International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications (ACC-2012)

9-11 August 2012,
Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India

Plenary & Keynote

dheeraj.jpg Professor Dhiraj K Pradhan
Chair in Computer Science at the University of Bristol (U.K.)

Professor Pradhan currently holds a Chair in Computer Science at the University of Bristol (U.K.). Recently, he had been Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Previous to this, Dr. Pradhan had held the COE Endowed Chair Professorship in Computer Science at Texas A & M University, College Station, also serving as founder of the Laboratory of Computer Systems there.
Prior to this, Professor Pradhan held a Professorship at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he also served as Coordinator of Computer Engineering. Dr. Pradhan has also worked at the University of California, Berkeley, Oakland University (Michigan), and the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada, and as Visiting Professor at Stanford University (Calif.).
In past, Prof. Pradhan has worked as a Staff Engineer at IBM, more recently serving as the founding CEO of Reliable Computer Technology, Inc. He is also the inventor of two patents, one of which was licensed to Mentor Graphics and Motorola. The recently-announced verification tool, Formal Pro, by Mentor Graphics is based on his patent.
Professor Pradhan has contributed to Very Large Scale Integrated computer-aided design and test, as well as to fault-tolerant computing, computer architecture and parallel processing research, with major publications in journals and conferences, spanning more than 30 years. During this long career, he has been well-funded by various agencies in Canada, USA and UK.
Dr. Pradhan has also served as co-author and editor of various books, including Fault-Tolerant Computing: Theory and Techniques, Vols. I & II (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems Design (Prentice-Hall, 1996, second print 2003), and IC Manufacturability: The Art of Process and Design Integration (IEEE Press, 2000).
Professor Pradhan continues to serve as an Editor in prestigious journals, including IEEE Transactions. Further, Pradhan has worked as an editor for several journals, including IEEE Transactions and JETTA.Also, he has served as General Chair and Program Chair for various major conferences. The recipient of Best Paper Awards honors including the 1996 IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design Best Paper Award, with W. Kunz, on “Recursive Learning: A New Implication Technique for Efficient Solutions to CAD Problems Test, Verification and Optimization”. Prof. Pradhan is also included among 230 computer scientists worldwide whose work has been highly cited in the list appearing in .
A Fellow of both ACM, IEEE and Japan Society of Promotion of Science, Professor Pradhan is also the recipient of a Humboldt Prize, Germany. In 1997, Dr. Pradhan was also awarded the Fulbright-Flad Chair in Computer Science.

Dr. Vinod A Prasad Dr. Vinod A Prasad
Associate Professor in NTU.

Vinod A Prasad received his B. Tech degree in instrumentation and control engineering from N.S.S.College of Engineering, Palakkad, University of Calicut, India in 1994 and the M. Engg and PhD degrees from School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2000 and 2004 respectively. He has spent the first 5 years of his career in industry as an automation engineer at Kirloskar, Bangalore, India, Tata Honeywell, Pune, India, and Shell Singapore. From September 2000 to September 2002, he was a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. He was a Lecturer in the School of Computer Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, from September 2002 to November 2004, became an Assistant Professor in December 2004, and since September 2010 he is an Associate Professor in NTU.

Vinod’s research interests include digital signal processing, low power and reconfigurable DSP circuits, software defined radio, cognitive radio and brain-computer interface. Currently, he has research grants from MOE, MINDEF, DSO National Labs and EADS Singapore amounting over S$1 million as principal investigator. He has published 135 papers in refereed international journals and conferences. Currently, Vinod is leading a research team of 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 7 PhD Students and 1 M. Eng. Student in Centre for High Performance Embedded Systems (CHiPES), NTU. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and an Editor of International Journal of Advancements in Computing Technology (IJACT). He has won the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, the highest recognition conferred by NTU to individual faculty who have exhibited excellent teaching practice and enriched the learning experiences of their students through their enthusiasm, care and close rapport. He has also been voted by students as the Best Lecturer (Year-2) of School of Computer Engineering four years consecutively – 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He is the Chair of SCE Student Outreach Committee.

Dr Parul Gupta Dr Parul Gupta,
IBM Research India
Associate Professor in NTU.

Parul received the B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2002 and 2003, respectively. She is currently with IBM Research, Bangalore. She is the technical lead for the Wireless Network Cloud project team in India. Her research interests include everything to do with wireless communication systems, and she has worked on algorithms spanning physical-layer design, Multiple-Input–Multiple-Output (MIMO) systems, medium access control, and cross-layer routing protocols. She is a member of IEEE and ACM, and has co-authored 10 publications and 4 patents. Besides technology, Parul is also very interested in social issues, esp. how technology can be applied in alleviating them. In 2007, she co-founded NGO Post (, an online community for sharing development related news and initiatives and facilitating collaboration globally. NGO Post now has a community of 50000+ members and is one of the top-ranking websites in India. Parul received the Foundation of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE)’s Paragon 100 fellowship for 2009-10 (given to 100 change makers under 30 years of age in the Asia-Pacific region). Parul loves reading and dancing, and spending time with family.

Debdeep Dr. Debdeep Mukhopadhyay
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Kharagpur, India

Debdeep Mukhopadhyay received the BTech degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur in 2001 and the MS degree in 2004, and the PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kharagpur in 2007. He has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, since June 2009. Prior to this, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras. He is a life time member of the Cryptology Research Society of India (CRSI) and is the recipient of the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) TechnoInventor award for best PhD thesis in 2008.

Jimson Dr Jimson Mathew
Department of Computer Science,
University of Bristol

Jimson Mathew received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K. He has held positions with the Centre for Wireless Communications, National University of Singapore, Bell Laboratories Research (Lucent Technologies), North Ryde, Australia and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2005, he has been with Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol. His research interest primarily focuses on low power design and testing, sigma delta converters, fault-tolerant computing, and Galois field-based arithmetic.

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