Keynote Speaker I


Dr. Saurav Karmakar

GreyKarma Technologies, Kolkata, India

Tite: Toward the perfect automation through IOT and sensor networks


Network of sensors has brought this world another dimension of superiority to aspire extremely high in data generation, aggregation and tracking. Sensing important factors through networks of sensors and connecting the data lava through Internet of Things framework is transforming the future of heterogeneous objective oriented platforms and ecosystems to mingle, share and collaborate for defining a sustainable world geared for automation aiming towards sheer perfection and efficiency.

In a futuristic environment of connected world we can expect newer device and sensor augmentation all the time around to the network. In such scenario how do we justify who should we allow and whom to not ? Even after allowance how do we stop them transmitting malfunctioning or network breaking data lava ? For the sake of all positive if we may have done all well till this point, how do we understand what such flown information mean in a connected heterogenous objective oriented ecosystem ? As reduction of data replication looks quite quintessential, similarly data correction from different sources could be another key for a perfect data driven system geared for automation. How do we transform such data to information then to knowledge and use the knowledge acquired to correct other connected components to perform towards objectivity so that automated fault tolerant and self corrected ecosystems are generated ?

Here we look into such plausible scenarios, challenges and few forked out solution directives towards future innovation projecting into reality.


Dr. Saurav Karmakar is an eminent researcher and leader in data analytics and engineering. He leading the company operation and think tank for GreyKarma Technologies, which works on advanced platform creation and deployment for user interaction and grasp user behavior cognition to produce intelligent platform for interaction. He is also in the advisory and executive board for few online analytics based company in India and abroad. He is acting President, CEO and Chief of R&D in this company.

Along with this he is co-partnering with companies like WorldsBiggestReviews, Predictly and System On Silicon. Some of his involvements are in depth providing a market differentiator analytics product and somewhere he is part of the board and providing consulting guidance and mentor-ship.

Last year Dr. Karmakar contributed in prestigious EU initiative OpenMinTeD on  creating an infrastructure that fosters and facilitates the use of text mining technologies in the scientific publications world by traveling in France and Greece.

Previously he finished his PhD in the field of Computer Science from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He also bagged one MS in Computer Science and another in Mathematics and Statistics earlier from the same university. Right after graduate school he joined Nashville based Digital Reasoning as a Scientist where he worked extensively on NLP, Machine Learning, Big Data and Graph Theoretical problems. With time he rose up to leading scientist and moved to Boeing's Seattle operation to take over a Senior Data Science Architect for their aircraft's onboard analytics data for fault recovery and performance tuning. Later he moved to Samsung R&D India where he was leading the team of researchers and engineers for their futuristic heterogeneous data platform and advanced analytics wings for IOT enabled environment. Afterwards Saurav joined a London HQ company Media iQ as the Head and Director of R&D for their marketing analytics and data science and engineering practice in their Bangalore facility. During his doctoral and further work he has published numerous IEEE, ACM and AIS organized conference research papers and few journal papers. His research interest and work lied in the in many fields and text mining, natural language processing, Entity recommendation systems, information retrieval, data visualization, data mining, machine learning, big data, unstructured data assimilation, augmented intelligence, social network behavior cognition, sensor network intelligence are the few to mention.

Dr. Saurav Karmakar had a keen passion on leadership, teaching and research throughout his career. During his doctoral academic years he was serving chair / president of six organizations at Georgia State and he grabbed Best Service award as well as infamous Royal Flame leaders of the year award in 2011. Under his leadership the ACM chapter rose up to one of the top in one of the six categories all over the world and came to highlight and many news coverage. Alongside Dr. Karmakar has received best teaching and best research grant award from Georgia State University and many mentions to the university media and many selected and reputed fellowships for research during those years. His leadership on research oriented organizations continued for all along as he started serving for WI / IAT series of conferences as well as ICDM, WICT, ISDA etc since 2011 and its continuing till date. Last year he is serving in the executive chair committee for Web Intelligence (WI 2018), taking place in Santiago, Chile in December 2018, he participated in the technical chair track of MIKE 2018 in Romania as well MIKE 2017 in India; he was also in the chair track for CICBA 2018 conference in Kalyani, West Bengal, India as well as ICDM 2017 in New Orleans, LA, USA. He also happens to serve into the program committee and editorial board of many research conferences and articles till date. Dr. Karmakar is an avid speaker and has provided talk in many workshops, conferences and invited talk sessions in numerous technical and non technical motivational issues.

