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Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan has led very successful bilateral collaboration programs - with both US Universities and European Universities, such as Eureca program. She is also the Director of our Technology Business Incubator, and the Center for Cyber Security. She was program chair of our Indo-US Bilateral conference on Cyber Security, jointly with the University at Buffalo, SUNY, which was inaugurated by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India. She is a Ph.D. in semiconductor devices, from Sandia National Labs, USA and has about 30 US patents to her credit; US Patent # 7358191, # 7307002, # 7294573, # 7125776 are her few latest US patents. She is also the Program Chair of our first International Conference on Security of Internet of Things (SecurIT 2012), to be held in August at our Kollam campus, which brings in several internationally reputed scientists from the U.S.A., such as Dr. Bob Kahn (Co-inventor of Internet); Dr. John Mitchell, Professor of CS and EE, Stanford University & ACM Fellow; Dr. Gene Tsudik, Editor-in-Chief, ACM Transactions on Information & System Security; and has the privilege of having Dr. R. Chandrasekhar, Secretary, Dept. of IT & Dept. of Telecommunications as the General Honorary Chair.

Arun Agarwal completed his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) in 1979 and PhD (Computer Science) in 1989 both from IIT Delhi. He started his career as a Senior Research Assistant in IIT Delhi in 1979 and then joined University of Hyderabad in 1984, where at present he is a Professor of Department of Computer/Information Sciences.

Professor Agarwal was a Visiting Scientist at The Robotics Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA and Research Associate at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He has also visited, Monash and Melbourne University in Australia; National Center for High Performance Computing, Hsinchu, Taiwan; Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; San Diego Supercomputing Centre USA; BioInformatics Institute in Singapore, Queensland, Australia; NECTEC, Thailand; NCSA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA; USM, Penang, Malaysia; KISTI, South Korea; IOIT, VAST, Hanoi, Vietnam etc.

He is on the Editorial Board of Editor, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Web Intelligence, International Journal of Pattern Recognition (RBCS); and Engineering Letters of International Association of Engineers. He is also a Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, Fellow of IETE, Senior Member of IEEE, USA. He was Chairman of IEEE Hyderabad Section for the years 2001 and 2002. He also received the IEEE Region 10 Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2009 in recognition of his dedications and contributions. He has served on the technical program committee of numerous conferences in the area of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence. He has served as committee chairs of a number of these conferences. He is also on the Steering Committee of PRAGMA, Member APGrid PMA. He is a member of GARUDA project, a national initiative on Grid Computing.

His areas of interest are in Computer Vision, Image Processing, Neural Networks and Grid Computing. He has guided 9 PhD thesis and more than 125 post-graduate dissertation and has published about 90 papers. He has several projects and consultancy in hand with several industry/research laboratories.

Peter Arzberger I am the Director of the National Biomedical Computation Resources (NBCR), funded by the NIH National Center for Research Resource (NCRR). NBCR investigators include leading researchers from multiple departments and institutions. NBCR conducts, catalyzes and enables biomedical research by harnessing forefront computational and information technologies to solve multiscale analysis challenges in basic and translational science. Our focus is on developing tools, simulation packages and flexible cyberinfrastructure, and we are driven by three interdisciplinary biomedical applications: patient-specific modeling in cardiac vascular disease; mesoscale subcellular imaging and modeling tools; developing a computer aided drug discovery pipeline. Key to our efforts is our annual NBCR Summer Institute that involves hands-on training to facilitate using the tools and to better understand and collaborate with the community of users. In 2002, I, together with Philip Papadopoulos, and leaders from more than ten institutions, helped establish the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), which is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2004, I helped initiate the Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) which provides opportunities for UCSD undergraduates to conduct an internship at a PRAGMA site, creating experiential research and cultural awareness learning.

I have served at the National Science Foundation, in various roles: Program Officer in the Mathematical and later Biological Sciences; Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure; acting Assistant Director and then advisor in the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences. I have been a member and later chair of the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network National Advisory Board, and I have served as Executive Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).

