Prof. Ajay Gupta

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Director, WiSe Lab
Graduate Program Director
IEEE-CS TAC MemberAtLarge (2017 - )
IEEE-CS TAC Vice-Chair (2015-16)
IEEE-CS TCPP Chair (2011-2015)

Ajay Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at Western Michigan University. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Western Michigan University. Dr. Gupta received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1989, his M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1984, and his B.E. (Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India in 1982.

Dr. Yatindra Nath Singh

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India

Dr. Y.N. Singh currently works as a Professor in Electrical Engineering Dept. and as Associate Dean, Digital Infrastructure and Head, Computer Centre at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He specializes in the field of networking, telecom, switching, embedded systems, embedded systems, distributed software systems, e-learning systems, p2p software systems design.

He beholds many prestigious awards to his name both as a scholarly academician and researcher. He has been awarded with IEEE R10 award for major educational innovation - 2014. He has received AICTE Young Teacher Award in 2002-03. He is currently working on various government projects and has already served as PI or CO-PI to many government and industrial projects in past.


Dr. Abdul Quaiyum Ansari

Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) , New-Delhi, India
IEEE Delhi Section Vice Chair

His research contributions are in the areas of Mobile Adhoc Networks, Multimodal Biometrics, Networks-on- Chip, and Fuzzy Logic and its Variants. His mathematical formulations for the “Fuzzification of Intuitionistic Fuzzy Sets” have been widely appreciated. He has undertaken several prestigious research and consultancy assignments. Having completed three R & D Major Research Projects, he has got hands on experience of providing consultancy to one of the leading system integration companies of India, ONNYX Electronics, dealing in installation and maintenance of Traffic Signals in major cities of the country.


From Fuzzy Logic to Neutrosophic Logic: A Paradigme shift and Logics


Prof. Lotfi Askar Zadeh had revolutionized the field of logics by proposing a novel logic, Fuzzy Logic, in 1965 where there is smooth transition between different classes due to overlapping of membership functions, and each element in fuzzy set has a degree of membership. Fuzzy Logic was considered appropriate to represent any vague or ambiguous situation of the real life problems. It also has the provision of allowing linguistic variables whose truth values may vary between 0 and 1; in contrast to two values of classical logic.

Quite recently, Neutrosophic Logic was proposed by Florentine Smarandache, which is based on non-standard analysis that was given by Abraham Robinson in 1960s. Neutrosophic Logic was developed to represent mathematical model of uncertainty, vagueness, ambiguity, imprecision, undefined, unknown, incompleteness, inconsistency, redundancy, and contradiction that encompasses the shortcomings of every other logic studied in the past. All the factors stated are very integral to human thinking, as it is very rare that we tend to conclude/judge in definite environments, imprecision of human systems could be due to the imperfection of knowledge that human receives (observation) from the external world. Imperfection leads to a doubt about the value of a variable, a decision to be taken or a conclusion to be drawn for the actual system. Multiple factors could lead to uncertainty like incomplete knowledge (ignorance of the totality, limited view on a system because of its complexity), stochasticity (the case of intrinsic imperfection where a typical and single value does not exist), or the acquisition errors (intrinsically imperfect observations, the quantitative errors in measures).

This talk would focus on the overlapping regions of the fuzzy systems in which a method has been proposed for using neutrosophic logic and assign a triplet of the form (t ,i, f) for the points that are spanned by overlapping ranges, in such a way that every such output is assigned a true, indeterminate and false value.

Dr. Nandini Mukhopadhyay

Professor, Jadavpur University, India

Nandini Mukherjee received her Ph.D. degree from University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1999. She received Commonwealth scholarship for her doctoral study in UK. Since 1992 she has been a faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She has served as director of School of Mobile Computing and Communication, Jadavpur University for almost six years from 2008 to 2014. Before joining Jadavpur University as a faculty member, Nandini also served industry for around three years.

Prof. Mukherjee is an active researcher in her chosen field. Her research interests are in areas of High Performance Parallel Computing, Grid and Cloud Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks. She has a number of publications in international journals and proceedings of international conferences. Prof. Mukherjee is a senior member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society. She is also involved with many socio-technical activities.


