Keynote Speakers

V.Ramgopal Rao, Fellow IEEE

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, India

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Title : Sensor Platforms for Providing Affordable IoT Solutions to the Developing World

Abstract : IoT based sensor networks are expected to see a massive growth the world over in the next few years. However, the poor infrastructure facilities available in many of the developing countries and the extreme low cost requirementsthese technologies are expected to meet pose a challenge for an increased penetration of these technologies in such environments. This calls for an innovation on the technology front in addition to developing a novel business model for their penetration. The requirement for IoT sensor platforms in these economies is however very critical in solving the needs of security, healthcare, agriculture, water and air quality monitoring. In this talk, we will discuss some of these challenges and opportunities for development of IoT based sensor solutions for resource constrained environments.

We will show the need for a massive deployment of such technologies, their calibration, power supply and network challenges as well as the user interface requirements keeping in mind the socio-economic conditions of the end users. In order to achieve some of these goals, wedemonstrate novel sensor integration methodologieswhere completely diverse platforms, materials and approaches are brought together in order to realize the desired system functionality at the targeted price points. The talk also discusses how nano-scale materials and phenomenacan help improve the sensitivity of sensor platforms for detection of sub ppb levels of analytes for specific sensing applications.

Biography : Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 450 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices &sensors and is an inventor on over 40 patents and patent applications, with multiple license transfers to industries. Prof. Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay which are developing products of relevance to the society. Dr. Rao is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Indian National Science Academy.

Prof. Rao’s work is recognized with many awards and honors in the country and abroad. He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences (the highest recognition for scientists in the country) in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013. Dr. Rao also received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship award from the Department of Science & Technology, IBM Faculty award, Best Research award from the Intel Asia Academic Forum, TechnoMentor award from the Indian Semiconductor Association among many others. Prof. Rao was an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices during 2003-2012 for the CMOS Devices and Technology area and currently serves on the Editorial boards of other journals. He is a Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Electron Devices Society and interacts closely with many semiconductor industries both in India and abroad.

Dr. Rao served as the Chairman, IEEE AP/ED Bombay Chapter and as a Vice-Chairman, IEEE Asia Pacific Regions/Chapters sub-committee for two terms. He was the first elected Chairman for the India section, American Nano Society during 2013-2015.



Title :Smart Electronic Systems

Abstract: We often observe the word “smart” being used with many devices, systems, and bigger physical entities. For example, smart phone, smart car, smart healthcare, smart city, are being used in various contexts. So, question arise what is “smart”? Does smart mean compact? Does smart mean efficient? Does smart mean fast? Does smart mean intelligent? What is it? Probably the adjective “smart” being used in various contexts for various reasons? The objective of this talk to discuss “smartness” with specific emphasis to consumer electronics which are essentially electronic systems. A combination of various forms of hardware, system software, and applications software, make the realization of such a smart electronic system possible. What additional components an electronic system should have to be called “smart”? What characteristics an electronic system should have to be called “smart”? These aspects of electronic system will be discussed in this talk.


Saraju P. Mohanty

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76207, USA.



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In a specific thought, smart electronic systems are envisioned to be Energy-Smart, Security-Smart, and Response-Smart. Energy-Smart ensures that energy consumption of electronics is optimal for longer battery life and smaller energy bills. Security-Smart handles the security, privacy, or protection of electronic systems as well as that of the data or media that these systems capture, process, or store. Response-Smart refers to accurate sensing, intelligent processing to retrieve knowledge or information from the data, and fast actuation or response based on the information. There is a need for new hardware, firmware, middleware, and software research that interacts with each other for efficient realization of smart electronic systems.