Chaitan Baru is a Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, where he is also Director, Center for Large-scale Data Systems research (CLDS). Baru’s research interests are in database systems and large-scale data systems, scientific data management, data integration, and cloud computing for data intensive applications. He is currently coordinating an effort to develop performance benchmarks for Big Data applications as well as cloud-based environments. The Advanced CyberInfrastructure Development (ACID) group that he leads at SDSC has been involved in cyberinfrastructure (CI) research and development across a wide range of science and engineering disciplines including, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Bioinformatics, Clinical and Health IT, Social Sciences, and Earthquake Engineering,. Baru has served as the Project Director of the Geosciences Network (GEON, www.geongrid.org); CI Lead for the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring network (TEAM, http://teamnetwork.org); Member of the founding Senior Management Team of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and co-PI of the NEON CI Testbed; Director, NEESit for the NSF’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations. He is currently PI of the NSF OpenTopography data facility and co-I of the NIH-funded CYCORE project (Cyberinfrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research). Baru has previously been at IBM, where he led one of the development teams for DB2 Parallel Edition, and served on the EECS faculty, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his B.Tech in Electronics Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and M.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he also received an Outstanding Master’s Thesis award.

Dr. Anshu Bhardwajdid her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India. During her Ph.D. she developed algorithms for prioritizing single nucleotide markers for disease association specifically in context of mitochondrial genome. Right after her Ph.D., she joined the CSIR’s Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) Project as a Principal Investigator and worked towards designing and implementing community collaborative platforms and was a key player in community building. She has developed several databases and applications involving large number of students and researchers through online virtual collaboration. One of the major highlights of her contribution to the OSDD project is the conceptual design and implementation of the Connect to Decode Project where a large number of researchers converged their efforts to developing a systems biology map for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. As part of the community building, she has presented the concept of the OSDD approach at various national and international platforms. She is also on the editorial board of Frontiers of Systems Physiology and has published articles in several international journals.

Prof. Kamal Bijlani is the Head of E-Learning Research Lab at Amrita University and has been leading several R&D programs. These include E-Learning Distance Education with ISRO and TIFAC, National Collaboration and Multimedia Business Portal for Indian entrepreneurs (DST), and Advanced E-Learning System for Colleges with MHRD.

Kamal has led consulting projects at Genysm, an Artificial Intelligence company (from MIT.) He was Project Manager of Model-Based Software project at Cimflex Teknowledge (from Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.) Before moving to Amrita, Kamal was CEO of a multimedia and gaming startup company in the USA called ³Into the Mystery, Inc.²

An advanced practitioner and architect of complex software systems, multimedia, and video, Kamal has hands-on experience in the research and development of several real-time systems; published papers, won an award for a video documentary, and led several multimedia productions. He got his BE in Electronics from BITS Pilani and Masters in Computer Science from Michigan.

Mr. Cheetham is head of the US office of the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF), a private foundation based in New Delhi created to stimulate mutually beneficial collaborative research efforts among government, industry and academia. IUSSTF also administers a $30 million applied R&D and technology commercialization fund and the 5-year $100 million Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center. Mr. Cheetham has twenty years experience building and managing international partnerships in science and technology. From 1997 to 2004 he was a program director at The National Academies. Earlier he worked on international collaborative programs for the Institute for International Education, the World Energy Efficiency Association, and the Atlantic Council of the United States.

Eli Dart is a Network Engineer for the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). ESnet is part of the Scientific Networking Division of the Computing Sciences Directorate of Berkeley Lab, and is the high performance networking facility of the US Department of Energy's Office of Science. ESnet's mission is to enable those aspects of the DOE Office of Science research mission that depend on high performance networking for success.

Eli's professional interests include high performance networking, network security, and network performance tuning. In particular, he is interested in the use of high performance networks as a tool to enable and enhance scientific productivity through efficient high-speed data movement, easier access to data sets, and enhanced collaboration. Eli is a strong advocate for the Science DMZ model, an architectural template for high performance science network infrastructures at laboratory and university campuses.

Eli has worked in computing and networking since 1995, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He may be reached via email at dart@es.net.

