Guru Vijay Prashant Prashant
Guruduth Banavar Vijay Kumar Prashant Shenoy Natarajan Shankar


Guruduth Banavar

IBM Research , USA

Dr. Guruduth Banavar is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Global Public Sector in IBM. In this role, he is responsible for providing technical leadership across the Public Sector, with a particular focus on IBM’s Smarter Cities initiatives to capture strategic opportunities, improve upon solutions, harvest core assets, and maintain a vital link to IBM Research.

Previously, Dr. Banavar was the Director of IBM Research in India, one of eight labs of the worldleading IBM Research Division. He was responsible for establishing India as a pre-eminent research lab in the areas of services research and mobile computing. He also created the Bangalore branch of IBM Research as well as a Collaboratory with the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. In his additional role as Chief Technologist (CTO) of IBM India / South Asia, Guru led the creation of a technical leadership group, a regional technical strategy, and sales enablers aligned with the business objectives. Finally, he served as the external face and spokesperson for IBM’s technology leadership in India.

Earlier, Dr. Banavar worked for 10 years at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in New York, which he joined in 1995 after his PhD. His broad technical interests and contributions have been in Service Science, Pervasive Computing, Distributed Systems, and Programming Models. Guru has published more than 40 research papers in top international forums, invented more than 25 US patents, chaired major international technical conferences and workshops in his research areas, and served on PhD committees in major US universities.

Dr. Banavar is an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He serves on the advisory boards of international governmental, educational, and industrial organizations.

TECSWeek topic: Smart cities



Vijay Kumar

Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA

VIJAY KUMAR is the UPS Foundation Professor and the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

Dr. Kumar served as the Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004. He directed the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory, from 1998-2004. He was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from 2005-2008.

Dr. Kumar's research interests lie in the areas of robotics and manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Journal of Franklin Institute, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics and the Springer Stracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR). He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant
accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics. He has won best paper awards at DARS 2002, ICRA 2004, ICRA 2011, and RSS 2011 and has advised doctoral students who have won Best Student Paper Awards at ICRA 2008, RSS 2009, and DARS 2010. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and an elected member of the Robotics
and Automation Society Administrative Committee.

TECSWeek topic: Robotics



Prashant Shenoy

University of Massachusetts, USA

Prashant Shenoy is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received the B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the M.S and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests lie in distributed systems and networking, with a recent emphasis on cloud and green computing. He has been the recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award, the IBM Faculty Development Award, the Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship, and the UT Computer Science Best Dissertation Award, and several best paper awards at leading conferences. He serves on editorial boards of the ACM Transactions on the Web and the Multimedia Systems journal and has served as the past program chair for ACM Multimedia, ACM Sigmetrics, World Wide Web, Performance, Multimedia Computing and Networking, and Hotcloud 2009.
He is a distinguished member of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE.

TECSWeek topic: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Systems




Shankar Natarajan

SRI International

Dr. Natarajan Shankar, staff scientist in SRI's Computer Science Laboratory, performs research and is published across a wide spectrum ranging from fundamental mathematics to system software building. He is responsible for the creation of the highly influential Prototype Verification System (PVS), a benchmark system for the development of proofs and the verification of algorithms against which other systems are compared. Dr. Shankar's current research ranges from foundational aspects of logic and programming to practical applications in software development, as well as system certification. He is also very active in the software technology community and has hosted dozens of students, professors, and technology leaders from around the world. Dr. Shankar is considered one of the leading scientists in his field, and has played a central role in several international research initiatives.

Dr. Shankar was named SRI Fellow in 2009. The Fellowship Award, established in 1980, recognizes exceptional staff members for their outstanding accomplishments. It is SRI's highest recognition for technical, scientific or professional contributions. The Fellowship award is given to individuals whose work enhances SRI's image as a leading research and problem-solving organization.

Dr. Shankar graduated with a B.Tech in E.E. from IIT Madras, India in 1980 and received a Ph.D. in C.S. in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin.

TECSWeek topic: Modeling, Verification, and Assurance of Cyber-Physical Systems