ACM India Industry Webinar on 27 February with Kumar Sivarajan: "Advances in Communications Technology to Support the Convergence of Communications, Computing and Content"

February 18, 2021

In this session of the ACM India Industry Webinar series, we continue with our focus on application of communications and computing in solving real-life challenges. Our speaker is an eminent industry leader who has made outstanding contributions in the optical networking industry.

Register now for "Advances in Communications Technology to Support the Convergence of Communications, Computing and Content", to be presented on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 11 am IST by Kumar Sivarajan, CTO of Tejas Networks, India. The host for this session will be Rajeev Shorey, UQIDAR, IIT Delhi.

All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Abstract: The next generations of communications technology, including future releases of 5G, are being designed to serve the next generation of users, which are machines and not humans with smartphones. Computing has been rapidly virtualized into the cloud and the clouds are moving closer to the user—both human and machine. Content is overwhelmingly video, increasingly real-time, and will be driven by the demands of the artificially intelligent machine users. Finally, all of these technologies need to work in a tightly coupled fashion. Therefore, the networks that interconnect the users, content and computers need to be designed in an integrated fashion. In this talk, we will describe the key issues in the design of these networks and how advances in communications technology are being made to support this convergence of communications, computing and content.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Kumar Sivarajan is the Chief Technology Officer at Tejas Networks. He has nearly three decades of experience in the field of telecommunications. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. In 2000, he received the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, which is awarded to outstanding young scientists to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology. Kumar has co-authored the bestselling book, Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, which is currently in its third edition. He is also a recipient of the prestigious IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award in 1997, which is presented for the most outstanding paper reporting original work in the transactions, journals, and magazines of the societies or in the proceedings of the IEEE.

Kumar was the first chairperson of the governing council of Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) which is an organizational partner of 3GPP, the global standards body responsible for formulating 5G standards. Prior to joining Tejas, he was an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York.

Kumar holds a BTech in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras and an MS and PhD from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US (Caltech). At Caltech he was selected for the IEEE Charles LeGeyt Fortescue Scholarship, an annual award given to only one first-year graduate student of Electrical Engineering studying in the US. Kumar received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras in 2013.

Dr. Rajeev Shorey, UQIDAR, IIT Delhi