Shri Dhekne is currently working as a Raja Ramanna Fellow at BARC, after superannuating as Associate Director, E&I Group, BARC on September 30, 2007 Mumbai. He has made invaluable contributions in the field of High Performance, Distributed, Grid Computing and information security systems for more than three decades in DAE. He is a renowned national as well as International expert in these areas. His major contributions include thedesign and development of various models of ANUPAM parallel processing systems, High resolution Tiled Graphics System, building layered and highly secure information security architecture, world wide LHC computing grid, EU-INDIAGrid and DAE grid. He was awarded the Indian Nuclear Society Award INS-2001, presented by Honorable Prime Minister of India. He received in 2007 DAE Group Achievement Award for his individual contribution & excellent teamwork for Anupam Supercomputer & Intelligent Security Systems based on indigenous technology. He is a fellow of National Academy of Engineers (FNAE) and was member of sectional committee II on Computer & Information Technologies at INAE. He is AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor of INAE since 2006. He is serving as a Scientific Consultant to Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India. He is also involved in the conceptualization, design & realization of National Knowledge Network (NKN), a nationwide high-speed Education & Research Network and a lead person in realizing Grid applications on NKN.

Dr. Machi F. Dilworth is Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has had a long history as a science-grants administrator, primarily at the NSF, but also the USDA. Dr. Dilworth, originally from Japan where she received her B.A. in Biology from the International Christian University in Tokyo, came to the USA in 1967 with a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate work. She earned her Ph.D in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Following at first a research path, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Michigan State Plant Research Laboratory, and subsequently a Research Associate at the University of Georgia and then at the Smithsonian Radiation Biology Laboratory. In 1979 she began her career as a science-grants administrator, working as an Assistant Program Director in Biological, Behavioral and Social Sciences at the NSF. From 1981 to 1990 she was employed by the USDA Competitive Research Grants Program as an Associate Program Manager and later as Associate Chief Scientist. In 1990 she moved back to the NSF, serving as a Program Director, and since 1997 as Division Director of Biological Infrastructure.

For a nine month sabbatical in 1996-97 she received a Science and Technology Agency (STA) Fellowship that permitted her to study the status of biotechnology research in Japan and to explore opportunities for US-Japan research collaborations in biology, as a guest scientist at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) in Wako.

Dr. Dilworth has received a number of awards in her career. Most recently in 2002, she was honored with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, which states as follows: "Dr. Dilworth is recognized for her sustained and outstanding leadership in the development and management of a series of major research programs at the National Science Foundation. Particularly impressive have been her efforts in leading interagency and international plant biology collaborations in these programs. Given the importance of plant production to the U.S. economy, her vision for plant biology research and her accomplishments in realizing that vision will have impacts far beyond the research enterprise." Dr. Dilworth resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband of 33 years. They have two children and a grandson.

Karunakar Gupta is Technical Director in National Informatics Centre. He is B.Tech (Hons) in Electronics and Communication from G B Pant University of Agriculture and technology, Pantnagar. He had overall 18 years of experience in IT related activity. He had played great role in expansion of NICNET upto district level and upgrading them to higher speeds with redundancy, implementation of State Wide Area Networks with reachability up to block level. His major contribution in NIC is in deployment of MPLS services in NICNET , and extending MPLS network connectivity to various government department. He has successfully executed MPLS network connectivity to large organizations e.g Department of Posts, Central Government Health Scheme, Pay and Accounts Offices, Bureau of Immigrations and few more. He is actively involved in deployment of NKN and managing NOC operations.

Dr. Hosur M. V. has obtained Ph. D. degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in the year 1978. He has carried out post-doctoral research in structural biology at Purdue University, West-Lafayette, Indiana, USA and University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. On his return to India in1985, he joined Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, where he is presently heading Protein Crystallography Section in the Solid State Physics Division. Dr. Hosur M. V. is a Professor in the Homi Bhabha National Institute, Anushaktinagar, Mumbai. His current research interest is studies of structure-function relationships in proteins of special importance to structure-based drug-design[1-3]. Professor Hosur is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India. He, in collaboration with Computer Division, BARC, has set-up in the Homi Bhabha National Institute, a Facility that enables remote control and operation ofprotein crystallography beamlines on synchrotrons in Europe and USA, using NKN and other international broadband connections.

