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Industry Day 2020

January 24, 2020
Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur

IIT Jodhpur is organizing its first Industry Day on 24th January 2020 with an objective to
establish a close link between industries and our academic and research programs.

About the Event

IIT Jodhpur was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), GoI, along with the eight other IITs in 2008. Responding to the changing trends in the industry, IIT Jodhpur has introduced new UG, PG, and research programs in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cyber-Physical Systems, Sensors, Internet of Things and Smart Manufacturing. The Institute now promotes interdisciplinary research in emerging domains, including Space Technology, Internet of Things, Digital Humanities, Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles, Smart Health, Cognitive Science, and Quantum Computing. Special provisions have been created in the curriculum for enabling students (UG, PG, PhD) to pursue entrepreneurship or getting engaged in technology translation as part of their program. Industry Day 2020 plans to engage policymakers, scientists, industry experts, and entrepreneurs in meaningful discussions and formulate a way forward for stronger industry-academia linkages.

Key Objectives


Provide an avenue for potential collaboration opportunities between Industry and IIT Jodhpur


Create awareness about different research projects and resources of industry interests being undertaken by IIT Jodhpur


Create a platform to discuss the technological challenges industries are facing


Initiation of long-term relationships with industries

The main themes of the event are


Artificial Intelligence and Data Science


Industry 4.0 


Smart Healthcare


Sustainable Technologies



Invited Speakers

Shubhashis Sengupta
MD and Technology Reseach Executive, Accenture

Dr. Shubhashis Sengupta is the Managing Director and Fellow of Accenture Technology Labs and the Head of AI R&D at Accenture Technology Labs, Bangalore. He also leads Accenture Labs Co-Research program with marquee clients. His area of specialization is around large scale distributed systems, Software Engineering, and AI-based (NLP and Machine Learning) systems. Prior to joining Accenture, he was with Oracle Corp and Infosys Technologies. Dr. Sengupta has consulted extensively in multiple domains. Dr. Sengupta has over 50 journal and peer-reviewed conference papers, 25 granted patents and 35+ patent applications to his credit. He has a PhD in Systems, Algorithms, Strategic Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta specializing in applying AI algorithms on Combinatorial Optimization. He is a Senior member of ACM and Senior Member of IEEE Computer Society. He is a founding member of AAAI India Chapter. He has been in the program committee and review board of several conferences and journals including IEEE Spectrum and IEEE Transactions in Cloud Computing, Association of Computational Linguistics, etc. Dr. Sengupta can be reached at shubhashis.sengupta[at]


R. R. Sonde
Executive Vice President (Research, Technology & Innovation Centre) & Member of Board of Executive Council, Thermax Ltd.

Dr. Sonde started his early career working as a scientist in the country’s top research institution, Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC). He topped the entire batch of scientists and engineers and was awarded Dr. Homi Bhabha Gold Medal. He was awarded for his contribution to nuclear energy and science a Gold Medal during the Golden Jubilee Award by then Prime Minister. After 23 years of working in Atomic Energy, he was invited to join as Executive Director in the country’s premier power generator, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). During his stint at NTPC, he created a new institution, “Energy Technologies,” which is now rechristened as NETRA to develop technologies in the thermal coal sector.
In his current assignment as Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Council of Thermax, his main thrust of activities is bringing innovation and enhance knowledge in all the existing technologies within Thermax while also involved in the developing new technologies in the field of energy, environment and water. The current thrust of his developments is on Fuel Cell, Battery, Hydrogen in Energy and CDI (Capacitive Deionization) in Water. He has been awarded the Dr. M. Vishweswarayya Gold Medal for standing first in the University of Mysore, Dr. Homi Bhabha Gold Medal during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of BARC in the year 2006 by Hon’ble Prime Minister for his outstanding contribution in the nuclear field, Dr. Doraswami IIChE Medal and Gold Medal from the Indian Nuclear Society (INS).

Title of Plenary Talk:
What & Why did India miss technology leadership since our independence and how do we get there? Compelling need for Industry-Academia-Government linkages using a new model of collaboration viz. twin wheel spin theory“- A case study in HTPEM fuel cell development by Thermax & CSIR - IIT GN.


