashmir. He is also visiting Professor and acting as subject expert in many Universities and Institutes. There are various high profile committees of AICTE, UGC, DST, PSC, NBA, ISRO, DRDO, RECs (now NITs) where Prof. Nagabhushan was an active member. Prof. Nagabhushan has worked as Investigator in several major funded projects.
He has also rendered his services in a number of foreign Institutions such as invited Professor at University of Dauphine, Paris, France; Visiting Professor, Tokyo Denki University, Japan; Exchange Professor, Saginaw Valley State University, USA; Visiting Scientist, INRIA, Rocquencourt, France; Invited Expert, Michigan State University, USA; Invited Expert for assessing programs of Computer Science and Technology, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sudan; Team member of Bilateral Indo-Russia Workshop, University of Moscow, Russia. He is Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and Fellow of Institution of Engineers. He was offered the prestigious Visiting Professorship award of ISTE. He is also awarded ICCR 2008 Outstanding Academician and Researcher- Award in appreciation of life time contribution to the field of Computer Science and Engineering; ICICOT 07 Outstanding Academician Award; IEEE– ICSIP– 06 Award in appreciation of life time contribution to the field of Signal and Image Processing. Recently he has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Award-RTIP2R- 2016 for Outstanding Achievement, Global Leadership and Dedicated Service to the field of Image Processing and Pattern Recognition.
On academic front, he has successfully guided 28 numbers of PhDs, and has authored more than 500 numbers of Research Papers out of which more than 100 papers are DBLP indexed. The citation index of 1890 with H-index of 21 and i10 index of 55 reflects his academic accomplishments.

New York
Dr. Masahiko Mori
Director, Electronics and Photonics Research Institute,

Future Technology of Optical Network, Optical Interconnection, and Devices

Data traffic in information networks and information processing equipment increases exponentially every year. Especially, data traffic in the data center has reached several times the world's Internet traffic. In order to process the increasing amount of information in future, low power consumption and high integrated devices for data communication are required. To realize the devices, we have been working on the development of optoelectronic integrated devices with silicon photonics technology. In the talk, I will describe the future optical networks, optical interconnections and devices.
Biography: Masahiko Mori received the M.E. degree from Keio University in 1986. He joined the Electrotechnical Laboratory, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (Japan) in 1986, where he engaged in research of information photonics, the optical properties of compound semiconductors, and optoelectronic devices. In 2001, the Electrotechnical Laboratory was integrated into the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), where he engaged in research on silicon photonics. He is currently the Director of the Electronics and Photonics Research Institute, AIST.

New York
Prof. Neelesh B. Mehta
IISc Bangalore

Energy Harvesting Wireless Networks: Promises and Challenges

Biography: Neelesh B. Mehta received his B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, in 1996, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Prior to joining IISc in 2009, he served as a research scientist in USA from 2001 to 2007 in companies such as AT&T Research Labs, Broadcom Corporation, and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL). His research focuses on wireless communications. He has worked on topics related to 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular communication standards, energy harvesting and green wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, cooperative communications, multi-antenna technologies, and multiple access protocols. He has published 60+ papers in IEEE journals, 3 book chapters, and 70+ conference papers. He is a co-inventor of 30+ issued US patents on these topics. He served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society from 2012-15. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and the National Academy of Sciences India (NASI). He is a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship, NASI-Scopus Young Scientist award, INAE Young Engineer award, and the Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Research Award. Prof. Mehta has received the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, 2017. He serves as an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications and as the Chair of the Executive Editorial Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. In the past, he has served as an editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and Journal of Communications and Networks.

New York
Prof. H. M. Gupta
Ex-Professor, IIT Delhi
President, Institution of Communication Engineers and information technologists (ICEIT)

Quality of Service in Wireless LANs

In recent years Quality of Service (QoS) in Wireless LANs has attracted a lot of attention in context of Pervasive Communications. It is well known that the original IEEE 802.11 WLAN standards did not provide for any guarantee for QoS as the PCF based scheduling was found to be deficient in many respects. Later IEEE 802.11e standard addressed the QoS issues, proposed EDCA scheme, and came up with soft guarantees. This was further enhanced by Hybrid Coordination wherein transmission opportunities could be provided in both the Contention-free and Contention periods. Many solutions combining or complementing standard solutions have been proposed which include use of priorities, fair scheduling, traffic segregation, admission control, link adaptation etc. These solutions are of varying effectiveness for different services such as VOIP, video transmission. This presentation will review the above and the associated issues.
Biography: Prof Hari Mohan Gupta received B.E. (Electronics and Communications) from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), M.Tech. (Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering) from IIT, Kharagpur and Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering – Information and Communication Systems Major) from IIT, Kanpur. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT, Delhi in 1973 as a faculty member. He became a professor in 1986. He had been a Chair Professor and an Emeritus Professor. Currently he is holding Adjunct positions at Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar and Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior. He has been Dean, Undergraduate Studies and Head of the Department and the first Coordinating Head to establish Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management at IIT, Delhi. He was recognized with “Distinguished Professional Engineer” award at 13th National Convention of Computer Engineers at Roorkee in 1998 and as an “Eminent Engineer” by Institution of Engineers in 2012. He delivered prestigious S K Mitra Memorial Lecture at 22nd National Convention of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers in 2006 .
Prof. Gupta held faculty appointments at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He has been visiting/guest professor at University of Maryland, College Park, USA , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology(EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland , Helsinki University of Technology, Finland , SKK University, Suwon, South Korea, Dublin City University , Dublin, Ireland and several British Universities. His academic and research interests are Telecommunication Systems and Networks, Mobile Computing and Networks, Multimedia Information Processing and Photonic Information Systems . He is a Fellow of ICEIT, Fellow of IETE, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, and Fellow of CSI. He has been the Vice-President of Systems Society of India, Chairman of Data Communication Division of CSI, President of Information and Communication Division of Indian Science Congress Association, and a founder member of Association for Security of Information Systems (ASIS).
Currently he is President of Institution of Communication Engineers and Information Technologists (ICEIT). He was a Member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Delhi. He served on various national committees including Networking Committee of NMEICT (Ministry of HRD), Human Resource Development Committee of Department of Electronics and information Technology (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology), DST Committee for Networking Research and Educational Institutions etc.

New York
Prof. A. K. Chaturvedi
Director, IIT Roorkee