U. B. Desai Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, India
U. B. Desai
Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering. Since June 2009 he is the Director of IIT Hyderabad. He is the Mentor Director for IIT Bhilai and IIIT Chittoor.
He has held faculty positions at different universities, Assistant and then Associate Professor at Washington State University and Professor at IIT Bombay. He has held Visiting Associate Professor's position at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. He was a visiting Professor at EPFL, Lausanne. He has been the Director of HP-IITM R and D Lab. at IIT-Madras.
His research interest is in Cyber physical systems, Internet of things, digital fabrication, wireless communication, cognitive radio, wireless sensor networks and statistical signal processing. He has been a coauthor of 9 research monographs and author of nearly 300 peered reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.
He is a member of many central governmental committees and governing council of academic institutions. He was a member of the high powered committee for review of AICTE. He is on the board of Tata Communications Limited.
Dr. Desai is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT-Bombay. In 2015 he received the Outstanding Alumni award from University of Buffalo and in 2016 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur.
Shalabh Bhatnagar Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
Shalabh Bhatnagar received a Bachelors in Physics (Hons) from the University of Delhi in
1988. He received his Masters and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1992 and 1997, respectively.
He was a Research Associate at the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park, during 1997 to 2000 and a Divisional Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free
University, Amsterdam, during 2000 to 2001. He joined the Department of Computer Science and Automation at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in December 2001, where he is now a Professor. He has also held visiting faculty positions at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr. Bhatnagar's interests are in simulation based stochastic optimization, stochastic control and reinforcement learning. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 research
articles in various journals and conferences. He is also the coauthor of a book with title `Stochastic Recursive Algorithms for Optimization: Simultaneous Perturbation Methods',
published by Springer in 2013. He is a Senior Associate of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
Soumen Chakrabarti Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Soumen Chakrabarti received his B.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1991 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992 and 1996. At Berkeley he worked on compilers and runtime systems for running scalable parallel scientific software on message passing multiprocessors.
He was a Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1996 to 1999, where he worked on the Clever Web search project and led the Focused Crawling project. In 1999 he joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where he was Associate Professor during 2003--2014, and Professor since then. In 2004 he was Visiting Associate professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. During 2014--2016 he was Visiting Scientist at Google.
He has published in the WWW, SIGIR, SIGKDD, EMNLP, SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, SODA, STOC, SPAA and other conferences as well as Scientific American, IEEE Computer, VLDB and other journals. He won the best paper award at WWW 1999. He was coauthor on the best student paper at ECML 2008. His work on keyword search in databases got the 10-year influential paper award at ICDE 2012. He won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 2014. He is fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He holds eleven patents on Web-related inventions. He is also author of one of the earliest books on Web search and mining.
He has served as technical advisor to search companies and vice-chair or program committee member for WWW, SIGIR, SIGKDD, VLDB, ICDE, SODA and other conferences, and guest editor or editorial board member for Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, DMKD and TKDE journals. He has served as program chair for WSDM 2008 and WWW 2010.
His current research interests include integrating, searching, and mining text and graph data models, exploiting types and relations in search, and dynamic personalization in graph-based retrieval and ranking models.
Upinder S. Bhalla National Centre for Biological Sciences Bangalore, India
Upinder S. Bhalla
Upinder Singh Bhalla is professor at National Centre for Biological Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Bangalore, India. Born in the Indian capital of Delhi to an academic couple who were professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University, he enrolled himself at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, for an integrated master's program but discontinued his studies at IITK after one year to join Cambridge University from where he graduated in natural sciences and completed his PhD under the guidance of James M. Bower from California Institute of Technology in 1993 and did his post doctoral studies at the laboratory of Ravi Iyengar at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Returning to India, he joined National Centre for Biological Sciences, a Bengaluru-based biological research centre of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in 2002. He heads a laboratory at NCBS where he hosts a number of research associates, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students who are involved in the research on Memory and Plasticity through computational and experimental methods.
He is known for his studies on neuronal and synaptic signaling in memory and olfactory coding using computational and experimental methods and is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 2007, for his contributions to biological sciences.
Subhasis Chaudhuri Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Subhasis Chaudhuri earned his graduate degree in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1985. Moving to Canada, he obtained a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1987 and joined the University of California, San Diego for his doctoral studies from where he secured a PhD in 1990. He returned to India the same year and started his career at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
He is a K. N. Bajaj Chair Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is known for his pioneering studies on Computer vision and is an elected fellow of all the three major Indian science academies viz. the National Academy of Sciences, India, Indian Academy of Sciences, and Indian National Science Academy. He is also a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards for his contributions to Engineering Sciences in 2004.