Not only is he the co-founder of Scribd, but professor John R Adler
from the Stanford School of Medicine is also the inventor of the
Cyberknife, a radiosurgical robotic instrument.
Apart from being a reknowned neurosurgeon, he has several patents to his credit.
We are honored to invite him to the Shaastra 2014 Lecture Series!
Manoj Pant is an Indian expert in International Trade. As a full time professor teaching International Trade Theory at the Centre for International Trade and Development, JNU, he is known for his academic contribution on issues of Trade, Competition and Environment.
He has been a lead speaker on WTO issues, shaping international discussions at the UNCTAD, OXFAM and other non-governmental organizations. His distinguished writing career includes 2 books, over 35 articles in international referred journals and a monthly column in The Economic Times. He has also been a an expert member of the consultative group on trade issues of the Planning Commission and a member of the technical committee of the Ministry of Human Resource Development for WTO.
Join Manoj Pant at Shaastra Lectures 2014 for a panoramic view of the International trade scene and its multiple perspectives ranging from the environment to market competition.
The President of edX (an online learning venture of Harvard and MIT) is not only an avant-garde educator, but a researcher, illustrious writer and an innovator who is 'changing the world', according to the Boston Globe Magazine 2012.
His teaching career has spanned from teaching Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT to pioneering the edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, all of which won him MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. To add to this list of awards he holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array. As an innovator he founded the Tilera Corporation and served as the director of MIT's CSAIL. His work on Organic Computing was selected by Scientific American as one of 10 World Changing Ideas in 2011. In his spare time, he hacks on WebSim, a web-based circuits laboratory.
This acclaimed alumnus of IIT Madras returns to his alma mater for the Shaastra Lecture Series 2014 to share with us his code for "breaking boundaries".
Former Associate Director of the Physics Group at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Jatinder Yakhmi has contributed greatly to the field of atomic research in India. With more than a dozen articles published in national and international referred journals is academic career has been noteworthy in molecular and atomic research.
If questions abound in your mind about the nature of atomic research in India, we bring to you a discussion with a leading researcher from the field.
The founder and CEO of YUVA Unstoppable, he transformed the act of volunteering into something fun and attractive, operating across 30 cities and mobilizing more than 1Lakh volunteers to educate underprivileged children. After receiving an MBA in Leadership and Management from Yale in 2009.
Amitabh Shah declined a $250,000 JP Morgan offer to work in the Indian streets and bring change in the lives of the destitute.
As Founding Chairman of the Youth Wing of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries and former Executive President at the Times Foundation, he has gained immense stature as a leader leading to his launching the Super Cool Leadership Program. As a master leadership trainer he conducts programmes across institution for garnering the art of appreciation, the power of listening and self-belief to mold young individuals into motivating leaders.
An interaction with the charismatic young entrepreneur and leader awaits this January 2014 at the Shaastra Lecture Series.
An eminent physicist, active in the fields of nuclear physics and high energy physics, Bikash Sinha is the Homi Bhabha Chair Professor of the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre. Previously the director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, he is currently on the scientific advisory board to the Prime Minister of India. He received the Padma Bhushan in 2010 for his scientific achievements.
Discuss and explore the mysteries of nuclear and high energy physics with Bikash Sinha, only at the Shaastra Lectures Series 2014.
Prof. Srinivasa Varadhan is a mathematician well recognized for his fundamental contributions to probability theory; in particular, for creating a unified theory of large deviations. During his ISI days, he was known as one of the "famous four".
Having studied in Presidency College in Madras and ISI, he has been faculty at New York University for many decades. Over a long and illustrious career, he has been appointed fellow of such prestigious groups as the Royal Society (1998), the Indian Academy of Sciences (2004), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009). In 1994, he was awarded the renowned Birkhoff Prize. This was followed by several prestigious honours, such as the Abel Prize in 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2010 from President Barack Obama. In 2008, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan. In addition, he holds the post of Jury Chair for the Infosys Prize 2013, for the discipline of Mathematical Sciences.
Don't miss an opportunity to interact with this mathematical giant and absorb his thoughts and experiences at Shaastra Lecture Series 2014!
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984.
GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.
Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
Grab this opportunity to interact with Richard Stallman and listen to him speak about his life and work with both hands, only at Shaastra Lecture Series 2014!
Ajit Narayanan is an inventor and entrepreneur who created Avaz, India's first augmentative and alternative communication device for children with disabilities. The device works by generating speech from limited muscle movements like that from the head or hand and can be used by people with speech disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and mental retardation.
Ajit obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from IIT Madras. He has received several accolades for his work with Avaz, including being named one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 and being awarded the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India in 2010. He is the founder and Chairman of Invention Labs, which came up with Avaz and through it, he holds 17 patent applications in the US and 3 in India.