Manish Gupta
Director, Google Research India

Dr. Manish Gupta is the Director of Google Research India, a new AI research lab recently announced by Google. He holds an additional appointment as Infosys Foundation Chair Professor at IIIT Bangalore. Previously, Manish has led VideoKen, a video technology startup, and the research centers for Xerox and IBM in India. As a Senior Manager at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, Manish led the team developing system software for the Blue Gene/L supercomputer. IBM was awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene by US President Barack Obama in 2009. Manish holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has co-authored about 75 papers, with more than 7,000 citations in Google Scholar (and an h-index of 45), and has been granted 19 US patents. While at IBM, Manish received two Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, an Outstanding Innovation Award and the Lou Gerstner Team Award for Client Excellence. Manish is a Fellow of ACM and the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Delhi.


Aloknath De
CTO, Samsung India

Dr. Aloknath De is Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Samsung R&D Institute India-Bangalore. Dr. De has over thirty years of industrial and research experiences including BEL, Nortel (Montreal), Hughes and with ST-Ericsson where he was R&D Director and Country Manager. During 2005-11, he has served as Visiting/Adjunct Professorship with IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Delhi. He holds B.Tech. from IIT, Kharagpur; M.E. from IISc, Bangalore; and Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal. He is a recipient of ‘Alexander Graham Bell Prize’ in Canada. He has received ‘IETE Memorial Awards’ in 2003 and 2008 for distinguished contributions in Electronics and Communications. In 2015, he also received Zinnov Tech Role model (Sr Technologist), IDC Insights Award for Innovation in Telecom and has been considered as one of ‘Most Influential CIO/CTOs of India’. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of IE, IETE and Indian National Academy of Engg (INAE). He is also cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World (2016).


Debashish Bhattacharjee
Vice President, Tata Steel

Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee is the Vice President - New Materials Business, Tata Steel. He joined Tata Steel in 1996 after completing his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and carried out post doctoral research with Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Cambridge. Between 1996 and 2001 he worked in R&D, Process Metallurgy Group and Technical Services Flat Products. After a second post doctoral at the University of Birmingham between 2001 and 2002, he returned to Tata Steel as Chief R&D and took up his current responsibilities in 2003. Dr Bhattacharjee has more than 30 international publications and has 5 patents, along with his colleagues, from his work in Tata Steel in the areas of products, coatings and hydrogen harvesting. He was awarded the Metallurgist of Year Award by the Ministry of Steel in 2004. He is also an AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at Bengal Engineering and Science University. Recently, the Institution of Engineers awarded him a plaque in recognition of his contribution to the field of Metallurgy and Materials Science.

Niyati Chhayya

Sameep Mehta

Narayanan Unny

Shivkumar K

Mohak Kumar Sukhwani
ABB Robotics

Nitendra Rajput

Puneet Rai
VP Operations &

Mukul Gupta
Dynapt Solutions

Hemraj Sharma
Reliance Power

G V Raghunath Reddy
Department of Science
& Technology

Praveen Kumar

Dilip Jain

Shailendra Chauhan
Shree Cements

Ranjit Kumar Bhatia
Shree Cements

Suresh Singh
Enerzinx India Pvt. Ltd

S. Srivastava
S S Innovation

S Johari
Johari Infotech

Anuradha Mukherjee

Arbind Gupta
CTO, HeARTHealth Tech.
Pvt. Ltd.

Sourabh Chudhuri

Naveen Kansara
Kansara Industries

B K Yogendraa

Vishal Dhupar

Apurva Verma

Nirod Ranjan Hazarika
Oil India

Dhilsha Rajapan
Marine Sensors and Systems Groups

Vikram Parekh
YES Bank

P. M. Murali

Arun Paul
Electronics Devices


Timeline Event
9.30AM - 10.00AM Inauguration (Hall 308)
Opening Remarks: Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director IIT Jodhpur
10.00AM - 10.40AM Plenary Talk 1 (Hall 308)
Speaker: Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research India
Moderator: Mayank Vatsa, IIT Jodhpur
10.40AM - 11.20AM Plenary Talk 2 (Hall 308)
What & Why did India miss technology leadership since our independence and how do we get there?

