Task Force Members

Dr.Kamakodi V
Dr. Kamakoti

Kamakoti Veezhinathan is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu India.His areas of specialisation includes Secure Systems Engineering, Computer Architecture and CAD for VLSI Design Systems. He completed his Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, University of Madras in the year 1989, Master of Science (By research) and PhD from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the years 1992 and 1995 respectively. He was a post-doctoral student at Super computer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Institute of Mathematical Science, Chennai during the period 1995-1997. He worked as a Senior Design Engineer in ATI research Silicon Valley Pvt Ltd before joining IIT Madras as  an Assistant Professor in the year 2001. He along with Prof. B. Ravindran founded the Reconfigurable Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) group at IIT Madras.

He is also an independent Director in the board of City Union Bank since 2011 and a member of the Standing Technical Committee of National Stock Exchange. His other interests include Organic Farming and is trained in Carnatic Music (Violin).  His passion includes Child education and currently mentoring a rural school at his native village Vishnupuram, Thiruvarur District, The George Higher Secondary School founded by his Great Grand Father in the year 1914. He was awarded the Inaugural IIT Madras Young Faculty Recognition Award in 2007. He received the DRDO Academic Excellence award in 2014 from Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. For more details about him please visit here.

Anurag Agrawal is a principal scientist at the CSIR Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB). He graduated in medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1994, followed by specialization in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, (2003) and a PhD in physiology. After serving as a faculty member at Baylor, he joined IGIB in 2007. His research has covered a full spectrum from molecular pathobiology to informatics and pepidemiology, leading to his being awarded the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award for Medical Sciences in 2014, the Wellcome Trust India Alliance senior fellowship in 2015 and the National Bioscience Award in 2016. Dr. Agrawal believes health data analytics, with artificial intelligence applications, to be the new frontier of medicine and is actively engaged in promoting the confluence of medicine and informatics. He formerly led the CSIR program for Enabling affordable Community Health through Information Technology (EACH-IT) and is now coordinating the DST Big Data Initiative for Public Health Epidemiology. He serves on the advisory bodies of Public Health Foundation of India, Lady Tata Memorial Trust, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Centre for Brain Research, and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, amongst others, as well as an advisor for start up companies.

Dr.Anurag Agrawal
Dr.Anurag Agrawal
Dr.Gautam Shroff
Gautam Shroff

Vice President and Chief Scientist, TCS Research, As Chief Scientist in TCS Research and member of TCS Corporate Technology Council, Dr. Shroff is involved with recommending directions to existing R&D efforts, spawning new R&D efforts, sponsoring external research, and proliferating the resulting technology and intellectual property across TCS’ business units. He heads the Data and Decision Sciences research area in TCS as well as TCS Innovation Lab in Delhi.
Prior to joining TCS in 1998, Dr. Shroff had been on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA (1990 - 91) and thereafter of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India (1991 - 1997). He has also held visiting positions at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and at Argonne National Labs in Chicago. In 1994 he was conferred the ‘Young Scientist Award from the Indian Department of Atomic Energy.
Dr. Shroff has published over 50 research papers in the areas of computational mathematics, parallel computation, distributed systems, software architecture, software engineering, and the data sciences. He has written two books “Enterprise Cloud Computing” published by Cambridge University Press, UK, in October 2010, and “The Intelligent Web”, published by Oxford University Press, UK, in 2013 (paperback ed. 2015). Dr. Shroff is an active member of ACM and ACM-India, and serves on the ACM India Council and was the founding chair of the ACM-India SIG on Knowledge Discovery from Data (IKDD), the India chapter of ACM SIGKDD.

Amandeep Singh Gill is India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Previously, he served as Head of the Disarmament and International Security Division in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2013-2016. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992.
He has a B Tech in electronics and electrical communications from Punjab University, Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University. He has a PhD degree from King’s College London on policy learning.
Amandeep Gill is currently Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems.

Dr.Amandeep Singh
Dr. Amandeep Singh Gill
Dr. Ashish Dutta

Prof. Ashish Dutta obtained his PhD in Systems Engineering from Akita University, Japan. From 1994 to 2000 he was with the Bhabha Atomic Research Center where he worked on telemanipulator design and control for nuclear applications. Since 2002 he is with the department of mechanical engineering at IIT Kanpur, India. He was also a visiting professor in Nagoya University, Japan in 2006 and is currently a visiting professor at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. His research interests are in the areas of bio-robotics, robot-human interaction, intelligent control systems and rehabilitation engineering. Prof. Dutta has published extensively in international journals and conferences and has completed several national and international projects. At present he is also the coordinator of the Centre for Mechatronics at IIT Kanpur.

