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ICETE 2019

22-23 March 2019

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Title of Talk: Developments in Sustainable Titanium Machining



Significant portion of the product’s cost is contributed by the machining operations. Titanium has become a very important engineering material because of its excellent properties such as hardness, elastic resistance, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, etc. Titanium alloys are more commonly used. Some of the examples in aerospace are components of jet engines such as combustion chambers, exhaust nozzles, blades of compressors and turbines, aircraft fuselage, etc. Because they cannot be exposed to temperatures higher than 595°C, their use in gas turbine engines is limited to cooler side such as the compressor, casing, high pressure blades and rotors. To improve the machining performance, the cutting fluids are universally used. Global metalworking fluids market size was valued at US$ 9.62 billion in 2016.

The metalworking fluids are highly susceptible to bacterial contamination and biocides are used to control the growth of bacteria. Biocides, especially formaldehyde releasers, are considered to cause severe dermatitis to the workers. Vegetable based cutting fluids have many qualities that are useful in a manufacturing setting. From the sustainability point of view, vegetable oils are produced from agricultural products, being biodegradable and less toxic to the environment. They are renewable and help reduce dependency on petroleum oil supplies. In order to achieve the sustainability with the use of cutting fluids one of the approaches that is finding wide acceptance is the Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) which is now commercially been utilized. The use of nano vegetable fluids is a very exciting choice that not only improves the machining performance of the titanium alloys but also improves sustainability in a big way.


Dr. P. N. Rao received his B. E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Government Engineering College, Anantapur (Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati) in 1970, M. E. degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 1973 and Ph. D. in 1981 from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.
Currently working as Professor in University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA in the Department of Technology since Fall 2001. Earlier he worked in the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi from 1975 till 1997, the final position being as Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department between 1990 and 1997 and MARA University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia between 1995 and 2001. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, he worked in Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani for a period of two years. He has conducted post doctoral research in UMIST, Manchester, UK (1980-‘81) and Loughborough University of Technology, UK (1989).
His active areas of research are Manufacturing Engineering, Design Engineering, Sustainability, Metal Cutting, CNC, CAPP, CIM, Tool design, and MEMS/Nano Technology Education.
He has wide interaction with the industry through the process of consultancy work and conducting continuing education programmes on various aspects related to modern manufacturing. He has received a number of grants from various bodies to support his research activities.
He has authored a number of textbooks published by McGraw Hill India and American Foundry Society, and a number of over 250 papers in conferences and journals.

Professor, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, USA

Dr. P. Nageswara Rao

Keynote Speaker1 : 22 Mar 2019, 10:45 am - 11:30 am


Title of Talk: Emerging Trends In RF and Microwave Education

Abstract :

In recent years there has been rapid changes in radio frequency (RF) and microwave techniques as well as technology. The trend has been to use increasingly higher frequencies with their inherent advantages of smaller components and larger bandwidth. In particular, the use of planar circuit architecture and the integration of micro-machining technology has opened up new opportunities in terms of reduction in cost, weight, volume, power consumption as well as the extension of operating frequencies.


In keeping with the advances in technology, the engineering design approach is also undergoing a rapid advancement by improved digital signal processing (DSP) techniques and CAD tools. Thus the scope of RF design techniques and technology, that was confined to lower microwave frequency bands (~10 GHz), has expanded to millimeter wave frequencies (30- 300 GHz) and beyond.

In India, the area of RF and microwaves is generally covered under the broad stream of communications in various engineering colleges around the country. The undergraduate curriculum in communications includes one basic course in electromagnetic theory at the second-year level. Additional courses covering broadly, topics such as transmission lines, waveguides, antennas, microwave propagation, and computational Electromagnetics are generally included in the final year. Some of the institutions also have Microwave Laboratory courses covering experiments using waveguide benches.


At the postgraduate level, the curriculum leading to the Master’s degree in communications generally includes two compulsory courses, i.e., microwave theory and a laboratory with advanced experiments on transmission lines, waveguides, and antennas. Provision exists for specializing in microwaves by taking elective courses such as Microwave Solid-state Devices, Microwave Integrated Circuits (MICs), Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas and Propagation.


In recent years, some universities have updated the curriculum and included a course and laboratory based on Microwave Integrated Circuits. With the theoretical and technological approach constantly getting upgraded at the global level, keeping abreast of RF design and technology is not only desirable but also mandatory. Insufficient design education and hardware exposure is creating a vacuum on the technological front. There is a strong need for hardcore RF engineers who are equipped with design know-how as well as practical knowledge to implement the circuits. 


The talk will give brief introduction to applications of RF to Millimeter waves. Different techniques and technologies for the design and development of circuits and systems at these frequencies will then be described. Starting from the conventional microstrip, other key technologies including suspended stripline, dielectric integrated guides, substrate integrated guides, PolyStrata, LTCC, CMOS and micromachining will be presented.

Emerging trends in the RF and Microwave Education globally will then be described and the new initiatives taken by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society to enhance skill sets of students in this important area will be shared.


Shiban Kishen Koul earned a BE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Srinagar in 1977, and M.Tech and PhD degrees in Microwave Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1979 and 1983, respectively. He is Dr. R.P.Shenoy Astra Microwave Chair Professor at the Centre for Applied Research in Electronics where he is involved in teaching and research activities. He served as Deputy Director (strategy & planning) at IIT Delhi from 2012 to 2016 and presently he is holding the position of Deputy Director (Strategy & Planning, International affairs and R&D) at the Indian Institute of Technology Jammu.He is also the Chairman of M/S Astra Microwave Pvt. Ltd, a major private company involved in the Development of RF and Microwave systems in India. His research interests include: RF MEMS, High Frequency Wireless Communication, Microwave Engineering, Microwave Passive and Active Circuits, Device modeling, Millimeter wave IC design and Reconfigurable microwave circuits including antennas. Dr. Koul has successfully completed 34 major sponsored projects, 52 consultancy projects and 55 Technology Development Projects. He is author/co-author of 406 Research Papers, 8 state-of-the art books and 3 book chapters.He holds 10 patents and 6 copyrights.


Professor Koul is a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, USA (IEEE), Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE).He is the Chief Editor of IETE Journal of Research and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies, Cambridge University Press. He has delivered more than 266 invited technical talks at various international symposia and workshops.He is currently a serving MTT-S ADCOM member and a Member of IEEE MTT society’s Technical committees on Microwave and Millimetre Wave Integrated Circuits (MTT-6) and RF MEMS (MTT-21), Member of India Initiative team of IEEE MTT-S, Membership Services Regional Co-coordinator Region-10, Member Sight Adhoc Committee MTT-S, and MTT-S Speaker bureau lecturer. He served as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer of IEEE MTT-S for the period 2012-2014 and Distinguished Microwave Lecturer-Emeritus of IEEE MTT-S in 2015.



