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Current ACM India Council Members

Two-year term (1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018):
  • President - Madhavan Mukund (Chennai Mathematical Institute)
  • Vice President - Mukesh Mohania (IBM India Research Lab)
  • Secretary - Rashmi Mohan (Yahoo India)
  • Treasurer - Gautam Shroff (TCSR)
Members-at-Large (Four-year term, 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2020):
  • Maria Choudhary (Oracle India Pvt. Limited)
  • Venkatesh Raman (IMSc, Chennai)
  • Murali Krishna Ramanathan (IISc, Bangalore)
  • Abhiram Ranade (IIT Bombay)
  • Sudeshna Sarkar (IIT Kharagpur)
Members-at-Large (1 July 2014 - 30 June 2018):
  • Hemangee Kapoor (IIT Guwahati)
  • Sukumar Nandi (IIT Guwahati)
  • V. Krishna Nandivada (IIT Madras)

ACM India COO - Shekhar Sahasrabudhe (Persistent Systems Ltd.)

Past President - Srinivas Padmanabhuni (Independent Consultant)

ACM-W India Chair - Sheila Anand (Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai)

Council Members' Information

Past Council Members

About the ACM India Council

The ACM India Council is an effort of ACM aimed at increasing the level and visibility of ACM activities across India. The ACM community in India is growing in membership, number of chapters, sponsored conferences and symposia.

The ACM India Council comprises a cross section of the computer science and information technology community committed to increasing the visibility and relevance of ACM in India. The council is focused on a wide range of ACM activities including:

  • serving as a professional network for individuals who are involved with the science and technology of computing
  • encouraging students to take an active interest in the emerging and exciting world of computing
  • facilitating the organization of high-quality ACM conferences in India
  • providing logistical support to grow more ACM professional and student chapters
  • enhancing access to the ACM Digital Library and publications for ACM members in India
  • increasing the participation of ACM members in India across all dimensions of ACM

ACM India is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ACM India Student Chapter Awards.

We invited nominations from ACM Student Chapters from India, for the best and runner-up ACM India student chapter award to be given at the ACM India Annual Event in January.

The participating chapters sent a report with details of their activities:

  • Community Activities
  • Community Service
  • Website
  • Recruitment Program
  • Participation in ACM India Activities
  • Membership Numbers

ACM BITS Pilani-Rajasthan Student Chapter has won the Best Chapter award.

UPES ACM-W Student Chapter has won the runner-up award.


There are an increasing number of ACM chapters across India. Each of these chapters has a series of technical events that will provide you with both interesting technical content and career networking opportunities.


The ACM community in India is actively involved with a large number of conferences. Please see the Approved ACM Events in India listing page and the Annual ACM India Events page.

Travel Grants for Conferences

ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

For Conference Organizers

ACM and SIGs (Special Interest Groups) lend the name of the organization to conferences which are fully sponsored by other nonprofit incorporated organizations. Such cooperation is to be primarily for publicity and to encourage Association members to participate by contributing papers and attending technical sessions. Cooperation specifically excludes financial participation, responsibility, or liability on the part of ACM. Please see for more information on how to apply for such cooperation.
For detailed guidelines, please use this guidelines document.

Current news and updates about the ACM Community in India are available on the LinkedIn group ACM India.

ACM India Eminent Speaker Program

The ACM India Eminent Speaker Program (ESP) provides local ACM professional and student chapters in India with direct access to top technology leaders and innovators who will give talks on issues that are important to the computing community.

Below is a list of available speakers. Please visit the Guidelines for Speakers and Guidelines for Chapters pages for information on the procedure.

