Deepak B. Phatak

Professor Deepak B. Phatak,
Professor, Deptt. of CSE
IIT Bombay

A ‘Mantra’ for purposeful access to Digital World
Internet and World Wide Web (www) have caused an unprecedented revolution in human society. Data, information, and knowledge were locked earlier in written or printed form, accessible only to a fraction of mankind. The digital world has opened up the access to a large portion of this wealth. The first disruption unleashed by this revolution was in the commercial domain, permitting complex and inter-related transactions to be carried out anywhere, anytime. The next revolution was predicted to occur in the domains of education and healthcare. We see that happening already.

This keynote suggests methods, processes, and discipline which we must learn and adopt, for purposefully benefitting from this revolution. These are presented as a ‘Mantra’ for all to use, independent of relative difficulties and impediments, faced due to location or connectivity.

Professor Rajkumar Buyya,
Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Lab
Department of Computing and Information Systems
The University of Melbourne, Australia


New Frontiers in Cloud Computing for Big Data and Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications

Computing is being transformed to a model consisting of services that are commoditised and delivered in a manner similar to utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and telephony. Several computing paradigms have promised to deliver this utility computing vision. Cloud computing has emerged as one of the buzzwords in the IT industry and turned the vision of "computing utilities" into a reality. Clouds deliver infrastructure, platform, and software (application) as services, which are made available as subscription-based services in a pay-as-you-go model to consumers. Cloud application platforms need to offer (1) APIs and tools for rapid creation of elastic applications and (2) a runtime system for deployment of applications on geographically distributed computing infrastructure in a seamless manner.

The Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm enables seamless integration of cyber-and-physical worlds and opening up opportunities for creating new class of applications for domains such as smart cities. The emerging Fog computing is extending Cloud computing paradigm to edge resources for latency sensitive IoT applications.

This keynote presentation will cover (a) 21st century vision of computing and identifies various IT paradigms promising to deliver the vision of computing utilities; (b) opportunities and challenges for utility and market-oriented Cloud computing, (c) innovative architecture for creating market-oriented and elastic Clouds by harnessing virtualisation technologies; (d) Aneka, a Cloud Application Platform, for rapid development of Cloud/Big Data applications and their deployment on private/public Clouds with resource provisioning driven by SLAs; (e) experimental results on deploying Cloud and Big Data/Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications in engineering, and health care, satellite image processing, and smart cities on elastic Clouds; and (f) directions for delivering our 21st century vision along with pathways for future research in Cloud and Fog computing.

Syed Islam

Professor Syed Islam,
John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Curtin University, Australia


Digital Applications in Implementation of Smart Grid

Abstract- A smart grid is an electricity transmission and distribution network that embeds digital and other advanced ICT technologies to sense, monitor, communicate and manage the energy flows, real time electricity asset management, and take online decision from all generation sources to meet the varying electricity demands of end-users. Smart Grids oversees the real time capabilities of the generating, transmitting, distribution assets and allows the power system operators manage the balance between generation and load requirements at most efficient manner. Smart Grid is aimed at maintaining system resiliency, stability, reliability to regulatory standards and at the same time minimises the environmental impact by allowing maximum renewable power generation connected to the grid. The role of modern digital devices and IT technologies are critical to achieve the above objectives. In this paper, some of the digital technology applications in Demand Side Management, Automated Tariff Structure, and Protection of modern substation are presented.

Professor Mark Burry,
Professor in Urban Futures
Urban Design, Transport and Health Research Hub
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Professor Sudeshna Sarkar,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Professor Phalguni Gupta,
National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research,

Multimodal Biometrics System
Abstract: Biometrics plays an important role in solving the identity crisis problem of human beings. This technology can be used for measuring and analyzing a person’s unique characteristics, viz., physical and behavioral. These characteristics are used either for verification or identification. In verification mode the system declares the authenticity of a person after comparing the testing template with the particular template in the database. On the other hand, in identification mode the system recognizes an individual by searching templates of all users in the database for a match. The search space and time complexity increases, in case of identification system, with the increase in the size of the database. A biometric system consists of three major modules: data acquisition, feature extraction and matching. The performance of a biometric system is largely affected by the reliability of the sensor used and the degrees of freedom offered by the features extracted from the sensed signal. Further, if the biometric trait being sensed or measured is noisy, the resultant matching score computed by the matching module may not be reliable. This problem can be solved by installing multiple sensors for capturing different biometric traits. Multimodal systems address the problem of non-universality as well: it is possible that a subset of users do not possess a particular biometric. It is useful to acquire multiple biometric traits for verifying the identity. Multimodal systems also provide anti-spoofing measures by making it difficult for an intruder to spoof multiple biometric traits simultaneously. In this talk, various issues on designing multimodal biometrics system will be discussed.


Vishal Dhupar,
Managing Director,
South Asia NVIDIA


HS Jatana,
Group Head – Design & Process Grp
SCL /Dept of Space, Chandigarh


Dominique Hes,
Senior Lecturer,
The University of Melbourne, Australia

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