Keynote Speaker 1
Dr. Jaume Anguera, IEEE Fellow, founder and CTO at the technology company Ignion (Barcelona, Spain). Associate Professor at Ramon LLull University and a member of the Smart Society research group. He is an inventor of more than 150 granted patents, most of them licensed to telecommunication companies. Among his most outstanding contributions is that of the inventor of Antenna Booster Technology, a technology that fostered the creation of Ignion. The wireless industry has adopted many of these products worldwide to allow wireless connectivity to IoT devices through a miniature component called an antenna booster that is ten times smaller than conventional antennas. Author of more than 260 scientific widely cited papers and international conferences (h-index 51). Author of 7 books. He has participated in more than 22 competitive research projects financed by the Spanish Ministry, CDTI, CIDEM (Generalitat de Catalunya), and the European Commission for an amount exceeding $13M as a principal researcher in most of them. He has taught over 40 antenna courses worldwide (USA, China, Korea, India, UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Perú, Brazil, Canada, Spain). With over 23 years of R&D experience, he has developed part of his professional experience with Fractus in South Korea in designing miniature antennas for large Korean companies such as Samsung and LG. Since 2017 he has been with Ignion in the role of CTO. He leads the company’s R&D activity to create new products, envisage new technologies, technical evangelism, and provide technology strategy to scale the company’s business. He has received several national and international awards (ex. 2004 Best Ph. D Thesis -two prizes, one given by Telefónica Mobile, 2004 IEEE New Faces of Engineering, 2014 Finalist European Patent Award). He has directed the master/doctorate thesis to more than 160 students, many of them have received awards for their thesis (COIT, COITT, Ministry of Education). His biography appears in Who’sWho in the World and Who’sWho in Science and Engineering. He is associate editor of the IEEE Open Journal on Antennas and Propagation, Electronics Letters, and reviewer in several IEEE and other scientific journals. He is an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Distinguished Lecturer and vice-chair of the working group “Software and Modeling” at EurAAP. More info at http://users.salleurl.edu/~jaume.anguera/
Keynote Title: Antenna Booster Technology: From Fundamentals to Applications
Brief Abstract: Addressed to Antenna, Microwave, RF, Wireless, Electronics, Engineers to learn about Antenna Booster Technology and design wireless devices with antenna boosters. Antenna boosters are off-the-shelf electrically small components that can be integrated inside any wireless device for operation at any frequency band (0.4GHz-10.6GHz) through the proper design of a matching network. The antenna booster frequency bands of operation are easily adjusted—not by modifying its geometry but through the suitable matching-network design. This is a more straightforward, faster, and more familiar method for RF/microwave and wireless engineers, who are acquainted with the design of matching networks at every single stage of a telecommunication system—for example, filters and amplifiers. Attendants will learn the physical insights of antenna boosters and how to design wireless devices (ex. IoT) embedding antenna boosters covering from single band to multi-band applications using passive matching networks and reconfigurable architectures. The presentation will give a general overview of the fundamentals of the technology till recent applications of antenna boosters embedded in IoT devices.
Keynote Speaker 2
Dr. Satyasai Jagannath Nanda is an assistant professor in the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur since June 2013. Prior to joining MNIT Jaipur he has received the PhD degree from School of Electrical Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar and M. Tech. degree from Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engg., NIT Rourkela. He received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Bhubaneswar in the year 2006. He was the recipient of Canadian Research Fellowship- GSEP, from Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Intern. Trade (DFAIT), Govt. of Canada for the year 2009-10. He was awarded Best PhD thesis award at SocPros 2015 by IIT Roorkee. He received the best research paper awards at SocPros-2020 at IIT Indore, IC3-2018 at SMIT Sikkim, SocPros-2017 at IIT Bhubaneswar, IEEE UPCON-2016 at IIT BHU and Springer OWT-2017 at MNIT. He is the recipient of prestigious IEI Young Engineers Award by Institution of Engineers, Govt. of India in the field of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering for the year 2018-19. Recently Dr. Nanda participated as a Young Scientist in Second SCO nations Young Scientist Conclave 2023 at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangaluru. Dr. Nanda is a Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has received travel and research grants from SERB, UGC, CCSTDS (INSA), INAE. Till date he has published 47 SCI/SCOUPUS Journal articles and 50 international conference proceedings which received almost fifteen hundred citations. He is the in-charge of Digital Signal and Image Processing (DSIP) Lab. at MNIT Jaipur. Under his supervision at MNIT Jaipur six researchers have awarded PhD and five researchers are continuing their research work. Along with it he has supervised 27 M. Tech thesis. Dr. Nanda is co-coordinator of Electronics and ICT Academy at MNIT Jaipur which is a set up of Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt. of India of Grant 10 Crore.