    Speaker / Affiliation / Title of Talks
  1. Aditya Abhyankar, Dean, University of Pune.
    Talk 1: Research—Why, How and When?
    Talk 2: Towards Kernel Development in Machine Learning
    Talk 3: Wavelets—Trends and Tides
  2. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK"), Assistant Professor, IIIT Delhi.
    Talk 1: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)
    Talk 2: Designing Human-Centered Systems
  3. Y. Raghu Babu Reddy, Associate Professor, IIIT Hyderabad.
    Talk 1: Are You a Software Engineer? Or Is It Just Your Designation?
    Talk 2: Model Driven Development with UML 2.x: Challenges and Opportunities
    Talk 3: Success Factors for Websites: Usability and Credibility
  4. Sachin Lodha, Principal Scientist, TCS.
    Talk 1: Fun with Algorithms
    Talk 2: Privacy—Challenges and Opportunities
  5. Neeran M. Karnik, Chief Architect, Vuclip, Inc.
    Talk 1: Hints for Computer System Design
    Talk 2: CricInfo—The Technology behind the Early Days of Cricket Coverage on the Internet
  6. Abhijat Vichare, Consultant
    Talk 1: An Introduction to GCC Internals
    Talk 2: Alternate Models of Computation
    Talk 3: A Novel Way to Teach Operating Systems
    Talk 4: Mathematical Modeling in Computer Science
  7. Madhavan Mukund, Professor and Dean of Studies, Chennai Mathematical Institute
    Talk 1: Automata and Program Verification
    Talk 2: Concurrent Programming: Old Problems, New Challenges
  8. Santonu Sarkar, Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems, BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus
    Talk 1: Software Dependability for Next Gen Systems
    Talk 2: Software Engineering Challenges in Building HPC Applications
    Talk 3: Cloud Based Next Generation Service and Key Challenges
    Talk 4: Virtualized Environments—Benefits and Overheads
  9. Mukesh Mohania, ACM Distinguished Scientist, IBM Research–India
    Talk 1: Big Data Analytics for Personalized Education
    Talk 2: Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics: What Is New from DB Perspective?
    Talk 3: Analyzing Data and Content Together
  10. Arun Bahulkar, Chief Scientist, TCS Innovations Lab TRDDC, TCS Pune
    Talk 1: Perspectives on Modeling Software and Systems
  11. Vivek Kulkarni, Chief Architect, Persistent Systems Ltd.
    Talk 1: Theory of Computation
    Talk 2: Compiler Construction
  12. Navin Kabra, CTO,
    Talk 1: Which Programming Language Should You Learn and Why
    Talk 2: MS, MBA, or Job: Planning Your Career
    Talk 3: The Difference between Student Programmers and Professional Programmers
  13. Ankur Narang, Senior Research Scientist, IBM Research Labs, New Delhi
    Talk 1: Distributed Scheduling for Massively Parallel Systems
    Talk 2: Research Directions in Large Scale Inverse Problems
  14. Prasad M. Deshpande, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Unlocking the Power of Unstructured Data for Master Data Management
    Talk 2: Preventing Information Leakage from Unstructured Documents
  15. Sameep Mehta, Senior Researcher and Manager, Information and Analytics Department, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Introduction to Knowledge Graph Stores with Applications
    Talk 2: Data Fusion Enabled Contextual and Personalized Insight Mining
  16. Rajeev Gupta, Researcher, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Big Data, Metadata, and Beyond
    Talk 2: Continuous Query Processing: Concepts, Algorithms, and New Problems
  17. Ashish Sureka, Faculty Member, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D)
    Talk 1: Process Mining Software Repositories
    Talk 2: Mining Hate and Extremism Promoting Users, Videos and Communities on YouTube
  18. Ramasuri Narayanam, Research Scientist, IBM Research - India
