ACM India Industry Webinar on 17 April with Pamela Kumar: "Standards Driven Research--The Most Efficient Way to Achieve Atma Nirbhar Bharat"

April 12, 2021

In this session of the ACM India Industry Webinar series, we focus on the catalytic role that "standards driven research" can play in seizing the opportunity to transform India. Our speaker is an eminent technology leader in India who has made outstanding contributions in standards and standardization-related activities in India.

Register now for "Standards Driven Research–The Most Efficient Way to Achieve Atma Nirbhar Bharat", to be presented on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 11 am IST by Pamela Kumar, Director General, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, 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.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: We are standing at the cusp of a unique opportunity to catapult India into a new era of socio-economic development powered by technology. 5G and beyond represents the disruptive convergence of technologies with the potential to transform all aspects of our lives. Atma Nirbhar Bharat is about unleashing the potential of India to transform itself from being a "late consumer of products and technology" to becoming "a significant global producer of technology and products." This talk tries to make a case for the catalytic role that "standards driven research" can play in seizing this opportunity to transform India.

The talk will start with building the link between the 5G paradigm shift and the vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. Then we will dwell on India's unique challenges and opportunities in embracing new and emerging technologies. The case study of how China embraced the "standards driven research" model to emerge as a giant in technology will be presented. An overview of the global world of standards will be provided. Finally, India's most recent initiatives and an Indian framework to emerge as a leader in the world of telecom standards development will be used to urge the audience to take the first step to join hands in this journey of transformation.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Pamela Kumar is Director General, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), and is also the Founding Chair and Current President of CCICI and the Bharti Chair Visiting Professor at UIET Panjab University.

An alumna of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University, USA and IIM Bangalore, Kumar brings with her an experience of 35+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry, where she led many nascent projects into breakthrough businesses. Notable among these is the design of the single chip solution for the 2.5G feature phone at Texas Instruments India, which enabled the development of the 1000-Rupee phone leading to the second telecom revolution in India.

Kumar has held various honorary positions: Vice Chair of 3GPP PCG; member, IEEE-SA Nominations and Appointments Committee; Member-at-Large, IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors; Chair, IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee; General Chair, IEEE ANTS and COMSNETS Conferences; Coordinator, Industry Relations for IEEE Region 10; Chair, IEEE Computer Society Chapter; and Vice Chair, IEEE Bangalore section, among other titles.

She holds three patents granted by USPTO and has five patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a keynote/invited speaker in more than 90 local and global forums.

Dr. Rajeev Shorey, UQIDAR, IIT Delhi