ECE Industry Interaction Seminar

Where development meets research

About the Seminar

The ECE Industry Interaction Seminar (IIS@ECE) is an initiative of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to encourage interaction between the vibrant tech industry of Bangalore and the researchers at the IISc. The city of Bangalore, revered as the tech capital of India, has seen unprecedented growth in tech startups and tech development centers. The IISc, located at the heart of Bangalore, is one of the oldest technical institutes of India, with a long standing tradition of excellence in research and innovation. IIS@ECE provides a forum for an informal interaction between the researchers of IISc and the technology developers of Bangalore. Every month a distinguished speaker from the industry will visit the ECE department and present a technical problem that interests their company. This will be followed by a discussion with the audience, a student roundtable, and of course, coffee in the ECE hut. We invite everyone to come and share ideas or a cup of coffee with the tech leaders of Bangalore in the lush green ECE department!

Upcoming and Past Talks

Wireless Networks Research Retreat

Who? Experts on wireless networks from industry and academia
When? 2nd July, 2016 (Saturday)
Where? Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Department
What? The department of Electrical Communication Engineering and Mojo Networks have come together to organize a research retreat to facilitate the exchange of ideas on wireless networking between the researchers from industry and academia. To break the ice, we have scheduled several exciting technical talks from industry as well as academia and have arranged for enough coffee to keep us all up on a beautiful Bangalore Saturday! More ...

Schedule

Time Speaker Title
09:30-10:00 Pravin Bhagwat (Mojo) WiFi Research & Market Challenges
10:00-11:00 Anurag Kumar (IISc) Cyber Physical Systems over IoT
11:00-11:30 Srikant S (NanoCell) IEEE 802.11ax
11:30-12:00 Coffee Break
12:00-12:30 Nadeem Akhtar (Mojo) Transmit Power Control
12:30-01:00 Pavana C. Kumar (Intel) LTE WLAN Aggregation
01:00-02:00 Lunch
02:00-02:30 Satish K (Nokia) LTE WLAN Radio Level Integration
02:30-03:00 Ajit Chaturvedi (IIT-K) MU-MIMO in WiFi Networks
03:00-03:30 Bhaskar Raman (IIT-B) Live Traffic Classification in AP
03:30-04:15 Everyone! Open forum
04:15-04:30 Coffee Break
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Systems R&D in Tech Start-ups: Opportunities and Challenges

Who? Ramu Srinivasaiah, Founder & Director at Lekha Wireless
When? 4.00pm on 1st April, 2016 (Friday)
Where? Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Department
What? In a tech start-up, once the vision has been conceived, system modeling and performance analysis of candidate algorithms and methods are carried out. However, simulations go through constant changes at every stage of the design and development process. A change in the later stages of development is often expensive and time consuming. In this context, I will talk about few best practices for innovation which can help reduce the product development cycle. More ...

About the Speaker
Ramu Srinivasaiah is the Founder and the Director of Lekha Wireless. He comes with 18 years of experience in wired and Wireless communication and has expertise in voice band modems, fax, ADSL modems, WiMAX and LTE technologies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Ramu Srinivasaiah has worked for Encore software, an Indian startup company, Centillium communication, a US based semiconductor company, Navini Networks, a US based OEM company and Cisco Systems. His current responsibilities at Lekha Wireless include businesses development, driving innovation, customer interaction, building and managing competent engineering teams and delivery of technology products.

About the Company
Lekha Wireless is a self-funded Indian startup. It is a company with technology focus and has registered growth year after year. They are team of more than 60 engineers with highly competent engineering skills ranging from hardware to software and functionally ranging from RF to networks. Lekha has licensed its data link and embedded technology to OEMs and has developed a vault of turn key solutions and IPs over years. The company is in the process of taking these turnkey solutions to devices which meets the compliance requirements of end users. Lekha's ACT link solution is one such initiative which is IP based point to point and point to multi point COFDM link. Lekha has built these modems with algorithms that can take care of deployment challenges which are completely different from typical commercial networks. It has seen great traction from the defense R &D and end user communities. Also, Lekha has developed a Test and Measurement product called WaveGuru for LTE technology which it is delivering to customers.
The next generation ACT link will be based on LTE technology and the company's R& D is working towards it.

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Science and Technology Challenges in Healthcare Analytics

Who? We have two speakers this time!
Arun Rajagopalan, Director of Data Science and
Raghu Venkat, Director of R& D center at Evive Health
When? 5:00 pm on 19th February 2016 (Friday)
Where? Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Department
What? In health care, science and technology are deeply intertwined. In this talk, we focus on a few challenges that we handle on these two fronts. We have infrastructure and software challenges as well as data science and behavioral science puzzles to solve on a daily basis. We present examples of each and our solutions. More ...

