Panel Discussions | Comsnets 2015
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Panel Discussions

Panel 1: SDN - Has it delivered as Hyped?

Date: 7th January 2015 | Time: 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM | Venue: Sigma Hall

Ishwardutt Parulkar

CISCO, India

Subhas Mondal

Wipro, India

Daya Kamath

IBM, India

Jayaram Beladakere

Ericsson, India

Kalyankumar Asangi

Huawei R&D, India

  • Since 2012, SDN has quickly climbed up the hype charts of the industry which has recorded significant investment and benefits. The technology and the emerging applications for Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing pose interesting challenges for SDN deployment. A SDN market is estimated to be at USD 35 Billion for the next 5 years citing plenty of opportunities for the entire ICT eco-system.
  • In this challenging business environment, a reality check is required. The directions for bridging the hype to reality and the role of all stakeholders (Service Providers, Vendors, Startups, Academia, Open Source communities, Govt.) needs to be established.
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Panelist Information:
Ishwardutt Parulkar [Moderator] - CTO, Service Provider Access Group, CISCO Systems

Ishwar Parulkar is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer and the CTO for Service Provider Access Group. In this role he is responsible for technology and architecture of products spanning small cells, service provider Wi-Fi access and cell-site, access, pre-aggregation and aggregation routers. After spending several years in Silicon Valley in USA in companies such as Apple and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Parulkar relocated to India in 2010 to lead conception and development of 3G/4G advanced services routers entirely from the Bangalore site. In addition to being an innovative product in its space, these router platforms - the ASR 901 - have been a proof point for developing leading edge, global hi-tech ICT products end-to-end from India. The routers won the 2012 NASSCOM Innovation Award for New Technology Advancement and the 2012 Economic Times Award for the Most Innovative Telecom Infrastructure Product. In addition to launching new global networking products and technology, Dr. Parulkar is passionate about and deeply involved in building technical leadership and a culture of innovation in the Indian IT landscape.

Prior to Cisco, Dr. Parulkar was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems (Santa Clara, USA), where he was instrumental in architecting and developing several generations of SPARC servers, storage/networking datacenter equipment and associated high-performance microprocessors/chipsets. Before his stint at Sun, Dr. Parulkar worked at Apple (Cupertino, USA) on their first generation laptops and the radical Newton handheld PDA, which was a pre-cursor to the smart phone revolution. He has made many fundamental innovative contributions to the IT industry, several of which are captured in the 30+ technical papers he has published and the 19 patents he holds. He holds a Ph.D. in EE from University of Southern California. He is currently a member of the EE Technical Advisory Board at University of Southern California.

Subhas Mondal - Head of Wireline R&D, Wipro

Subhas has over 23 years of Telecom experience spanning across Product R&D, Outsourced Software development, System Engineering, Solutions architecting, Technical presales. He currently heads the Wireline R&D practice that includes a portfolio of Optical, Ethernet and IP technologies. Subhas is a passionate technologist, always eager to learn new Technologies. SDN/NFV is a key interest area and he is developing SDN/NFV solutions that are relevant to Wipro customers. He did his B-TECH from IIT Kharagpur in E&ECE.

Daya Kamath - Senior Member of Technical Staff, IBM

Daya Kamath is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Cloud Networking Division at IBM, GTS. She is currently focused on the strategy, solutions, architecture and implementation of SDN solutions. She has been the lead architect for the IBM SDN-VE Openflow controller, and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Daya has 17 years of experience in the networking industry, and has been with IBM since 2007, where she has held successive development and architect roles in the organization focusing on Layer 2/Layer 3 switching, data center network architecture, standardization, and emerging technologies including virtualization and SDN. Prior to joining IBM she has worked on industry leading networking solutions from Riverstone Networks, Cabletron Systems and Fore Systems. Daya holds a Master of Science (Computer Science) degree from Iowa State University.

Jayaram Beladakere - Head of System & Technology, Ericsson BU Cloud & IP R&D India

Jayaram Beladakere is the Head of System & Technology, Ericsson BU Cloud & IP R&D India, Bangalore. He has more than 20 years of solid accomplishments, gaining and demonstrating a wealth of experience in building technology products and solutions.