Dr. Koul is  recipient of  Gold Medal by the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Calcutta (1977); S.K.Mitra Research Award (1986) from the IETE for the best research paper; Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Award (1986); International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award (1987); the top Invention Award (1991) of the National Research Development Council for his contributions to the indigenous development of ferrite phase shifter technology; VASVIK Award (1994) for the development of  Ka- band components and phase shifters; Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal (1995) from the Institution of Electronics and Communication Engineers (IETE); Academic Excellence award (1998) from Indian Government for his pioneering contributions to phase control modules for Rajendra Radar, Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Award (2009) in the field of Electronics and Information Technology, Teaching excellence award (2012) from IIT Delhi, Award for contributions made to the growth of smart material technology (2012) by the ISSS, Bangalore, Vasvik Award (2012) for the contributions made to the area of Information, Communication Technology (ICT), M.N.Saha Memorial Award  (2013) from the IETE for the best application oriented research paper; and IEEE MTT Society Distinguished Educator Award (2014).

Chairman, Astra Microwave Chair Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, INDIA

Dr. Shiban Kishen Koul

Keynote Speaker2 : 23 Mar 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am


Title of Talk: Concrete Innovations for Meeting Industry Challenges

Abstract :

Increased urbanization and the demands of mobility and commerce place an increased demand on expanding civil infrastructure to support the level of activity and housing solutions. Infrastructure demand also comes from Industrialization and the increase in industrial activity, which is needed to support the growth of the economy. Creating infrastructure requires cement and the projected requirement of cement for India is 750 million tons per year. The demand for cement has to be met while dealing with the limited available supply of limestone required in cement production. Sustaining growth in the face of dwindling natural resources therefore forces us to look for solutions which include recycling and reuse in the paradigm and develop materials which deliver high performance with low quantum usage of natural resources.


The focus is therefore to develop high performance concrete having high strength combined with acceptable formability. This stems out from the fact that high strength materials enable design components with thinner cross-section for the same applied loading conditions leading to lighter components and lower usage of materials fulfilling the objectives of sustainable development. It focuses on (a) methods for reducing the cement content in producing high performance concrete with the use of material coming from industrial and post-consumer utilization, such as fly ash and slag; (b) production of alternate cements using material coming from industrial and post-consumer utilization such as fly ash and slag; (c) production techniques for ultra-high performance concrete which deliver the required performance while reducing the consumption of material; (d) Construction techniques, which rely on advanced forming to optimally place material on demand reducing the requirement of labor and material usage.


Prof. K.V. L. Subramaniam is currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH). He was the Dean (Planning and Development) at IIT Hyderabad and oversaw the construction of the new campus. Prior to joining IITH, he was a Professor and Catell Research Fellow in Department of Civil Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering, the City College of New York (CCNY). Dr. Subramaniam obtained a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Materials from Northwestern University, Evanston. After graduation, Dr. Subramaniam worked as a Research Associate at the NSF Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials. Dr. Subramaniam was awarded the Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation of USA for investigating the early-age changes in cementitious materials.


He received the James Instrument Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) in 1999 for his research on nondestructive evaluation of concrete. He is the recipient of the outstanding young researcher award at the Grove School of Engineering in 2006. He was the Chairman, committee 215 on Fatigue of Concrete of the ACI. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute for notable contribution in the area of fracture and fatigue of concrete. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE) and has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Bridge Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


He is a life member of the Indian Concrete Institute. Prof. Subramaniam is currently the Director of the Center of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Development of the Ministry of Human Resource Development at IIT Hyderabad. He is Program leader for the Sustainable Development thrust in the Friendship program of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. He is the recipient of Excellence in teaching award at IIT Hyderabad in 2011 and 2015. He has served as an advisor to several agencies including RITES, RVNL, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, AP Capital Region Development Authority, APTIDCO, US Consulate in Hyderabad, CPWD and Kanpur Development Authority on several bridge and building projects.

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering,

 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), Hyderabad, India

Dr. K.V.L. Subramaniam

Keynote Speaker3 : 23 Mar 2019, 10:15 am - 11:00 am


Title of the talk: Seeing speech using novel high speed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)



Speech production involves a complex spatiotemporal coordination of several articulators including the lips, tongue, velum, epiglottis, and the glottis. Current modalities to study speech production include electromagnetic articulography (EMA), ultrasound, X-ray videofluoroscopy, and real time magnetic resonance imaging. In this talk I shall be speaking on MRI and its utility to assess speech in real time. MRI has unique advantages over other modalities (eg. non-invasiveness, flexibility in imaging arbitrary planes, visualizing deep structures, etc). However the slow image formation process has historically limited the achievable spatiotemporal resolutions, and slice coverage. In this talk, I will introduce novel sparse sampling and model based constrained reconstruction, and off-resonance reduction methods that my lab has developed which has dramatically improved the speed of real time MRI. This framework has enabled vocal tract imaging at upto 90 frames/sec, and 3D full vocal tract imaging of sustained sounds at short scan times of 7 sec. These tools providing a unique window to non-invasively assess various speech patterns. I will also describe efforts in other upper-airway applications including assessing breathing, swallowing. 



Sajan Goud Lingala, PhD is an Assistant Professor of the Roy J Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Radiology at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining U.Iowa, he was a senior research scientist at Siemens Healthineers. He was a post-doctoral research associate at the Magnetic Resonance Engineering Laboratory (MREL), University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles. He completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in Dec 2013 at the Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging (IIBI), University of Iowa. He completed his undergraduation in Biomedical Engineering at the Osmania University College of Engineering. His research interests are in the design of advanced acquisition and reconstruction methods for rapid and informative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. He has contributed to more than 25  articles in various high impact technical and clinical journals, over 65 peer-reviewed conference publications, one patent, and one book-chapter. He is also a recipient of several accolades including the Junior fellow distinction from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), Rex Montgomery best dissertation prize (Univ of Iowa), USC provost's post-doc grant, American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship, best graduate student award (Iowa Institute of Biomedical Imaging, Univ. of Iowa), summa and magna cum laude awards for several abstracts presented at the annual meetings of ISMRM.

Assistant Professor ,

Roy J Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Department of Radiology ,

University of Iowa, USA

Dr. Sajan Goud Lingala

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Biomedical Track


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Prof. M.R.Madhav, AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visiting Professor, IIT, Hyd. & Professor Emeritus, J.N.T.U, Hyderabad, Resource Person, RGUKT, and Advisor/Consultant to several organizations, is well known internationally as Researcher, Teacher and Consultant and has contributed significantly to the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering over the last five decades. He is Fellow of Ind. National Academy of Engrg, Ind. Geotechnical Soc. & Instn. of Engrs (India), President, Int. Assoc. of Lowland Tech. (2010-18), Vice President for Asia, Int. Soc. of Soil Mech. & Geotech. Engrg., (2005-2009) recipient of Keucklemann, Prof. Mehra Research, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Research Awards, and Doctor of Science of the Indian Institute of Science, Distinction in Engineering Technology from the Central Board of Irrigation and Power, Bharat Ratna M Visweswaraya Award, Gopal Ranjan Research Award of IIT, Roorkee, IGS – M S Jain award, Vishwakarma Award for Academic Excellence from Construction Industry Development Council, Dinesh Mohan Award from Ind. Geotechnical Society, Distinguished Teacher award from IIT, Kanpur, Distinguished Alumnus award from I.I.Sc., Bangalore, etc.

AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor, Visiting Professor, IIT, Hyd. &

Professor Emeritus, J.N.T.U, Hyderabad

Prof. M.R.Madhav

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Civil Track


Title of the talk: Emerging Trends in Electric Vehicle Technology



Dr. A. V. Ravi Teja received the PhD degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT kharagpur in 2016. Prior to this, he received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 2008, and the M.Tech. degree in machine drives and power electronics specialization from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India, in 2010. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Ropar. Prior to joining IIT Ropar, he also worked at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus as an Assistant Professor in the EEE Department.

His current research areas are electric vehicles and renewable energy integration.

Assistant Professor ,

Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Ropar, India

Dr. A. V. Ravi Teja

Invited Track, 22 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Electrical Engg Track


Title of the talk: Wireless Channel Modelling for Drone-Ground links in 5G systems


Abstract: The prolific use of drones for various applications has led to the demand of designing  high speed and low latency wireless  links. Currently,  wireless links between Drones and ground stations have been using WiFi transceivers. However, WiFi has been designed for very low mobility scenario and the doppler shift due to drones moving at much higher velocities causes degradation in performance.  In order to design better signal processing algorithms for higher data rates in a drone-ground wireless link, it is necessary to model the wireless channel between a drone and the ground station. We present the design and development of a wireless channel measurement system along with the measurements obtained using the system. Preliminary modelling of the wireless channel based on the measurements will also be presented.


K V S Hari is a Professor in the Department of ECE, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He holds a BE (ECE) degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, MTech (Radar and Communication Systems) from IIT Delhi and  PhD (Systems science) from U C San Diego. He has been a visiting faculty at Stanford University and KTH- Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. His research interests are in Signal Processing with applications to 5G wireless communications, radar systems, autonomous vehicles, and affordable MRI systems. He is a co-author of an IEEE 802.16 standard on wireless channel models. He was an Editor of EURASIP's Signal Processing from 2006 to 2016 and is currently the Chief Editor (Electrical Sciences) of Sadhana, the journal of the Indian Academy of Sciences published by Springer. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of IEEE and also on the Board of Governors, IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Fellow, IEEE , Department of Electrical Communication Engineering,

IISc, Bangalore, India


Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, ECE Track


Title of the talk: A Critical Review of CBM Development in India: Where do we stand, What went wrong and What should we do?



Coal bed methane (cbm) is a methane resource that is stored in coal seams which can be extracted economically and is a proven technology for more than four decades. India started CBM policy in 1997 and after 20 years of development cbm production in the country is ~2 mmscmd which is minuscule compared to the international developments. Australia and China have started CBM development activities around the same time and their current CBM production levels are ~ 100 mmscmd (2017) and 60 mmscmd (2017) respectively.

This paper discusses the chronology of events and critically evaluates the reasons for failure in spite of proven technology and government liberal policies. I nvestments to the tune of USD 1.5 Billion were made for the exploration and developmental activities for 33 CBM blocks, however, only ~2 mmscmd of CBM production is ridiculous and inexplicable. How do you explain this?  Is it lack of technology, equipment, skill set or mindset? T he country cannot afford to lose any more time in learning the CBM technologies and the paper discusses the actions required to expedite the CBM development in the country


Laxminarayana (Laxmi) Chikatamarla has over 35 years of industry, academic and policy planning experience in the coal mining and unconventional gas sector from exploration to production and corporate policy development. He has working experience as an Engineer, Project Manager, Corporate Policy Adviser, Research Scientist and Consultant for coal mining, coalbed methane and Shale gas projects. He worked as consultant in various countries i.e. Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Mozambique on projects related to coal and CBM. 

Worked as a consultant to United Nations Development Projects as well as with North American companies involved with Coal and CBM development projects in China, India and Canada.

Laxmi holds bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from Osmania University, India, Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering (Rock Mechanics) from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, PhD degree in Geology from James Cook University, Australia and Post-Doctoral fellow ship from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He gained expertise in Coalbed methane and Shale gas reservoir engineering from both a fundamental experimental basis to practical field applications. Has published and presented a number of papers in international journals and conferences.

Head of CBM, Principal Consultant/Snr Project Manager

Geogas, Brisbane, Australia

CV: Laxminarayana Chikatamarla

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Mining Track






Doing more with less is the need of the time. Structures by their own nature are Sustainable. Good Structural engineering emphasizes on achieving great efficiency and minimization of material. Time has come for structural engineers to step up and play a significant role by including energy strategies in his/her way of thinking. Structure has to interact closely with architecture and respond positively to the environmental demands of its surroundings. This should be done without compromising the structural efficiency but enhancing its overall performance and aesthetics. The challenge is to incorporate a structural design that takes as much advantage as possible of the environmental forces. This paper outlines what constitutes eco conscious tall structures. 

For insuring the validity of this approach some strategies have been constructed and few important steps are considered which would lead to structural systems that are both efficient and environmentally conscious. The approach towards achieving an eco consciousness is neither simple nor direct. By introducing elements of Eco Conscious structure including Scale, Structural form , Structural material , Energy-conscious strategy , Collaboration between disciplines , Safety and evacuation , Integrated functional design, Speed and efficiency, Role of the structural system , Life cycle cost analysis , Simplified proposed outline for structural synthesis & few case studies the paper intends to open the dialogue among engineers , architects towards more active participation.Through the structural investigative process it became evident that the innovative Forms have a great potential to provide Eco Conscious Tall Buildings . It’s certain that the future is going to witness significant advances in eco-conscious research and design, with sustainable structure playing an important role.


Dr. N.V. Ramana Rao is at present Director & Professor of Civil Engineering    at   National Institute of Technology, Warangal.  He did his BE in Civil Engineering from (Osmania), M.Tech from (IIT  Delhi),   Ph.D (from (UK) and Post Doctorate.(from UK) in   Civil    and Structural  Engineering from University of Wales, Swansea , UK.  He has held several  Administrative posts as Registrar, Principal, Director Bureau of Industrial Consultancy Services, Co-ordinator  Entrepreneurship Development Cell JNT University Hyderabad, Kukatpally. He has edited three books and published 147 papers in International Journals/International Conferences/ National Journals/ National Conferences.  He has Organized 12 Conferences/workshops,   Delivered 15 invited lectures. He has Guided more than 50 M.Tech’s, 7 Ph.D’s. He has won Several Awards/ Prizes/Certificates. To name  a few , Outstanding Concrete Engineer Award for the year 2012 by A.P. Chapter of the Indian Concrete Institute., Sir Arthur Cotton Memorial Prize by the Institute of Engineers (India) for the best paper in the IEI Journal, December, 2012), Sir Arthur Cotton Memorial Prize by the Institute of Engineers (India) in 2015, State Best Teacher Award for the year 2011 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh., Best Designer Award for year the 2004 by Indian Concrete Institute,  A.P., Hyderabad Center for the School of Information Technology Building. He was awarded the 1989 Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue PhD in Structural engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK.