IoT-enabled Remote Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges


The main focus of the talk will be how the recent advances in Internet of Things and the concept of edge computing opens up the opportunities for delivering healthcare remotely. Vital signs sensors are used by patients and the data is remotely transmitted to caregivers, who can then offer advice over the Internet. A virtual sensor-based IoT platform has been designed and a remote healthcare delivery framework has been developed to improve the efficiency of remote healthcare services. The platform and the related technologies will be discussed along with the benefits. However, the implementation of the proposed solution in real life scenario poses several challenges and gives rise of many research problems. Our team at Jadavpur University has worked on the above mentioned remote healthcare delivery model in two villages of West Bengal. During this talk, the practical experiences gathered by the team will be discussed.

Dr. Madhusudan Singh

Research Professor, Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology, South Korea

Dr. Madhusudan Singh received his Bachelor and Master’s degree in computer application from VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur in 2003 and UP Technical University, Lucknow, in 2006, respectively. He did his M. Tech degree in IT with specialization in Software Engineering from IIIT-Allahabad, India in 2008 and Ph.D. degree in Ubiquitous IT from Dongseo University, Busan South Korea in Feb. 2012. He worked as a Senior Engineer (R&D) at Samsung Display, Ghieung, South Korea, from March 2012 – March 2016. Since June 2016, he has been a Research Professor, Yonsei Institute of Convergence Technology, Yonsei University Global Campus- Songdo, Yeonsu –Gu Incheon, South Korea. He is the author of more than 35 research papers and 10 patents. His research interest in the field of Automotive Cyber Security, Intelligent Vehicles, Blockchain Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Wireless Communication and Internet of Things.


Blockchain based Automotive Cyber Security: Perspective, Challenges and Future Trends


As we know Internet Connected Vehicles are called self-driving autonomous vehicle. These vehicles communicate and share data between vehicle to vehicle (V2V), vehicles to infrastructure (V2I), and within vehicles. In such vehicle communication, they use CALM, DSRC and WAVE channels. In addition, in the internet connected vehicles communication, data security, trust and privacy are the most significant issues. However, the internet connected vehicles are secured through the traditional security mechanism similar to information technology security standards (ISO 27000 and family), but a risk of attacks will reach new levels of interoperability, and the independent decision-making will begin to embed complexity, security loopholes and potential "black swan" events. This type of research needs built-in security and architectural design to protect emerging threats. However, Blockchain technology will break this traditional mechanism for data validation and facilitate a trustworthy environment creation for Internet Connected Vehicles. Blockchain is a secure decentralized distributed ledger. Connected Vehicles with Blockchain can create and maintain a continuously growing data transaction blocks of cryptographically secured data records against fraudulence and tamper. Blockchain can also reduce the cost of data and unpredictability of working edge devices or connecting machines. It simplifies the development of cost-effective data transaction, where anything can be tracked and exchanged, without requiring a central body. This talk mainly focus on following major topics such as:
Perspective of Automotive Cyber Security
Challenges of Automotive cyber security
Future Trends of Automotive Cybersecurity
Blockchain technology in vehicle communication environment.
How Blockchain technology helps to solve and build trustworthy environment between vehicle-to-vehicle, user to Vehicle and vehicle to Infrastructure.

Prof. Vishnu Pendyala

Silicon Valley, USA

Vishnu Pendyala is a Technical Leader with Cisco, a Senior Member of IEEE and Computer Society of India, with over two decades of software experience with industry leaders like Cisco, Synopsys, Informix (now IBM), and Electronics Corporation of India Limited. He holds BE(CSE), MBA(Fin.), and MS(Comp. Eng’g) degrees from Indian and U.S. universities and is a PhD candidate at Santa Clara University. He is a frequent, repeat technical paper reviewer for professional journals and conferences, including the IEEE Computer, the annual IEEE International Conference on E-Commerce from 2003 - 2007, and twenty-five others over the years. He served as an Area Governor with Toastmasters International and received the Distinguished Toastmaster, Area Governor of the Year, and Silver Scribe awards. He is on the executive council of CSI SIGDBA and is the founding editor of its newsletter, Visleshana. He is currently authoring a book titled “Veracity of Big Data” to be published by Apress / Springer.

