Neha Sharma is a data science crusader who advocates its application for achieving sustainable goals, solving societal, governmental and business problems as well as promotes the use of open data. She has more than 24 years of experience and presently working with Tata Consultancy Services and is a Founder Secretary, Society for Data Science. Prior to this she has worked as Director of premier Institute of Pune, that run post-graduation courses like MCA and MBA. She is an alumnus of a premier College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneshwar and completed her PhD from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad. She is a Senior IEEE member, ACM Distinguished Speaker and was Secretary – IEEE Pune Section for the year 2021 and 2022. She is an astute academician and has organized several national and international conferences and published several research papers. She is the recipient of “Best PhD Thesis Award” and “Best Paper Presenter at International Conference Award” at National Level. Recently, she has received the Golden Book Awards 2023 for the book titled “Towards Net-Zero Targets: Usage of Data Science for Long-Term Sustainability Pathways”. She is a well-known figure among the IT circle, and well sought over for her sound knowledge and professional skills. Neha Sharma has been instrumental in integrating teaching with the current needs of the Industry and steering students towards their bright future.
Dr. Amol C. Goje is a President of Society of Data Science and currently working as a system,process and technology consultant for Banking and Retail Industry since 5 years Prior to that he served as a Director, Vidya Pratishthan’s Institute of Information Technology (VIIT), Baramati, Pune for 20 Years. He has a total of over Thirty Five years of experience in the field of Information and Computer Technology (ICT). He has developed many systems for the University. Dr. Amol’s main area of interest is to work for underprivileged people in the rural part of India. He has designed and implemented numerous path-breaking, innovative and cost effective solutions. Some solutions to name a few are – number of computer labs, which are economically sustainable to the rural schools and colleges. Dr. Amols’s main innovation is Computer Mobile Van. He has done lot of research work in Information Technology and its application for rural community. In appreciation to his exemplary work, Dr. Amol has received the Ashoka Fellow award in the year 2002. He is engaged as a Technical advisor on many government and non-government organizations.
In his tenure as the Director at VIIT, he has organized 8 international conferences in Baramati under the aegis of Baramati Initiatives and as a President of S4DS this is his eighth International conference. Dr. Goje has received the Marathwada Bhushan Award for spreading the IT education to the masses. He is the member of the Working group on Agricultural Extension Constituted by Planning Commission government of India. He is key player in setting up the Community Training and Learning Centers (CTLC) in Maharashtra. In this project, VIIT is providing Computer Training to the women from the Self Help groups (SHG). Dr. Goje has received the Manthan (AIF) award successively for two years in Year 2005 and 2006.Governemt of Maharashtra “Maharashtra IT award (IT HRD) in 2008. He is also the President of Community Radio Association (CRA) of India. Recently he has been bestowed with the honor of ‘Best Director’ of Pune University -2016-17
Amlan Chakrabarti is Director and Professor, A.K.Choudhury School of Information Technology, Kolkata, India. He is a Full Professor in the School of I.T. at the University of Calcutta. He was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Princeton University, USA during 2011-2012. He has almost 20 years of experience in Engineering Education and Research. He is the recipient of prestigious DST BOYSCAST fellowship award in Engg. Science (2011), JSPS Invitation Research Award (2016), Erasmus Mundus Leaders Award from EU (2017), Hamied Visiting Professorship from University of Cambridge (2018). He is an Associate Ed. of Elsevier Journal of Computers and Electrical Engg. and Guest Ed. of Springer nature Journal in Applied Sciences. He is a Sr. Member of IEEE and ACM, IEEE Comp. Society Distinguished Visitor, Distinguished Speaker of ACM, Secretary of IEEE CEDA India Chapter and Vice President of Data Science Society. His research interests are Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Reconfigurable Computing, Quantum Computing and VLSI CAD.
Alfred is BSc, MSc in EE from the Technion IIT, Haifa, Israel, and PhD in EE, from Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA, is a Technion Ollendorff Professor of Science, in the Computer Science Department there, and is a Visiting Professor at NTU, Singapore, in the SPMS. He has done research on Neural Coding Processes, and Stochastic Point Processes, Estimation Theory, and Scattering Theory, Signal and Image Processing Topics, Computer Vision and Graphics, and Robotics. Over the years he held visiting positions at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, (1987-2001) and TsingHua University, Beijing, China, (2002-223), and made short time visits to many universities and research centers worldwide. At the Technion, he was the Dean of the Graduate School, and is currently the Head of the Technion Excellence Program.