He has, as a System and Network Architect, developed multiple carrier-class products and solutions for access, metro and service edge markets from the ground up.?In his role as a Strategic Product Manager, he has driven the transformation of Ericsson's IP/ Router portfolio.?Currently as an R&D Leader, he has been building and leading team of technologists (system architects) that form the core of Ericsson's IP & Broadband R&D center in Bangalore - powering rapid progression along the value curve.

Over the years, Jayaram was associated with leading communications and technology companies such as U S WEST, Mahi Networks, Motorola and Tellabs. He had done his Engineering from National Institute of Engineering (NIE), University of Mysore, Masters from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and an M.S. from University of Massachusetts, USA.

Kalyankumar Asangi - Head of Network System Dept, Huawei R&D India

Kalyan is currently heading the NW-BL System Department group and is responsible for the Technology Management in the areas of SMP, IGP, MPLS, PCE, SDN/NFV, Openstack. He is having around 14 years of experience in Huawei. He has worked as one of core architecture member for the Huawei next generation IP platform for pre-research phase and filed several patents in his research. Kalyan is instrumental in defining the system design for LR/VR feature of the Huawei next generation IP platform. He has rich experience in several networking areas like Routing, MPLS, TE, L3VPN, L2VPN, SDN/NFV

Panel 2: Digital India - What Role for Standards, Regulations and IP?

Date: 8th January 2015 | Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM | Venue: Sigma Hall

Kritkumar Lathia

Renowned Standards Expert

Sascha Meinrath

X-Lab, USA

Tulika Pandey

DeitY, GoI, India

Dipankar Raychaudhuri

Rutgers University

Manish Gupta

Xerox Corporation

Aloknath De

Samsung India

  • The Honorable Prime Minister of India has setup a programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy called "Digital India" together with the "Make in India" and "FDI - First Develop (in) India". Some US$ 100billion have been pledged by foreign governments and Indian government itself has identified "smart cities", "virtual classrooms", "e-health" and e-Government" as part of its 2014-2015 Union budget of approx. US$1.5billion
  • In this challenging technology and market environment, we need to ponder on the need in India to be aware of the role of standardization, regulation and IPs and how it will directly impact these initiatives.
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Panelist Information:
Kritkumar Lathia [Moderator] - Renowned Standards Expert

Mr. Lathia has more than 25 years of senior management experience in ICT (Telecommunications) industry for product strategies and development where standardization plays a key role. As part of an international team, he was responsible for coordinating activities for technical standards and regulations at national, regional and international level to provide the most cost-effective solutions. As a result, Mr. Lathia has personally participated in the relevant standardisation bodies, conferences and industry fora groups.

Within Europe, Mr. Lathia had been member of the European Commission's Steering Committee defining ICT Standardization Policy for Europe. He was also Chairman of (European) ICT Standards Board (ICTSB) which coordinated European efforts in the ICT standardization. He has also participated in CEPT on behalf of Italy.

Within ETSI, Mr Lathia has actively participated in all its management meetings, including ETSI Board and as Chairman of ETSI Finance Committee. As a member of ETSI team, he was instrumental in the creation of the 3GPP and subsequently represented ETSI at 3GPP management meetings determining 3GPP standardisation directions and funding.

Within ITU, he participated as a member of the Italian Government Delegation in strategic committees such ITU Council and ITU-T TSAG, as well as in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, WTSA and WTDC. He was also Vice Chairman of ITU-T Study Group dealing with 3G and has participated in ITU conferences / seminars.

Within India, he has represented European Standardization Organisations (CEN/CENELEC/ETSI) and EC/EFTA relating to bilateral standardisation and is currently advising GISFI.

Sascha Meinrath - Director, X-Lab, USA

Sascha Meinrath is the Director of the X-Lab and the Founder of the Open Technology Institute. He has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy.

Sascha is a co-founder of Measurement Lab, a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research, and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He also coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of open source wireless integrators, researchers, implementors and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. He is a regular contributor to Government Technology's Digital Communities, the online portal and comprehensive information resource for the public sector.