Dr U.C.A. Jaleel is a Assistant Professor in Chemoinformatics at the MCC Calicut, Calicut University. He is currently working on the topic related with development of quantum chemical descriptors for QSAR analysis. He is also working in collaboration on a project for parameterization of computational tools of organo metallic compounds. He leads the extremely successful cheminformatics connect-to-decode programme on OSDD.

Dr. Bharat Jayaraman is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where he served as Department Chair from 2001-2009. Dr. Jayaraman received his bachelors and masters degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1981. Prior to joining the University at Buffalo in 1989, he was on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Jayaraman's interests center around the design, analysis, verification, and visualization of complex systems. His has published 85 scientific articles on topics such as smart environments, network security, object-oriented systems, and constraint languages. He has played a leadership role in chairing several conferences and workshops in his field, and has given numerous invited talks around the globe on topics in software systems and languages. In the last decade, Dr. Jayaraman has been active in promoting Indo-US relationship, including the creation of joint educational partnerships as well as collaborative research programs.

Dr. Rajendra Joshi holds a Masters degree in Biochemistry form the University of Pune and a Doctorate in Biochemistry from National Chemical Laboratory (University of Pune). His research work at the doctorate level was in the area of design of artificial nucleases using metal complexes. He has also served as a faculty member at the Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune. Prior to his doctorate he also has industrial experience where he has worked on the development of Rinderpest vaccines. He has been associated with the area of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics for the about 25 years. He has over 17 years of experience in the area of Bioinformatics, which includes experience as a researcher, faculty member at the Bioinformatics Centre, University of Pune and project manager. He is primarily responsible for building a strong bioinformatics group at C-DAC and presently serving as an Associate Director at C-DAC.

At C-DAC he has been instrumental in setting up the Bioinformatics Resources and Applications Facility (BRAF) which serves as a nodal point for all researchers in life sciences who require high speed computing. The BRAF facility has served a platform for setting up collaborations in India and across the globe. This facility has been the key to the Indo-US collboration with the cancer biomedical informatics grid (caBIG) of the NIH, USA. Similarly, he has responsible to setup the Indo-UK collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, UK). He has been leading a number of large projects of varied nature, including those involving development of advanced workflows software for automated genome analysis.

His major area of expertise, is in the use of high performance parallel computers for biological research. His unique strength is in the form of good knowledge of biology and parallel computing. His main research interests include, molecular dynamics simulations of nucleic acids & proteins, genome sequence analysis, metabolic pathways and development of Problem Solving Environments. He is a principal investigator for funded projects and other research projects, leading to a number of publications in international journals and conferences. He is actively involved in collaborative programmes and national scientific meets. He has numerous publications, articles and invited talks to his credit. His career objective is to build an environment where much of biology could be understood using high performance parallel computers.

Professor Ajit Kembhavi is the Director and Distinguished Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) in Pune. He is one of the founding members of IUCAA. Before IUCAA he was at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai where he obtained his Ph.D. with Professor J.V. Narlikar and was then appointed as a scientist. Kembhavi has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, England. Professor Kembhavi’s interests are in galaxies, high energy astrophysics, quasars, etc. and he leads the Virtual Observatory-India Project. He is deeply involved in developing astronomical research in universities and colleges in India. He is Chairman of various UGC committees which look after the UGC-Infonet which brings the benefits of information and communication technology to all the universities in India. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and Indian Academy of Sciences and has received the UGC Hari Om award. Professor Kembhavi has published around 100 research papers in highly reputed international journals. He has guided a number of research students and works closely in collaboration with scientists from India and abroad. He travels widely all over the world for his research and for giving lectures. Professor Kembhavi is well known for his contribution to science popularization programs and lectures extensively to the public in English, Marathi and Hindi. He has written and edited several books, most of which have been published internationally.

George A. Komatsoulis, Ph.D. is interim Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH. As such he has broad management responsibilities for the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG®) program. Dr. Komatsoulis has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and did post-doctoral work in the Department of Biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southern California. Prior to arriving at the NCI, Dr. Komatsoulis was a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Human Genome Sciences, Inc. in Rockville, MD.