Keynote Speaker II


Prof.Dr. Eberhard Manske

Technische Universität Ilnmenau, Germany

Title: Nanopositioning and nanomeasuring machines for cross-scale measurement, fabrication and manipulation with nanometer precision


Nanopositioning and Nanomeasuring Machines (NPMM), developed at TU Ilmenau provides high-precision measurement and positioning of objects across 10 decades, from 20 pm resolution up to 200 mm measuring range. They are working on the basis of the error-minimal, extended three dimensional Abbe-comparator principle, with high precision fibre coupled laser interferometers and several optical, tactile and atomic force probes. 
Step height standards from some nanometres height up to the micrometre range can be measured with a conformity to reference value of the national metrology institute (PTB) in the 1 nm range. At a 4 mm step height standard a conformity of the absolute height of 3.8 nm with a reproducibility of 0.073 nm was achieved. Additional, pitch measurements of lateral gratings up to 0.02 nm reproducibility where shown. The high positioning capability was demonstrated in a go round in 25 nm circles with the stage of the NPM-machine with a control deviation of less than 0.5 nm. Control deviations in the order of 3 nm can be achieved with scanning speed of 1 mm/s.
Therefore, these machines are suitable not only to measure with an outstanding nanometre performance but also to manipulate and to fabricate on the nanoscale. NPMM technology is increasingly proving to be a key technology and enabler for many areas of nanotechnologies, from MEMS fabrication and analysis, up to advanced tip and laser based nanofabrication as a new alternative lithography approach.
Here, our aim is to combine latest micro- and nanofabrication technologies with the enormous possibilities of the NPMM. For example, a fs-laser was integrated into the machine and first micro-structures based on two photon polymerization were realized. Furthermore, a new AFM tip-based nanofabrication process for high-localized sub-5nm structuring is developed and investigated. The publication presents measurement and processing results and discusses the enormous possibilities of this new technology.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Eberhard Manske holds a professorship “Production and Precision Measurement Technology” at the Technische Universität Ilnmenau since 2008. After his studies of electrical engineering in 1982, he obtained the doctoral degree in 1986, and in 2006 the postdoctoral lecturing qualification.

His research activities are in the fields of the development of Nanopositioning and Nanomeasuring Machines. He was 2008-2013 spokesman of the collaborative research centre “Nanopositioning and Nanomeasuring Machines (SFB 622)” and since 2017 he leads the research training group “Tip- and laser-based 3D-Nanofabrication in extended macroscopic working areas (NanoFab)” both funded by the German Reseach Council.

His research work is mainly focused in high precision laser interferometry, laser stabilization, frequency comb technology, optical and tactile nano sensors and scanning probe techniques.  Newly research work is carried out in direction of tip and laser based nanofabrication.

Keynote Speaker II


Prof. Dr. N Balasubramanian

Department of Chemical Engineering

AC Tech Campus, Anna University, India

Title: Development of Graphene-Based Nanocomposites for Energy, Environment, and Biomedical Applications


In the recent times research areas involving nanoscience, nanotechnology and nanocomposites has been the subject of interest among the researchers due to its technology innovation in various applications such as automotive, aerospace, packaging, electronics, biotechnology, flexible sensors, and many other applications. Of the many materials that are researched presently, graphene-based materials has drawn interest of many researchers due to their wide range of promising applications in the fields such as energy, biomedical aids, membranes, flexible wearable sensors and actuators. 

