Keynote speakers



Former Scientific Advisor: DRDO

Mr. Aravindakshan received his BSc Engineering in (Mechanical Engg) in 1976 from NIT Calicut and M-Tech in Marine Technology from IIT Kharagpur in 1984. He joined Naval Science & Technological Laboratory, Visakhapatnam under DRDO in the year 1977 as Junior Scientific Assistant and had served DRDO for more than 37 years. He had been selected as Junior Scientific Officer in the year 1979, subsequently as Scientist B, through UPSC in the year 1980, which is the first batch of DRDO scientists when the DRDS scheme was introduced. He served there as Scientist B, C, and Scientist D till June 1996. He was a team member of Torpedo Indigenisation Programme of DRDO for Indian Navy for the up- gradation of imported Torpedo in the eighties and thereafter totally indigenous design and development. He Participated in all stages of development as well as for extensive sea trials in coordination with Indian Navy spanning over a period of 19 years. Few of the DRDO developed Torpedoes are accepted for induction and now in service. Torpedo like Missiles is a complex system and has to have highest quality and reliability. Mr. Aravindakshan had been transferred to NPOL Cochin in July 1996 and promoted as Scientist E. At NPOL h served as facility manager as well as project Manager and implemented CAD / CAM based product development for SONAR systems. As a part of it implemented standardisation of design practices, drawing preparation, archiving and integration with product fabrication. He served as Project Manager for a Helicopter dunking sonar. Now this is under limited series production. He received laboratory scientist of the year award in 2010 and had produced many research reports at NPOL related to this area of work. Then, he had been promoted as Scientist G at DRDO Headquarters, New Delhi in 2011. He served there till retirement in 2015 as scientific adviser to Chief of Naval Staff and served as a link between DRDO labs and Indian navy for futuristic projects. He has just completed a consultancy contract with NPOL for one of the subsystem of a submarine related sonar. He is a member of Institution of Engineers.


Former Professor & Dean (Rtd), IIT Kharagpur, Visiting Professor of IIT Bhubaneswar

Prof. P.K. J. Mohapatra received his B.M.E. and M.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He joined IIT Kharagpur and had been in the teaching and research field as a Professor in the Department of of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He had guided 25 Ph.D. theses and published 4 books and more than 100 research papers. Subsequently he served as Dean of Post-Graduate Studies & Research at IIT Kharagpur. Then he moved to IIT Bhubaneswar as a Visiting Professor. He taught English for Technical Writing at IIT Kharagpur and Scientific & Technical Writing at IIT Bhubaneswar for several years.

Topic for Plenary Session: Technical Writing for Researchers

  • Abstract : Preferatory Materials: Titles, Copyright Notice, Abstract, Keywords, and Table of Contents
  • Research Topics, Problems, Questions, Objectives and Scope;
  • Facts, Data, Hypotheses, Laws, Theories, Models, and Experiments
  • Review of Literature, Copyrights, Plagiarism, Meta-Analytics and Latent Semantic Analysis
  • Methodology, Methods, Tools, and Techniques
  • Research Ethics, Data Documentation and Data Citation
  • Mathematical Materials, Symbols and Abbreviations, SI Units, Tables and Figures, and Statistical Graphics
  • English Writing Problems.


Former Director (I/C), IIT Delhi

Prof. D. P. Kothari is the Director Research , Waingangā College of Engineering & Management , Nagpur. Previously he was Professor, Centre for Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He served as Deputy Director and subsequently as and Director I/C of IIT Delhi. He had been the Vice Chancellor of VIT Vellore, Former Director General, JBIT Hyderabad, Former Director Research, Wainganga College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur and Former Director General, RGI, Nagpur. D.P. Kothari received the B.E. (Electrical), M.E. (Power Systems), and Doctoral degree in electrical engineering from BITS, Pilani, India. His activities include optimal hydro-thermal scheduling, unit commitment, maintenance scheduling, energy conservation and power quality. He has guided 28 Ph.D scholars and has contributed extensively in these areas as evidenced by more than 600 research papers authored by him. He has also authored and co-authored more than 50 books on power systems and allied areas. He was a Visiting Professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, in 1982 and 1989. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1992. Dr. Kothari is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Topic for Plenary Session: Energy & Environmental Problems Facing the Third World and Their Probable Solutions for Sustainable Development.