    Talk 1: Social Network Analysis: From Classics to Recent Advances
    Talk 2: Games on Networks: Modeling, Algorithms, Computational Analysis, Applications
    Talk 3: Computational Analysis of Connectivity Games with Applications to Social Network Analysis
  19. Suparna Bhattacharya, Distinguished Technologist, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
    Talk 1: Bridging Lilliput and Brobdingnag—How the Linux kernel has sustained diversity without giving up on efficiency
    Talk 2: Software Bloat, Lost Throughput and Wasted Joules
    Talk 3: Shaping software for the persistent memory era and other research problems at the NVM frontline
    Talk 4: Big data analytics: When will system software catch up?
  20. Sunil K. Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Chandigarh College of Engineering & Technology (Degree Wing)
    Talk 1: Trends and Scope of High Performance Computing in Recent Technology Expansion
    Talk 2: Role of Reconfigurable Computing in Embedded System
    Talk 3: Opening Prospect of Using LINUX in Technology Enlargement
  21. Ranjan Dasgupta, Senior Scientist, TCS
    Talk 1: Robotics Sensing and Sensor Fusion of Vision, Audition, Quantitative Thermography and Olfaction
    Talk 2: UAV Swarming, Distributed Sensing, Inspection and Surveillance
    Talk 3: Emergency Response System and Robotics Reconnaissance
  22. Arati M. Dixit, Associate Professor, Savitribai Phule, Pune
    Talk 1: Dawn of Women in Computing
    Talk 2: Graph Theoretical Modeling for Engineering Problems and Systems
    Talk 3: Cloud Computing: From Security, Privacy to Forensics Challenges
  23. Ajay Deshpande, CTO, Rakya Technologies
    Talk 1: SMAC Technologies and the Future
    Talk 2: The Evolution of Modern Web Applications
  24. Rashmi Mohan, Independent Consultant/Technologist. Member, ACM India Council; Program Chair, Grace Hopper Celebration India
    Talk 1: Do You See What I See? Industry uses and applications of computer vision
  25. Dinesh Garg, Senior Researcher, IBM India Research Lab, Bangalore
    Talk 1: Quadratic Optimization in High Dimensions: A Tale of Two Methods
    Talk 2: Mobile Payments—A Growing Threat and How Machine Learning Can Help
    Talk 3: Auction Design for Online Advertising
  26. Animesh Nandi, Senior Researcher, IBM Research India, Bangalore
    Talk 1: Enabling Efficient Time-Travel Primitives in Big Data Platforms
    Talk 2: Detecting Anomalous System Behaviour Using Historical Log Data
    Talk 3: Towards Automating Root-Cause Diagnosis in a Datacenter via Analysis of Historical Fine-grained Machine-state Data
  27. Praveen Jayachandran, Researcher, IBM Research India, Bangalore
    Talk 1: Research Challenges and Trends in Cloud Computing
    Talk 2: Linux Containers: The Next Generation Cloud Technology
    Talk 3: Monitoring and Problem Determination in Cloud Environments
  28. R. Venkateswaran, Senior Vice President, Persistent Systems Ltd., Pune
    Talk 1: Evolution of Internet: The Past, Present and Future
  29. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Program Director, Special Initiatives, IBM Research India, Bangalore
    Talk 1: Energy-Transportation Nexus: Future of Renewables, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles for Emerging Markets Like India
    Talk 2: IT/Wireless Convergence: Future of Mobile and Telecom in India
ACM India Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and IT ACM India Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and IT ACM Survey on PhD Production in India for Computer Science and Information Technology ACM Survey on PhD Production in Computer Science in India Report on the Faculty Summit on Research and Innovation, 2013
Travel Grants for Conferences

ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

ACM India Research Board (AIRB)

What is AIRB?
ACM India Research Board (AIRB) is a community of academics, researchers, and others who care deeply about enhancing the quality and the quantity of computing research done in India, particularly in the academic institutions. The Indian computing academic community is strong and has grown significantly in the recent years. While it is gratifying to see its growth, there is a lot more we can achieve, given the keen interest in CS among the students. Concerted action by all concerned is necessary in the future for research in India to reach the quality and recognition it deserves.

The Research Board is set up as a group within ACM India, which is a volunteer organization committed to advancing computing as a science and a profession in India. It is presently a collection of volunteers who are passionate about its goals and are enthusiastic in working towards achieving them.

What are AIRB's objectives?
The first goal of AIRB is to build a sense of community among the computing researchers in the academia and the industry in India. It aims to slowly become the voice of the Indian computing research community. This should facilitate interfacing with all sections of the society relevant to computing research: Government, Industry, Academic Institutions, and Students.

The CS research community should come together and work towards a planned and accelerated course in the future. A lot can be achieved by strategizing among ourselves towards a common plan. AIRB is keen to facilitate the coming together through specific activities and actions.

What are AIRB's activities?
The following activities have already been initiated by ACM India in the domain of research promotion:

  • ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • PhD Production Survey
  • Conference Travel Grant Scheme
  • ACM-India MSR Faculty Summit 2013

How can you help?
AIRB seeks ideas and active participation of all in furthering AIRB's mission. As a first step, AIRB has started to reach out to the Head of the Department and/or other relevant individuals of the departments with productive research programmes in computing areas. Subsequently, all academic institutions with strong teaching or research in relevant areas will be approached with the request to participate seriously in AIRB's efforts.

Who are involved now?
AIRB is eagerly looking for more hands to help its activities. The following individuals are presently involved in different capacities, with strong support from ACM India as well as their respective institutions.

AIRB Chair: P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT Hyderabad

ACM-India President: Srinivas Padmanabhuni, Infosys Labs

DDA Coordinator: Supratik Chakraborty, IIT, Mumbai

PhD Survey Coordinator: Dr. Gautam Shroff, Vice President and Chief Scientist, TCS Research

Travel Award Coordinator: Madhavan Mukund, Chennai Mathematical Institute

Whom can I Contact?
Please use the email or to communicate to the ACM India Research Board.

About the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
The ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation(s) in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. There will be one award in 2014. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash component of Rs 2,00,000. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared equally among the recipients. The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page lists the current and past winners of this award. Details on the process and the jury are available from ACM India website.

About the PhD Production Survey
This study aims to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and also identify trends. This exercise is motivated by the Taulbee report in US. Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIIT-Delhi has been leading this effort on behalf of the ACM. First survey was done for AY 2011-12; in this survey only a set of about 40 institutions were included (those that a committee considered as having decent quality PhD program.) The methodology for that survey and the survey reports can be found on IIIT-D and ACM India sites.

ACM India and the Indian Association for Research in Computing Science (IARCS) jointly offer partial travel grants to faculty, students and postdocs from India to present papers co-authored by them at premier international conferences. For more information, please visit the ACM India-IARCS Travel Grants page.

About the Faculty Summit 2013
The Faculty Summit was a small step towards bringing the computing community together to start the process of brain-storming. It was attended by over 50 faculty members from 32 institutions and 18 researchers from 10 industry labs. The summit report and other details can be found on ACM India Research Page

ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award

Founding Sponsor:

Note: Nominations for 2017 were due August 31, 2016. They are now closed.

(pdf announcement)

The Award

The ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. There will be one award in 2016. The award consists of a plaque and a cash component of Rs 2,00,000. In case of a joint award, the award amount will be shared equally among the recipients. Please see the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page for additional information on current and past winners.


Each PhD granting institution based in India can normally nominate 1 student for the award. Institutions that produce more than 10 dissertations in relevant areas per year can nominate 2 students. Each dissertation nominated for the 2016 award must have been defended successfully between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.


Nominations must be received by August 31, 2016 to qualify for consideration of the 2017 award.

Publication and Copyrights

Winning dissertations will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Each nomination must be accompanied by an assignment to ACM by the author of exclusive publication rights, as per ACM's copyright policies. Copyright will automatically revert to an author if her/his dissertation is not selected.

Nomination Procedure

Candidates must be nominated by the department from which the PhD was completed.

Each nomination must include:

  1. Nomination letter by thesis advisor. This letter must include:

    • The name, address, and phone number of the advisor,

    • The name, mailing address and email address of the candidate, and

    • A one-page summary of the significance of the dissertation.

  2. An endorsement letter by the department head or a suitable substitute (in case of conflict of interest).

  3. One copy of the thesis in electronic format

  4. A record of publications in conferences and journals of the work reported in the dissertation, along with their citations, if any.