Vishnu received the Ramanujan memorial gold medal at State Math Olympiad and has been a successful leader during his undergrad years. He also played an active role in Computer Society of India and was the Program Secretary for its annual convention, which was attended by over 1500 delegates. Marquis Who's Who selected Vishnu’s biography for inclusion in Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2011-2012 (11th Edition), in its flagship publication, Marquis Who's Who in America (2012 - 2015). Vishnu spends his fast vanishing spare time volunteering and has been a reviewer / judge for competitions like the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, at High School conferences like state level DECA, science fairs and other STEAM events for the last several years. He has traveled widely, covering ~30 states in the USA and 13 countries. He resorts to yoga, spirituality, and listening to music, to unwind and be himself.


The World Wide Web is the single largest source of information for the world over. It plays a crucial role in affecting people’s opinions, decisions, and behaviors in their day-to-day lives. We consult the Web for a wide variety of information needs in our daily life. The reliance on the Web is only increasing by the day. However, a large portion of the Web is not entirely truthful. The Web probably provides the most powerful publication medium at the lowest cost. Anyone can become a journalist just with access to the Internet. The power of the Web can easily be misused, causing severe quality issues with the data on the Web. Misinformation Containment is indeed a difficult task and computationally, has been proven to be NP-hard. The talk will cover some of the Machine Learning and other techniques to address the problem of Misinformation Containment on the Web.

The Web, being humanity’s largest source of information and interaction, can serve as a conduit of humanitarian services and presents a huge opportunity to enhance the quality of life further. The same reasons which make the Web powerful also make it vulnerable to malicious activity. A substantial portion of the Web is manifested with false information. In this talk, we will go deeper into the ideas from Machine Learning and other mathematical abstractions to see how we can help make the World Wide Web entirely truthful, which should ideally be an important milestone to achieve in the near future.

Prof. Dharm Singh

Professor of Computer Science,
Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

Professor Dharm Singh received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, MLSU, India and Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from Thapar University, India. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Computer Science of Namibia's University of Science and Technology. His interests span the areas of multimedia communications, wireless technologies, mobile communication systems, video transmission over wired-wireless networks, Network security, Internet of things and ICTs Applications. He has been the recipient of more than 14 prestigious awards, such as Distinguished Academic Achievement, Eminent Engineering Personality, Significant Contribution –National level , Best Technical Staff, Outstanding Services, IEI Fellow, Senior Member IEEE and Distinguished ACM Speaker. He currently serves as an ACM Distinguished Speaker, Member of Computer Engineering Division Board, The Institution of Engineers (India).

Dr. Chiranjib Sur

Sr. Computational Scientist
Data Science, Optimisation and Simulation
Computational Centre for Excellence (CCoE), Shell Technology Centre Bangalore

Dr. Chiranjib Sur, a seasoned leader in high performance scientific computing, is a computational astrophysicist by training with 15+ years of experience in academia and industrial R&D. He worked in wide variety of areas starting from laboratory astrophysics, material science, computational chemistry, complex fluid flow, scientific visualization, numerical optimization, applied mathematics, machine learning, system software development for HPC systems and few others. Chiranjib has 3 granted patents and he has published more than 45+ technical papers in different international scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. He has been plenary and keynote speakers in many national and international conferences and workshops. He serves the editorial board as review editor of Frontiers of Computational Physics Journal. Currently, Chiranjib is serving as general chair and member of the steering committee of the IEEE conference on High Performance Computing, Data and Analytics.


Bits to Barrels – New ways of Computing in the Energy Industry


Efficiently using (super)computers for solving scientific and industrial problems is the role of scientific computing. It lies at the intersection of high-performance-computing (HPC), physics, numerical methods & algorithms. The use of scientific computing in Shell is pervasive, especially in seismic processing, reservoir simulation or computational chemistry just to name a few.

In this presentation, I will give an overview of the kind of non-conventional computational effort which is required in the oil and gas industry to meet the energy demand for modern era. The presentation will outline problems from different areas – ranging from micro to macro scale. I will touch upon areas like material simulation in quantum / classical scale, fluid structure interaction, numerical techniques to model oil reservoir and also about geophysical imaging of subsurface. Some of the problems can be classified as purely high performance number crunching and some are driven by data and analytics.

These problems are very challenging to solve on their own and it certainly needs attention from experts in cross discipline - both from domain and computer science.

I will also talk about other community efforts in this areas which might be of interests to the community.