Abstract: This work briefly discusses some important energy problems facing the third world countries and presents the current electric generation scenario in most of the developing countries with facts and figures in respect of India. It is hoped that, with systematic, advance planning, through measures like co-generation, energy management, and energy conservation, the electric energy supply scenario of AD 2020 will be free of the perennial problems of power shortages, voltage fluctuations etc. Also, problems will be solved using soft computing techniques such as ANN , Fuzzy Logic , GE , PSO etc.


Associate Professor, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

Dr S. Umashankar is currently working as Associate Professor, Renewable Energy Research Group, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia. He has more than 15 years of teaching, research and industrial R&D experience and is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access. Previously, he worked as Associate Professor and Head, VIT Vellore as well as Senior R&D and Senior Application Engineer in the field of power electronics, Renewable Energy and electrical drives. He has published more than 250 research papers in national and international journals and conferences. He is a Senior member-IEEE, and Member of IACSIT, IDES and ISTE. He has taken charge as Vice Chair - IEEE Madras Section and Chair - IEEE Student Activities since 2018.

Topic for Keynote Address: Artificial Intelligence on Energy, Environment and Industry Applications

Abstract: This lecture discuss about the problems related to PV panel management which includes, MPP prediction, Production loss due to soiling, Short term production forecast. The problems have been modeled by using Artificial Intelligence paradigms to exploit both data directly measured from the panel and data collected by a public agency. Similarly, for manufacturing, environment and industry applications, Artificial Intelligence plays a vital role.


Senior Director of Enterprise Reimagination Business MindTree

Aaraj Thyagaraj is a business leader with 20 years of experience in IT. He works for Mindtree as Senior Director of Enterprise Reimagination Business. He leads AI initiatives for their North American clients, where they create custom AI solutions aimed to bring radical changes to their businesses. Aaraj did his B-Tech in ECE from the GCEK ; and MBA from Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. He also enjoys long distance running, car racing, volunteer teaching, and reading romance, history and retold mythology.

Topic for Keynote Address: Artificial Intelligence and its Everyday Applicability for an Aspiring Engineer

In 2019, AI is is a commonly used buzzword. We hear about it from universities, businesses, and even from the advertisements on Television. This session will look at AI's applications in today’s business world, and also the potentials and opportunities it opens up to students of technology.


Thejas Networks

After graduation in 1998 from Govt. College of Engineering, Kannur Kerala), Mr. Harish Prabhu started as Project Associate at the Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research in IIT Madras. He worked in projects for TeNet group related to embedded C programming for various products which includes In-Circuit Emulator (ICE) for ADSP 218x processors, subscriber terminals for DECT based WiLL system etc.. During this period he received Masters Degree, MS (by Research), from the Department of Electrical Engineering there, for the work entitled “Enhanced DECT Physical Layer with Multi-Level GFSK Modulation” under the guidance of Dr. Bhasker Ramamurthy. After the research at IIT Madras joined Midas Communication Technologies Pvt. Ltd., and helped in implementing the research work for their enhanced DECT system. In 2007 May he joined L&T Infotech for working in WiMAX Physical Layer development and Verification related projects. In 2008 Dec he joined TATA ELXSI as Manager for physical layer team, and led the 4th generation OFDM based wireless systems development which includes LTE eNodeB, UE emulator, large MIMO (16x20) system for DRDO Labs where significant contribution was made in the acquisition and synchronization algorithms. The large MIMO system was conceptualized by Dr. A Chockalingam of IISc Bangalore, which demonstrated more than 1 Gbps data rate, with a spectral efficiency of grater than 25 bps/Hz. He had also worked for a brief period on WCDMA technology based devises. Then he moved to Wireless R&D team Tejas Networks in 2014 November as Manager of the LTE Layer-I team which develops and maintains the Physical Layer for Lte eNBs.

Topic for Keynote Address: Wireless Communication

Abstract: Wireless communication has become an integral part of daily life of human beings, whether he/she is indoor or outdoor. So being a communication engineering students it is very important to understand the wireless channels and the challenges imposed by it and how the communication engineers overcome them. We will see how this is different from wired communication channels and try to understand the different characterization of wireless channels like coherence time, coherence bandwidth etc. This talk is an attempt to go through the evolution of different generation of wireless communication technologies from analogue wireless communication to the present 4th generation wireless.


