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Invited Talk - 1: Green Optical Networks

Lena Wosinski, KTH Sweden

Speaker bio: Lena Wosinska received her Ph.D. degree in Photonics and Docent degree in Optical Networking from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, where she is currently a Full Professor in Telecommunication in the School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). She is founder and leader of the Optical Networks Lab (ONLab). She has been working in several EU projects and coordinating a number of national and international research projects.
Her research interests include fiber access and 5G transport networks, energy efficient optical networks, photonics in switching, optical network control, reliability and survivability, and optical datacenter networks. She has been involved in many professional activities including guest editorship of IEEE, OSA, Elsevier and Springer journals, serving as General Chair and Co-Chair of several IEEE, OSA and SPIE conferences and workshops, serving in TPC of many conferences, as well as being reviewer for scientific journals and project proposals. In 2007–2009 she was an Associate Editor of OSA Journal of Optical Networking, and in 2009 - 2013 she has been Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. Currently she is serving on the Editorial Board of Springer Photonic Networks Communication Journal. 

Invited Talk - 2: A Navigation System to Assist Passengers Traveling in Indian Public Buses

Speaker: Niloy Ganguly, IIT Kharagpur

Speaker bio: Niloy Ganguly is a professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has received his PhD from Bengal Engineering and Science University, Calcutta, India and his Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. He has been a post doctoral fellow in Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He focuses on dynamic and self-organizing networks especially peer-to-peer networks, online-social networks (OSN) etc. In social networks, he has worked on designing recommendation system based on community structures on various web-social networks like Twitter and Delicious. He has also simultaneously worked on various theoretical issues related to dynamical large networks often termed as complex networks. Specifically he has looked into problems related to percolation, evolution of networks as well as flow of information over these networks. He has been collaborating with various national and international universities and research lab including Duke University, TU Dresden, Germany, MPI PKS and MPI SWS, Germany, Microsoft Lab, India etc. He currently publishes in various top ranking international journals and conferences including CCS, PODC, SIGCOMM, ACL, WWW, INFOCOM, SIGIR, Euro Physics Letters, Pysical Review E, ACM and IEEE Transactions, etc. For further information visit his webpage

Invited Talk - 3: Evolution of Packet-Optical in Transport Networks

Speaker: Mohit Mishra, Infinera

Speaker bio: Mohit Misra is senior director,  software development at Infinera India Bangalore. He is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in building software for carrier grade telecom products, tera-bit routers and next generation packet blades. He is an expert in GMPLS area and have several patents to his name in the area of networking, software and test methodologies. He is actively engaged in defining architecture for Infinera’s packet optical transport products

Invited Talk - 4: Hybrid plasmonics for computer interconnects and sensing

Speaker: Lech Wosinski, KTH Sweden

Speaker bio: Lech Wosinski received the PhD degree and Associate Professor degree from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, where he holds a position of a senior researcher since 1996. Prior to that he worked at the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw 1975-84 and at the Institute of Optical research in Stockholm 1986-96. He has 40 years research experience in optics, photonics and material technology. Presently, he is involved in the research on silicon-based technology and devices for optical communication, sensing and computer interconnects, nanophotonic integration and surface plasmon waveguides and plasmonic components. He is an author and co-author of over 180 scientific papers and conference contributions. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Invited Talk - 5: Cyber Security : Some Thoughts

Speaker: Susheel Verma, DRDO

Speaker bio: Shri Susheel Verma is a post graduate in Electronics & Communication Engineering and is currently heading the Cyber Security Directorate at DRDO Headquarters.  He is also the Chief Information Security Officer of the organization. Currently he is involved in  implementing technological solutions -mostly indigenous- along with a robust policy framework for securing the organisation's cyber space. He has earlier worked at Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory in various capacities and was involved in substantial automation in the laboratory and setting up related Infra Structure – apart from other management activities – including managing the Zonal Recruitment Centre at Dehra Dun. As part of Directorate of Management Information Systems and Technologies, his efforts were devoted to successful enterprise wide implementation of MIS and other related IT services including video conference facility over DRDO Internet.

Invited Talk - 6: A Scalable Model for Multi-period Virtual Network Mapping for resilient Multi-site Data Centers

Speaker: Brigette Jaumard, Concordia Univ.

Speaker bio: Prof. Brigitte Jaumard holds a Concordia University Research Chair, Tier 1, on the Optimization of Communication Networks in the Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) Department at Concordia University. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling and algorithm design for large-scale optimization problems arising in communication networks, transportation networks and artificial intelligence. Recent studies include the design of the most efficient algorithms for the design and dimensioning of logical survivable topologies against single or multiple failures (e.g., survivable VPN topology over a service provider network). Other recent studies deal with dimensioning, provisioning and scheduling algorithms in optical grids or clouds, in broadband wireless networks and in passive optical networks. In Artificial Intelligence, contributions include the development of efficient optimization algorithms for probabilistic logic (reasoning under uncertainty) and for automated mechanical design in social networks (design of trust estimator tools). In transportation, her recent contributions include new algorithms for freight train scheduling and locomotive assignment subject to energy minimization. B. Jaumard has published over 300 papers in international journals in Operations Research and in Telecommunications.

Invited Talk - 7: How to write for and get published in international scientific journals

 Swati Meherishi, Senior Editor-Applied Science and Engineering, Springer

Abstract: The face of scientific publishing is changing at  a very fast pace. Transitions from  print to electronic, onset of open access publishing and change in research demographics by geography, are a few of the issues being talked about in the publishing world today. How do these changes affect researchers? How can young researchers leverage these transitions to make their work visible? What is Open Access Publishing? What are citations and how are they calculated? These are just a few questions that Springer’s Author Workshops address. In this particular Author Workshop Lecture, Swati Meherishi will speak briefly about the transitions in and the needs of the publishing world and how young researchers need to prepare for it.  This author workshop has been devised specifically as a resource for teaching non-native English-speaking researchers, particularly young scientists how to achieve publication success. Some of the key topics covered during this presentation are:
1. Writing for International Journals: Language, Style and Accuracy
2. Selecting a Journal for your Manuscript
3. Peer Review and you
4. Plagiarism, Citations, Open Access: The Buzzwords of publishing
5. Book Writing

Speaker bio: Swati Meherishi is Senior Editor of Applied Sciences and Engineering at Springer. She has an extensive experience publishing engineering content across two continents. She holds degrees in Physics and Philosophy from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. Prior to Springer, Swati has managed  key engineering textbook portfolios in both India and the United States. At Springer, Swati manages a growing portfolio of journals, including both Springer-owned and key academic society journals, such as the Indian Geotechnical Journal, Transactions of the Indian Institute of Metals, and the Institution of Engineers (India) journals.  Swati also publishes books across all domains of engineering and applied science.  She has successfully  launched several new book series, including a prestigious partnership series with the Infosys Science Foundation.   Her key aims at Springer are to grow Springer’s Engineering and Applied Sciences Portfolio in key interdisciplinary areas and to generate institutional and corporate partnerships. While her authors and editors hail from top institutes and corporate centers all around the globe, Swati’s focus remains to garner quality content from top engineering research schools across India in form of both books and journals. Swati is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Society of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).




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