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, NIT Warangal, India

Dr N. V. Ramana Rao,

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Civil Track

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Title of the talk: Essential Engineering Mechanics(EEM) with simplified intregated methods of solution (SIMS)




Dr. Narasimha S. Malladi has done  Ph.D. (Mechanisms) Oklahoma State University, in 1979, M.Tech. (Machine Design) from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras,1969 and B.E. (Mechanical Engg.) from Osmania University in 1965. He received India's 1974 Republic Day Award for Import Substitution for his development of a Hydraulic Vibration Machine for ISRO, Tumba. He worked for the R&D Departments of US Computer, ATM and Railway industries. He then resumed teaching again at several US Academic Institutions. He spent two summers at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Research Fellow. He returned to India after 40 years in US. Dr. Malladi received Awards for Academic, Teaching and Research Excellence.  After his return from US, Dr. Malladi taught at several Institutions in Andhra Pradesh. Inspired to simplify the subject after finding in University Exams, Timoshenko's classic problem and others that were considered tough with lengthy solutions, he wrote “Essential Engineering Mechanics" in 2017 applying and extending a new concept he developed for Kinematics in US.

Rtd. Scientest & 

Malladi Academy, Rajamahendra varam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Dr. Narasimha S. Malladi

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Mechanical Engg. Track

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Title of the talk: Advances in Steam Turbines for Thermal Power Plants



Thermal power plants are one of the most important process industries for engineering professionals.Over the past decades, the power sector is facing a number of critical issues; however,the most fundamental challenge is meeting the growing power demand in sustainable and efficient ways. Energy security and CO2 emission reduction are two major concerns of today’s world. Improving efficiency of the energy systems is an essential option for the security of future energy and the reduction of CO2 emissions. With the growing prosperity of the civilization, our consumption of energy is growing very rapidly. Fossil fuels remain the world’s dominant primary energy supply, with its use as a versatile primary source of energy in power generation, transport and industry.


However, we have finite sources of these non renewable fossil fuels and we are consuming them at a rate that cannot be sustained, leading to the risk on energy security in the future. The Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identified carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from burning of fossil fuels as the primary contributor to climate change. Therefore, the prudent use of energy is imperative and the importance of improving energy efficiency is now very well realized by all. Moreover, The recent Paris COP21 agreement enshrines that countries must: “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.


A coal-fired power plant burns coal to produce electricity. In a typical coal-fired plant, thereare pulverisers to mill the coal to a fine powder for burning in a combustion chamber of theboiler. The heat produced from the burning of the coal generates steam at high temperature and pressure. The high-pressure steam from the boiler impinges on a number of sets of blades in the turbine. This produces mechanical shaft rotation resulting in electricity generation inthe alternator based of Faraday’s principle of electromagnetic induction. The exhaust steam from the turbine is then condensed and pumped back into the boiler to repeat the cycle. This description is very basic, and in practice, the cycle is much more complex and incorporates many refinements.



Dr. Raghavender Rao has been associated withBharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) since 1995. He is currently working as Sr. Deputy General Manager at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)Corporate R&D, Hyderabad. He has more than 22 years Industrial and Research experience in the field of Steam Turbine design, manufacturing and Erection. He obtained B.E(Mechanical Engineering) from Osmania University and M.Tech. & Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. His research interests include Fracture Mechanics, Creepanalysis and Materials for high temperature application. He has guided several B.Tech and M.Tech students. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of Institute of Engineers (India) and Chartered Engineer. He has published / presented 11 technical papers in various International / National Journals and Conferences. He is also a Guest speaker for some Universities and Engineering Colleges in India.

Sr. Deputy General Manager

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Corporate R&D, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Raghavender Rao

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Mechanical Engg Track


Title of Talk: Evolution in AI Thinking : Building Products of the Next  Decade



Raghuram Lanka is currently working as Assistant Vice President in the AI Center of Excellence at Reliance Jio, driving AI for India efforts in the fields of Agriculture, Education and Healthcare. He has over 15 years of experience in Engineering and Product management at Microsoft US, Microsoft India. He built products and holds multiple patents in the areas of Mobile, Analytics, IoT and Cloud computing. He also co-founded a health-care startup on cancer treatment and patient care management. 


He is a graduate in Computer Science Engineering from College of Engineering, Osmania University (Univ. topper) and did his MS in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is a Scholar of Excellence (Gold medalist) from the Business Analytics Program, ISB, Hyderabad.

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Assistant Vice President, AI Center of Excellence, Reliance Jio

Raghuram Lanka 

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, CSE Track

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1. Senior Management Executive with over 2 decades of global experience in the IT/ICT/Telecom industry with an excellent track record of progressive achievements. Expertise in building high performance organizations that enable and catalyze business & Innovation strategy. C-Level Advisor

2.  Holds a PhD in Open Innovation in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Conferred by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, in 2016. Also has a Master’s in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering

3.  Recently published a book titled “Business Innovation and ICT Strategies” with Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Publications, Europe, in Dec. 2018

4. Delivered complex, mission critical IT/ICT Enterprise Software for Products, Solutions, Operations and has worked on Consulting engagements globally

5. Currently CEO of DSCI’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, Telangana, Hyderabad. DSCI is a NASSCOM’s Initiative.

6. Previous Role: Headed Information Sciences at T-Hub, India’s Largest and Fastest Growing Ecosystem for Technology Startups, incubating and accelerating about 160 Technology startups in 7 verticals 

7.  Leadership experience in reputed technology companies: ORACLE, VERISIGN, HEWLETT-PACKARD, SIEMENS and TECHSPAN (Goldman Sachs Technology Venture), and have managed large technical and business teams

8. Led large multi-million-dollar global engagements with top and mid-tier customers in the ICT/Telecom/Analytics industry in: USA, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Middle-East, Africa, Philippines and India

9. Strong combination of technical, team building, business and innovation capabilities 10.  Passionate about Innovation, AI/ML, Cloud, Analytics, Digital Services, Agile Processes with High Quality

11. A TOGAF 9 Certified Enterprise Architect from Open Group, and a PMP Certified Project Manager from PMI 

CEO - Cyber Security Centre of Excellence at DSCI (Data Security Council of India),

(A NASSCOM Initiative), Hyderabad

Dr. Sriram Birdavolu 

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, CSE Track

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Title of Talk :  Impact of AI on Emerging trends in Technology



Few highlights on the journey of emerging trends in technology with pillars of artitifical intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. Areas include Predictive maintenance, Computer Networking, Cyber security, Cloud and Edge computing, Wireless Technology and 5G, IoT, Blockchain, AI enabled chips, Quantum Computing, Drones. Impact of AI on these areas that is relevant to the scoiety will be discussed.