Sascha has worked with Free Press, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Ethos Group, and the CUWiN Foundation.

Tulika Pandey - Director - Scientist F, GoI, Ministry of Communications & DeitY

Ms. Tulika Pandey is an Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer. She has been with the Government of India since 1992 and holds the position of Director - Scientist F with the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India. She has been involved in implementation strategy and action plan formulations for wider reach of ICT facilitated benefits; Integration of appropriate technology interfaces between human and cyber world; Steering of Research and Development projects for development of contextual ICT technology, tool, applications and content. She has traversed through the path of Microelectronics development, E-Learning, Technology Development for Indian Languages, Digital Libraries and now E-Infrastructure and Internet Governance in her stint with the Government of India.

Ms Tulika Pandey is a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering Society. She has conducted technical training programmes and entrepreneurial workshops for ubiquitous ICT interventions in human life for inclusion and contribution of women in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. She is spearheading activities of Internationalization of Internet, Internet Proliferation and its last mile outreach within India. She represents the concerns of India and government in particular in the International and National forums of Internet Governance, Internationalization of Internet and Women in ICT.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri - WINLAB, Rutgers University

Dipankar Raychaudhuri is Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Director, WINLAB (Wireless Information Network Lab) at Rutgers University. Dr. Raychaudhuri has previously held corporate R&D positions including: Chief Scientist, Iospan Wireless (2000-01), AGM & Dept Head, NEC Laboratories (1993-99) and Head, Broadband Communications, Sarnoff Corp (1990-92). He obtained the B.Tech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from SUNY, Stony Brook in 1978, 79. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Manish Gupta - VP, Xerox Corporation

Dr. Manish Gupta is Vice President at Xerox Corporation and Director of Xerox Research Centre in India. Previously, Manish has served as Managing Director, Technology Division at Goldman Sachs India, and has held various leadership positions with IBM, including that of Director, IBM Research - India and Chief Technologist, IBM India/South Asia. From 2001 to 2006, he served as a Senior Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he led the team developing system software for the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. IBM was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene by US President Barack Obama in 2009. Manish holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has co-authored over 75 papers, with more than 5,500 citations in Google Scholar in the areas of high-performance computing, compilers, and virtual machine optimizations, and has been granted more than 15 US patents. While at IBM, Manish received an Outstanding Innovation Award, two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards and the Lou Gerstner Team Award for Client Excellence. Manish is an ACM Fellow and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Delhi.

Aloknath De - SVP & CTO, Samsung India

Dr. Aloknath De is Chief Technology Officer of Samsung R&D Institute India and also Senior VP for 'Digital Media and Communication' activities in Bangalore. Dr. De has more than twenty-five years of industrial and research experiences including the most recent one in ST-Ericsson where he was Director and Country Manager. He holds B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur; M.E. from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; and Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal. He is a recipient of 'Alexander Graham Bell Prize' in Canada and received IETE Memorial Awards in India. Dr. De has served as an Adjunct Professor with IIT-Delhi and also as an AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor with IIT-Roorkee. He is a senior member of IEEE, and fellows of IE, IETE and INAE.

Panel 3: IoT - Challenges and Opportunities in Indian Market

Date: 9th January 2015 | Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM | Venue: Sigma Hall

Venkatesh Kumaran (Venki)


Somshubhro Pal Choudhury

Analog Devices India

Jay Warrior

Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems - IISc

Anuj Ashokan

Tata Teleservices, India



Krishnan Raman


Syam Madanapalli

iRam Technologies

Balamuralidhar P

TCS Innovation Labs, Bangalore

  • Govt. of India has recently announced significant investments to create an IoT industry in India of USD 15 Trillion by 2020. It is estimated that Indian market will share 5-6% of the global IoT industry.
  • Indian IoT market requests attention towards some of the unique Indian challenges and opportunities related to sensors infrastructure, applications and services, directions for emerging IoT enabling technologies (5G, Big Data Analytics, Cloud, SDN) and electronics industry
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Panelist Information:
Venkatesh Kumaran (Venki) [Moderator] - VP - Strategy & Operations, IESA