Assistant Professor, NITK Suratkal

Dr. P. Parthiban is currently working as Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka. He received BE degree from Madras University, M-Tech degree from SASTRA University and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. His research interests are in Renewable Energy Sources, Electric Drives, SMPS and Active Filters. He has a number of research publications to his credit and is also guiding PhD students.

Topic for Keynote Address: Dynamic Voltage Restorer for Power Quality Improvement

Abstract: This lecture discuss about DVR, that protects the sensitive loads from experiencing the PQ problems and diminishes the potential losses caused by these issues. With the aid of inverter circuits DVR restores the magnitude and phase of the load voltage completely irrespective of the utility disturbances and thereby allows control of real and reactive power exchange between the DVR and the distribution system. The semi-Z-source inverter is identified as a new inverter configuration for the DVR. The presentation is about the application of semi-Z-source inverter in DVR.


Computer Vision Lab, IIT Madras

Dr. Athira M. Nambiar is an Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Computer Vision Lab, Dept. of Computer Science & Engg., IIT Madras. Currently she is working on developing Computer Vision algorithms fueled by Deep Learning techniques. She received her Ph.D. Degree with distinction and honours, from University of Lisbon, Portugal, which is the highest grade (“Cum Laude”) only awarded to the top 20% of students. She is a recipient of Doctoral grant from FCT (Portuguese government entity for science and technology) during the period of doctoral studies. She completed her M.Tech from Department of Cyber Security, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India and Department of Telecommunications of Politecnico di Torino, Italy in 2011 under Erasmus Mundus Scholarship programme. She received her B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering and was University First Rank holder. Her research interests include Image Processing, Computer Vision for video surveillance, Machine Learning and Biometrics. She has published her research works in various reputed conferences and journals.

Topic for Keynote Address: Deep Learning for Computer Vision:

Computer vision is the field of computer science that gives computers the ability to "see" and to extract high-level understanding from images and videos, in the same way that human vision does. It finds enormous applications in various areas such as multimedia, robotics, surveillance, social media etc. Recently, there has been an exponential advance in the field, mainly due to the emergence of deep learning techniques. The field is hot and dynamic with lots of new algorithms and design proposals, nevertheless, there are still rooms available to explore further. Artificial Intelligence being a key area of interest, computer vision scientists across the globe are working on cutting edge research in this field as part of the movement of creating an intelligent world. This talk will give a flavour of the recent progress made in the field with a highlight on deep learning techniques. In particular, it comprises (i) a brief introduction to the field of computer vision and its evolution over time, (ii) a glimpse of deep learning techniques and the functioning of neural networks and (iii) an overview of various applications of deep learning for computer vision tasks.


Assistant Professor, NIT Calicut.

Dr. Hiran V Nath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at National Institute of Technology Calicut. He received his PhD Degree from Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) (Established by Reserve Bank of India). He was an Exchange Research Scholar, Computer Science, at Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS), University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA, during his doctoral studies. He completed his M.Tech from Department of Cyber Security, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in 2011. He recieved his B.Tech in Information Technology from Department of Information Technology, University College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram in 2007. His research interests include Cyber security, Network forensics, Malware analysis and disk forensics. He has several publications in reputed conferences and journals.


Associate Professor, GEC Thrissur

Dr. Ramachandran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, Thrissur. He recieved his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from GEC Thrissur, Calicut University, M.Tech degree in Energy Management from NIT Calicut and PhD Degree in Materials Engineering from Anna University. s. He has over 25 years of teaching and industrial experience. He had worked in Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums, Kerala: as Govt. Nominated Expert Commissioner. His research interests include Materials Engineering, FSW, fusion welding, metal matrix composites, renewable energy conversion systems like fuel cells and thermoelectric generators. He is life member of, Indian Society for Technical Education, member in Indian Welding Society , International Association of Engineers Research Activities and Member of Indian Society of Metals.

Topic for Key note Address: Advances in Friction Stir Welding

Abstract: Friction stir welding is a relatively new and novel technique for joining materials. Although originally developed for aluminium alloys, reach of FSW has now extended to a variety of materials including steels, titanium alloys, metal matrix composites and polymers. This talk is aimed to review the fundamental understanding of the process and its metallurgical consequences with due focus on heat generation, heat transfer and material flow during FS welding; tool design aspects and defect formation in weldments.