Dr. Priti Chandra, Head Cyber Security EGovernance & Strategic Systems at ASL has been serving DRDO for the last 25 years. She is a Computer Science postgraduate from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyala and Doctorate from Central University, Hyderabad, in Artificial Intelligence. 


Her areas of research include Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Data Mining, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Networking, Data Center, IT infrastucture  and has been a frequent contributor to the academic & research innovation activities at Osmania University, Central University, other local engineering colleges. Her vast experience on DRDO systems for armed forces includes Design Development Testing Deployment of Mobile Ground Support System, Integrated Security Surveillance systems and  Camouflaging for Strategic Missile Programme, Support-Counter Measure-Controls systems for Integrated Electronic Warfare Programme, Wargames. 

She has designed and developed Virtual Assembly system, Decision Support System, GIS based moving map system, ERP system for Egovernance, CASE based project lifecycle using on Structured and Object Oriented paradigms on Windows, Solaris and Linux platforms. 

This experience has moulded her to work across multiple disciplines in collaboration with DRDO labs,  PSUs and Industry partners, agencies in the country. 

She has published Twenty Five Research Papers in International Journals and Conferences. She is a regular reviewer in International Journals and Conferences. She has guides BTech, MTech, PhD students.

Head, Cyber Security EGovernance & Strategic Systems

ASL , DRDO ,Hyderabad, India

Dr. Priti Chandra

Invited Talk, 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm, CSE Track

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Title of Talk :  Few Thoughts on Future Mechanical Engineering Research Directions



Mechanical Engineering has grown to the present status embracing the developments in digital technologies and the associated tools. Majority of the further developments in mechanical engineering are expected to be with the adoption of existing and upcoming digital technologies and tools. This talk is about the anticipated directions of mechanical engineering research for the present and future. These are purely the perspectives of the author and some of them  may even be debatable. The presentation  focuses on broad  fields of mechanical engineering and the associated research areas. The talk emphasizes the importance of core mechanical engineering knowledge in dealing with the discussed  advanced  research  problems. Brief description of thrust areas of research in Mechanical Engineering are presented below with associated  key words.

Design: Modeling and Analysis tools are going to change with advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) coupled with Additive manufacturing (AM) - Anticipate a Paradigm shift  the way design is carried out in future. Design the material of choice and manufacturer through AM.

Active Vibration control, multilevel vibration isolation, energy harvesting, noise Control. Dynamics and Control, Multiscale modeling.

AI and ML in Condition/health  monitoring and maintenance of plant and machinery

Manufacturing: Digital Manufacturing, Distributed Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 - Cyber-physical systems, IOT, Cloud computing, and cognitive computing. , supply chains, Inventory and logistics. Innovations in conventional and unconventional manufacturing methods.

Thermal Engineering: Prime mover: IC Engines and Turbo-machines. Alternative Energy sources, Heat exchange in Micro channels, Cooling of Electronic packages.  HVAC systems.

Automotive Technologies: Electric Vehicles, Driver less cars, Challenges for Driverless cars in the Indian Context.  LIDAR systems, Gesture recognition, Trajectory planning, Sensors for automobiles. Energy harvesting through vehicular vibration, Fuel cells. Other mobility solutions.

In conclusion there is a need to invent mechanical devices to meet the needs of the mankind with the changing life styles in the emerging  digital age. 

 Message to all Mechanical Engineers:  Identify a need, invent a product and create history. 


DR. BANGARUBABU POPURI is professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Warangal. He has graduated from Nagarjuna University in the year 1985 and obtained his ME from IISc Bangalore. He did his Ph.D  from IIT Madras in the area of Flexible Multi body Dynamics applied to Robot Manipulators. He has published about 54 research papers in national and international conference and journals. He has supervised 8 PhD scholars.


His major areas of research interests includes Flexible Multi-body dynamics, Vibration Control, Finite Element Modeling and Analysis, Mechanisms and manipulators.  He served as member and chairman of several Preliminary Design Review Committees for  DRDL, RCI and NSTL. He was the resource person for many  FDPs at several  academic institutions and industries. He did few consulting works for N.T.P.C, Haggulunds Denison limited, APCOST, APHMEL, and DRDL (D.R.D.O).  Above all he is a passionate teacher.

Mechanical Engineering Department, NIT Warangal, India

Prof. P. Bangaru Babu 

Invited Talk, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Mechanical Engg Track


Title of the talk:  Fusion of Automotive and Information Technology Industry - a leading cause of Technology Disruption in Mobility



Since the time of its invention, automobile has undergone several evolutionary innovations adding computer controllers to mechanical systems, high speed communication protocols between controllers, consumer features like turbocharged powertrains, automated and dual clutch transmissions, intelligent exterior lighting systems, safety features like seat-belts, airbags etc. The start of the century witnessed introduction of electric cars, low and partially automated driver assistance systems like distronic systems, lane merge, cross-traffic detection, emergency braking etc. OEM’s are highly optimistic of placing self-driving cars soon on the road.


Generation X and Generation Y have witnessed tremendous developments in Information Technology Industry like internet of computers, wireless communication, mobile phone based data/voice communication, gaming industry etc.

Millenials are fortunate that they are witnessing fusion of IT industry and other industries in live. It would have started somewhere around 2008 with smart phones and gradually enabling digital transformation of banking, gaming, and retailing and enhanced smart phones. With breakthrough invention of GPU, digital transformation is furtherspreading into traditional mechatronic systems industry like automotive industry. Technology disruption is imminent with the upcoming fusion of Information Technology and Automobile industry leading to a big change in MOBILITY causing huge uplift of economies.


Mr Ranga Makanaboyina is an Alumni of Osmania University Electronics and Communication department. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University Engineering college in 1988. He completed his Master’s degree in Microwave and Radar Engineering in 1990. His career experience spanned 15 years in Automotive Electronics and 13 years in Avionics.

Currently he is Head for technical Compliance at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India. He works in Emissions, Product Safety, Product Security and New Technologies for Mercedes Car Group. Between 2003 and now, he worked at Mercedes Car division in various European and German government funded research projects in radars for Automated Cars and Communication Protocols for Connected cars. He also worked in Series development projects in Conventional Powertrain, eDrive and Automated cars. Through Mercedes, he has published 12 papers in International Conferences and Journals and filed 6 patents in eDrive and Autonomous domains. He takes pride for setting up Radar Technology Group at Mercedes-Benz R & D India.

Between 1999 and 2003, he worked for EADS on various Radar topics. He also takes pride that his Software Products in lead role in microwave measurement systems for EADS are commissioned in ISRO units in India.

Prior to Mercedes-Benz R & D India, he worked for Advanced Systems Laboratory, a unit of DRDO, in Terminal Guidance of AGNI missile for 9 years.