Santanu Chaudhury did his B.Tech (1984) in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engg  and Ph.D (1989) in Computer Science and Engg. from I.I.T, Kharagpur, India. Currently, he is Director of CSIR-CEERI Pilani  and  Professor, on lien, in the department of Electrical Engg.  I.I.T Delhi. He was also Dean, Undergraduate Studies at IIT Delhi.  He had been Schlumberger as well as Dhananjoy Chair professors at IIT Delhi. He was awarded INSA medal for young scientists in 1993. He has received CDAC-ACSS award for his scientific achievement in 2012. He is a fellow of  Indian National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences, India. He is also fellow of International Association of Pattern Recognition. His research interests are in the areas of Computer Vision, Robotics, Embedded Systems and Machine Learning. He has published more than 250 research papers in international journals and conference proceedings and a number of patents. He has been on the programme committee of a number of international conferences like, ICCV, ACCV, ICPR, ICVGIP, PReMI etc.

Dr. Santanu Chaudhury
Shri. Alok Mukherjee

Shri Alok Mukherjee, did his MSc in Physics with specialization in Electronics from Fergusson College at Poona and subsequently  M.Tech in Computer Science also from Poona University. He joined DRDO in 1988.His first appointment was in Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment at Himachal Pradesh. He was instrumental in setting up the Computer Centre there for voluminous weather and satellite data acquisition and analysis.
He joined Research & Development Estt at Pune in 1991. Initially he was involved in instrumentation related to projects on Infantry Combat Vehicles. The two projects viz. Armoured Engineer Recce Vehicle and NBC Recce Vehicle are in production and are in use by the Army.
Since 2000, he has been working in the field of Robotics and specifically unmanned vehicles or mobile robots for hazardous material handling and other Combat Engineering applications. He has lead a team in development of the first indigenously developed robot ‘Daksh’ for handling of Improvised Explosive Devices which has undergone evaluation by the Army and is in production.
He has also developed the UAV- ‘Netra’ which is a quadrotor meant for day and night surveillance. This system is also in production with more than 250 nos. in the field and in use by the Army and Paramilitary forces involved in anti-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations as well as the Police and Disaster Management personnel.
He successfully led a team from DRDO for an Indo-Singapore Collaboration on Autonomous Vehicles.
Has been conferred with the 2003 - H R Toshniwal Gold Medal by the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) in recognition of distinguished contributions in the field of Electronic Instrumentation. He was awarded the prestigious “Agni Award” in 2007 as a team member for self-reliance for development of “NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle”. He has once again been conferred with the “Agni Award” in 2011 as a team leader for Remotely Operated Vehicle –‘Daksh’.
He is currently the Head of the Robotics at R&DE(Engrs), DRDO where he is  engaged in development of a multitude of Unmanned Ground Vehicles for application in surveillance, hazardous material handling, disaster management,  radiation/chemical contamination detection and explosive disposal.

Komal Sharma Talwar, is the Founder and Director of a leading International Intellectual Property and Technology Consulting and Analytics Firm – TT Consultants. She is also the Director of world’s largest and most intelligent technology database for Patent Search and Analytics XLPAT. Komal attended LSR Delhi and St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, where she earned her post-graduate degree. She also holds a degree in Law. While she was in the last year
of her law college, she founded her first company - TT consultants. With its base in India, TTC has spread its roots all over the world through offices in India, US, Japan, and Taiwan.

She founded XLPAT in 2012, which is the world’s largest and most intelligent technology database that extracts its intelligence from technologies like Artificial
Intelligence, Machine Learning and NLP.She has been awarded the "Woman Entrepreneur of the year 2010” by STPI and the "TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Stree Shakti Emerging Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – 2011. She received the “Start Tel Aviv – India Finals” award by the Embassy of  srael. She also represented India in the Indo-Swiss Investment and Innovation Forum in, Switzerland, where she was invited by the Ambassador of India. She also represented XLPAT that won the “Start Tel Aviv” award by the Embassy of Israel and the “DLD Meet the Leaders Challenge” in Israel.

Dr. Komal Talwar
G N Appa Rao

He did Ph.D. from IIT, Madras, and Post-doctoral work in University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He was a Guest Faculty at IIT Madras, Computer Science Department.

Lectured in various academic institutes, including IITs and IIMs on various topics in various academic events and guided a number of B Tech, M. Tech and Ph. D students.

Currently he is providing IT advisory to CxOs and technical and Management consultancy to IT organizations in strategy and technology.

