Invited Speakers - Short Biography


N. Sujatha
Associate Professor,
Department of Applied Mechanics
Indian Institute of Technology Madras

N. Sujatha graduated from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NTU Singapore in the field of biomedical optics. She is currently associated with the department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India as Associate professor and current head of the biomedical engineering group of the department. Her major research interests are in the areas of laser based diagnostic imaging and diagnostic optical spectroscopy and her research lab is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India under different socially relevant projects. She has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, NTU Singapore during 2014-2015. Sujatha has co-authored a book chapter and published over 50 reputed international journal / conference papers, several of them winning best paper awards. She is a regular member of International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Optical society of America (OSA), fellow member of Optical society of India (OSI) and a regular reviewer of several top optics journals



Sunil Kumar Kopparapu,
Principal Scientist, Speech and Natural Language | TCS Innovations labs, Mumbai-India

Sunil Kumar Kopparapu (Senior Member, IEEE; ACM Senior Member India) obtained his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India in 1997. His thesis "Modular integration for low-level and high-level vision problems in a multi-resolution framework" provided a broad framework to enable reliable and fast vision processing.
Between 1997-2000 he was with the Automation Group, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Brisbane, Australia working on practical image processing and 3D vision problems, mainly for the benefit of the Australian mining industry.
Prior to joining the Cognitive Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL), Tata Infotech Limited, as a Senior Research Member, in 2001, he was associated with the R&D Group at Aquila Technologies Private Limited, India, as an expert for developing virtual self line of e-commerce products.
In his current role as a Principal Scientist with the TCS Innovations Labs - Mumbai, he is actively working in the areas of speech, script, image and natural language processing with a focus on building usable systems for mass use in Indian conditions.
He has coauthored a book titled Bayesian Approach to Image Interpretation and more recently a Springer Brief on Non-linguistic Analysis of Call Center Conversation apart from several patents, journal and conference publications.







Glen Fields,
Vice President at PTC

Glen is Vice President for PTC Go to Market and Strategy. He has 20 years of global sales and business development experience in the industrial IoT, augmented reality, wireless and semiconductor manufacturing industries. His accomplishments include implementing successful go to market and sales strategies for DAQRI, Tyco Electronics, Anokiwave, Macom, and Emerson. In his current role at PTC, he is a member of the leadership team responsible for the go to market strategy for the Vuforia Studio Augmented Reality Product Suite. His initiatives include setting strategic direction, driving growth, and ensuring customer success of the platform.
Prior to PTC, Glen was a member of the executive leadership team at DAQRI, a privately funded company focused on developing augmented reality wearable hardware and enterprise software solutions. In this role, he was responsible for global sales, account management, customer success, and solution technical services. Prior to DAQRI, Glen directed global product management, business development, long-range strategic planning, and profit and loss accountability for the Aerospace and Defense wireless connectivity business unit at Macom.
Glen has been a key contributor for two successful startup companies where he was influential in the growth and success of both companies. Glen also sits on the Board of Advisors for Anokiwave, a private fabless semiconductor company providing highly integrated semiconductor solutions to the wireless markets.
Glen holds a bachelor of science in Systems Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. He is also a Veteran and Commander in the United States Navy.




Christophe Labbé,
Associate Professor in CIMAP Lab Caen, (France) ENSICAEN

Christophe Labbé is an Associate Professor in CIMAP Lab (Centre de Recherche sur les Ions, les Matériaux et la Photonique) at Caen, (France) in the engineering school ENSICAEN.
He has obtained his PhD on rare earth lasers in the Interdisciplinary Research Center Laser Ions at Caen in 1999. After a postgraduate position in Israel at Laser Arava Laboratory of the Ben-Gurion University of Negev on the ionic matrix lasers pumped by diode, he obtained an assistant professor position in the Laboratory of Optical Functions for Telecommunications (FOTON Lab) in 2002 in Rennes. He was a group member of material characterizations and was specialized in the study of optical and electronic properties of the semiconductors III-V’s nano-structures. He based his research on saturable absorbers and became an expert in the self-assembled quantum dot structures in the III-V materials for 1.55 μm wavelength laser applications. He was included in the European network of excellence SANDIE (Self-Assembled semiconductor Nanostructures for new Devices In photonics and Electronics).
Since 2008, he has joined the CIMAP laboratory to work in NIMPH (Integrated Nanostructures for the Microelectronic et la Photonic) team. This is a spectroscopic characterization group for semiconductor based on silicon doped rare earth. His research areas is based on optical spectroscopy in linear and non-linear nano-structures on semiconductors, the electroluminescence effect and the energy transfer nano-structures/rare earth in semiconductor for light emission. His on-going research focuses on photon sources for telecommunications or visible light applications and on photovoltaic cells. He is currently involved in different research projects for the National Agency of Research (ANR) and for the CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre). He has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and has (co-)supervised 5 doctoral theses



Fabrice Gourbilleau,
Deputy Director – CIMAP
Team Leader - Nimph (Integrated Nanostructures for Microelectronics and Photonics),CNRS

