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Shivkumar Kalyanaraman

Qualifications: PhD, Ohio State University; Executive MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Title: Program Director, Special Initiatives

Affiliation: IBM Research India, Bangalore

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Short CV: Shivkumar Kalyanaraman is Program Director, Special Initiatives in IBM Research - India (with initial focus on Renewable Energy and Storage). He has served as the Chief Scientist of IBM Research - Australia (2013-2015), and served in earlier senior management roles for teams in systems, wireless, networking and smarter planet solutions at IBM Research - India since 2008. In 2010 he was part of a founding team of the UBD | IBM Centre, a nationally significant Smarter Planet collaboration between the country of Brunei and IBM; and directed this centre until 2013. Before joining IBM, he was a professor at the Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive MBA (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005).

His current research interests are in large-scale cyber-physical systems ("smarter planet") problems such as energy, natural resources, water, transportation, network traffic, and the application of ideas inspired from computing, wireless and networking in these domains. He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi, and is the General Co-Chair of ACM e-Energy 2015 in Bangalore. He served on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He was recognized by MIT's Technology Review in 1999 as a TR100 young innovator.

Title of Talk 1: Energy-Transportation Nexus: Future of Renewables, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles for Emerging Markets Like India
Synopsis: With the rapid growth in deployment of renewables, and the early emergence of lower cost energy storage and electric vehicles, a virtuous energy-transportation nexus is in play. The modularity of these energy building blocks is driving a decentralization of market power, significant increase in uncertainty/variability on the grid, and the early emergence of a virtualization layer that orchestrates these assets to deliver a variety of end user services.

This talk will outline Information Technology (IT)-led smarter energy solutions that can either be cloud-based or in decentralized realizations, for the customer domain and to help utilities in their transition to manage uncertainty. This talk will overview the market challenges and examples of research work especially from "Eastern" markets such as India, Australia and projects done in Brunei. A sample of topics covered include: distributed demand response inspired by power cuts in India, participative micro-grids in Brunei, experiments with re-used laptop batteries for street vendors, a case for the emergence of residential energy storage + solar, and commercial fine-grained building management analytics in Australia, solar forecasting via model blending and sky cameras.

The Indian market is poised for a significant uptake in renewables (especially solar + wind) and already a huge market for diesel substitution/UPS systems in all sectors (commercial, telecom towers, residential, industrial); but has a very weak electricity grid. This talk will also take a view about future opportunities in this market.

Title of Talk 2: IT/Wireless Convergence: Future of Mobile and Telecom in India
Synopsis: The IT and Wireless industries have converged significantly and with the growth of smart phones and data in India, telecom is opening dramatic new opportunities in adjacent markets like e-Commerce, Banking, Transportation, Education, and Healthcare. This talk will overview some of the developments, and interesting technical and business model approaches for handling some of the challenges in the market such as limited spectrum, scaling of services in adjacent markets, coverage & call-drop: asynchronous video delivery, network function virtualization, edge-based computing, wireless network cloud, network analytics, greening of energy in telecom towers, etc.

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