  5. A copyright transfer form filled out and signed by the candidate. Please use the Journals form downloadable from for this purpose.


Supporting letters are helpful and a nomination can be supported by a maximum of five supporting letters from individuals who are familiar with the work. Each supporting letter must include the name, contact information, and telephone number of the supporter.

Mode of submission

Nomination material must be submitted electronically (in PDF or Word format) by the thesis advisor (not by the student) to the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Coordinator at: Please write "ACM India Doctoral Dissertation submission for [replace-by-nominee-name]" in the subject line of the email. All nomination material for a nominee must be sent bundled as a zip file in one email. Supporting letters should not come directly from the supporters—all necessary material, including supporting letters, may by collected and submitted by the thesis advisor, bundled as a zip file in one email.

Selection Procedure

Dissertations will be reviewed for technical depth and significance of the research contribution, potential impact on theory and practice, and quality of presentation. A committee of eminent Computer Science researchers from across the world will perform an initial screening to generate a short list, followed by an in-depth evaluation to determine the winning dissertation.

For further queries on the ACM India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, contact

ACM India Summer Schools 2017

ACM India, partnering with the host institutions, is proud to announce the following summer schools targetted at bright and highly motivated students.

  1. Summer School on Information and Systems Security from 29th May to 16th June, 2017 at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore
  2. Summer School on Information Security and Forensics from 29th May to 17th June, 2017 at PVPIT, SP Pune University, Pune (in association with the ACM Pune professional chapter) targetting only women students
  3. Summer School on Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing from 1st June to 21st June, 2017 at IIT Kharagpur
  4. Summer School on Graph Theory and Graph Algorithms from 26th June to 15th July, 2017 at IIT Gandhinagar

The aim of the schools is to expose the students to advanced material and exciting research happening in these topics in India and elsewhere, while firming up their grounding in basic material. The schools will have lectures by eminent experts on advanced topics. There will be time for problem sessions and projects.

Preference will be given to students in the pre-final year of their undergraduate program while applications from post-graduate students and from those not in their pre-final year program will be considered if there is room. Excellent credentials in the relevant basic courses is a minimum requirement for admission to the schools. The host institution will provide local accommodation (possibly at a nominal cost) for outstation participants.

More details on the academic program and the application procedure coming soon!

Smart India Hackathon '17

ACM India is glad to partner with Smart India Hackathon '17.

ACM-W India

ACM-W India seeks to take forward the task of the ACM community, but with a particular focus on the empowerment of women in computing in India.

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. ACM-W Student Chapters are created to help recruit and retain students in computing programs. Professional Chapter-sponsored activities educate women about careers in computing and provide networking opportunities.

ACM-W India aims to provide social and professional support for women in computing, and its proposed activities include:

  • Facilitate technical growth of women by organizing invited lectures, seminars, workshops and informal meetings
  • Provide a platform for the sharing of information, resources, ideas and experiences
  • Support women in their professional career growth and help them to face the challenges in their work environment
  • Encourage them to participate in computer-related studies and research
ACM-W India's goal would be to also promote computer literacy, particularly in rural India, with the objective of empowering underprivileged women and children, to enable them to be independent and self-reliant.

ACM-W India Executive Council
Chair: Sheila Anand, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai

Maria Choudhary, Oracle India Pvt. Limited
Arati Dixit, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
Neelima Gupta, Delhi University, New Delhi
Rashmi Mohan, Bangalore

ACM-W India news and activities


Institutional Sponsors

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Advanced Member Grades

The ACM India Council is encouraging all eligible ACM members in India to consider applying for advanced member status within ACM. ACM advanced member grades require varying degrees of experience and accomplishment.

For more information on how to nominate someone for these grades, click on these links:

Fellow nominations

Distinguished member nominations

Senior member nominations

Follow the links below for a list of Indians holding advanced ACM member grades:

Indian ACM Fellows

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