Keynote Addresses

Design of Computationally feasible good enough problem solving techniques for socio-economic systems: A Data driven Approach

Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya

Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya
Smart Living: The Next Frontier




Prof. Sajal Das

Prof. Sajal K. Das





Keynote 1: Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya

Title: "Design of Computationally feasible good enough problem solving techniques for socio-economic systems: A Data driven Approach"


Abstract: Phenomenal advancements in technology in recent past has opened up a large set of new application areas for being considered to be addressed through innovation in design and development of software products and services. Whereas traditional methodologies for design of algorithms essentially depended on formal models in the background with strict optimality in focus, now we can easily think about data-centric algorithm design through bottom-up process - thereby involving the end-user during the process of algorithm development as well - with user-satisfiability as prime objective. Availability of almost limitless amount of disk space coupled with extremely high-speed processors together with appropriate high-performance computing architecture have resulted in evolution of computationally feasible and "good enough" solutions for even hard problems.

This particular talk essentially concentrates on how computationally hard problems like "Max Clique", "Vertex Cover", "Travelling Salesman" etc which are being used over many decades as typical problem-solving techniques, may be fine-tuned based on characteristics and requirements of socio-economic systems. This talk also touches upon the huge scope of feasibilities of deploying such fine-tuned and tailor-made versions of traditional problem-solving techniques - in algorithm design with the help of huge amount of data (and associated dependencies) with the involvement of users who are expected to be domain experts.

Biography: Prof. Swapan Bhattacharya obtained his B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D from University of Calcutta in 1979, 1981 and 1991 respectively and MBA from Jadavpur University in 1987. He has over 30 years of professional experience during which he was associated with industry as well as academic institutes like Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, University of Calcutta before joining Jadavpur University in the department of Computer Science from where he recently retired as Professor. He has more than 150 publications in national and international journals and conferences including books and book chapters. For the last decade, in his capacity as a Director of NIT Durgapur and NIT Surathkal, he had been instrumental in the evolution of these two Institutes, which have attained greater heights with increased collaboration with industry and other institutes from India and abroad.

He has been winner of the University Gold Medal from CU in 1976, Young Scientist award from UNESCO in 1989, award of Senior Research Associate-ship from National research Council, USA, ET Now Education Leadership award in 2013. He was also the president of Operation Research Society of India in 2012-2013.



Keynote 2: Prof. Sajal K. Das

Professor, Department of Computer Science
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA

Title: "Smart Living: The Next Frontier"


Abstract: We live in an era in which our physical and personal environments are becoming increasingly intertwined and smarter due to the advent of pervasive sensing, wireless communications, computing, and actuation technologies. Indeed our daily living in smart cities and connected communities will depend on a wide variety of smart service systems and cyber-physical infrastructures, such as smart energy, transportation, healthcare, supply-chain, etc. Alongside, the availability of low-cost wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things (IoTs) and rich mobile devices (e.g., smartphones) are also empowering humans with fine-grained information and opinion collection through crowdsensing about events of interest, thus resulting in actionable inferences and decisions. This synergy has led to cyber-physical-social (CPS) convergence with human in the loop that exhibits complex interactions, inter-dependencies and adaptations between engineered/natural systems and human users with a goal to improve quality of life experience in what we call smart living. However, the main challenges are posed by the scale, heterogeneity, big data, and resource limitations in context recognition and situation awareness using sensors, IoTs and CPS networks.

This talk will first highlight unique research issues and challenges in smart living and CPS systems, followed by novel solutions for energy-efficient data gathering and fusion, coverage and connectivity, security and trustworthiness, and trade-off between energy and information quality in multi-modal context recognition. We will present case studies and experimental results for smart grid and smart healthcare applications. The talk will be concluded with directions for future research.

Biography: Dr. Sajal K. Das is a professor of Computer Science and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, where he was the Chair of Computer Science Department during 2013-2017. During 2008-2011, he served the NSF as a Program Director in the Computer and Network Systems Division. Prior to 2013, Dr. Das was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of CSE, and founding director of Centre for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington.

His broad research interests include IoTs, big data analytics, cloud computing, wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems, smart environments including smart grid and smart healthcare, security and trustworthiness, biological and social networks, and applied graph theory and game theory. He has directed over $15M funded research projects and published over 700 research papers in these areas in high quality journals and conferences.

He holds 5 US patents, co-authored 52 invited book chapters, and 4 books - "Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications" (John Wiley, 2005); "Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges" (Morgan Kaufman, 2012); "Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking" (Wiley, 2012); and "Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach" (Cambridge University Press, 2018). His h-index is 78 with more than 24,500 citations according to Google Scholar. He has graduated 41 Ph.D. students. Dr. Das is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards in prestigious conferences like ACM MobiCom and IEEE PerCom, and numerous awards for research, teaching, mentoring and professional services, including IEEE Computer Society's Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal (since 2005) and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. A (co)-founder of IEEE PerCom, WoWMoM, SMARTCOMP, and ICDCN conferences, he has served on numerous ACM and IEEE conference committees as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, or Program Committee member. Dr. Das is an IEEE Fellow for pioneering contributions to parallel, distributed and mobile computing.