About the Speakers
Arun Rajagopalan is the Director of Data Science at Evive Health. Prior to this, he was the Director of Research at Deep Value, an US based algorithmic trading firm. He has focused on data science in different domains from his graduate school days - materials informatics, crystallographic databases, high frequency equity market data, and now health care.
Arun has a B.Tech. in Metallurgy from IIT Madras, India and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA. He was a guest researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland as part of his post-doctoral research.

Raghu Venkat oversees Evive Health's R&D centre and has over 16 years of consulting experience. He primarily programmed in the Real time applications with a focus on delivering testable software.
Throughout his career, Raghu Venkat has served as an Advisor / Technical Consultant to large Fortune 500 companies, Stock exchanges (CME, CBOE) & insurance industry particularly related to real time computing.

About the Company
Based in Chicago and Bengaluru, and founded in 2007, Evive Health is the industry innovator in health care engagement in USA. Through personalized, timely communications, Evive Health works with some of the world's largest companies to increase employee adherence, health and wellness, and reduce costs. Since its inception, Evive has helped engage more than 7 million people across 50 states using advanced analytics and rules engines to deliver personalized messages by direct or digital media.
We are a passionate team of data analysts, software engineers, creative designers, and healthcare professionals developing and delivering tools that help people take action on their health. At Evive Health, we believe that people will make the right decisions in health and financial wellbeing if they're given the right information, at the right time, in the right way. That's why we build personalized health and wealth tools that equip people with the information they need, and empower them to take action.
Our solutions include:
  • Open enrollment and plan selection
  • Preventive and chronic care decisions
  • Provider and cost decisions
  • Participation and outcomes-based personalized incentives


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Wi-Fi: A practitioner’s perspective

Who? Pravin Bhagwat, CTO Mojo Networks
When? 3:00pm on 29th January 2016 (Friday)
Where? Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Department
What? In this talk, I’ll share perspective on Wi-Fi performance from a practitioner's viewpoint. How users of Wi-Fi measure performance? What matters to them the most? Using many real life case studies, I’ll highlight several engineering issues (often overlooked in theoretical analysis) which have the first order effect on overall system performance. More ...

About the Speaker
Pravin Bhagwat is an entrepreneur and a wireless security researcher. He is Co-founder and CTO of Mojo Networks -- a provider of highly scalable and secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions. Mojo Networks has built a world class engineering team in Pune which is successfully launching ‘first-of-its-kind’ Cloud managed Wi-Fi products in the global market.
Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career, Pravin was a lead researcher at AT& T Research and IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York where he was a member of MobileIP, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth research teams. He also served as a visiting faculty member at computer science department, IIT Kanpur. Pravin also has 16 patents to his credit.
For the past three years, Pravin has also been experimenting with a couple of non-tech ideas, such as leading a community level green/recycling initiative, jumpstarting an eco-restoration project near Pune and making a feature film length documentary. Pravin has B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

About the Company
Mojo Networks is redefining the modern Wi-Fi platform. Imagine the scalability to set up thousands of access points with a few clicks, all from your smartphone. Envision an Internet experience that engages users with your business to drive results. Stay secure on the same Wi-Fi cloud powering Fortune 500s, Global 2000s and high levels of government. And enjoy the cost savings of a cloud-first solution without the pricey markup of proprietary hardware. Welcome to the era of prolific connectivity. Founded in 2003, Mojo Networks (formerly known as AirTight Networks), serves customers in the Fortune 500, Global 2000 and large carriers around the world.

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Time Critical Distributed Inventory Management

Who? Amit Sharma, CTO Zoomcar
When? 4:00pm on 20th Nov 2015 (Friday)
Where? Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Department
What? The talk is about:
1. Search - Show Me The Car
2. Allocation - Give Me The Car
3. Disaster Recovery - Who Moved My Car?
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About the Speaker
As the CTO of Zoomcar, Amit built the whole platform from scratch including the inventory system, the new website and native mobile apps for android and iphone within the first year. Right now he is involved with scaling the team and building processes to leverage technology for ensuring smooth operations and consistent user experience. Prior to joining Zoomcar, Amit co-founded Khojguru.com, one of the leading discount coupon service on the internet in India. At Khojguru.com, Amit built the whole platform grounds-up and scaled it to 3 million average monthly visitors and 1 million registered users, while restricting to a limited budget. Amit is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi.

About the Company
Zoomcar is a Self-Drive car rental service which allows you to rent cars by the hour, day, week, or month. We have a wide variety of cars available across many locations. Basically, we save you the cost and hassle of owning a car while giving you all the good things about owning a car: convenience, mobility, and independence. Zoomcar officially hit the roads of India in February 2013 with just 7 cars available at a single location in Bangalore. At present, we have a fleet of about 2000 vehicles across more than 250 locations in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune. We offer more than 10 models covering hatch-backs, sedans, SUVs and luxury cars.

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