IEEE International Conference on Advanced Networks and Telecommunications Systems
16-19 December 2018 – Radisson Blu, Indore, India

Keynotes, Invited Speakers & Panels


December 17, 2018

Keynote 1: 09.30 AM – 10.00 AM

Vijay Bollapragada-CTO, Cisco, CX APJC

Title:  Trends in Networking

Bio:   Vijay Bollapragada  is responsible for providing technology solutions to enable customer’s digital transformation for achieving their business outcomes. Vijay partners closely with sales and engineering to drive the right solutions. Most recently, he led the architecture and deployment of the Reliance Jio network in India. Vijay is a Cisco veteran for over 23 years and has held many leadership roles inside Cisco across Services, Engineering and IT operations. Vijay has architected the world’s largest Service Provider and Enterprise networks that are in production today. He has been a speaker at many forums for routing architectures, Quality of Service, and Cloud.

Vijay has published two books – Inside Cisco IOS Software Architecture and IPSec VPN design, and peer reviewed many technical publications. He holds three patents. Vijay also served as an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Duke University, USA

Vijay holds a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University. He is also one of the earliest CCIE in the Industry.

Keynote 2: 02.00 PM – 02.30 PM

Ravikanth Pasumarthy, Assistant Vice-President – ARICENT

Title: 5G – Network Slicing and RAN Considerations

Bio:  RaviKanth has around 23 years of experience in wireless and satellite based systems and is working as Assistant Vice President at Aricent and is System architect in 4G and 5G related activities. Ravi has experience in successful conceptualization, architecture, design to delivery of wireless base-stations of various form-factors (macro to small-cell) across GSM/EDGE, 3G and LTE areas for multiple customers. His area of expertise involves Solution engineering, System architecture of complete wireless systems, expertise in PHY and L2/L3 realization. Currently his focus is on soft-PHY design, 5G RAN architecture, Virtualization and cloud-RAN design for 4G/5G areas.

December 18, 2018

Keynote 3: 09.00 AM – 09.30 AM

K R Sanjiv, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Wipro Ltd

Title: Transforming through 5G

Abstract:  This session will cover how the technology innovations will drive market and societal changes and the impact 5G will make in these transitions. The session will also cover the various avenues for monetization around 5G that are emerging, and what many SI companies are doing in this space, with a few examples. The session will also highlight some key technical factors and some patterns that need to be considered in building application in 5G and beyond. The session will conclude with some points on the opportunities from India perspective.

Bio: Sanjiv leads the company’s technology vision and strategy. As a senior industry leader, he has been a major influencer of how Wipro assesses and uses emerging technologies to incubate ideas that create new business models for global clients. His responsibilities include nurturing the organization’s ecosystem for innovation and IP creation, fostering industry and academic alliances, driving architectural standards and defining governance models.

Sanjiv joined Wipro in 1989 and played multiple roles. Before taking on the role of CTO, he served as the Global Head of Analytics & Information Management for several years, carrying a P&L responsibility. His experience includes consulting, application and technology development across multiple industries.

Sanjiv is a member of a variety of industry forums such as Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), FICCI, etc. He is on advisory committees to Government agencies on various topics. His views on technology innovation are well respected in the industry. He is also a regular speaker at CxO summits, industry and academic conferences where his views, particularly on Business Technology, are closely followed. He writes on emerging technology areas and new ways of work for a variety of publications.

Sanjiv holds a bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India.

Connect with Sanjiv: LinkedIN, Twitter


Keynote 4: 02.00 PM – 02.30 PM

Dr. Praphul Chandra,  KoineArth

Title: Networks, Crowds & Markets: The potential of Blockchains for Smart Cities  

Abstract: The Internet of Value. The Future of Money. The Trust Machine. Blockchain – the fundamental technology behind Bitcoins & other cryptocurrencies – has been called many things by many people. An interesting view of the emerging technology stack in this space is from the perspective of networks. At the physical layer, Blockchains use a p2p network to create a shared, cryptographically secured ledger to record transactions & contracts. At the application layer, this enables the creation of decentralized, trusted economic networks & marketplaces. The talk will cover two such solutions we are building at KoineArth and show how they can be used for building truly Smart Cities.

Bio: Dr. Praphul Chandra is the Founder of KoineArth which works at the intersection of Mechanism Design, Blockchains and Machine Learning. He is also a professor of data science and machine learning at the International School of Engineering (Insofe). Prior to this, he was Principal Data Scientist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where his focus was on the application of machine learning techniques to solve real world problems across multiple domains like the Internet of Things, Taxation Fraud, Telecom and Social Network Analytics. His other industry experience includes positions at HP Labs and Texas Instruments. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics engineering from IIT BHU, a post graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY, a post graduate diploma in public policy from University of London and a PhD in Game Theory & Mechanism Design from the Indian Institute of Science

December 19, 2018

Keynote 5: 09.00 AM – 09.30 AM

Vipin Tyagi, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director, C-DOT, India

Title: Connectivity Divide in the light of Hyper-convergence

Bio: Presently, Mr. Tyagi is heading C-DOT, which is engaged in development of various projects at the frontier of Telecom technology in the areas of Optical communications, Next Generation Networks and Wireless technologies. C-DOT is also playing important roles in ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ programs launched by Govt. of India, Department of Telecommunications. Digital communication infrastructure required for smart cities and smart buildings is also being innovated by C-DOT.