Biography : Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty is a Professor at the University of North Texas. Prof. Mohanty’s research is in “Smart Electronic Systems” which has been funded by National Science Foundations, Semiconductor Research Corporation, US Air Force, and Indo-US Technology Forum. He received IEEE-CS-TCVLSI Distinguished Leadership Award in 2018 for outstanding services to the IEEE, and to the VLSI research community. He has been recognized as a IEEE Distinguished Lecturer by the Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc) in 2017. He was conferred the Glorious India Award in 2017 for his exemplary contributions to the discipline. He received Society for Technical Communication (STC) 2017 Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He was the recipient of 2016 PROSE Award for best Textbook in Physical Sciences & Mathematics from the Association of American Publishers for his Mixed-Signal System Design book published by McGraw-Hill in 2015. He was conferred 2016-17 UNT Toulouse Scholars Award for sustained excellent scholarship and teaching achievements. He is the EiC of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (CEM). He serves as the Chair of Technical Committee on VLSI, IEEE Computer Society. He has received 4 best paper awards and has delivered multiple keynote talks at various International Conferences. He authored 280 research articles, 3 books, and invented 4 US patents. His Google Scholar h-index is 29 and i10-index is 89. More about his biography, research, education, and outreach activities can be obtained from his website:

Title: Verification of “Things”: From Microchip to Medicine

Abstract :In the world we live today, security and safety of “things” around us – small and large – electronics and beyond – have become serious concerns for the manufacturers and consumers alike. It has been essential to incorporate various measures in these things to ensure their integrity. On one hand, security has become a critical design challenge for modern electronic hardware. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) regime that promises exciting new applications from smart cities to connected autonomous vehicles, security has come to the forefront of the system design process. Recent discoveries and reports on numerous security attacks on microchips and circuits violate the well-regarded concept of hardware trust anchors. It has prompted system designers to develop wide array of verification solutions to achieve high security assurance for electronic hardware, which supports the software stack. On the other hand, safety is rapidly becoming a major topic in the IoT world, including industrial IoT and smart home/cities, where the smart edge devices interact closely with the physical world.

Swarup Bhunia,
Professor and Steven Yatauro Faculty Fellow, Electrical and Computer Eng.,
The University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

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Safety issues, in part, are result of security vulnerabilities – e.g., hacking into a car can compromise its safety. Security and safety issues are only going to grow and become more important in next decades due to the changing nature of the supply chain, e.g. globally distributed design/manufacturing that involve multiple untrusted parties, online distribution, and the ease of producing “things”, where anyone can manufacture anything (e.g., with a 3D printer). Increasing smartness and autonomy also lead to security and safety concerns. In this talk, I will outline the need and challenges for verification of things for security and safety and point to some promising solutions. In particular, I will cover verification of hardware intellectual properties (IPs), microchips, electronics systems, and food/medicines and pinpoint some common issues with as well as common approaches, e.g., ones that build on robust fingerprinting and watermarking.

BiographySwarup Bhunia is currently a preeminence professor of cybersecurity and Steven Yatauro endowed faculty fellow of Computer Engineering at University of Florida, FL, USA. Prior to this, he was appointed as the T. and A. Schroeder associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA. He has over twenty years of research and development experience with 250+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and premier conferences and six authored/edited books. His research interests include hardware security and trust, adaptive nanocomputing and novel test methodologies. Dr. Bhunia received IBM Faculty Award (2013), National Science Foundation career development award (2011), Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2009), and SRC technical excellence award (2005) as a team member, and several best paper awards/nominations. He is co-founding editor-in-chief of a Springer journal on hardware and systems security. He has been serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on CAD, IEEE Transactions on Multi-Scale Computing Systems, ACM Journal of Emerging Technologies, and Journal of Low Power Electronics; served as guest editor of IEEE Design & Test of Computers (2010, 2013) and IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (2014). He has served as co-program chair of IEEE IMS3TW 2011, IEEE NANOARCH 2013, IEEE VDAT 2014, and IEEE HOST 2015, and in the program committee of several IEEE/ACM conferences. Dr. Bhunia received his PhD from Purdue University on energy-efficient and robust electronics. He is a senior member of IEEE.