Head for technical Compliance , Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, India

Mr Ranga Makanaboyina

Invited Talk, 22 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, ECE Track


Title of Talk: Intelligent Senor Network for Efficient Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making

Abstract :

Computers, Communication, and Sensing technologies are converging to change the way we live, interact, work and conduct business. Wireless Sensor networks (WSN) reflect such convergence. Sensing technologies in particular is one of the most important research output from the science laboratories which include physics, electronics, nano technology, chemistry and life sciences. The basic research in the above mentioned disciplines lead to many different sensors which form the core of the wireless sensor network study. These networks are based on collaborative efforts of a large number of sensor nodes. They are usually characterized by low-cost, low-power, and multifunctional. These nodes have the capabilities of sensing, data processing, and also communicating.

This presentation will highlight some of the core research issues in WSN we are working for past several years like Intelligent Sensors, Intelligent Decision making based on the Sensor Network, Optimal sensor deployment, sensor localization, sensor network coverage problem and how we address these issues.

The presentation will conclude with a discussion on the impact of wireless sensor networks technology and the future research issues related to Sensor network and Internet of Things (IoT). Few case studies of the work we have already done, currently doing and propose to do with regard to several societal applications shall be discussed at the end.


Dr. Siba K Udgata is a Professor in the School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India. He also served as Director at Centre for Modelling, Simulation and Design (CMSD).


He has a Ph.D in Computer Science in the area of mobile computing and wireless communication. His main research interests are Wireless Communication, Mobile Computing and Wireless Sensor Networks.


He was a United Nations Fellow and worked in the United Nations University/ International Institute for Software Technology (UNU/IIST), Macau as research fellow in the year 2001. He was a visiting fellow at Ball State University, USA, Mahasarakham University, Thailand and Tribhuban University, Kathmandu, Nepal.


His research focus is on intelligent algorithm for wireless communication and related domains, mobile computing, sensor network algorithms and applications. He has worked as principal investigator in many Government of India funded research projects mainly for development of wireless sensor network applications and application of swarm intelligence techniques in cognitive radio network domain. Presently, he is leading a multi-institutional project funded by Information Technology Research Academy (ITRA), Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), Govt. of India.


He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journals and International Conference proceedings. He has more than 1050 citations with h-index 17 which highlights the impact of his research. He has also filed an Indian patent.


He was a principal consultant for Scientific Analysis Group (SAG), DRDO, New Delhi and also awarded with IBM SUR (Shared University Research) award to carry out research project on Mobile Sensor based Rescue Management System.

School of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Hyderabad, India

Prof. Siba K Udgata

Invited Talk, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, ECE Track


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Prof. (Dr.) P. J. Gundaliya, at present working as a Professor in Civil Engineering Department at L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad. At present he is also having additional charge of Financial Convener of TEQIP Project of MHRD for the State of Gujarat. He has obtained his B. E. Civil from NIT Surathkal and M.Tech and PhD degree in field of Transportation Engineering from IIT-Bombay. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience at UG and PG levels in various Engineering Colleges of Gujarat State and also more than two year of professional experience. He is enormously associated with teaching in the area of transportation engineering, traffic engineering, pavement engineering and conducted many consultancy projects with Govt. and Non Govt. organization. He has guided more than 30 research students in M.E and guided one PhD student and 6 students in PhD course.


He is also a reviewer in many National and International Journals like IRC, Transportation Letters, Elsevier publications, etc.  He has published more than four books and 135 research papers at International and National journals, and conferences. He has delivered more than 50 Expert Lectures at various State and National level Institutes like IITs and NITs. He has also been awarded “Pujya Shri Mota” Research award 2006 of Gujarat University. He has also received fellowship awarded for the year 2007 in World Conference in Transportation Research (WCTR) in Berkeley, CA (USA). He has also received National award 2009 of ISTE for best thesis guide for M.Tech students of Civil Engineering. He was associated with many projects like PMGSY, Metro Railway System for Mumbai, Worli- Bandra Sea Link, etc. Worked as SPFU Co-ordinator and later as financial convener for TEQIP-II for the Gujarat State.

Civil Engineering Department

L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, India

Prof. P. J. Gundaliya

Invited Talk, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Civil Engg. Track

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Title of Talk: Emerging trends in Neurotechnology

Abstract :

Neurotechnology refers to a broad range of application of engineering tools to monitor and address neurological and psychiatric disorders. At the neuroTech lab at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, we focus on three aspects of neurotechnology, viz., neuroimaging, neuromodulation and intra-operative neuromonitoring (IONM). Firstly, neuroimaging involves using mathematical tools to combine electrophysiology data with anatomical images to produce informative maps of cortical activations. We applied neuroimaging techniques with data from magnetoencephalography (MEG) to better understand pathophysiology of movement disorders and the mechanisms underlying deep brain stimulation (DBS), which is a prominent therapeutic recourse in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease. Secondly, IONM refers to mapping of brain activity to assess the functioning of the brain during surgeries to enhance outcomes and reduce complications. I will explain our work in building real-time computational tools to analyze the deep brain electrophysiology data to improve targeting during DBS surgeries. Thirdly, I will briefly explain our current work, in the use of neuromodulation and neuroimaging strategies to improve neuro-rehabilitation of stroke patients through gamified therapy. This work has been undertaken with the ArmAble rehabilitation device from BeAble healthcare.


Dr. Kousik Sarathy Sridharan is currently Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Biomedical engg at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India. He obtained his PhD degree in Neuroscience from Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. His PhD work involved using electrophysiological techniques to assess mechanisms of treatments offered to Parkinson’s disease patients. He also held an adjunct position of an intra-operative neuromonitoring engineer at the Dept. of Neurosurgery, Aarhus University Hospital. Prior to his PhD he had a research stint at the Dept. of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at the Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany where he co-ordinated and worked on multi-center projects funded by the Federal German government. The main areas of research were state-of-the-art implants for rehabilitation of stroke patients and post-operative monitoring epilepsy patients. He has a Master of Science in Biomedical engineering from Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden and a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.

Assistant Professor, 

The Dept. of Biomedical engg, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Kousik Sarathy Sridharan

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Biomedical Track


Title of Talk: Architecture of an IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tool



Availability and performance parameters are critical to success of IT services of digital and e-businesses of companies. It is imperative for the companies to keep the services always available with high performance and without any downtime and transaction failures. This talk is an effort to make audience understand importance of keeping the IT services healthy using monitoring tools. It introduces the field of IT infrastructure monitoring, describes architecture of a monitoring tool and concludes with trends in the area of monitoring tools.