Mr. Tyagi is an innovation and Business Leader from Information Technology and Telecommunication Industry for over 35 years. He had founded and led a Company out of New Delhi for 12 years as Board Member and Global CEO. He has headed global business in India, Japan, Australia, USA and Europe. He has actively worked towards Research and Development of large systems, Organizational Development and creation of high performance teams. In October, 2009, Vipin decided to promote National level R&D and joined C-DOT.

Notable projects that he has spearheaded and taken to fruition are Indias first 100 Gigabit per wavelength commercial grade optical fiber link, innovative access product for providing Internet based services to illiterate and technology unaware rural population through product called GYANSETU, India’s first indigenous G-PON development & deployment, world’s first broadband network based Video on demand system with ATM switches, video servers & set-top boxes for TV sets with global delivery teams & development of over 50 products in the area of Enterprise & Telecom industry.

He is the recipient of many awards, notably, the Excellence Award from Minister of State (Communication) for development of Digital Switching System, three AEGIS Graham Bell awards for ‘C-DOT Wi-Fi Terminal’, Frost & Sullivan’s award for C-DOT’s ‘Customizable Service Management’ project, National Intellectual Property Award for C-DOT under ‘R&D institution for Patents’, ‘Most Innovative Product’ for C-DOT’s G-PON at IESA(India Electronics & Semiconductor Association) awards, to name a few.

Keynote 6: 02.00 PM – 02.30 PM

Biswanath Mukherjee, Founder & President, Ennetix Inc.

Title: Rising Power of the Network User

Abstract: The network user, armed with increasingly-capable smart devices, is becoming more powerful. The user is demanding that newer IT infrastructures, e.g., Beyond 5G – consisting of the communication networks, (edge and cloud) data centers, distributed network functions, etc. – become more agile, and the services they facilitate become more application-centric, leading to exceptional user experience. For the network user, it is no longer satisfactory for the infrastructure operators to claim that their newer resources can support many orders of magnitude higher bandwidth and much lower latency by focusing on only the lower layers of the protocol stack (Layers 1-3). Noting that different applications have different tolerances to available bandwidth, latency, etc., novel methods are required to develop real-time application-centric user-experience analytics for future IT infrastructures. Given the huge data volumes involved, appropriate AI and machine-learning methods need to be applied.

Bio: Biswanath Mukherjee received the BTech (Hons) degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (1980) and PhD from University of Washington, Seattle (1987). He was General Co-Chair of IEEE/OSA Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference 2011, TPC Co-Chair of OFC’2009, and TPC Chair of IEEE INFOCOM’96. He is Editor of Springer’s Optical Networks Book Series. He has served on 8 journal editorial boards, most notably IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and IEEE Network. He has supervised 77 PhDs and currently mentors 7 advisees, mainly PhD students. He is winner of the 2004 Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award, the 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and the 2016 UC Davis International Community Building Award at UC Davis. He is co-winner of 11 Best Paper Awards, mostly from IEEE conferences. He is co-winner of the 2018 Charles Kao Award for the best paper in IEEE Journal on Optical Communications and Networks. He is author of the textbook Optical WDM Networks (Springer, January 2006). He is Founder and President of Ennetix, Inc. He is winner of the IEEE COMSOC’s inaugural Outstanding Technical Achievement Award “for pioneering work on shaping the optical networking area”. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Dr Amod Anandkumar, Senior Team Lead, MathWorks India

Title:  5G Prototyping with Matlab

Abstract: This talk presents highlights of available tools and techniques for designing and testing LTE/5G new radio physical layer algorithms, massive MIMO architectures and hybrid beamforming techniques for mmWave frequencies, and details on modeling and mitigating channel and RF impairments.

Bio: Dr. Amod Anandkumar is the senior team lead for signal processing and communications in the Application Engineering group at MathWorks India. Prior to this, he was a lead engineer with the Advanced Technology group at Samsung Research India, Noida where he developed physical layer techniques for LTE wireless communications systems and novel healthcare applications for smartphones. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Biomedical Signal Analysis Lab, GE Global Research Bangalore, working on advanced beamforming techniques for ultrasound imaging and novel signal processing solutions for ICU patient monitoring systems, resulting in one US patent filing. Amod holds a B.Tech degree from National Institute of Technology Karnataka and a Ph.D. degree from Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include applied signal processing, next-generation wireless networks, computer vision, game theory, and convex optimization. He has published and reviewed papers in numerous international conferences and journals.