H. David Lambert is the President and CEO of Internet2. In partnership with the Board of Trustees and the Executive Leadership Team, Lambert is responsible for helping set the vision and the success of the Internet2 organization. Together, with the organization's governance, Lambert works to ensure the fulfillment of Internet2's mission: Internet2's relevance to the membership; and the accountability of Internet2 to its constituencies.

Prior to joining Internet2, Lambert was the first Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University. Holding the VP/CIO position since early 1998, Lambert has successfully moved the University forward in the strategic application of information technology across a wide range of university programs and services.

Lambert was recruited to Georgetown University from Cornell University, where he served as Vice President for Information Technology from 1994 through 1997 and as Director of Network Services from 1989 through 1993. As Director of Network Services, Lambert was responsible for networking and communications technologies and services for the university and for Cornell National Supercomputer Facility. While at Cornell, Lambert was recognized as an Innovator in Advanced Networking by Networking Magazine.

Dr. Ashish Mahabal is a Senior Research Scientist at the Astronomy Department of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena, USA. He got his PhD at IUCAA, Pune in 1998, and after a one-year postdoc at PRL, Ahemdabad, moved to Caltech. He has participated in several large area sky surveys. His main area of expertise is data-mining for and classification of transient astronomical sources. He actively collaborates with astronomers on several continents for follow-up observations.

He is one of the initial members of the US National Virtual Observatory (NVO) and continues to be involved in the Technology Assessment and data-mining aspects of the Virtual Astronomy Observatory (VAO) into which NVO has evolved. More generally he is interested in informatics, virtual worlds and educational outreach.

Suresh Marru directs the Science Gateways program within the NSF funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). In this role he is responsible for specialized scientific community interfaces to large scale cyberinfrastructure. Marru is also the principal research systems architect within Pervasive Technology Institute of Indiana University and is a founding member of the Apache Airavata project management committee. Marru’s current research focus is to work alongside multidisciplinary experts in the field of eScience to developed open community driven web and service-based scientific workflow and gateway systems for individual research, collaboration, outreach, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. These systems assist scientists to focus on their research without the need to be distracted my emerging information technology and cyberinfrastructure.

George McLaughlin the former head of the Australian Academic and Research Network, has spent the last six years working with various international agencies on initiatives that have a focus on exploiting Research and Education Networks to enhance collaborative opportunities in research and discovery and to improve societal outcomes. These included roles as senior technical consultant to the World Bank’s SERENE program; coordinator of the South Asian Extension Network for the European Commission’s Trans-Eurasian Information Network (TEIN), and as Applications Advocate for the TranPac program. McLaughlin was one of the Founding Members (together with Professor Jianping Wu) and one of the first directors of the incorporated Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Limited and currently serves as its interim General Manager. He has presented extensively at international conferences, workshops and symposia and has received a number of awards for his contributions to the ICT and Research and Education sectors. In 2009 was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia.

Radha Nandkumar has a Master's in Physics from Bangalore University, India as well as a PhD in Physics and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nandkumar currently works as an Independent Research Consultant. Her research interests span high performance computing, grid computing, cyberinfrastructure, and their impact on society at large.

Dr. Nandkumar worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for more than 25 years and served as the Director of its International and Campus Relations for the last decade. As a well-recognized speaker and leader in the international high performance computing (HPC) arena, she has enabled multiple computational science collaborations worldwide through her participation in international research teams, conference organizing committees, and several national and international HPC advisory councils, including: ACM/IEEE's Supercomputing Conferences; the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing; the Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA); the Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA); and the Richard Tapia Conference for Diversity in Computing in the USA. Under Dr. Nandkumar's leadership, NCSA's International Program established affiliations with sister institutions in Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and the UK.

Dr. Nandkumar has more than two dozen publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 250 technical presentations around the globe related to NCSA's HPC infrastructure, applications research, and information technologies. Prior to joining NCSA, Dr. Nandkumar was a scientific team member at the University of Chicago's Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research working on scientific payloads for balloon flights. As a researcher with India's first scientific satellite project at the Indian Space Research Organization, she conducted X-ray astronomical observations using satellite and rocket borne payloads in Bangalore.