Graphene, the thinnest material in existence, has phenomenal properties like high surface area (highest, adsorption and surface reactions), electron mobility, thermal conductivity and mechanical strength.Some of its fascinating property that makes it a suitable candidate for energy and photocatalytic applications includes high thermal conductivity, mechanical good with high Young's modulus (1 TPa) and intrinsic strength of 130 GPa, quantum hall effect and high electronic transport. It also possess high optical transmittance and flame-retardant properties due to their zero bad gaps as a single sheet. [1-4]

Apart from that it has to be noted that graphene and its derivatives' potential applications are mainly due to the different form of these graphene materials (GO, rGO, fGO, frGO and mG) based on specific applications.  We have incorporated graphene with metal sulphides thereby enhancing the photocatalytic properties of the metal sulphides. Beside these properties, graphene has the ability of reduced recombination rate that results in increased photocatalytic activity, which is a necessity for environmental application.  

We have developed nitrogen-doped graphene/PEDOT composite as a competent electrodes material for various energy and power applications. In addition to that, we have studied for the first time the inflammatory response of graphene oxide successfully on the bone marrow macrophages of mice models. The in vivo studies of the same on the peritoneal cavity of mice showed good compatibility without any rejection inside the body.


Prof. N. Balasubramanian graduated from National Institute of Technology Trichy, India and subsequently received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 1996.  He joined at Central Electrochemical Research Institute Karaikudi, India and worked as Scientist for nearly 8 years. Presently Dr. N. Bala is working as Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India.   Dr. N. Bala was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Cheng Kung University Taiwan during 2001-2002, a visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Seikei University Japan, in 2007. My area of interest includes electrochemical treatment of industrial effluent, membrane bioreactor, electrode preparation for Fenton process, Regeneration of spent carbon through electrochemical method, development of graphene based biosensors and graphene based polymer nanocomposite for energy storage. Dr. N. Bala has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed international journals. Dr N Bala has funded projects worth of 10millian.  He has received several awards for his academic achievements.

Keynote Speaker III


Prof. Henry Hu

University of Windsor, Canada

Title: Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Squeeze Cast Mg Hybrid Nano Composite


Magnesium alloy AM60 based metal matrix composites (MMCs) reinforced with alumina (Al2O3) fibres and/or nano-size particles were successfully fabricated by preform-squeeze casting techniques under an applied pressure of 90 MPa. Tensile testing was performed and microstructures were analyzed on squeeze cast unreinforced AM60 Alloy, fibre reinforced AM60 metal matrix composite, and Mg (AM60) hybrid nano composite containing alumina fibres and nano-particles (MHNC). The microstructure analysis revealed the homogeneity of reinforcements in the matrix alloy.  With the addition of fibres, the tensile properties of the fibre-reinforced composites were improved with the considerable reduction of ductility compared with AM60 alloy. The introduction of additional nano-particles into the metal matrix not only significantly improved the tensile properties of the composites, but also simultaneously restored the ductility reduction caused by the reinforcement of fibres.


Dr. Hongfa (Henry) Hu is a tenured full Professor at Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Materials Engineering, University of Windsor.  He was a senior research engineer at Ryobi Die Casting (USA), and a Chief Metallurgist at Meridian Technologies, and a Research Scientist at Institute of Magnesium Technology.

He received degrees from University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1996), University of Windsor (M.A.Sc., 1991), and Shanghai University of Technology (B.A.Sc., 1985). He was a NSERC Industrial Research Fellow (1995-1997). His publications (over 150 papers) are in the area of magnesium alloys, composites, metal casting, computer modelling, and physical metallurgy. He was a Key Reader of the Board of Review of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, a Committee Member of the Grant Evaluation Group for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, National Science Foundation (USA) and Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. He has served as a member or chairman of various committees for CIM-METSOC, AFS, and USCAR.

The applicant’s current research is on materials processing and evaluation of light alloys and composites. His recent fundamental research is focussed on transport phenomena and mechanisms of solidification, phase transformation and dissolution kinetics. His applied research has included development of magnesium automotive applications, cost-effective casting processes for novel composites, and control systems for casting processes. His work on light alloys and composites has attracted the attention of several automotive companies.