Speaker: R. R. Sonde, Executive Vice President (Research, Technology & Innovation Centre), Thermax
Moderator: Kaushal Desai, IIT Jodhpur
11.20AM - 11.30AM Signing Memorandum of Understanding (Hall 308)
  • Oil India (N R Hazarika)
  • Umalaxmi Organics Pvt. Ltd. (Jeetesh Dave)
  • Envirotech (S K Gupta)
  • S S Innovations (S Shrivastava
11.30AM - 12.00 Noon Poster presentations on sidelines of coffee break
12.00Noon - 1.20PM Parallel Panel Discussions
    Panel 1: AI and Data Science (Hall 308)
    (Moderator: Richa Singh)
  1. Shivkumar K, GE Power
  2. Sameep Mehta, IBM IRL
  3. Nitendra Rajput, Mastercard
  4. Narayanan Unny, AMEX
    Panel 2: Smart Healthcare (Room 305)
    (Moderator: Surajit Ghosh)
  1. P M Murali, Jananom
  2. Arbind Mitra, HeARTHealth
  3. Satyendra Johari, Johari Digital
  4. Sourabh Chowdhury, Phimetrics
    Panel 3: Sustainable Development (Room 306)
    (Moderator: P K Tewari)
  1. N R Hazarika, Oil India
  2. Praveen Kumar, CAZRI
  3. B K Yogendra, BrahmaKumaris
  4. Suresh Singh, Enerzinx
1.20PM - 2.00PM Lunch Break
2.00PM - 2.40PM Plenary Talk 3 (Hall 308)
Speaker: D Bhattacharjee (Vice President, New Materials Business), Tata Steel
Moderator: Kaushal A Desai, IIT Jodhpur
2.40PM - 3.20PM Plenary Talk 4 (Hall 308)
Speaker: Shubhashis Sengupta (MD, Head AI R&D), Accenture
Moderator: Mayank Vatsa, IIT Jodhpur
3.20PM - 4.10PM Poster presentations on sidelines of coffee break
3.30PM - 4.10 PM Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurship (Hall 308)
  1. S Shrivastava, S S Innovations
  2. Anuradha Mukherjee, Tojo Vikas Biotech
  3. Vikram Parekh, YES Bank
  4. Moderator: M P Gupta, IIT Jodhpur & Ram Prakash, IIT Jodhpur
4.10PM - 5.30 PM Parallel Panel Discussions
    Panel 4: AI and Data Science (Hall 308)
    (Moderator: Richa Singh)
  1. Vishal Dhupar, NVIDIA
  2. Hemant Misra, Swiggy
  3. Mohak Kumar Sukhwani, ABB Robotics
  4. Niyati Chhaya, Adobe
    Panel 5: Industry 4.0 (Hall 305)
    (Moderator: Deepak Fulwani)
  1. Arun K Paul, Electron Device
  2. Mukul Gupta, Dynapt
  3. Naveen Kansara, Kansara Bearings
  4. Apurva Verma, ARM Ltd.
  5. Mahesh Babu A K, Samsung
    Panel 6: Sustainable Development (Hall 306)
    (Moderator: P K Tewari)
  1. Hemraj Sharma, Reliance Power
  2. G V Raghunath Reddy, DST
  3. Ranjit Kumar Bhatia, Shree Cements
  4. D Rajpan, Marine Sensors and Systems Group, NIOT
5.30PM – 6.15 PM Plenary Talk 5 (Hall 308)
Speaker: Aloknath De (CTO), Samsung
Moderator: Mayank Vatsa, IIT Jodhpur
6.15 PM – 6.30 PM Closing Ceremony (Hall 308)
Prize Distribution and Vote of Thanks
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Poster Symposium

The Poster Symposium on Industry Day would exhibit ongoing state-of-the-art research project and  innovations. Students may register their posters here following the guidelines.

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