Xrciopen2015 Event archive

The second XRCI Open, an open innovation exchange held on Jan 22-23, 2015 at Bangalore strengthens Xerox ties to Innovation ecosystem. Each year the Xerox Research Centre India (XRCI) brings together some of the keenest minds in India in an effort to establish stronger partnerships with the university ecosystem and increase the connection between research, innovation and global challenges.

This year’s program had an exciting and compelling technical agenda with keynote talks, a competitive and peer-reviewed poster presentation and panel discussion involving renowned people from the academia, industry and students from top-tier Indian institutes. This year, we also introduced a day long Ph.D. Symposium as a platform for doctoral students to showcase their work, build professional network as well as gather ideas from Industrial research.
Here are some of the highlights from the event:

Anurag Kumar Speech

Prof. Anurag Kumar
Director, Indian Institute of Science

Design and Deployment of IEEE 802.15.4 ("Zigbee") Networks for Internet of Things Applications

In the context of Cyber Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, there is a growing need for the design and deployment of multihop wireless relay networks for connecting embedded sensors to the Internet. We have considered the following problem. Given the locations of the sensors, the traffic that each sensor generates, the quality of service (QoS) requirements, and potential relay locations, place a small number of relays at some of the potential locations so as to realise a multihop wireless relay network that achieves the desired QoS for sensor generated traffic. In some situations, it is of interest to deploy wireless relays as an agent walks through the region of deployment, placing relays judiciously as-he-goes. In this talk, we will provide an overview of our research on algorithms for addressing such problems. Field experiences with our lab developed system, called SmartConnect, will also be provided.

Speakers Bio
Anurag Kumar obtained his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur in 1977, and was awarded the President of India's Gold Medal. He then obtained the PhD degree from Cornell University (1981), where he worked under the guidance of Prof. T.L. Fine. He was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, Holmdel, N.J., for over 6 years. During this period he worked on the performance analysis of computer systems, communication networks, and manufacturing systems. Since 1988 he has been with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in the Dept. of Electrical Communication Engineering (ECE), where he is now a Professor, and is also currently the Director of IISc. From 2000 to 2004 he was the Associate Chair of the ECE Department, from 2004 to 2007 he was the Chair of the ECE Department, and from 2007 to 2014 he was the Chair of Electrical Sciences Division. From 1989 to 2003 he was also the Coordinator at IISc of the nationwide Education and Research Network (ERNET) Project, which established the first country-wide packet communication network in India.

He has served as an Area Editor for IEEE Transactions on Networking, and for IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials.
He has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science (IASc), a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He received the IISc Alumni Award for Excellence in Engineering Research for 2008. He has been awarded the DST J.C. Bose National Fellowship for the period 2011-2016

Krithi Ramamrittham Speech

Dr. Krithi Ramamrittham
Professor, IIT Bombay

What makes things Smart(er)?

What makes something smart? Given the plethora of "things" -- from doorknobs to cities -- to which this epithet is attached, one wonders what the noise is all about. We examine several smart things and try to identify some common attributes that make them smarter than their "dumb" counterparts.

Speakers Bio
Prof. Krithi Ramamritham holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He did his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) and M.Tech (Computer Science) degrees from IIT Madras. After a long stint at the University of Massachusetts, he moved to IIT Bombay as the Vijay and Sita Vashee Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. During 2006-2009, he served as Dean (R&D) at IIT Bombay.
Prof. Ramamritham's research explores timeliness and consistency issues in computer systems, in particular, databases, real-time systems, and distributed applications. His recent work addresses these issues in the context of sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile environments and smart grids. During the last few years he has been interested in the use of Information and Communication Technologies for creating tools aimed at socio-economic development.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Twice he has received the IBM Faculty Award. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras and the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from the University of Sydney. He has been associated with the editorial board of various journals. These include IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and Springer's Real-Time Systems Journal (Editor-in-Chief), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet Computing and the VLDB (Very Large Databases) Journal. Moreover, he has served on the Board of Directors of Persistent Systems, Pune, on the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment, and on the Technical Advisory Board of TTTech, Vienna, Austria, Microsoft Research India, and Tata Consultancy Services. Of the two startups that he has co-founded, Agrocom offers award-winning information and communication technology-based real-time decision-support tools to farmers and organizations enabling progressive farming while Nex Robotics delivers high quality products in robotics and embedded systems.

Ashish Deshpande Speech

Ashish Deshpande
Co-founder, Director, Elephant

Innovation by Design

Key to innovation lies in a human centered approach to problems. Ashish talk will attempt to unravel the attitude that creators in technology & design need to wear, that forms the very basis of the process, Design Thinking.

Speaker’s Bio
Ashish is an Industrial Designer, graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, India.

He started his design entrepreneurship, 25 years ago, by co-founding one of India pioneering design practices from India. Elephant is ranked as the top design consultancy in India by Brand equity ET consistently.

Ashish leads the Product & Retail Innovation group but believes that design must not be narrowed into disciplines and understanding users is a key component of any innovation activity. Over the years he has lead several design projects ranging from consumer appliances related to air, water & energy, design of Common Wealth Youth Games baton, Medical diagnostic Equipment, exhibitions and retail environments. He, his team at Elephant Design have been a recipient of several awards and believe that design & designer both need to be responsible and that the true success of a project lies in its business success.
Ashish has been a speaker at various conventions, seminars & regularly conducts workshops on Growth by Design & Product Innovation Process. He is active member of the NEC, Association of Designers of India, the Design Alliance Asia and has been on the jury panel of the India Design Mark since 2012.

Ashish is a member of India Design Council.