Andrew Thangaraj received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India in 1998 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2003. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the GTL-CNRS Telecom lab at Georgia Tech Lorraine, Metz, France from August 2003 to May 2004. From June 2004, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras, where he is currently an associate professor. Since Jan 2012, he has been serving as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications.Since Oct 2011, he has been serving as NPTEL coordinator at IIT Madras. He has played a key role in initiating and running NPTEL online courses and certification. He is currently a National MOOCs Coordinator for NPTEL in the SWAYAM project of the MHRD.
He received PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, NY, USA, and a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, India.Bikram Sengupta joined the IBM in 2003 and currently lead the Smarter Education group at IBM Research – India. He along with his team is at the forefront of developing technologies for transforming education through deep analytics and personalization in support of blended and adaptive learning.Prior to joining Education research, he led the Services Analytics group at IBM Research – India during 2008-12. At IBM, he have also worked for some time in the area of systems management, particularly techniques and tools for application, infrastructure and process monitoring.
He is the CEO of his consulting firm "VISION-IPR" offering services in management of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), information security and knowledge management. He is a leading international expert on IPR and a Consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for IPR capacity building programmes in developing countries, an elected Fellow of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences. After several years in academic research, he worked in industry for 2 decades in diverse managerial roles including R&D, Technology Assessment, Forecasting and Transfer, Knowledge Management, Factory Management and Business Planning. He also holds the MHRD IPR chair Professorship at Tezpur University, Assam , India. Also work as Honorary Scientific Consultant on Innovation and IPR Matters to the Office of the Principal Scienetific Adviser, Government of India. He is a Member of the Board of Management of the Autonomous Department of Physics, Bombay University. In February 2011 he was awarded "The Chemtech Pharma-Bio World Award 2011 for outstanding contribution in the field of Intellectual Property".. On August, 2014 he was given "The Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in the field of IPR" by "LEGAL ERA" in India. In October 2014 The Tata Institute of fundamental Research Alumni Association gave him the Excellence Award for his work on Intellectual Property Rights, Information Security and Knowledge Management.He has recently been elected as a Member of the Executive Council of the Intellectual Property Law Practitioners Association (IPLPA) in India. He is also Visiting Professor at the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India
Karthik Sankaranarayanan is a Research Scientist working in the area of Artificial Intelligence at IBM's India Research Lab in Bangalore. His research interests are in statistical machine learning applied to natural language processing and computer vision. His current research is focused around question-answering and information retrieval from domain-specific knowledge graphs working on IBM’s Watson technology. Before joining IBM Research in 2011, he obtained his PhD in Computer Science from The Ohio State University, USA where he was a U.S. Dept. of Energy LANL Graduate Fellow between 2009 and 2011, working at the intersection of machine learning and computer vision.
He is attorney who specialises in technology, media and telecommunications law in India. Over his career he has advised on some of the largest technology and telecom transactions in the country and is equally at ease advising on corporate matters as well as transactional and regulatory matters. He has advised on cross border M&A, technology transfers, outsourcing, data protection, intellectual property, private equity investments and a range of specialised technology mandates. He particularly enjoy advising on the intersection of law and technology because he understand both equally well and find that he can apply one to the other to good effect.In 2000, he along with a few others, founded a law firm called Trilegal that has grown to become one of the leading law firms in the country. Trilegal is a full service firm with four offices in the principal commercial regions of the country. It has a strong culture of merit-based growth and a deep commitment to providing clients quality advice. He head the TMT practice in Trilegal and serve on the management committee of the firm. He wrote a book called "The Law Relating to Computers and the Internet" that was published by Butterworths in 2000. At the time it was the first book on the subject and was widely quoted. Since then, he has authored numerous articles and thought pieces on various topical issues relating to computers, the internet and other new technologies.