Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya is the Director of IIT Patna (since 2015) and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Department IIT Bombay where he also held the Vijay and Sita Vashi Chair Professorship. He has been visiting scholar and faculty in MIT, Stanford, UT Houston and University Joseph Fouriere (France). Prof. Bhattacharyya’s research areas are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and AI (NLP-ML-AI). His lab called "Center for Indian Language Technology" (CFILT) at IIT Bombay is known internationally for its contribution to NLP and ML. In IIT Patna too, the lab called "Center of Excellence in Natural Language Processing" is gaining visibility in the country and abroad.

Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya has published more than 300 research papers. Multilingual Lexical Knowledge Bases and Projection and Computational Sarcasm are his research trail-blazers. Author of the text book ‘Machine Translation’ Prof. Bhattacharyya has shed light on all paradigms of machine translation with abundant number of examples from Indian Languages. Two recent monographs by him called 'Investigations in Computational Sarcasm' (with Dr. Aditya Joshi) and 'Cognitively Inspired Natural Language Processing- An Investigation Based on Eye Tracking' (with Dr. Abhijit Mishra) describe cutting edge research in NLP and ML.

Prof. Bhattacharyya has guided more than 250 students (PhD, masters and Bachelors); he is loved by his students for his friend-philosopher-guide approach to mentorship. Students mentored by Prof. Bhattacharyya are faculty members in IITs, NITs, IIITs and Universities, and also are industry leaders and members of top research labs.

Ministries, Government organizations and leading industries have benefitted from Prof. Bhattacharyya's expertise. The list includes MEITY, MHRD, MoC, MEA, NITI Aayog, CDAC, Accenture, Elsevier, Microsoft, IBM, Honeywell, Samsung, HCL, LG, Emirates Airlines, and startups like Bluepool, Scribetech, FreshGravity etc. He has led government and industry projects of international and national importance.

Over the years, Prof. Bhattacharyya has been rendering professional service in various capacities. He has been President (2016-17) of Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) the highest International body defining standards of and propagating Computational Linguistics. He is currently serving as Chairman of Committee for Standardization in Artificial Intelligence, set up by Bureau of Indian Standards under Ministry of Consumer Affairs in 2018, whose members include IITs and IISc, CSI, MEITY, NITI Ayog, CAIR DRDO and leading industries like TCS, Google India, IBM Software, Samsung, Intel Research, and Microsoft Research. He has been a founding member (2017) of Asian Association for Computational linguistics (AACL) and South Asian Association for Language Processing (SAALP) (2005). He organized one of the major international conferences on computational linguistics- COLING 2012 in Mumbai.

Prof. Bhattacharyya is Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) (elected 2015). For sustained contribution to technology he received the Manthan Award of Ministry of IT (2009), P.K. Patwardhan Award of IIT Bombay (2008) and VNMM Award of IIT Roorkey (2014). He is also Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (2018) of IIT Kharagpur. Recently, he has been selected as prestigious Abdul Kalam National Fellow for his outstanding contributions in the field of Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence as well as contribution in the growth of engineering profession in the country.


Loannis Krikidis


Ioannis Krikidis is currently an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Cyprus (ECE), Nicosia, Cyprus. He is the director of the IRIDA Research Centre for Communication Technologies and the Mobile Communications and Networking (MCN) laboratory. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He was awarded a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2018.

From 2001 to 2002, Dr. Krikidis served as a Research Associate at the National Capodistrean University of Athens, Athens, Greece and from 2006 to 2007 he worked, as a Post-Doctoral researcher, with ENST, Paris, France. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. From 2010 to 2012, he was a visiting Assistant Professor with ECE, University of Cyprus.

During summer of 2008 and spring of 2009, he was visiting researcher at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA and the University of Maryland, USA, respectively. From July-December 2012, he was a Research Associate with Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg. In July 2013, he was a NICT visiting research fellow at the Niigata University, Japan. In June 2015, he was a visiting Professor at Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA), Lyon, France.

Dr. Krikidis is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and the Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. He is also a Guest Editor for EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing- Special Issue on Exploiting interference towards Energy Efficient and Secure Wireless Communications. Dr. I. Krikidis is an Exemplary Reviewer of IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Wireless Communications Letters for 2012. Dr. Ioannis Krikidis received the Research Award Young Researcher 2013 from Research Promotion Foundation. He was awarded the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional Academia Award 2016 [In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the academia in terms of innovative communications research and IEEE ComSoc services, especially in the area of wireless communications]. He has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher 2017 & 2018. He also received the 2018 Best Paper Award from IEEE ComSoc Green Communications & Computing Technical Committee.


sumei sun

Sumei SUN is currently Principal Scientist, Head of the Communications and Networks Cluster at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Lead Principal Investigator of the Industrial Internet of Things Research Program at Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), and an adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore. Her current research interests are in cognitive communications and networks, next-generation wireless communications, and industrial internet of things.