Shri Ravinder, an IAS officer of 1999 Batch from Uttar Pradesh Cadre, is currently posted as Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry. He has also served as Director in the same department, handling Make in India Initiative, Startup India and Ease of Doing Business. Before joining as Joint Secretary in DIPP, he has done a brief stint as private secretary to Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism & Culture.
Shri Ravinder, hails from Delhi and has completed his B.Com(Honours) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and his Masters in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy, Syracuse University, New York, USA. He is also a chartered accountant, cost accountant and company secretary.

In Government of Uttar Pradesh, he has served in eight districts including Barabanki, Moradabad and Varanasi as District Magistrate and Collector. He has worked in the State Government on sectors like land revenue, women welfare and child development, food and supply and industries. 

Shri Ravinder
Shri G.S Madhusudan

Shri G S Madhusudan is a Senior Advisor at IIT Madras involved in coordinating research projects in Processor Design,/Computer Architecture, Financial systems,  Large Data Engineering and Architecture of Autonomous vehicles.He is also a member of various Govt advisory boards and is a technology advisor to startups and large companies.

He was earlier CEO of  startup companies in India and Singapore in the areas  of consumer electronics, networking and VLSI design. He started his career at HCL Limited as an OS and database performance engineer and was later a kernel architect at Sybase Inc working in the areas of high performance databases, clustered systems and high security databases.

He is active in open source initiatives across the world  and works extensively in standards bodies to help create standards in the areas of cloud computing, processor ISA,storage networks and high speed interconnects.

An alumni of Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (CMU) and University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
An Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Co-chair the Regional Committee on Robotics & Hi-Tech Manufacturing of CII Northern Region. He has been a prolific roboticist, with research interests spanning autonomous navigation, computer vision, AI/ML.
An Entrepreneur, he came back to India and started The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz(THRSL) in 2004-05. With more than 50 patents filed, multiple international papers and numerous accolades under his name, which includes MSME National Award for Innovation, Frost & Sullivan Innovation award, CII Top 25 Innovative companies award and NASSCOM Emerge 50 award.
THRSL are pioneers in the field of Self Driving Vehicles, Driver Assistive systems, Autonomous mobile robots for Industrial and Defence applications. THRSL enables Industry 4.0 through Mobile Robotics for factories and warehouses using state of the art AI/Machine Learning Techniques, with more than 90% market share for the industrial autonomous vehicle market. The Company has successfully developed and commercialized a wide range of products catering to the needs of Automotive, Defence, homeland security & other Industrial Sectors.

Shri. Anuj Kapuria
Shri. Kunal

Kunal is the founder and CEO of uTrade Solutions, an India based Fintech product firm which offers trading, algo and risk platforms in more than 10 countries. Kunal has also co-founded Hashcove, UK, that focusses on Blockchain applications.Kunal is a consultant to Finance ministry, DEA-NIFM

Previous Kunal has worked at Lehman Brothers, Nomura & BNP Paribas in London.

Kunal holds a Computer Science Engineering degree from PEC, Chandigarh, India, and an MBA from Essec, Paris, France.

Ashwini Asokan is the Founder & CEO of Mad Street Den, a Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence company. At Mad Street Den, Ashwini and her team of 60, give the power of sight and learning to machines, teaching them to see and experience the world like we humans do. Working across San Francisco, India & London, her team has been known to build some of the most cutting edge AI tech and products. 

The company launched it's first vertical vue.ai - an AI based platform that is redefining the future of retail, online, across social channels and in-store. Ashwini returned to India from Silicon Valley after more than a decade, to bootstrap her startup which she founded with her husband, Anand Chandrasekaran, a neuroscientist. As a product leader working at the
intersection of socio-cultural and technological systems, she has been exploring how Artificial Intelligence can be brought out of the Science and Tech labs of the world, applied meaningfully and made accessible to billions of people across the globe. Until recently, she led the Mobile Innovation Portfolio as part of Intel Labs in California, driving research and development of AI & mobile products.

Smt.Ashwini Asokan
Shri.Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar is CEO and founder of Arya.ai, an enterprise deep learning startup. Started off in 2013, Arya.ai is known as one of the most innovative deep learning startups globally enabling enterprises to build next generation products using Deep Learning. He started Arya.ai along with Deekshith while he was still in college. Today, Arya.ai powers core products in financial services, manufacturing etc and works with industry leaders like Google, Nvidia, Infogain to democratize Deep Learning in enterprises.

