Prof Abd-El-Kader Sahraoui

Abd-El-Kader Sahraoui graduated with B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Manchester University, UK, in 1977 and 1979. He obtained his PhD and D.Sc. degrees from the University of Toulouse in 1987 and 1994.

He has held different positions in industry before becoming a professor at the University of Toulouse and researcher at Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS) of the French Research Council. He has held several visiting positions: from 1999 to 2000 he was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing research in system engineering for advanced transportation systems. From 2001 to 2002  he was a Guest Professor and Chair of Requirement Engineering at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

His research and teaching experience are in the areas of control systems, reactive systems and software systems engineering.


Dr Abhijit Lele

Abhijit Lele received his B.Sc. in Electronics from Rahstrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, his M.E. in Electrical Communication Engineering and his PhD in Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1994 and 2001, respectively.

He worked as a PostDoc researcher at Delft University of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and then moved to the private sector, working for Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Motorola India Research Labs and Samsung India. Currently he is working for Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

His interests are in the domain of wireless networks (WiMAX/WiFi/LTE) including contributions to associated standards and forums, in value added services platform (pervasive computing/Context Awareness) and in innovative mobile applications as well as SoC design and verification for wireless networks.


Dr Ashwin Mahesh

Ashwin Mahesh received his MBA from Pondicherry University in 1991, his M.Sc. in astronomy from Vanderbilt University, Nashville in 1993 and a PhD in Atmospheric Science/Climate Science/Geophysics from the University of Washington in 1999.

Ashwin Mahesh was a researcher at NASA Goddard Earth Science and Technology Centre for more than a decade and then joint the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and the Centre for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

In addition to his research, he co-founded India Together, an online magazine covering public affairs, policy and development in India. He is active in politics and was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for Social Development in 2009. In October 2014, he co-founded India’s first 100% electric vehicles-based transportation service, Lithium. He also helped establish the Centre for Public Problem Solving, an action-research group for building capacity in public administration and planning.

Ashwin Mahesh is a driving force behind numerous urban development projects in Bangalore including traffic management solutions, cleaning up and preservation of lakes.He was also part of the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development Task Force (ABIDe).