Keynote Title: Hyperspectral image segmentation using evolutionary computing algorithms
Hyper-spectral images comprise of band of images captured by Hyper-spectral Sensors which uses continuous and contiguous ranges of wavelengths (e.g. 400 – 1100 nm in steps of 1 nm). In this talk, the segmentation of such images will be discussed which is helpful for humans to identify the natural or artificial calamities and help to take appropriate decisions like : detection of fire in large forest, glacier detection, water level monitoring in flood affected regions and many more. Further discussions are going to be carried out to perform the segmentation using evolutionary computing algorithms. These algorithms are inspired by the natural phenomenon of evolution of spices from generation to generation for their survival in the environment. The image segmentation is formulated as an optimization problem. These real life optimization tasks are multi-modal in nature and the benchmark derivative based optimization algorithms get stuck at local optimums and thus give inaccurate results. Thus evolutionary methods are preferable, and some case studies on such segmentation will be demonstrated
Keynote Speaker 3
Dr. M. Gulam Nabi Alsath, obtained his B.E., and M.E., degrees from Anna University, Chennai with University 3rd rank in UG and Gold Medal in PG. He received his PhD degree from Anna University for his research work on Automotive Antennas. He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of ECE, SSN. His research interests include the Antenna Engineering, Microwave components and Circuits, Signal integrity Analysis and Solutions to EMI problems. Dr Alsath is a Senior Member of IEEE. He is currently anAssociate Editor of IET Microwaves Antennas and Propagation (Since 2019) and Microwave and Optical Technology Letters (Since 2022). He has acquired projects from various agencies including DST-SERB, AICTE, Tamil Nadu Forest Department, ICFRE, CTDT-Anna University and SSN Trust. To his credit, he has two granted US patents and six Indian Patents. Further, he has filed 13other patents which are currently under examination. He has authored and co-authored100+ research articles on antennas and microwave components in leading International Journals including IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, etc. He has also presented and published his research papers in 40+ proceedings of International and National conferences. Dr Alsath has organized 13 FDPs/STTPs funded by Anna University, IEEE, AICTE and SSN Trust; and has also organized one National Conference. As on 2022, Dr. Alsath has delivered 37 invited talks in various Engineering Colleges in India.
Keynote Title: Reflectarray Antennas: Opportunities, Design and Development
Brief Abstract: This talk will introduce the fundamentals of high-gain antennas and their classifications. The importance of spatially fed array antennas over conventional phased array antennas will be discussed. The spatially fed array antenna variants will be introduced followed by a deep discussion on the perspectives of reflectarray antenna design. Strategies to improve the bandwidth and gain performance of reflectarray antennas will be detailed during the talk. In summary, the talk will help the audience understand the key design principles involved in the design of microstrip reflectarray antennas.
Keynote Speaker 4
Dr. Ravi Kumar Gangwar, received a Ph.D. degree in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, India in 2011.He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronics Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad, India. He has authored or co-authored over 122 research papers in reputed international journals and 95 papers in conference proceedings. His research interest includes Dielectric Resonator Antenna, MIMO Antennas, Microstrip Antenna, and Bio-Electromagnetics. He has guided 10 Ph.D. students and 18 M.Tech. students. Currently 09 Ph.D. and 01 M.Tech. students are working under his supervision. He has completed/ongoing 10 R&D projects (≈4 crores rupees) related to Dielectric Resonator Antenna and their applications from various funding agencies like DRDO, SERB-DST, ISRO, etc. He is a recipient of the INSA Visiting Scientist Fellowship and IETE Smt. Ranjana Pal Memorial Award for the year 2020. He is a Senior Member of the Antenna and Propagation Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA, Member Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) the UK, Life Member of Institution of Engineers (IE) India, and Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Access and IET Circuit Device and System and the International Journal of Antenna and Propagation journals. He is also an external expert in the peer review committee of projects related to chaff application of Defence Laboratory Jodhpur, DRDO. He is a reviewer of IEEE TAP, IEEE AWPL, IEEE APM, IEEE TVT, IEEE Communication, IEEE Communication Letter, IET MAP, IET Electronics Letters, MOTL, RFCAD, Scientific Report, etc.
