IISc Director: Anurag Kumar (ECE)

Professor Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, and his PhD from Cornell University, both in Electrical Engineering. He was then with Bell Laboratories for over six years. He returned to India in 1988, and has since been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering. Before taking over as  Director on 1st August 2014, he was Chair of the Electrical Sciences Division since 2007. From 1988 to 2003 he was the Coordinator at IISc of the Education and Research Network Project (ERNET), a national program that saw a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of India, establishing India’s first wide-area packet switching network.

His area of research is communication networking, specifically, modeling, analysis, control, and optimisation problems arising in communication networks and distributed systems. Recently his research has focused primarily on wireless networking.  He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). During the period 2005-2009, he was an area editor for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow, this being awarded by the Department of Science and Technology, for the period 2011-2021.

Divisional Chair: Y. Narahari (CSA)

Y. Narahari is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Automation. The focus of his current research is to explore problems at the interface of computer science and game theory. His recent publications include a textbook “Game Theory and Mechanism Design” brought out by the IISc Press and the World Scientific Publishing Company in 2014. He is an elected Fellow of: IEEE, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences India. He is a J.C. Bose National Fellow.

Chair, EE : G. Narayanan

Professor G. Narayanan received the B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Anna University, Chennai, the M.Tech. degree in machine drives and power electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science,  Bangalore. His research interests include ac drives, electric machines, high power converters, multilevel inverters, power semiconductor devices, and pulse-width modulation.

Prof. Narayanan received the INAE Innovative Student Project Award for his Ph.D. work, the Young Scientist Award from the Indian National Science Academy, the Microsoft Research (India) Outstanding Young Faculty Award, the IETE Bimal Bose Award, and Prof. Satish Dhawan outstanding young engineer award for his research activities in the areas of pulse width modulation, electronic power conversion and motor control.

Chair, ECE : A. Chockalingam

Professor A. Chockalingam obtained his B.E.(Honours) from P. S. G. College of Technology, Coimbatore, M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur, and Ph.D from IISc. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and an Assistant Project Scientist with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California at San Diego. He was  with Qualcomm, San Diego as a Staff Engineer/Manager in the Systems Engineering Group. He is currently a Professor in the Department of ECE, IISc, working in the area of wireless communications and networking. He is an author of the book on Large MIMO Systems published by Cambridge University Press. He is an elected  Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Indian National Science Academy, and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship and J. C. Bose National Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He has served as an Editor of several IEEE journals.

Chair, CSA: Shalabh Bhatnagar

Shalabh Bhatnagar obtained his B. Sc. (Honors) in Physics from University of Delhi and M.E and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from IISc. He was a Research Associate with the Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, during 1997 to 2000, and a Divisional Postdoctoral Fellow with Vrije Universitaet, Amsterdam, Netherlands, during 2000 to 2001. He was at IIT Delhi as a Visiting Faculty Member during July to December 2001. From December 2001, he is with the Department of Computer Science and Automation at IISc where he is currently a Professor.
Bhatnagar’s research interests span both theory and applications of stochastic approximation algorithms. On the theory side, he is interested in the analysis of such algorithms under various settings and objectives that also include algorithms for simulation-based/data-driven optimization and reinforcement learning. He is also  interested in the applications of such algorithms and techniques to robotic locomotion, control of micro-grids, vehicular traffic control as well as of various problems of model-free control and optimization in communication and wireless networks. He is the Principal author of a book on Stochastic Recursive algorithms for Optimization: Simultaneous Perturbation Methods, published by Springer in 2013, which is the only text that is exclusively dedicated to random search approaches for data-driven optimization. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was a Senior Associate of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. He has received the ACCS-CDAC Foundation Prize, the Rajib Goyal Young Scientist Award, Prof. Satish Dhawan Young Engineer Award as well as a Young Scientist Award from the Systems  Society of India
Chair, ESE : Joy Kuri

Joy Kuri has a B.E. in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. After a year in the industry, he joined the M.E.  program in the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science. He went on to receive a PhD from the same department at IISc in 1995. Subsequently, he spent two years at Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Canada and one and a half years in INRS-Telecommunications, University of Quebec, Canada as a Research Associate.

Since 1999 he has been with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (formerly, “Centre for Electronics Design and Technology”), Indian Institute of Science, where he is currently a Professor and Chair. Over the last two decades, his research and teaching interests have been in stochastic modelling, analysis, design and control of networks arising in various application contexts, including communication, information dissemination, security, transportation and power.

Since August 2014, he has been chairing the Telecom and Internet Access (TINA) Committee of the Indian Institute of Science, which is mandated to manage all aspects related to wired and WiFi-based Internet access on campus. As a core member of the Institute’s DIGital campus and IT Services (DIGITS) unit, he has been involved very closely with the ongoing digitalization initiatives. A significant event in this journey is the implementation of Cloud-based Email Services; this required more than a year of planning and effort. Microsoft Active Directory services have been implemented, and Office365 software is available to campus users. At present, a very major initiative – implementation of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is in progress.

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