Keynote Speakers 2022
Prof. Sudipto Banerjee
Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Sudipto Banerjee joined UCLA as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics in 2014. Prior to that, he spent 14 years in the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He has done his B.S. (Honours) from Presidency College, Calcutta, India in 1994, followed by M.STAT. from Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, India in 1996. Then he completed his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA in 2000. His research centers around spatial statistics, developing theory and methods related to Bayesian modeling and inference for geographic data with wide-ranging applications in public and environmental health sciences, ecology, forestry, real estate economics and agronomy. In 2015, he was awarded with the Distinguished Achievement Medal from ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment. In 2017, he got the ASA Outstanding Application Award, followed by George W. Snedecor Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) in 2019. Some of the books written by him are Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis for Spatial Data, Linear Algebra and Matrix Analysis for Statistics and Handbook of Spatial Epidemiology published by Chapman and Hall/CRC.
Vipin Kumar is a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, where he holds the William Norris Endowed Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
He has authored over 300 research articles, and has coedited or coauthored 10 books including two text books “Introduction to Parallel Computing” and “Introduction to Data Mining”, that are used world-wide and have been translated into many languages. Kumar’s current major research focus is on bringing the power of big data and machine learning to understand the impact of human induced changes on the Earth and its environment. Kumar served as the Lead PI of a 5-year, $10 Million project, “Understanding Climate Change – A Data Driven Approach”, funded by the NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program that is aimed at pushing the boundaries of computer science research. Kumar has served as chair/co-chair for many international conferences in the area of data mining, big data, and high performance computing, including 25th SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD 2019).
Kumar has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement for Science (AAAS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Kumar’s foundational research in data mining and high performance computing has been honored by the ACM SIGKDD 2012 Innovation Award, which is the highest award for technical excellence in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD), and the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, one of IEEE Computer Society’s highest awards in high-performance computing.
Deepak Agarwal is currently a senior engineering leader at Pinterest where he leads the engineering teams responsible for developing all organic user experiences on the platform including recommendations, search and shopping. Prior to Pinterest, Deepak was VP engineering and Head of Artificial Intelligence at LinkedIn from 2012-2020. He began his industrial research career with AT&T Labs from 2001-2006 and subsequently was a senior researcher at Yahoo! Research from 2006-2012. He has published extensively in top-tier conferences/journals in CS, ML and Statistics and has written a textbook on Recommender Systems. He is Fellow of the American Statistical Association, serves as member of Executive Committee for SIGKDD and regularly serves on program committees of major CS and ML conferences.
Prof. Prasun Kumar Roy,
School of Bio-Medical Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.)
Dr Roy is Professor and Coordinator, School of Bio-Medical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, B.H.U., Varanasi. He had earlier been Director / Incharge, National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon (under Ministry of Science & Technology). At IIT (BHU) he is Coordinator of the Healthcare domain, ICPS National Mission on Data Analytics & Predictive Technology, sponsored by DST, Govt. of India. Dr Roy was trained in Radiology at the Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Calcutta University, and had been Research Scientist at The University of Connecticut, and Clinical Visiting Associate Professor, at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in the US.
Dr Roy has received the prestigious Tata Innovation Fellowship Award, Dept. of Bio-Technology, Govt. of India. His research areas are Neuroscience & Neurotechnology, Medical Computing, Bioimaging and Lifestyle-related Brain disorders. He is a Fellow of three National Academies: the National Academy of Medical Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences – India.
Prof. Pankaj Setia
I.I.M Ahmedabad, India
Pankaj Setia (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008) is a Professor of Information Systems and Founding Chair of the Center for Digital Transformation at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, India. He has previously taught at the Michigan State University and the University of Arkansas. He was also the executive director of the Ph.D. program and an associate professor at the University of Arkansas, USA. His broader research interests include business analytics and artificial intelligence, IT strategy, digital innovations, neuroscientific theories, computational models of sentiment analysis and IT Governance, and open-source innovations. He has published in the top information systems and business journals in two domains: 1) IT strategy and governance, and 2) Open source software. He has featured among the top 100 researchers in the field of Information Systems worldwide, based on his publications in the top business journals (e.g., the Financial Times top 50 Journals). Also, he has been invited to give research talks or keynote speeches by universities from different countries, such as India, the US, Chile, and Singapore. He teaches graduate-level courses on strategic management of digital innovations at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA).
Ms Indrani Saha
AVP – Technology
AVP, Cognizant Technology Solutions, India
Indrani Saha has 26+ years of experience in Architecture Definition & Assessment, System Design, and Realizatdion of large and complex IT systems in Banking & Financial Services Domain across the globe. She completed her master’s degree in Electronics Engineering with specialisation in Computer Science from Jadavpur University, after graduating from Bengal Engineering college.
She has spent initial 9 exciting years of her career with Tata Consultancy Services , as part of firms’s universal financial product suite development team, known as TCS BaNCS. She joined Cognizant back in 2004 as part of BFS Business Unit.
She started her journey in exploring the world of Blockchain 6 years back. Her charter includes exploration of new frameworks emerging in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger space ,solving business problem with this collaborative and connected network technology and leading enterprise grade solution adoption for customers.
As a practitioner, Indrani carries deep expertise in wide array of digital technologies, demonstrating leadership in emerging and disruptive technology space.