Professor S. V. Raghavan received his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Madras in 1971, D.M.I.T. in Electronic Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology in 1974, M.E. in Automation from the Indian Institute of Science in 1976, and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1985. He served the Indian industry in various capacities from 1976 to 1981 and then joined the Department of Computer Science where he is currently a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He Chaired the Department during 1995-1998. Professor S. V. Raghavan has made significant contributions to the creation of the Education and Research Network in India. He was the founder of ERNET and the Principal Investigator of the Programme at IIT Madras. For over fifteen years (1985-1999), he played a key and pioneering role in ERNET and currently the senior most member of the programme, which is in its second phase. His areas of research where he has close to 100 publications in the international journals and international conferences include Performance Evaluation, Information Security, High Performance Computing and Networks, Protocol Software Engineering, Multimedia and Network Design. In recognition of his services and contributions to the computer and communications globally, he was awarded the Silver Core of the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) Governor of ICCC (International Council for Computer Communication). He is a fellow of the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers and the Computer Society of India.

Professor S. V. Raghavan is a member of the STNET Sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) and is an expert member of many project review boards of MIT, AICTE, MHRD, and DRDO. He is a Life Member of the Computer Society of India and has contributed significantly to its growth and objectives for over two decades. He was awarded the Silver Jubilee Recognition by CSI. He is a Consultant to Indian Overseas Bank (Scheduled Bank of GOI), Future Software Private Limited (A premier Communications software development company), Tata Consultancy Services (Largest and oldest Software consulting firm in India), Tamil Nadu State Cooperative Bank, Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board, Chennai Telephones (for their metropolitan area network design) and several other end-user and computer companies. The IT Task force of Tamil Nadu consults Professor S V Raghavan on key decisions related to technology. He is also the Advisor to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, His Excellency Girish Chandra Saxena, on the establishment of a new University focused on IT Education.

The Network Systems Laboratory and the Multimedia Systems Laboratory established in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of IIT Madras by Professor S V Raghavan is a monumental example of what all can be achieved in an educational institution in India. They were the FIRST to have a FULL PROTOCOL STACK for OSI in 1989. They were the FIRST to introduce the Concept of Internet in India in 1986. They were the FIRST to get onto INTERNET from INDIA in 1987 (along with NCST Bombay). They were the FIRST to transfer networking protocol technology to Department of Telecommunications in 1991. They were the Pioneers in ushering the concept of ISP as the laboratory has been operating as an ISP for FIFTEEN years now, since 1986. Presently, the laboratory boasts of an (Possibly the FIRST in the WORLD) EDUCATION VORTAL, comprising of a Bank, Certification Authority, Wireless wallet, Digital Learning Space, and an Online Examination System, ALL IN ONE, demonstrating the practical utility of E-Commerce.

Mr. N. Mohan Ram has over 25 years of development experience in ICT. He is presently the Director General of ERNET India. At ERNET India, he has initiated several collaborative research projects with premier National and International Institutions in the domains of Sensor Networks, IPv6, Cloud Computing and Future Internet Research & Engineering. He has also been focusing on bridging the digital divide by addressing the ICT requirements of the highly deprived sections of the society like the rural school children, farmers and the disabled. He has been instrumental in upgrading the ERNET pan-Indian network infrastructure both in terms of technology and capacity. Earlier, Mohan Ram was the Director of C-DAC Bangalore Centre and also the Chief Technology Officer for C-DAC. He has made significant contributions to the system architecture and system software of C-DAC's PARAM series of Supercomputers. He was responsible for the development and deployment of PARAM Padma - CDAC's first Terascale supercomputer and for placing India in the supercomputing league by positioning PARAM Padma in the Top 500 in June 2003. He is also the chief architect of India's first National Grid Computing Initiative - GARUDA.

Mr. Mohan Ram holds a M.Tech in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras. His research interests include computer architectures, operating systems, cluster and grid computing. He has authored several technical reports and has publications in National/International Conferences.

