Professor Krithi Ramamritham

Major Bhagat Singh Rekhi Chair Professor

Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Professor Krithi Ramamritham has spent almost equal lengths of time at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at IIT Bombay as a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

His current research involves applying computational approaches to energy management, based on the SMART principle: Sense Meaningfully, Analyze and Respond Timely. This work exploits and extends state of the art in database systems, real-time computing, sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile computing and smart grids. As the Head of IIT Bombay's new Center for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), he spearheaded several innovative projects in the Smart Cities area.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and many Indian academies. He was honored with a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. He received the 2016 Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee for Real-Time Systems and the Outstanding Service Award from IEEE's CEDA.

Professor Hiroshi Esaki

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

The University of Tokyo

Professor Hiroshi Esaki received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Kyushu University in 1985 and 1987, and received Ph.D from the University of Tokyo in 1998.

In 1987, he joined Toshiba Corporation. From 1990 to 1991, he has been at Bellcore Inc., New Jersey (USA), as a residential researcher. From 1994 to 1996, he has been at Columbia University (USA). During his staying at Columbia University, he has proposed the CSR architecture, i.e., an origin of MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching), to IETF. From 1996 to 1998, he has conducted the CSR project in Toshiba, as a chief architect.

He is an executive director of IPv6 promotion council, a vice chair of JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center), an IPv6 Forum Fellow, a BoT(Board of Trustee) for ISOC (Internet Society), a director of WIDE Project, director of Japan Data Center Council and a director of Green University of Tokyo Project.

Mr Tan Kok Yam

Deputy Secretary

Smart Nation and Digital Government Office
and Strategy Group
Prime Minister’s Office

Mr Tan Kok Yam is the Deputy Secretary of the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), in the Prime Minister’s Office. He is responsible for plans to realise impactful projects for Smart Nation, raise quality and inter-operability of Government IT and Smart systems, grow ICT-related capabilities for Government, and engage citizens and businesses to be part of the Smart Nation journey.

Mr Tan is also a Deputy Secretary in Strategy Group and oversees issues related to data, technology and climate change. Prior to his current post, Mr Tan served in a number of other Ministries within the Singapore Public Service. He was Director of Manpower in the Ministry of Defence, in charge of the human resource and national service policies of the Singapore Armed Forces, and also in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Education previously, dealing with public housing and higher education policies respectively.

Professor Lily Kong

Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences

Singapore Management University

Professor Lily Kong is SMU’s Provost and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Social Sciences.

As Provost of SMU, Professor Kong is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and has the responsibility for leading the development of the university strategy and implementing policies relating to its academic activities, including teaching, learning and research, as well as faculty and student matters. She works with the President in resource allocation to facilitate the delivery of the University’s mission.

Professor Kong is widely known for her research on religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, and national identity.

An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems).

Prof Kong was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2006.

Professor Steven Miller

Vice Provost (Research) and Professor of Information Systems

Singapore Management University

Professor Steven Miller is SMU’s Vice Provost (Research) and he oversees the Office of Research & Tech Transfer, Office of Post-Graduate Research Programmes, Human Research Protection Programme and Institutional Review Board, and SMU’s Institutes, Centres and Labs.

He was the Founding Dean of the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS), a position he held from 2002 through mid-2016. He started his professional career as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, appointed in both the College of Engineering and the Business School.

Prior to joining SMU, he held senior positions in technology, management and consulting with Fujitsu Ltd in Japan and the US; RWD Technologies in the US; and IBM Global Services where he was Chief Architect Executive for Business Innovation Services, Asia Pacific.

He is currently a member of Singapore’s Data Protection Advisory Committee (“DPAC”). He also serves on various advisory panels and committees under Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Ministry of Communication and Information, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of National Development – providing inputs on analytics and AI, Infocomm R&D, Infocomm Manpower Development, and University-Industry collaborations.

Professor Ramayya Krishnan

Dean, H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University
United States of America

Professor Ramayya Krishnan is the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at CMU since 1988, Krishnan was appointed Dean when the Heinz College was created in 2008. He was reappointed upon the completion of his first term as Dean in 2014.

Krishnan’s research interests focus on consumer and social behavior in digitally instrumented environments. His work has addressed technical, policy and business problems that arise in these contexts. Krishnan is an INFORMS Fellow and the recipient of the prestigious Y. Nayuduamma award in 2015 for his contributions to telecommunications management. In October 2017 he was elected the 25th President of INFORMS, the world’s largest Operations Research and Analytics Society.