Vidyasagar turned software product development consultant after working for more than twenty five years at various software development companies. Was main architect and developer of ServMon ITIM tool of Ebita Information solutions and a database interface of a telecom product called FIS (Femto Information Server) of LiteCore networks both in Bangalore. Before that, he worked as Technical Manager for SQL product suite of Dharma Systems where he contributed many enhancements to SQL engine and related database access interfaces and tools. He started his career in database group at CMC Ltd, Secunderabad and worked at various software development companies including Diagma, CoSoft and Oracle for brief periods. He graduated in BE (ECE) from Osmania Univeristy and holds post graduate degree in MTech(CSE) from I.I.T. Kharagpur. His current interests include database systems, web and mobile technologies, NLU and ITIM tools. He can be reached using email address or website

Software Product Development Consultant

M. Vidyasagar

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, CSE Track


Title of Talk: Investigations into extraction of vegetable oils using Mechano-chemical methods



Seeds and nuts are the major sources of vegetable oils. Generally the oil bodies in seeds and nuts are trapped within cell structures of seeds in the form of cylinders with varying sizes from 2-20µm. To extract oil these cell walls are ruptured so that the oil is free to flow. Proper pre-treatment is done to the seeds before extraction. Ghani extraction, Mechanical expelling and solvent extraction are the conventional methods of oil extraction. In ghani extraction and mechanical expelling complete recovery of oil is not possible because of the strong bonding between oil and non-oily material preventing complete separation. On the other hand, hazardous working environment and the use of organic solvents and their expensive removal from extracted oil are the major drawbacks in the solvent extraction process of vegetable oil extraction. There are some modern methods for oil extraction like Supercritical fluid extraction, enzyme assisted oil extraction and ultrasound assisted oil extraction, which are difficult to scale-up because of economical constrains. Therefore in the present investigation we tried to developed a newer method of extraction of vegetable oils using mechano-chemical route.

The developed Mechano-chemical Method is expected to have following benefits:

  • Maximum oil recovery with minimum efforts at room temperature

  • Removal of additives after extraction would be easier since the quantity of addition will be very less

  • Expected to have better Physico-chemical characteristics and better oil clarity of the extracted oil.


Ph.D, M.Tech, B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in Production Engineering), 31+ years experience in Applied Research, Prototype Development & Project Engineering associated with R&D Experience Profile.

Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. Obtained masters degree from IIT Mumbai. Served CSIR laboratories in various capacities. Currently holds the position of Chief Scientist at Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad. Worked on several collaborative projects as Principal investigator/ Project Leader. Focus of research has been on ‘Science and Technology of Welding’ and ‘Mechanical Engineering domain of Chemical Science and Technology’. Current research interests include, Computational Welding Mechanics, Development of Prototypes for chemical R&D applications, Additive Manufacturing, Mechano-chemistry, Thermo-chemical conversion of Biomasses. Also experienced in providing crucial managerial, engineering, TQM support to R&D, scale up, technology demonstration and successful transfer of technology to the industry.

Published over 10 papers in peer reviewed journals, and presented over 50 papers in International & National Conferences. Guided about 20 students for their M. Tech Dissertations and 2 students for Ph. D till date. Presently supervising 10 students for their Doctoral work.

Chief Scientist, Process Engineering & Technology Transfer Division

CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad , India

Dr. A. Seshu Kumar

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm, Mechanical Engg Track


Title of Talk: Challenges in predicting floods

Abstract :

In the recent years, there is a surprising increase in the frequency and severity of floods in different parts of the world (including India), which affected millions of people. Currently, there is a debate in the scientific community on attribution of the same to human-induced climate and/or landuse/landcover (LULC) changes. In this perspective, the talk would highlight various challenges encountered by practitioners in developing models for predicting different types of flood (e.g., riverine, urban, coastal). The challenges include identification of appropriate predictors and gathering their information, accounting for various assumptions underlying the theory in use for modelling and prediction of the extreme events.  Existing flood prediction practices in India and scope for possible improvements would also be discussed.


Dr. V. V. Srinivas is currently working as Professor in Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.  He received B.E. (Civil Engineering) degree from Osmania University (1994), M.Tech from NIT Warangal (1996),   Ph.D.  from IIT Madras (2001). He was Post-doctoral researcher (2001-2002) and Visiting Scholar at Purdue University (2007), West Lafayette, USA.

His areas of research include stochastic hydrology; Regionalization of watersheds and hydrometric networks;  Regional frequency analysis of extreme rainfall, floods, and droughts; Impact assessment of climate and land-use/land-cover changes on hydrology of river basins; Forecasting flows in river basins; and Urban hydrology.

He has published a book and over 100 articles in journals/conferences/books.  He has supervised 8 Ph.Ds (another 10  Ph.Ds ongoing). He is recipient of Young Engineer Award (2006) from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Jacques W. Delleur Award (2002) from Purdue University, USA, Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award (2016) from NIT Warangal, and recognition as Eminent Alumnus (2017) from Osmania University, and Fellow of A.P. Akademi of Sciences (2017). He is recipient of BOYSCAST Fellowship (2006) of DST(India), and Visiting Indian and Chinese Scholars fellowship (2007-2008) of Purdue University, USA.

He is currently associated with Editorial boards of ‘The Institution of Engineers (India): Series A’ and ‘Current Science’ Journals.  He was earlier Associate Editor of ‘Journal of Earth System Science’ (2008-2014). He was recognized as Outstanding Reviewer (2010) by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and by Journal of Hydrology, Elsevier (2016; 2018).

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

Prof. V. V. Srinivas

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Civil Track


Title of Talk: Challenges in the development of Scientific Instruments for space applications


Abstract :

Scientific instruments are a special class of instruments designed to address a specific scientific problem by facilitating repeatable measurements of various physical and/or atmospheric parameters. In order to understand the highly complex mechanisms in the atmosphere of Earth and other planets/natural satellites, scientific instruments are flown onboard satellites, rockets and balloons. The design of such an instrument for space applications pose a variety of challenges because of various constraints. These instruments are also thoroughly tested and calibrated in lab before launch using ground based checkout systems. The paper throws light on the instrument design aspects as well as on the testing and characterization using the checkout system.  


Dr. Sreelatha P has more than 25 years of experience in the design and development of scientific instruments and payloads for atmospheric and planetary studies. As the Engineer-in-charge of a network of satellite beacon receivers spread over the country for the study of ionospheric tomography, she has played a key role in the installation and regular upkeep of the ground stations, as part of the Coherent Radio Beacon Experiment (CRABEX) programme. With her experience in system software design and development using C, Python and LabVIEW, she guided her team to augment these stations to receive the Indian coherent beacon, RaBIT (Radio Beacon for Ionospheric Tomography) payload, which was flown onboard YOUTHSAT mission.


She was instrumental in the development of the first scientific payload from Space Physics Laboratory, VSSC, the Chandra’s Altitudinal Composition Explorer, ChACE, which was flown onboard the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) of ISRO’s maiden Moon mission, Chandrayaan-1. This was followed by the development of Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Explorer (MENCA) payload for the Mars Ortbiter Mission (MOM) as the Project Manager of the Checkout Systems for the payload. She is presently the Deputy Project Director of Checkout Systems for three scientific payloads from SPL – RAMBHA–LP (Radio Anatomy of Moon Bound Hypersensitive  Atmosphere and  ionosphere – Langmuir Probe) and CHACE-2 (Chandra’s Atmospheric Composition Explorere-2) payloads onboard Chandrayaan-II and PAPA (Plasma Analyzer Package for Aditya) payload onboard ADITYA-L1.


