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.

  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. 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?
  3. Sridhar Chimalakonda, Assistant Professor, IIT Tirupati
    Talk 1: What Is Software Engineering Anyway? Reflections on 50 Years of Software Engineering and the Road Ahead!
    Talk 2: The Lasting Contributions of Computing—Past, Present and Future
    Talk 3: On Computing Education for 1.3 Billion Learners—Quality, Scale and Variety
  4. Monish Darda, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Icertis
    Talk 1: The Ethics of AI: Musk versus Bezos
  5. Ajay Deshpande, Vice President, Engineering, Zimbra Technologies Pvt Ltd (A Synacor Company)
    Talk 1: SMAC Technologies and the Future
    Talk 2: The Evolution of Modern Web Applications
  6. 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
  7. Pandurang Kamat, CTO, Research and Innovation, Persistent Systems Ltd.
    Talk 1: Self-Sovereign Identity—The Future of Identity and Credentialing
    Talk 2: “Can’t be Evil”—Building the Decentralized Web
  8. Neeran M. Karnik, Independent Consultant
    Talk 1: Hints for Computer System Design
    Talk 2: CricInfo—A Tech History
  9. Vivek Kulkarni, Delivery Head and Chief Architect, Persistent Systems Ltd.
    Talk 1: Theory of Computation
    Talk 2: Compiler Construction
  10. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK"), Assistant Professor, IIIT Delhi
    Talk 1: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media (PSOSM)
    Talk 2: Designing Human-Centered Systems
  11. Sachin Lodha, Principal Scientist, TCS
    Talk 1: Fun with Algorithms
    Talk 2: Privacy—Challenges and Opportunities
  12. Meena Mahajan, Professor, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, HBNI, Chennai
    Talk 1: Compute, Compute, Compute—How Hard Can It Get?
    Talk 2: Matchings in Graphs: What, Why, How ...
    Talk 3: Depth-2 Threshold Circuits
    Talk 4: The Power of Negations in Boolean Circuits
  13. Madhavan Mukund, Professor and Dean of Studies, Chennai Mathematical Institute
    Talk 1: Automata and Program Verification
    Talk 2: Concurrent Programming: Old Problems, New Challenges
  14. R. Ramanujam, Professor, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
    Talk 1: Why should we learn logic, and why should we learn logic?
    Talk 2: Game theory for the internet age
    Talk 3: Does she know that I know that she does not know P?
  15. 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
  16. Kaarthik Sivakumar, Principal Engineer, Cisco
    Talk 1: Security and Trust
  17. R. Venkateswaran, Senior Vice President, Persistent Systems Ltd., Pune
    Talk 1: Evolution of Internet: The Past, Present and Future
  18. 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

Distinguished Speaker Program

The list of India-based speakers who are part of ACM's Distinguished Speaker Program is available on the DSP site. ACM India chapters, conferences, academic institutions and industry organizations may also invite them directly using the DSP invitation criteria and workflow by following the individual speaker's link accessible from there.