An IIT Madras alumnus, Ajit Narayanan, the prodigious innovator, delivers a talk on his award winning communication device Avaz at Shaastra Lecture Series 2014.
"I wanted to work for NASA since I was a little boy. Like any kid in the '60s, my heroes were Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Chuck Yeager."
Even though poor eyesight ended his hopes of becoming an astronaut, Dave Lavery didn't give up his dream of space exploration. Today he is the Program Executive for Solar System Explorations NASA - handling multiple Mars missions at once. Although you might recognize him better as the man who led the Curiosity mission to Mars.
Lavery took up a job in NASA right after completing a degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He was also involved with the FIRST Robotics Competition as a mentor, while being a member of the FRC Game Design Committee. His twitter handle, apart from describing him as a NASA geek, robot advocate and "Mars guy", also declares his interest in mountaineering and cycling.
Join us at Shaastra Lecture Series 2014 to get a chance to listen to the man behind the Mars Exploration Rover and have a one-on-one interaction with him!
Gautam Narang is a robotics enthusiast who has worked with some of the most advanced humanoids in the world, including KOBIAN and WABIAN 2R. His primary research interests pertain to Humanoid Robotics. However, being a robot maniac by his own admission, he has taken up research work in other fields of Robotics as well.
A lot of this work was carried out at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a part of the project "Wear-A-Ban", a collective effort by the EU towards developing an efficient and less expensive method for the rehabilitation of stroke victims suffering from partial paralysis. In addition, he is the youngest person to complete a research program with Robotis Co. Ltd. in Seoul, South Korea and has worked on full sized humanoids at the Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University in Tokyo.
Robotics fiends and otherwise, everyone can gain from this chance to interact with this tremendous personality and gain a better understanding of the global robotics scene from his talk at the Lecture Series, Shaastra 2014!
Mr. S. Narsing Rao took over as Chairman, Coal India Limited, the largest coal producing company in the world, on and from 2012. Prior to the top post in the state owned Maharatna coal mining monolith, Mr. Rao, an IAS officer of 1986 batch from Andhra Pradesh Cadre, was Chairman of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), the AP based coal mining company.
Since taking over as Chairman CIL, Mr. Rao has laid emphasis on the importance of coal off-take as a prime performance parameter. As a testimony of this, coal off-take in 2012-13 reached a new high registering a year-on-year growth of 7.4%.
A post-graduate in Chemistry and Economics Mr. Rao also holds a post-graduate higher diploma in forestry. Before joining the IAS, he had undergone training in Forestry and Rural Development sectors. He had held various positions in the Government of Andhra Pradesh, both at the District Administration level and State Administration. Mr. Rao has wide international exposure and his expertise include consultant to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy and Chief Technical Adviser, United Nations Office of Project Services, Asia & Pacific regions. Mr. Rao's areas of interests include rural development, poverty alleviation, environment and ecology.
He passionately worked for reforms in administration to make it responsive to the needs and aspirations of the communities. Find out what went into the making of his exciting career at the Shaastra Lecture series 2014!
Sharmila Bhattacharya, head of the Biomodel Performance and Behaviour Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, is a leading researcher in immune system changes during spaceflight and the effects of radiation and altered gravity on living systems. She was the principal investigator for the space shuttle flight experiment, Fly Immunity and Tumors (FIT), which flew in 2006. She holds masters and doctorate degrees in molecular biology from Princeton University and has conducted post-doctoral research in neurobiology at Stanford University.
She believes that to work hard on something that truly interests you is the only way to build a lifelong career that is fulfilling and challenging. In her own life her biggest success has been seeing her experiments flown in space, a dream of flight fuelled by her father, a pilot, who told her that being a girl would not stop her from being "absolutely anything" she wanted to be.
At the Shaastra Lectures Series 2014, you can be part of a journey to realise your own dreams and successes while engaging with Sharmila's Bhattacharya's exciting story.
"Jobs is the big daddy of clean and intuitive user interfaces who changed the way we communicate. How can we forget his famous line, `Stay hungry, Stay foolish'"
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran, siblings and co-developers, are perhaps India's youngest entrepreneurs, at 14 and 12 years of age. They are the president and CEO respectively of Go Dimensions, an app development unit that they founded two years ago at home in Chennai. Having learnt Qbasic in primary school, and Java and iOS programming soon after, they have developed over ten apps together in the last two years. Their apps are available on both the Apple App store and the Android Play Store, and have received over 35,000 downloads. Finding a great source of inspiration in Steve Jobs, they like to spend their free time coding and debugging test apps, while "nibbling on cheese fritters and lasagna". Previously, they have spoken at lecture series organized by TEDx and IIM-Bangalore.
Breaking the limits of age, Shravan and Sanjay, app developers and programmers, talk about their passions and work at Shaastra 2014 this January, as part of the Lecture Series.
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