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Dr. K. B. CHANDRASEKHAR
Chairman

Dr. K.B. Chandrasekhar ("Dr. Chandra") is co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Jamcracker. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of e4e Inc., a global technology holding company and Chairman of the Board of Aztec Software and Technology Services Limited, a publicly traded company on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

In 1994, Dr. Chandra identified the potential of the Internet and founded Exodus Communications. Exodus went public in March of 1998 in one of the most successful IPO's of 1998. In 1999, Dr. Chandra was honored as the Ernst & Young Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year.

Seeing the need for research and development in the areas of information sciences and life sciences, Dr. Chandra established the Anna University - K.B. Chandrasekhar Research Centre (AU-KBC Research Center) in 1999 at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) campus of Anna University, as a collaborative venture between Anna University, Chennai (Madras), and the K.B. Chandrasekhar Family Foundation. Dr. Chandra started his first entrepreneurial venture in 1992 with Fouress, Inc., a network software design and development firm with clients including Sun Microsystems, Adaptec, Toshiba, and Lockheed. Within two years, Fouress was a highly profitable company with sales of $1 million per year.

In 1990, Dr. Chandra moved to the United States as country manager for Rolta India, Ltd., where he was responsible for business development, marketing, and software consulting services. Dr. Chandra began his career in 1983 at Wipro, an Indian information technology company, as a customer support engineer. During his seven years with the company, he advanced through various sales, marketing, and support functions including building highly available networks for satellite applications and managing marketing for its European clients.
Dr. Chandra was born and raised in Chennai, India and holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Anna University.

Prof. C.N. KRISHNAN
Program Director AU-KBC Reseach Center

Prof. C N Krishnan got his B. Tech degree from I I T Madras and M. Tech and Ph.D. degrees from I I T Kanpur, all in the area of Electrical Communications Engineering. He worked as a Senior Research Assistant in IIT Kanpur, and then as an Asst. Professor and Professor in the Electronics Dept. of the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) Campus, Anna University, Chennai. He served as the Director, School of Electronics& Instrumentation, and then as the founding Director, AU-KBC Research Centre in the M I T Campus of the University. Currently he serves as the Program Director of the AU-KBC Centre.

Prof. Krishnan has taught courses in the areas of Digital Communication; Telecommunications; RF, Microwave and Satellite Communication; Radar ; Signal Processing ; and Speech Processing. He has designed and introduced new courses in the University on Switching and Transmission, Adaptive Signal Processing, ISDN, Speech Processing, and Broad Band Access Technologies. Prof. Krishnan’s research work has been in the areas of Applied Signal Processing, Spread Spectrum and GPS, Kalman Filtering, Air-borne Radar, and Power Line Communications, and this has led to over forty research papers in these areas. He also carried out over 15 externally funded research projects in these areas.

Prof. Krishnan had all along felt that universities in India are far too much closed onto themselves and this is stunting their growth, dynamism and vitality -- they have to be in constant interaction and interplay with the other elements in society in order to remain relevant and responsive to the societal needs. He had thus set up the AU-PPST Centre in Anna University in collaboration with the PPST Foundation to work on Technologies of relevance to the common people. He had conceived the multidisciplinary Micro Satellite Project in the University to work in close interaction and coordination with ISRO. Prof. Krishnan set up the National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source Software (NRCFOSS) in the University with government funding, working closely with the Indian FOSS community. Jointly with K B Chandrasekhar, he conceived of the AU-KBC Research Centre and served as its Founding-Director. Prof. Krishnan believes that, in all these instances, the presence of an external player has provided the energy, drive and creativity to all these efforts carried out in the University.

Setting up of the AU-KBC Research Centre in Ana University Chennai in particular represents a pioneering contribution to promoting and sustaining quality research in Indian Universities in an affordable and cost-effective manner. This step has followed from the conviction that research in Indian Universities need, among other things, external inputs and stimuli for achieving and maintaining reasonable levels of quality, creativity and relevance. Having private players contribute to the R&D programs of the University in the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) mode is one of the means through which such a rejuvenation and replenishing of University research can happen. This external involvement, participation and support helps make research more focused and result oriented, leading to development of knowledge, technologies and products that can contribute back to the society in economic, social and intellectual terms. By making them an integral part of this process, the scientists and researchers also get suitably compensated and rewarded which in turn leads to higher levels of their motivation and productivity. Such a model also makes it possible for research centres to move towards financial self-sufficiency, sparing the rather scarce resources of the University for teaching and training purposes. Carried out with in a transparent framework of benefit sharing, this becomes a win-win arrangement for the University, for the scientists and for the private player – and for Indian science and technology as such. The AU-KBC Centre functions as one of the nodes of the Innovation Ecosystem promoted by KBCRF, and Prof. Krishnan is currently engaged in making the ecosystem strong and sustainable.


RAVI CONDAMOOR
CEO, Svapas Pvt Ltd.

Over the last 18 years, Ravi Condamoor has been an entrepreneur and technocrat, holding senior management and technical positions in numerous organizations and help shape the computing industry with innovative products and solutions.

In 2000, Ravi co-founded NehaNet, an On Demand CRM Solutions Company for the semiconductor vertical and as Vice President of Engineering, managed all activities related to product development, deployment and support.

Prior to co-founding NehaNet Corporation, Ravi headed the Distributed Platform development team at Portal Software where he was responsible for developing the company's next generation distributed middleware platform. Previously at Oracle, Ravi led the Architecture effort for the Oracle Application Server and drove the successful adoption of CORBA as the technology infrastructure for the Application Server. He also served on the Oracle Corporate Architecture Review Board, World-Wide Web Consortium and Object Management Group standards efforts. Ravi holds several patents in E-Commerce and On-Line Trading systems and has publicatons in Distributed Computing and Graph Theory. Ravi spent his early career at IBM and Sybase contributing to their Distributed Computing efforts.

Ravi is an ardent supporter of both Open Source and Software as a Service (SaaS) paradigm and has unabashedly practiced them with vim in the last few years.

Ravi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University Of Madras, a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and has completed advanced work towards a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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