Dr. Piyush is a recognized technology leader, educationist and distributed systems researcher. He had earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Manchester, U.K . He had served as a senior faculty of computer science and software engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Griffith University, Brisbane in Australia.. With an overall experience of 35 years in the ICT industry and CSE academia, Dr. Piyush brings with himself distinguished and well-recognized thought leadership in the areas of enterprise & solutions architecture, cloud- & IoT-based software systems, system integration, and mobile-enabled applications. Dr. Piyush had extensively contributed to R&D and innovation management and to the end-to-end solution architectures for business applications using mobile services, sensor networks and e-commerce platforms at companies like IBM, Ericsson, Pitney Bowes, and DELL. He has consulted on various enterprise architecture assignments for Fortune 500 companies such as Daimler AG, Lufthansa, Vodafone, etc. He had held several research grants from the Australian Research Council and well-funded projects in peer-to-peer distributed computing from Microsoft Australia and other private companies.
Holds a PhD in IT from National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France and experience in software development with more than 25-year experience in ICT industry. Worked as an IT senior program manager/Director for more than 5 years in France, 3 years in Japan, 10 years in Australia and 8 years in Saudi Arabia, 4 of which with GE eHealth and Oil & Gas Digital. Currently Senior consultant in Digital Transformation for several international companies in the region. Prince2 certified and managed over 100 software development projects in different industries. Prof.Dr.Samir recognized as well known international keynote speaker and digital technologies expert.Recently he has selected by the Silicon Valley based Engagement Alliance of Science & Technologies (EAST) among the top 50 world experts in Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to work on future global projects. As an expert of Big Data Analytics, Digital Health, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Science, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, IOT and Industrial Internet of Things. Microsoft Azure, Technical GE Predix (Cloud based industrial Internet platform) leader, managing large development and data science team in MENAT using Scrum/Agile methodology. He is providing training and consulting services to large organizations (Oil & Gas, Banking, Telco, Education, Healthcare, Power, Retail, Media, Government…) and helping them with digital transformation and AI enabled by the convergence of the new emerging digital technologies.
Dr Sahid Cholayil is the Founder & development Project "Mission 3G". Mission 3G is designed as co-innovative venture with IBM Watson and SAP HANA, operating through 3G Institute of Research and Policy Studies and 3G Learning initiatives. Led by a team of domain experts from Harvard University. -Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), and Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), the project is working towards developing cognitive technology solutions in educational domain since the past 7 years. Dr Sahid and his team are also actively engaged in bridging gap between learners and digital learning solutions in India. Recently they have announced the “Mission 3G” national campaign at Indian School of Business which intends to digitize learning for 10 Million students in 365 Days time. The Mission 3G “Build India, Serve the World” campaign is the initiative laid out to address the technology unemployment in India with a vision to leverage the demographic dividend the nation is going through and developing sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem for small medium enterprises. The ongoing campaign has gained quite a momentum with the leading Ed-tech Indian entrepreneurs joining hands together for this national cause first-time ever. Dr Sahid being an entrepreneur from Dubai with consistent operations in service industry developed a passion for education and started his research along with his friend Dr. Jayakumar Singaram, a fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Together they have designed student modeling linear model to engineer adaptive learning solutions and expanding its research scope to personalized pedagogy and individualized curriculum. In the course of this research & development practice Dr Sahid is looking forward to develop the world’s first “Life Management System” to improve the quality of decision making to tackle the existential crisis of human being and thus leading human lives in to a point where their desires meet their engagements which he calls the “Paramount Happiness”. For his valuable contributions to the field of education and sustainable entrepreneurship, he received several awards including, the World Education Award 2017, ASSOCHAM Education Excellence Award 2018, and RACE Award at Harvard University in 2019.
Biography: Dr. Manpreet Singh Manna has done Ph.D. from S.L.I.E.T. (A Centrally Funded Deemed University), Longowal, Punjab. He was Director, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, New Delhi on deputation from 2014 to 2018. During his 4 years tenure in AICTE he also worked as Director of “SWAYAM MOOCs” project and Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS). SWAYAM is the world’s largest MOOCs Platform developed by MHRD, Government of India for providing unique educational opportunities to the citizens of India for expanding their horizons of knowledge for a life-long learning, free of cost. He was given the “COMMENDATION AWARD” from, The Hon’ble President of India during the Launch of the “SWAYAM PLATFORM” for his pioneering and outstanding contribution towards development of the SWAYAM Platform. He was invited by UNO, Geneva for delivering a Special Talk on “SWAYAM MOOCs” during inter-sessional Panel of the United Nations Commission on Science & Technology for Development (CSTD). He also leads the Delegation from India with invitation from BRICS International forum and Ministry of Energy, Russia at Moscow during Energy Week of Russia 3-6 Oct., 2018. He attended Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs 2019 at United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok as invited by United Nations, UN Secretariat, New York to represent INDIA.He also selected as a member of International Women Empowerment Forum during its launch ceremony @vigyan bhawan, New Delhi. He is a Fellow of Institutions of Engineers (India) and ISQEM, UK. He is Senior Member of IEEE USA, ISRD USA and IETI, Hong Kong. Dr. Manna is also Life Member of ISTE India, IACSIT Singapore. Dr. Manna has published about 140 Research Publications for leading National and International Journals in the field of Engineering and Technology. He chaired the session in IASTED Conferences at San Francisco, USA and Bangkok, Thailand.