KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr.Venkatesh Balasubramanian

Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras


Title: Disruptive Innovation and Implementation


Abstract: Being innovative has become a perquisite for all organisations, public and private. In this innovation obsessed world the quest is to have a clarity to differentiate between innovation and improvement. While incremental improvements make an impact in the long run to organisations, the inherent desire has always been to focus on disruptive innovations. Therefore what would be an apt approach to organisational growth and improvements. With the help of case studies, we will present the differences and advantages of both the approaches.

Dr.Gang Li

Professor,
School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Australia


Title: Unleash the power of topological data analysis

Abstract: Persistence diagram (PD) has been considered as a compact descriptor for topological data analysis (TDA). Unfortunately, PD cannot be directly used in machine learning methods since it is a multiset of points. Recent efforts have been devoted to transforming PDs into vectors to accommodate machine learning methods. However, existing methods share one common shortcoming: the mapping of PDs to a feature representation depends on a pre-defined polynomial. To address this limitation, this paper proposes an algebraic representation for PDs, i.e., polynomial representation. In this work, we discover a set of general polynomials that vanish on vectorized PDs and extract the task-adapted feature representation from these polynomials. We also prove two attractive properties of the proposed polynomial representation, i.e., stability and linear separability. Experiments also show that our method compares favourably with state- of-the-art TDA methods.

Dr.Amitanshu Pattanaik

Senior Scientist ,
Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)
Ministry of Defence ,Govt of India,Delhi

Dr Umashankar Subramaniam,

Professor,
Renewable Energy Research Lab,
Prince Sultan University,
Riyadh Saudi Arabia.

Title: Recent trends in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructures

Abstract: The auto industry is moving towards EV and clean energy initiatives motivate the renewable energy-based infrastructure for electric vehicle charging instead of conventional grids. Also with the advancement of power electronics esp. GaN-based switching devices result in reduced losses and reliability which is the key requirement in Electric Vehicle charging technologies. Together with Renewable Energy and fast switching power electronics technologies, Electric Vehicles charged quickly without polluting the environment and allow furthermore grid integration of renewable energy systems. Communication networks esp. 4G, 5G technologies act as a key segment to facilitate efficient communication between Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Charging Stations (CSs). Also, LPWAN based systems efficiently utilize the energy produced by solar panels required by EVs through a proper energy management system and to introduce a long-range distance of data exchange over LPWAN systems.

Dr.Vaidehi Vijayakumar

Vice-Chancellor
Mother Teresa Women’s University

Title: Intelligent personalized remote health monitoring-Challenges and solutions

Abstract: Intelligent Personalized Remote Healthcare Service using wireless and cloud technologies provides early detection health abnormalities for remote patients in real time. Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is one new approach that aims at helping older people to live independently by embedding intelligent objects in the environment to provide decision support. Today’s healthcare system improves the quality of healthcare by turning traditional into smart healthcare. The key concept of smart health includes eHealth and mHealth services, electronic record management, smart home services and intelligent and connected medical devices. This keynote addresses the key challenges and provides feasible solutions smart healthcare.

Nandi Dharma Kishore

K7 Vice President,
Threat Control Lab, Bangalore, India

Title: Cyber Threat Intelligence for Disruptive Innovation

Abstract: “You have to dream before your dreams can come true” – Missile man of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Every disruptive innovation starts from a dream. Dreams give us an opportunity to visualize impossible things to happen. Tiny idea generated from a dream, when developed as a product or delivered as a service could be disruptive if it meets the criteria of being meaningful to humankind, simple to use, easily available, improved quality, secure and at reduced cost, time and resource. Zillions of dreams and tremendous efforts are required to build a nation. Defence systems of a nation like Army, Navy, Airforce etc. are very important to protect the nation from nation based attacks. Intelligence i.e. information about the behaviour of adversary in military, is very crucial for defence systems to take timely action and protect the nation from attacks. Even though the real problems are in real world, enemy states are leveraging cyber space to disrupt the activities of a state by attacking information systems resulting in cyberwarfare. At another point of cyber attack spectrum, attackers are targeting systems for monetary benefits, interrupt/disrupt service resulting in cybercrime. Hence, Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) is very critical to protect digital systems or services from cyber attacks


International Speakers

Professor, Ariela Sofer

Academic Director,
International Council on Systems Engineering, USA

Title: Disruptive Innovation and Academia; Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: We are living in an age of unprecedented change. The increasingly rapid advance in technology is transforming society and industry and is poised to transform academia. While disruptive innovation presents new opportunities for universities to make significant impact for the overall good of society, it could also pose an existential threat to higher-level education. How should universities, and in particular, their engineering and technology programs address this threat? We present some approaches in both research and educational programs for addressing this challenge.

Professor, Roger Hadgraft

Director,
Educational Innovation and Research
University of Technology, Australia

Title: Students as Partners – Remaking the Curriculum

Abstract: We live in exciting, if troubling times. Technologies are accelerating, providing undreamed of convenience, the most obvious ones being the mobile phone in your pocket or the smartwatch on your wrist. At the same time, wealth is increasingly concentrated in the hands of the few and climate catastrophe is looming due to global heating. We need to be preparing graduates for this exciting but uncertain world. Students must learn to unpack complex situations, ask deep questions, and synthesise new solutions to satisfy the social context. Technology, by itself, is not the answer; students must learn to engage with clients and stakeholders. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key skills in this new world, not just in commerce but in leading social change. In remaking the curriculum at UTS, using design studios, we have found that unleashing student talent as studio leaders has been amazingly successful. This presentation will describe how we are creating an environment where students take control of their own learning, preparing them for the uncertain future ahead.