Keynote Talk

Professor N. Balakrishnan

About the Speaker

Prof. N. Balakrishnan is a scientist of high international repute and is well decorated with prestigious awards. He received his B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics and Communication from the University of Madras in 1972 and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in 1979. He then joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor. He is currently the Associate Director of the Indian Institute of Science and a Professor at the Department of Aerospace Engineering and at the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre. He played a crucial role in building India's first Supercomputer Centre and the National Centre for Science Information at the Indian Institute of Science.

His areas of research, where he has over 200 publications in the international journals and international conferences, include Numerical Electromagnetics, High Performance Computing and Networks, Polarimetric Radars and Aerospace Electronic Systems, Information Security, Digital Library and Speech processing. He has received many awards including the Padmashree, Homi J. Bhabha Award, JC Bose National Fellowship, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science & Engineering at the Institute, Millennium Medal of the Indian National Science Congress in 2000, Ph D (Honoris Causa) from Punjab Technical University in 2003 and the CDAC-ACS Foundation Lecture Award. He was the NRC Senior Resident Research Associate at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A. from 1987-1989. He was a visiting research scientist at the University of Oklahoma in 1990, Colorado State University in 1991 and a Visiting Professor, Carnegie Mellon University since 2000. He is an Honorary Professor in Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR).

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Indian National Science Academy (currently the Vice President), Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers. He is currently a Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Part-Time Member of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and Member, Board of Governors of IIT Chennai. He is one of the Directors of Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Data Security Council of India and CDOT-Alcatel Research Centre at Chennai, a member of the Council of CDAC, and a member of the council of many universities and CSIR Laboratories. He is the editor of International Journal on Disturbed Sensor Networks. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C), Member Board of Governors, IIT Delhi, the Chairman, All India Board of Information Technology Education of AICTE and the Editor of Electromagnetics and International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering till recently.

Prof N. Balakrishnan has given critical inputs in many major National initiatives in IT Planning and in Information Security. He played a key role in the shaping of the Information Security and Cryptanalysis Research Plans and Radar Cross Section Prediction and Management, of DRDO, Technology Facility Organization of India and the CERT-IN of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. He is also the National Coordinator of the Indo-French Cyber University and Indo-US Digital Library Projects ). He along with his colleagues from India, China and the US created the world's largest Digital Library which proudly hosts more than a million books that are freely accessible by any one anywhere and anytime.