Keynote Title: Dielectric Resonator Antenna: A potential radiator for MIMO Antenna Systems
Keynote Speaker 5
Dr. Sandeep Kumaris an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics and communication engineering at NIT Surathkal, Karnataka. Prior to join this institute, he was Research professor and Post-doctoral researcher in Nano circuit design Lab, Inje University, South Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Dhanbad, Jharkhand in 2016. He has a keen research interest in Analog RF and Mixed Integrated Circuit. His research interests include RF CMOS Integrated and Circuits, Analog Mixed signal circuit, Optical transceiver, RF Amplifiers, Biomedical Antennas, mmwave ICs and AI based semiconductor chip. He has published more than 50 publications in referred SCI journals and more than 22 international conferences and several book chapters in IEEE, IET publishers etc., He is the technical reviewer for various International SCI indexed journals of repute like IEEE Transactions, IEEE Letters, IET Electronics Letters, IET Communications, Springer Wireless Personal Communications, etc., He has been invited speaker for many conferences, workshops and faculty development programs in India as well as Abroad. He was awarded a Government of India’s DST fellowship for his PhD during 2013-2016. He also awarded Inje University Research Grant through Government of Korea for his Post-doctoral researcher in 2016. Dr. Kumar had successfully executed 02 research projects sponsored by agencies of Government of Korea. Currently, he has 06 ongoing research projects (4 National and 2 International) sponsored by DST, SERB, ISRO, PES Government of India. Two International projects are Indo-Korea as main PI and Indo-Serbia has Co-PI collaboration with IIIT Kancheepuram Chennai. He is program coordinator of international student exchange program between Dept. of nanoscience and engineering, Inje University, South Korea and Department of electronics and communication engineering, NITK Surathkal. He has two MoUs with Professor Hanjung Song, Inje University South Korea and Professor Zhi-gong Wang, Professor Lu Xiaoying, Southeast University China for academic and research collaboration.
Moreover, he has an RFIC lab in NITK Surathkal with research collaboration of Modelithics Company, USA, and NCDL Lab Inje University South Korea. He has own start-up named “AIQuantum Smart Solutions Private Limited”. The company offers research and consultancy services based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) Algorithms/Architectures in the domains of Healthcare, Earth Observation (EO) data, Climate change, Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and B5G Networks, AR/VR, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Manufacturing, Nano Technology, Radio Frequency (RF), Chip Design and Fabrication, and other emerging applications.
Keynote Title: Wireless RF transceivers: System perspectives and design aspects
Brief Abstract: In upcoming modern wireless applications such as 5G, IoT, etc. the radio and microwave integrated circuits are shaping out as a flexible infrastructure capable of handling the ever-increasing demand for better excellent electromagnetic compatibility in the desired frequency operation. A fully integrated SoC solution addresses these challenges through tight monolithic integration of RF, analog and digital circuitry. This drives the implementation towards the ever more advanced CMOS technology nodes in order to benefit from Moore’s law of scaling of area, power consumption, and speed of digital logic. In addition, several new device technologies such as GaN HEMT, GaAs FET, Sub-nanoscale CMOS, GFET, CNTFET, etc. are slowly replacing the old CMOS infrastructure and providing a high performance based on application requirements. In this brief, my talk on (arguably) the most challenging building block, i.e., an LNA, simultaneously focuses on high-performance, low-area, and low-power aspects, thus maximizing the relevant figure-of-merit (FoM), while solving numerous problems associated with this new technology adoption.
Dr. Kumar Rajamani is Senior Manager Algorithms at KLA Tencor. Prior to this, he was Senior Scientist at Philips Research. He completed his Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Medical Informatics, University of Luebeck, Germany. His research during the Postdoctoral stint was on Medical Deep learning, specifically advanced architectures for medical image segmentation (COVID-19 lesion segmentation) using attention mechanisms. Kumar was earlier with Robert Bosch, GE Global Research (GRC), Philips Research and Amrita University. His research focus includes Semiconductor Wafer Inspection, Metrology, Image Analysis, Medical Imaging. He has nine patents to his credit. Kumar completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Dr. BIDHAN PRAMANICK, PhD
India – 403401
Bidhan Pramanick received B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in electronics and
communication engineering in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and obtained PhD degree
from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India, in 2012. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 5 book chapters and 3 books. He had successfully developed MEMS-based microvalve and micropump for ISRO. He has worked more than 2years as Assistant Professor in Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India after the completion of his Ph.D. He has joined Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico as Profesor Postdoc in January, 2015 in collaboration with University of California, Irvine, CA, USA and worked for 2 years. Currently, he is working at IIT Goa as an Assistant Professor and his current research interests include MEMS based drug delivery and Carbon MEMS/NEMS, Carbon Nanowire based sensors, CD based disease diagnostic, and electrochemical biosensors.