Vinay did his bachelors and masters from IIT Mumbai with research in Nano Technology. His research work includes building mathematical model to predict the nano-particle formation during laser ablation. These Nano particle process is used in making Carbon Nano tubes, Nano Lenses with applications in Nano Technology. He published two books when he was 21 and received excellence award for his research work in refrigeration systems. He worked in a startup in Spanedea.com as a business manager besides pursing his studies and research.

Vinay Kumar has listed in Forbes Asia, 30 under 30 in Technology for 2016. He is regular speaker at multiple global Technology and industry conferences like GTC Nvidia, Rework, Nasscom etc.

Mr. Kakanur Nagaraj Naidu is a career diplomat.
An Indian Foreign Service Officer of the 1998 Batch, Mr. Naidu, is a fluent Chinese speaker and has served in China for 11 years in various capacities.
He served as Third Secretary from Aug 1999 to May 2001, Second Secretary (Special Projects and Economic Affairs) from May 2001 to Dec 2003, First Secretary (Economic Affairs) from Aug 2009 to May 2011 and Counsellor (Trade & Commerce) from May 2011 to Dec 2012 at the Indian Embassy in Beijing in two separate stints. He served as Consul (Political and Commercial) at the Indian Consulate in Hong Kong, China from January 2003 to June 2006; and as Consul General of the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou, China from January 2013 to April 15.
Mr. Naidu was the Head of Division of the Investments, Technology Promotion & Energy Security Division in the Ministry of External Affairs from April 2015 to March 2016.
He is currently serving as the Joint Secretary of the Economic Diplomacy and Europe West Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs.  
Mr. Naidu has a BA (Hons) in History from Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad and a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston, USA.  
Mr. Naidu takes a keen interest in the world of finance and develops risk models for assessing sovereign risk. While in the U.S. on sabbatical leave, he developed a risk financial model for assessing mortgage insurance risk for emerging markets for the U.S.-based mortgage insurance company Genworth Financial. He has written a number of papers on China with a particular focus on Chinese strategy for technology acquisition.

Shri Nagaraj Naidu
Dr. Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar is a member of Indian Administrative Service (1985 Kerala batch). PhD, Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA. M.S.Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, USA, B.Tech. Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (Aug 2015 and continuing) (Also Chief Vigilance Officer for the Ministry). As the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, he is responsible for coordinating the Digital India programme. This includes coordinating with concerned Ministries/State Governments/agencies in public and private sector for development of policies/frameworks and implementation of projects for three key pillars of Digital India: namely, Digital infrastructure, provision of Digital Services; and Digital empowerment of society. Is also coordinating the promotion of Electronic Design and Manufacturing Industry in the country. Has also initiated several programmes to develop and promote innovation in Electronics and ICT sector. Dr. Kumar is also looking after Cyber Security related matters including India CERT. Is also responsible for administration of IT Act and Rules in the country.

Have several publications in refereed national and international journals. Foundation Day Lecture at Central University of Kerala, 2017. IESA-Technovation Awards 2015 Technovation Sarabhai Award Winner for outstanding contribution to ESDM Industry and its Ecosystem. “Electronics Leader of the Year” for the year 2012: for promotion of electronics industry in the country. Graduate School Fellowship by the University of Minnesota, USA, 2004 and 2005. “Silver Elephant” medallion by National Scouts and Guides by His Excellency the President of India, 1994. Citation by the Honarable Prime Minister of India, 1994. “Outstanding Young Person” by the Junior Chamber of Kerala, 1994.

GH Rao (or “GH” as he is called) is a corporate officer of HCL Technologies. He currently heads the Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) practice at HCL that focuses on providing product and platform engineering services to leading OEMs, Tier 1s, ISVs and Enterprises globally. As a business head, he manages the 21000+ strong engineering team servicing customers across domains like Aerospace, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Industrial Manufacturing, ISVs, Medical devices, Servers & storage, Semiconductor and Telecom. An engineer by education, GH joined HCL as a R&D engineer in 1980. GH was part of the HCL’s R&D team that developed Hardware subsystems for a range of micro/mini computers. He was the chief architect of the Multiprocessor systems employing contemporary architectures for a range of high-end minicomputers launched by HCL during late 1980s. Later when HCL and Hewlett Packard formed a joint venture (HCL-HP) in the early 90s, GH was heading the technology adaptation and engineering teams. GH has been instrumental in building Test/compliance labs and Teardown labs at HCL, a unique in Indian private Industry, which has enabled HCL to offer comprehensive Concept to Manufacturing solutions (C2M) to leading OEMs and Tier 1s.GH travels extensively to meet customers globally and is a member of NASSCOM Engineering Services steering committee. GH holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Shri GH Rao