She is also the task team member and designer of two scientific payloads succesfully flown onboard sounding rockets for ionospheric studies during Sooryagrahan-2010 and which is also now being developed as part of the Sounding Rocket Experiment (SOUREX) programme.  She is one of the teram member to receive the ISRO Team Excellence Awards, 2010 for Sooryagrahan-2010 project.


She has been deputed abroad to attend two International conferences. She has published about 15 papers in various journals and has 16 symposium presentations in addition to authoring and reviewing more than 50 internal technical and test reports of ISRO related to the payload development.


She joined ISRO after her graduation in Electronics & Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. A native of Trivandtum, she received her Doctorate in Engineering in 2014 from the Kerala University. She is presently heading the Payload Checkout Section in the Avionics Entity of VSSC, Trivandrum.

Head, Payload Checkout Section in the Avionics Entity of VSSC, Trivandrum, India

Dr. Sreelatha P

Invited Talk, 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm , ECE Track


Title of the talk: Energy storage technologies for e-mobility applications



The energy storage technologies are increasing rapidly in view of changing energy dynamics and operating environment as well apart from the energy security and environmental benign.  The renewable energies (solar, wind, etc.) integration with storage battery technologies are considered to be the most promising power source for balancing the peak hour loads. However, renewable energies are intermittent in nature and thus the battery is critical and need to operate either high rate or partial state of charge. The promising battery technologies are: lead acid batteries, nickel metal hydride, nickel-zinc, lithium-ion batteries, sulfur batteries, redox flow batteries, metal air, etc. Among the commercialized secondary battery technologies; lithium ion battery is able to deliver maximum energy density, power density and quick charging.  Hence, the li-ion battery technology is actively considered for the Electric Vehicles (EVs) applications, therefore this presentation is to focus on the next generation materials for li-ion batteries to satisfy the power requirement for e-mobility applications. Further, the recent advancements in the mentioned storage technologies, issues and its challenges with respect to the EVs are also presented and discussed.



Dr.Venkateswarlu M has two decades of research experience in the field of battery materials and advanced battery technologies including Lead acid and Lihium-ion batteries. He did his docotral research on solid electrolytes for solid state batteries and received degree from Osmania University and pursued post doctoral reserach on  Lithium-ion battery technologies at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.    

He has contributed to various electrochemical, renewable energy/power sources, advanced (nano) materials, electric vehicles, etc., events.  He is co-author of 90 peer reviewed research articles and one book chapter and also co-editor of conference proceedings. He is life member in learned socieities of SAEST, QCFI, KECA and  organized international conferences on green energy technologies for smart cities in association with indian premier academic institutions in 2016 & 2018.

AGM, R & D, Lithium-ion battery, Technology Centre

 Amara Raja batteries Ltd., Karakambadi 517 520 (A.P), India

Dr.Venkateswarlu M

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Electrical Engg Track


Title of the talk: Emerging Trends in Metro Rail Systems



It covers briefly about Metro rail introduction, types of Metro and its capacity, merits & demerits. Will focus and narrate on Metro Rail Systems ie., Traction Power, General Power Supply arrangements, Signalling and control, Telecommunication in Metro Rail projects, Automatic Fare collection system, Platform Screen Doors/ Gates, Tunnel Ventilation System, Environmental Control system, MEP Services and SCADA for Railway system and non-railway system.


Ramana Rao Naidu. B working in AECOM as Executive Director, Transit & Geo-Tech business based in Bangalore office. Graduate in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Nagarjuna University in the year 1990. Mr. Naidu had around 30 years of diverse experience in India and overseas (Middle East, Africa & Malaysia) in the Field of MEP Services as a client, contractor and consulting roles. Started carrier with AP State Electricity Board, moved to Middle East worked with Multinational company in Dubai for Mega Infra Projects ie., Dubai International Airport, World’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa and Dubai Metro Rail.


In India associated with GMR International Airport, Samshabad, Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, Chennai Metro Rail Project, Ahmedabad Metro rail Project, Delhi Metro Rail Project Phase III, Mumbai Metro Rail Project, Lucknow Metro Rail Project and Pune Metro Rail Project.


My core strength in the following area:


  • Preliminary and Detailed Design and Execution of Power Supply Distribution for Metro Rail Projects, Airports, Mega Infrastructure Projects


  • Design & Execution of High Voltage Power Supply, Traction Power supply, General Power supply distribution


  • Metro Rail Systems Design and Systems Integration


  • Contract Management and Contract Administration



Now working in Pune Metro Rail Project as Chief MEP Expert, General Consultants.


Visiting faculty at IIT Madras for Metro Rail Technology and Institute for Metro and Rail Technology (IMRT), Hyderabad, Mr. Naidu also holds rich experience in Project Management, Detailed Engineering, Procurement, Erection Testing and commissioning of MEP systems for Metro Rail Projects, Airports and Mega Infrastructure projects. He is an active Member of Institute of Engineers and Chartered Electrical Engineer at Ministry of Electricity & Water, Bahrain.

Executive Director, AECOM , Transit & Geo-Tech business,  Bangalore, India

Ramana Rao Naidu. B

Invited Track, 23 March 2019, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Electrical Engg Track


Title of Talk: Biomedical Engineering 2.0, Taking medicine from “Do no harm” to “Do good”


Abstract :

Biomedical engineering is grounded in the pursuit of bringing human patients up to normal by application of technology.  In the last two decades advances in biomedical engineering ranging from bionic arms to gene therapy have been constantly pushing forward the possibilities of effective and safe intervention. The field is now ripe for augmenting the human functions. Three biomedical engineering developments, namely, the surgical robots, genome editing, bionic prosthetics are now arrived at a stage where any further development would cross over from the established pattern of compensating the loss of physiological ability to enhancing it.


The arrival of miniaturized and portable communication devices, it media can now produce physical immersion and communication similar to the perceptual properties of Virtual reality and video games (collectively referred to as VEs). The effect on new VEs on young children in every family is blatantly obvious.  Acceleration of augmentation and bio-psychological change required in the successful transfer of procedural learning is imminent. Cognitive augmentation via VEs to induce a host of plastic changes will be the next inevitable step leading to mobile Infospaces around the torso of an individual augmented withinformational displays..


Organisms are now well understood as algorithms for survival and reproduction. In the very near future it will be now possible to intervene midway or even a priori in the disease process at the information level.  It has been established that the highly refined biochemical algorithms in the brain, manifesting as sensations, emotions and desires, make most of human decisions, including life choices. A forecast is made about emerging changes at the cellular/molecular, neurophysiological, behavioural, and social/population levels in the next ten years and it is important to restructure the biomedical engineering education so that it takes the students to industry rather than become redundant itself as an academic discipline. 

Scientist, Author, and Professor

Arun Tiwari 

Invited Talk- 23 March 2019, 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm, Biomedical Engg Track

ICETE 2019