Dr. P. Venkat Rangan was appointed in 2003 as Vice Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (AMMA), a young and dynamic University established by its Chancellor, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. Previously, Dr. Rangan founded and directed the Multimedia Laboratory and Internet & Wireless Networks (WiFi) Research at the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) where he served as a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering for 16 years. He is an internationally recognized pioneer of research in Multimedia Systems and Internet E Commerce. In 1993, Dr. Rangan founded the first International Conference on Multimedia: ACM Multimedia 93, for which he was the Program Chairman. This is now the premier world-wide conference on multimedia. Dr. Rangan also founded the first International Journal on Multimedia: ACM/Springer-Verlag Multimedia Systems, which is now the premier journal on Multimedia. Dr. Rangan is also a Fellow of ACM (1998), youngest to achieve this international distinction and he has been awarded with NSF National Young Investigator Award (1993), The NCR Research Innovation Award (1991), and The President of India Gold Medal (1984). In July 2000, Internet World featured Dr. Rangan on its cover page and named him as one of the top 25 Stars of Internet Technologies. Dr. Rangan has over 85 publications in International (mainly IEEE and ACM) Journals and Conferences, and also holds 22 US Patents.

Abhik Seal is a PHD (Chemical Informatics ) student at Indiana University Bloomington working with Prof David Wild at the chemgenomics and cheminformatics lab. My main research focuses of drug target identification using Machine Learning approaches and Network Science.Abhik started his career as a banker at State Bank of India and joined OSDD back at 2009 just as a OSDD member. It was open science and open education which made him motivated and inclined towards OSDD .He is one of the experts in handling open source cheminformatics tools.He also actively participated in various OSDD projects like the Immunome, TBGO and Cheminformatics. Right now he leads the OSDD Mtb Kinase Inhibitor project from Indiana with Prof David Wild and with several OSDD members. He is also the organizer of the E journal Club from Indiana for the OSDD members and also supporting the ICEP website with learning materials for cheminformatics.

Arun K. Singh Arun K. Singh joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979, after completing his Masters Degree in Economics from Delhi University, and teaching at the University for two years.

His first assignment abroad was at the Embassy of India, Moscow from 1981-1982, where he learnt Russian. Later, he served at the Indian Missions in Addis Ababa as Second Secretary from 1982-1985, and in Tokyo as First Secretary from 1985 ­ 1988.

On returning to Delhi at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, he served as Deputy Secretary / Director dealing with East Asia and Pakistan Divisions from 1988-1991. From 1991-1993, he headed the Offices of the Foreign Secretary and the External Affairs Minister of India.

Ambassador Singh served at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office, New York from 1993-1997 as Counsellor and handled multilateral social and economic negotiations. He served in the Indian Mission at Moscow again as Counsellor / Minister from 1997-2000.

During his assignment in Delhi from 2000-2005, he served in the capacity of Joint Secretary dealing first with the United Nations Policy, and then Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs.

Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to Israel from April 2005 to September, 2008. He assumed his new assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C on October 9, 2008.

Ambassador Singh speaks Russian and Japanese and has some knowledge of French and Hebrew.

He is married to Mrs. Maina Singh; they have one daughter.

Dipak Singh is Director in ERNET and he heads network operations. He is M.Sc(Tech) in Applied Physics from Calcutta University and had overall 24 years of experience in IT related activity. He had played great role in expansion of ERNET. His major contribution in ERNET has been upgradation of ERNET Backbone, Upgradation of network infrastructure, Deployment of MPLS in ERNET backbone , Internal & external routing, International routing with GEANT & TEIN3, Deployment of IPv6 testbed in ERNET, High-speed communication fabric for Indian grid GARUDA etc . Mr Dipak Singh represented ERNET India in number of European Commission funded projects.

Anil Srivastava is the director of Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL) co-located at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. Till recently he was International Outreach Coordinator with the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology of the US National Cancer Institute (NCI CBIIT). He continues to serve as the member of the NCI International Cooperation Working Group and is the lead on several research and education collaboration projects between Indian and the United States. His prior assignments include chief knowledge officer of a major medical informatics software and service company, CTIS; senior advisor to The World Bank and several UN specialized agencies; founding chief executive ofNASSCOM—India's National Association of Software and Service Companies (1989-91); visiting scholar, California State University Long Beach; Apple's Advanced Technology Group; advisor to the government of India on transfer of broadcasting technology; and director and head of knowledge engineering with Centre for Development of Instructional Technology (Cendit).