Dr. Sun has authored and co-authored more than two hundred technical papers in prestigious IEEE journals and conferences. She’s inventor and co-inventor of thirty granted patents and over thirty patent applications, many of which have been licensed to industry. For her achievement in technology invention and industry contribution, she and her team was honored with the Scientist-Entrepreneur Award from the A*STAR in 2008.

Dr. Sun is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society 2018-2021, Vice Director of IEEE Communications Society Asia Pacific Board, and Chapter Coordinator of Asia Pacific Region in the IEEE Vehicular Technologies Society. She is also serving as a member of the IEEE Communications Society Globecom/ICC Management and Strategy (GIMS) Standing Committee, Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of IEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology, and member of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications Steering Committee. She received the “Top Associate Editor” award in 2011, 2012, and 2015, all from IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.




Tolga M. Duman is a Professor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Bilkent University and an adjunct professor of the School of ECEE at Arizona State University. He received the B.S. degree from Bilkent University in Turkey in 1993, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Bilkent University in September 2012, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of Arizona State University first as an Assistant Professor (1998-2004), then as an Associate Professor (2004-2008), and starting August 2008 as a Professor. Dr. Duman's current research interests are in systems, with particular focus on communication and signal processing, including wireless and mobile communications, coding/modulation, coding for wireless communications, data storage systems and underwater acoustic communications.

Dr. Duman is a Fellow of IEEE, a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and IEEE Third Millennium medal. His publications include a book on MIMO Communications (by Wiley in 2007), more than eighty journal papers and around one hundred and thirty conference papers. He served as an editor for IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications (2003-08), IEEE Trans. on Communications (2007-2012), IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2002-07), and Elsevier's Physical Communication Journal (2010-2016). He is currently the coding and communication theory area editor for IEEE Trans. on Communications (2011-present), an editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2016-present), and the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Physical Communications Journal (2016-present).


Marco Di Renzo


Marco Di Renzo was born in L’Aquila, Italy, in 1978. He received the Laurea (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of L’Aquila, Italy, in 2003 and 2007, respectively, and the Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches (Doctor of Science) degree from University Paris-Sud, France, in 2013. Since 2010, he has been with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), where he is a CNRS Research Director (CNRS Professor) in the Laboratory of Signals and Systems (L2S) of Paris-Saclay University - CNRS, CentraleSupelec, Univ Paris Sud, Paris, France.

Dr. Renzo serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and IEEE Communications Society.

Dr. Renzo is a recipient of several awards, including the 2013 IEEE-COMSOC Best Young Researcher Award for Europe, Middle East and Africa, the 2013 NoE-NEWCOM# Best Paper Award, the 2014-2015 Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the 2015 IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Best System Paper Award, the 20152018 CNRS Award for Excellence in Research and Ph.D. Supervision, the 2016 MSCA Global Fellowship (declined), the 2017 SEE-IEEE Alain Glavieux Award, the 2018 IEEECOMSOC Young Professional in Academia Award, and 8 Best Paper Awards at IEEE conferences (2012 and 2014 IEEE CAMAD, 2013 IEEE VTC-Fall, 2014 IEEE ATC, 2015 IEEE ComManTel, 2017 IEEE SigTelCom, EAI 2018 INISCOM, IEEE ICC 2019). He is a highly cited researcher according to Clarivate Analytics and Web of Science, and a Fellow of the IEEE.


Uday B. Desais


Uday B. Desai received the B. Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1974, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, in 1976, and the Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A., in 1979, all in Electrical Engineering. From June 2009 to July 2019 he was the Director of IIT Hyderabad.

From 1979 to 1984, he was an Assistant Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA, where he was an Associate Professor from 1984 to 1987. From 1987 to 2009, he was a Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India. He was the Dean of IIT Bombay from 2000 to 2002. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. He was a Visiting Professor with EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he was the Director of the HP-IITM Research and Development Laboratory, IIT Madras, Chennai, India.

His research interest is in Cyber-physical systems, Internet of things, digital fabrication, image and video processing, artificial neural networks, computer vision, wavelet analysis, wireless communication, cognitive radio, wireless sensor networks, and statistical signal processing. He has been a coauthor of 9 research monographs and author of nearly 300 peered reviewed papers in international journals and conferences.

Dr. Desai is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of J C Bose Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from IIT-Bombay. In 2015 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Buffalo and in 2016 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Kanpur.

He is one of the founding members of COMSNETS and also the Society for Cancer Research and Communication. He was the Chair of the IEEE Bombay Section 2006–2008. He was also on the Visitation Panel for the University of Ghana. He is on the Board of Tata Communications Ltd.