Keynote Title: Microfluidic Biomedical Devices
In the past two decades, microfluidic discs have emerged as a reliable platform for detecting diseases that require extensive care. It can be beneficial to areas where the resource is limited; for example, in the subcontinent of India and Africa, everyday commodities, such as electricity and clean water, are limited. Day-to-day living in these developing and under-developed countries is difficult even more when it comes to healthcare facilities. In many cases (especially in low and mid-income developing and underdeveloped countries), for medical assistance, patients need to move large distances, and there may be a lack of trained staff and availability of facilities which makes it challenging to deliver a high standard of diagnosis. In conventional cases, patient samples will be sent to the central laboratory. The result of which requires a significant amount of time. For the patient, it becomes very difficult to revisit the clinic to get the results as this process is very time-consuming, tiring (due to the requirement of travel for considerable distances), and cost-intensive (due to the use of conventional systems and technology) process. So, there is a requirement for such techniques to resolve all such problems in these areas. A large section of the rural population does not have proper access to their everyday commodities and basic healthcare. Primary health care in all resource-limited areas, for example, in some parts of the Indian subcontinent, can only be met through developing a low-cost
and effective technology that is an extreme point-of-care disease diagnostic platform. Lab-on-a-CD or microfluidic disc is used as an extreme point-of-care disease diagnostic platform to miniaturize complex processes. Compared to conventional analysis tools (for example, central lab etc.), this platform can achieve highly sensitive and reliable results. This can work in Harsh environmental conditions with improved processing time, require lesser sample volume, decrease cost per test, and
better portability. There are numerous restrictions to presenting direct approaches to measuring haemoglobin levels at extreme points of care systems, including the need for precise reagents for the experiment. In that context, resource limitations pose the most significant challenge in reagent storage and supply chain control. To overcome these limitations, we describe here direct approaches to measuring haemoglobin levels, and this new direct approach does not require any reagents. Additionally, portable rotating platforms can execute balancing aspects of density-driven
segregation. For an example, to diagnose anemia disease, the first step is to separate the plasma from the whole blood. The lab-on-CD will separate the plasma from the blood sample into different reservoirs to perform equal plasma flow division by utilising centrifugal and Coriolis forces. The key innovation is the use of rotational forces to separate RBC from whole blood and the release of hemoglobin without using reagents. After that, an impedance measurement technique is used to
contribute a spot detector for hemoglobin, which leads to the design of an extreme point-of-care system. Collected data may be transferred through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to the authorized person.
Himanshu Shekhar is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India, and co-leads the Medical Ultrasound Engineering (MUSE) Laboratory. He obtained his PhD from University of Rochester and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Cincinnati. His research is focused on ultrasound-mediated therapy, contrast-enhanced imaging, and sensing. His research has been recognized with the F. V. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Har Govind Khorana Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award, and the Star Ambassador Lectureship Award from the IEEE UFFC Society. Dr. Shekhar currently serves on the Technical Committee on Biomedical Acoustics of the Acoustical Society of America, IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium Technical Committee (Group 2), and Chairs the Professional Networking and Mentoring Committee of the IEEE UFFC Society.
Keynote Title:Image guidance and sensing approaches for therapeutic ultrasound applications
Ultrasound is both a diagnostic as well as a therapeutic modality. Histotripsy is an emerging non-invasive ablation approach that exploits the mechanical bioeffects of high-pressure ultrasound pulses. Promoting the safety and efficacy of this therapy is essential for its clinical translation and adoption. In this talk, I will discuss our efforts to develop image guidance techniques for guiding therapy. Specifically, I will describe a nonlinear imaging approach based on chirp-coded excitation and Volterra filtering for visualizing the ablation region. Next, I will discuss a passive imaging approach using nonlinear beamformers for localizing the ablation region and an optical sensing method to guide therapy. I will conclude with a discussion of the advantages and challenges associated with the approaches presented.