Fabrice Gourbilleau holds a doctorate in physics of materials at the University of Caen in 1993. He joined the CNRS in 1994 and since then he works on nanomaterials at the Research Centre on Ions, Materials and Photonics (CIMAP, UMR 6252). He is the leader of the team Nimph (Integrated Nanostructures for Microelectronics and Photonics) consists of twenty people, and since 2014 he is Deputy Director of CIMAP. He is heavily involved in research management as Deputy Director of Research From NACRE Group (nanocrystallites in dielectric).
His research focuses on the production and study of thin films based on nanostructured for photonics, photovoltaics and microelectronics applications. He was and is involved in several European projects as a collaborator or coordinator (SINERGIA, LANCER, ENERMAT, MEET) and national projects (ANR-DUOSIL, ANR PNANO NOMAD and daphne, ANR and GENESIS SHAMAN). He became involved in the transfer of technology by its investment from its inception in the Lower Normandy incubator "Normandie Incubation" as treasurer.
He is the author or co-author of over 180 publications (25 M) and has two patents.



Subhananda Chakrabarti,
Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering,
IIT Bombay, Mumbai

Subhananda Chakrabarti received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electronic Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India.
He was a Lecturer in physics with St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He was a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,USA, from 2001 to 2005, a Senior Researcher with Dublin City University, Dublin City, Ireland, from 2005 to 2006, and a Senior Researcher (RA2) with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., from 2006 to 2007. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India, in 2007. He has extensively researched molecular beam epitaxial growth, characterization, and fabrication of semiconductor optoelectronic materials and devices, such as quantum dot laser, intersub-band detectors, and vertical-cavity surface and emitting lasers. He has authored or coauthored more than 160 papers in journals and conferences. He has also coauthored a couple of book chapters on intersubband quantum dot detectors.
He is a Reviewer of the IEEE PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, the IEEE JOURNAL OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS, and the Material Research Bulletin.




Geetam Singh Tomar
Director, THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology, Tehri

Geetam Singh Tomar is a Director of THDC Institute of Hydropower Engineering and Technology, Tehri. He received his UG, PG, and PhD degrees in Electronics Engineering from Institution of Engineers Calcutta, MNREC Allahabad and RGPV Bhopal respectively. He is a post-doc from University of Kent, UK in Computer Engineering. He worked with MITS and IIITM Gwalior, University of Kent UK. University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
He also served as Director in 3 private colleges along with additional charge of the Director of Machine Intelligence Research Labs, Gwalior, India. He served in Indian Air Force for 17 Years. His research interests are Digital Systems, Air Interface and Advanced communication networks. He has many sponsored research projects to his credit. He has been guest faculty at Thapar University Patiala, Hannam University Korea, and many other universities of International repute. He received International Plato award for academic excellence in 2009 from IBC Cambridge UK. He has been cited in who’s who in the world for 2008, 2009 and 2010 continuously. He has published more than 180 research papers and 02 patents. He is chief editor of 5 International Journals and has written 09 books and 08 Book chapters. Organised many IEEE conferences and delivered Keynote lectures at many IEEE conference in various countries.



Gnanam Gnanagurunathan
Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

Gnanam was in the cellular industry as an RF Network Engineer for almost 5+ years prior to becoming an academician in University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She completed her PhD in 2012 in the field of metamaterial based planar antennas while serving the university. Currently her research is evolving from bettering the performance of planar antennas with metamaterial to using them to harvest RF energy for IoT applications. She has a number of publications in both fields of antennas and optics. Currently she is a Member of IET, Senior Member of IEEE /APS and a Fellow of HEA.
Research Interests

  • Antenna - Planar antenna, Metamaterial (EBG, AMC), RF energy harvesting
  • Optics - WDM systems, Non-linear effects, Dispersion and its compensation


Jie Li
Lecturer and Honorary Fellow School of Electrical Engineering,
University of Melbourne

Jie Li received the B.Eng. with first class hons and Ph.D. degrees from Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand, in 2007, and 2012, respectively. He subsequently worked on mixed signal IC designs, wireless and optical device integrations, IoT systems and applications. In April 2012, he joined the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET), a Bell Labs research center based on University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow, where he is developing circuits and systems for low-energy fiber access networks and wireless networks. Dr. Li is currently an honorary fellow of EEE department at University of Melbourne, and the co-founder of MedRIVS Ltd., a technology company that delivers researches and solutions for medical devices and applications. Dr. Li hold three international patents and has authored or co-authored more than 20 international journal and conference articles including several that were invited. He has served in the technical program committees of several international conference and journals.