Venkatesh Kumaran (Venki) is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at IESA (India Electronics and Semiconductors Association) and is passionately working to grow the ESDM (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing) industry in India executing on the National Electronics Policy. He is actively working to develop Greenfield and Brownfield Electronic manufacturing clusters (EMC) as well as ESDM Innovation Centres in India. He has been instrumental in getting an in-principle approval from Govt of India for setting up the First Brownfield EMC at Bangalore for $13Mn. The approval for the second brownfield EMC at Mysore for $5Mn is also expected shortly. He successfully put together and led the Electronics track at Karnataka's event in 2013

Prior to IESA, Venki was spearheading Intel's Software Subsidiary -Wind River as Country Manager. At Wind River, Venki was successful in attracting and retaining the best of human talent, maintaining Wind River's leadership position in embedded and mobile software industry. He passionately worked to open Wind River India Design Centre, which helped Indian customers design world-class embedded solutions.

Venki has over 25 years of experience in Sales, marketing, management, Strategy and Operations. He held various Senior Management positions in India and overseas in companies such as Motorola, ONMobile in HongKong, and Tata Elxsi in Boston, MA, USA

He is also a well-known personality in the media. His article and opinions are often published in leading technology and business publications. He was also featured in "Next Big Thing" on NDTV Good Times as a thought leader. Venki was the first convener of Aerospace and Defence Core Initiative Group at ISA

Venki is also an active faculty of the ART OF LIVING and has taught to various sections of the society .He is also on the management council of an NGO that is educating students to be responsible journalists as well as a board member of the IT Skills Development Society of the Government of Karnataka.

Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury - MD, Analog Devices India

Som is responsible for managing Analog Devices' presence in India, including defining and executing strategies to expand business in the domestic market, growing the ADI's Engineering Design Center capabilities and strengthen relationships with strategic and key customers, the government, and local universities. Som serves as the Senior Executive of the company in India, with operational, statutory, and compliance accountabilities. He is also the principal spokesperson for Analog Devices in India. Som is actively involved with the Indian electronics and startup innovation ecosystem through is involvement with Indian Electronic Semiconductor Association (IESA), Internet of things (IoT) special interest group and is a Charter Member of Technology Indus Entrepreneur (TiE).

Prior to joining Analog Devices India, Som was the Product Line Director responsible for Worldwide Product Marketing and Management for one of the largest product portfolios at NETGEAR Inc., a branded consumer electronics and networking company with over $1Billion in revenue located in San Jose, California. Previously, he was one of the early employees of an Energy Management and Smart Grid startup, American Grid Inc. and held several design and product engineering roles at Cadence Design Systems. Som earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia.

Jay Warrior - Chief Technologist, Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems - IISc

Dr. Jay Warrior has over 20 years of experience creating new, high technology based, business opportunities for Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Fisher-Rosemount, & Honeywell in the US & in Asia. His expertise covers the whole innovation cycle from market opportunity identification through strategy, business model & technology development, to building & managing execution teams for the new business.

His external roles include the advisory board for Coactive Networks, an internet based startup in energy management, as a venture liaison to the wireless strategy board for Agilent Ventures & a consultant to St. Paul Venture Capital. He was a member of the National Academies study committee on improving cyber security research & an advisor to the board for CLEANER (Collaborative Large Scale Engineering Analysis Network for Environmental Research). He has extensive experience in large scale distributed systems.

He has an MS from the School of Automation, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and a PhD in Control Sciences and Dynamical Systems from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, He currently has 22 patents covering key inventions in networking & diagnostics technology.

Anuj Ashokan - SME (M2M), Tata Teleservices and Chair M2M WG, TSDSI

Anuj Ashokan has done "Master of Business Administration" in field of "Telecommunication Management" from "Symbiosis International University". Anuj has spent his professional career, architecting and designing technical solutions to address ever-increasing dynamic business needs of telecommunication domain. Prior to his current assignment he had been associated with companies like Virgin Mobile, Cable & Wireless.