Much of his work has been at the intersection of emerging technology, societal application and international cooperation. One of his areas of special interest has been research and education networks. As advisor to Sam Pitroda, he has played an active role in formulation of recommendations on National Knowledge Network (NKN) and National Health Information Network (NHIN) of the National Knowledge Commission. He has been a speaker and session chair on shared global infrastructure for medical research for several international conferences and works closely with Internet2 in building out a worldwide collaborative network on cancer research.

He has been involved with data networks in India since the beginning of ERNET, Indian Space Research Organization's geostationary communication satellite collaboration, and Apple (Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment), with European Space Agency.

Kevin Thompson serves as a Program Director in NSF's Advanced Network Infrastructure and Research (ANIR) division of CISE. He is responsible for the NSF Middleware Initiative program and the Experimental Infrastructure Networks program. He started at NSF in January, 2003. Prior to NSF, Mr. Thompson was Senior Manager in MCI's Advanced Internet Technologies department, responsible for engineering and operation of the vBNS network and development of advanced network services. Mr. Thompson received a MS in computer cience from George Washington University (1992) and a BS in computer cience from the University of Virginia (1987).

David West is a senior manager at Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) since 2001. He leads and manages regional network projects serving partners in over 30 countries across North Africa and the Middle East (EUMEDCONNECT), Central Asia (CAREN) and the Asia Pacific (TEIN) regions. He has been responsible for TEIN since its outset in 2004 and has steered it to become the largest regional network programme. Prior to joining DANTE David spent 15 years with British Telecom and was responsible for international marketing and service development programmes. He graduated in biological sciences and holds a masters degree in urban development planning.

Malathi Veeraraghavan is a Professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. Dr. Veeraraghavan received her BTech degree from Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) in 1984, and MS and PhD degrees from Duke University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. After a ten-year career at Bell Laboratories, she served on the faculty at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York from 1999-2002. Her research work on optical networks is supported by NSF and DOE. She holds twenty-nine patents and has received five Best-Paper awards. She served as an Associate Editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking from 2006-2008, and as Technical Program Chair for IEEE ICC2002.

Dr. David Wild I am an Assistant Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University School of Informatics. I direct the Cheminformatics Program, and lead a research group of approximately 15 students focused on large scale data mining and aggregation of chemical and biological information. I have developed a teaching program in cheminformatics at the University, including an innovative distance education program, most recently resulting in an online repository of cheminformatics teaching materials (http://icep.wikispaces.com). I have been PI or CoPI on over $1.4m of funding, and have over 30 scholarly publications. I am Editor-in-Chief (along with Chris Steinbeck at the EBI) of the Journal of Cheminformatics, and work as editorial advisor or reviewer to many journals. I am involved in several cheminformatics organizations including being a trustee of the Chemical Structure Association Trust and a member of the American Chemical Society.

James G. Williams is the Director of International Networking at Indiana University. He is also co-chair of the GENI Operations and Integration Working Group. He has been the PI for several NSF network infrastructure projects, most recently the TransPAC3 (TP3) and America Connects to Europe (ACE). His research interests include high-performance networking; distributed network operations; and development and deployment of networking in support of research and education in developing countries. Mr. Williams has an M.S. in Systems Science from Michigan State University and has been at Indiana University for over 25 years.

Roy Williams My work focuses on providing people with meaningful and open access to scientific and technical data, as well as learning from, making decisions from, and preserving that data. The ultimate objective is enabling intelligent decisions from data archives and data streams: decisions made by people and/or machines. My career began with a degree in mathematics, then a PhD in nuclear physics and mathematical physics.

I worked in physics a few more years, then worked with the new architecture computers, rebuilding scientific simulation codes for parallel machines, and making new codes with unstructured meshes and dynamic load balancing. I was building web applications in 1996, delivering Earth remote-sensing data over the Internet. I worked with the LIGO (gravitational waves) project, introducing them to databases and XML, and built science gateways for the US Teragrid project. I was with the Virtual Observatory from the start, as architect, also creating in large part the VOTable and VOEvent standards, now widely used. I now work for the LIGO collaboration, detecting gravitational waves along with global partners. This lofty aspiration requires a global network of highly sophisticated instruments, massive computing, and all connected by reliable and fast networking.