Nandha Kumar
Associate Professor ,
The University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Nandha kumar received his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Madras and National Institute of Technology, India respectively. Subsequently he obtained Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The University of Nottingham. Currently he is working as an associate professor at The University of Nottingham, Malaysia. Prior to this, he was working at Intel Corporation as a senior pre-silicon validation engineer and involved in the gate level validation of IO chips ICH4 and ICH5. He also worked as the gate level validation lead for ICH6 IO chip and RTL validation lead for legacy units of ICH7 and ICH8 IO chip.
Nandha has 15 years of academic and 5 years of Industrial experience. His research interests are in the field of VLSI design, Test, fault/defect tolerance of digital systems, Nano electronics, Emerging Non-volatile memory and Approximate Computing. He has published more than 50 papers in the reputed International journals and conferences. His team’s work on NV memory has been selected by Institute of Physics (IOP) “Semiconductor Science and Technology” as one of the HIGHLIGHTS of 2015. Also his team’s work on approximate computing has been nominated for BEST PAPER AWARD in DATE 2016.He serves as a reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology, IET Journal of Engineering, IET Transaction on Circuits, systems and devices, Elsevier Microprocessor and Microsystems, Elsevier Microelectronics, Elsevier Measurement. Also he served as a technical committee member for more than 60 IEEE international conferences.
Nandha is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK), Charted Engineer (UK), Senior member IEEE, Member IET and Member TRIZ association.


Elizabeth Chang
Professor, The University of New South Wales (Australia Defence Force Academy), Australia

Elizabeth Chang is Professor of Logistics and Canberra Fellow at UNSW at Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).Professor Chang leads the Defence Logistics research group at UNSW Canberra, targeting the key issues in Logistics ICT, Big Data Management, Defence Logistics and Sustainment, Predictive Analytics, Situation Awareness, IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems, Trust, Security, Risk and Privacy. In a 2012 article, published in MIS Quarterly vol. 36 issue 4, Professor Chang was ranked fifth in the world for researchers in Business Intelligence.She has delivered 48 Keynote/Plenary speeches largely at major IEEE Conferences . Her academic achievement includes 22 competitive Research Grants, including 11 Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants worth over $15 million. She has supervised/co-supervised 41 PhD theses to completion, 21 Master theses and 16 Post-docs. She has published 7 authored books, over 500 international journal papers and conference papers with an H-Index of 38 (Google Scholar) and over 7,500 citations.

She is an IEEE Fellow and has been Chair/Co-Chair for IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Informatics since 2010 where she provides leadership in this area in the world by attracting top talents and researchers Professor Elizabeth Chang is Professor of Logistics and Canberra Fellow at UNSW at Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).Professor Chang leads the Defence Logistics research group at UNSW Canberra, targeting the key issues in Logistics ICT, Big Data Management, Defence Logistics and Sustainment, Predictive Analytics, Situation Awareness, IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems, Trust, Security, Risk and Privacy. In a 2012 article, published in MIS Quarterly vol. 36 issue 4, Professor Chang was ranked fifth in the world for researchers in Business Intelligence.She has delivered 48 Keynote/Plenary speeches largely at major IEEE Conferences . Her academic achievement includes 22 competitive Research Grants, including 11 Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants worth over $15 million. She has supervised/co-supervised 41 PhD theses to completion, 21 Master theses and 16 Post-docs. She has published 7 authored books, over 500 international journal papers and conference papers with an H-Index of 38 (Google Scholar) and over 7,500 citations.
Globally to help define the future research directions. She is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (since 2007) and Guest Editor on IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (since 2005), Co-editor in Chief for International Journal on Engineering Intelligent Systems. She is a member of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, honorary member of the Australian Logistics and Supply Chain Society. She was honoured to be General Chair and Technical Chair for over 20 International and IEEE Conferences. She was Director for several research centres including the University Tier 1 Institute of Excellence on Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence, Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Extended Enterprises and Business Intelligence, Logistics Informatics Research Centre, at Curtin University and the University of Newcastle.



Eric Torres
Vice President at Tata Communications, France

Eric Torres is the Vice President of New Ventures, Tata Communications, France. He had been the Vice President of Transformation Solutions Group till September 2014.He was the founder of CIPRIS, 1st Continental Europe Virtual Network Operator. He had been the Director of Global System Integration/Network Integrated division till June 2005.He held various positions with IBM as Project Manager, Marketing Manager and Director. He was the winner of the Tata Group innovation award category ‘Leading Edge’. He graduated in Engineering from Polytech Montpellier, France and completed his MBA in Europe. His specialties include management in a multi – national environment, restruction of Units, IT and Network services



Adamu Murtala Zungeru
PhD (Nottingham), KTCP (MIT,USA), MIEEE, MACM, CEng (COREN)
Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Telecommunications Engineering,
Botswana International University of Science & Technology, Botswana

Murtala Adamu Zungeru is a Senior Lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, and a researcher in the College of Engineering & Technology at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Botswana. He obtained a PhD in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Nottingham, and was a Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA, where he also obtained a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in 2014. Before joining BIUST in 2015, he was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Professionally, He is a registered engineer with the Council for The Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) USA, Professional Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (IEEE AP-S) and The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
Murtala Adamu Zungeru is the Inventor of Termite-hill routing algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks. He has also filed 2 international patent applications with the PCT for his innovative work, and has authored 3 books and over 40 international research articles. He has acquired over 10 years of useful teaching and administrative experience at the University. He has also served as an International reviewer to IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Sensors, JNCA-ELSEVIER, Wireless Networks-Springer, IET Networks, Sensors MDPI, Simulation-SAGE, IJCS-Wiley, Journal of Sensors-Hindawi and numerous others.


Talk: From Terestrial to Underground Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications and Transmission Cost