Haribabu - Principal Technical Officer, IoT Group - CDAC

Mr. Haribabu Pasupuleti is working as Principal Technical Officer for IoT(Internet of Things) group at CDAC, Bangalore. He has completed M.Tech from Andhra University in the year 2000 and he is working with CDAC, Bangalore since 2001. His areas of expertise are in VLSI design, embedded system development, Wireless sensor Networks, Energy harvesting for WSNs, FPGA design, Cryptography and Cryptanalysis. He has published around 10 papers in National and International conferences. He has conducted two national workshops in the area of wireless sensor networks. His research areas include energy aware routing protocols, systems for energy sector, Security in IoT.

Krishnan Raman (Krish) - Co-Founder and CEO, Flutura

Krishnan Raman is Co-founder and CEO of Flutura, a Decision Science & Analytics organization. Flutura is a specialistanalytics organization operating at the intersect of Men, Machine and Big Data analytics.Flutura has recently been identified as one of the top 20 most promising Big Data start-ups across the globe by leading analyst magazine CIO Review. Flutura was also the winner at TechSparks where 800 innovative startups across India was evaluated and also identified as one of the Top 10 innovative products at InTech50.

Krishnan in a thought leader in Analytics with over 20 years' experience in the industry and regularly speaks at International forums. Some of his recent speaking assignments were the prestigious HANA 2014 Insider event in Orlando and Demo Enterprise event in San Francisco. He was recently recognized as being one of the "Bulls of Technology" by the TechExecs Network in Houston.

Prior to founding Flutura was the Global Head of Business Analytics at MindTree Ltd, a business unit that had been incubated from scratch and scaled to a 1000 member plus team. An entrepreneur at heart, before Mindtree, Krishnan had founded Atma Consulting, a Vertical Service Provider delivering process automation solution to Auto & Auto Ancillary companies. He was a strategy consultant focused on IT strategy with the Strategic Change practice at PwC.

He holds an MBA in Marketing and Systems from SP Jain and a B.Tech from National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

Syam Madanapalli - Co-founder and MD, iRam Technologies

Syam Madanapalli is the co-founder of iRam Technologies. He has 16 years of industry experience and is IEEE Senior Member, filed for 22 patents, and written 7 RFC standards for the Internet. Mr. Madanapalli has a bachelor's degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology - Warangal.

Syam's additional roles includes:

  • One of the Technology Board Members of IPv6 Forum, India for promoting IPv6 deployment in India.
  • The chair of Telecom, Wireless and Computer Networking Group of IEEE-SA Standards Interest Group, India.
  • A member of IEEE Bangalore chapter Executive Committee looking after the Industry relations.

At iRam, Syam has lead the team that created the world's most advanced Internet enabled Electrical switch for the Next Generation Smart Homes. They were awarded: India Innovation Initiative - i3, 2013 the Most Innovative (First Prize) Product by Young Indians. iRam also won NASSCOM Emerge50 2013 award - from the Startup category.

Balamuralidhar P - Principal Scientist and Head, TCS Innovation Labs Bangalore

Balamuralidhar P is a Principal Scientist and Head of TCS Innovation Lab at Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), Bangalore. He has obtained Bachelor of Technology from Kerala University and Master of Technology (MTech) from IIT Kanpur. His PhD is from Aalborg University, Denmark in the area of Cognitive Wireless Networks. Major areas of current research include different aspects of Cyber Physical Systems, Sensor Informatics and Networked Embedded Systems. Before TCS his research careers were with Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) Mumbai and Sasken Communications Ltd Bangalore.

He has over 25 years of research and development experience in Signal Processing, Embedded Systems and Wireless Communications. He has over 60 publications in various international journals and conferences and over 20 patent applications. Balamuralidhar was the leading TCS participation in two EU FP6 research consortium projects namely My Adaptive Global NET (MAGNET) and End to End Reconfigurability (E2R) in the area of next generation wireless communications. He is also contributing to TCS participation in National bodies like Broadband Wireless Consortium India (BWCI), Global ICT Standards for India (GISFI). In GISFI he is chairing the Internet of Things Workgroup.

Panel Co-Chairs

Ishwardutt Parulkar

CISCO, India

Niranth Amogh

Huawei R&D, India