Keynote Speech 1:

The present and future of computer industry in India - opportunities and challenges

The term computer industry refers to business that involves computing technology - design of computer hardware and computer networking infrastructures, development of computer software, manufacture of computer components, providing computer related technical consultancy, services and providing information technology services (ITS). Broadly, Computer Industry is referred as Information Technology (IT) industry as it not only encompasses computing technologies but also communication technologies that involve exchange of information.
The rapid expansion of the IT industry in India has been a key feature in the country’s economic development. Information Technology in India is an industry consisting of two major components: IT services and business process outsourcing (BPO). The sector has increased its contribution to India's GDP from 1.2% in 1998 to 7.7% in 2017. According to NASSCOM, the sector aggregated revenues of US$160 billion in 2017, with export revenue standing at US$99 billion and domestic revenue at US$48 billion, growing by over 13%. India’s IT industry contributed around 7.7 per cent to the country’s GDP. IT industry is fuelling the growth of startups in India, with the presence of more than 4,750 startups in India.

 Prof Chakraborty
Professor Dr. Baisakhi Chakraborty, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Baisakhi Chakraborty received the PhD degree in computer science and engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, in 2011. She is currently associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. Her research interest includes knowledge systems, knowledge engineering and management, database systems, data mining, natural language processing, and software engineering. She has several research scholars under her guidance. She has more than 45 international publications. She has a decade of industrial and 18 years of academic experience.

Keynote Speech 2:

Wearable Computing: Prospects and Challenges

Emerging technologies such as mobile computing, sensors and sensor networks, and augmented reality have led to innovations in the field of wearable computing. Devices such as smart watches and smart glasses allow users to interact with devices worn under, with top of clothing and a new paradigm of computing is emerged. The many opportunities offered by wearable computing have triggered the imaginations of designers and researchers in a wide variety of fields. The inevitability of computers and interfaces which are small enough to be worn on the human body has inspired the creation of devices and applications which can assist with specialized professional and personal activities. Wearable computing considers the use of miniature computing devices in order to support various human activities. Such devices can be utilized similarly to a more established application of mobile learning in order to enable learning independently of temporal and spatial constrains. Although some learning management systems can support mobile learning through the use of adaptive themes or custom learning activities, wearable computing introduces many new variables into the mix, and learning management systems are not equipped to support such devices. In this talk, a detail overview of wearable technologies will be presented from the perspectives of future innovation and information security.

 Prof Hossain
Professor Syed Akhter Hossain Department of Computer Science and Engineering Daffodil International University, Bangladesh Honorary Professor, Amity University, India

Syed Akhter Hossain Syed Akhter Hossain is currently working as Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Daffodil International University. Professor Hossain obtained M.Sc. in Applied Physics and Electronics from Rajshahi University and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Dhaka. He attended Erasmus Mundus post doctoral fellowship in the area of Informatics and Industrial Engineering with University Lumiere Lyon 2 in France. He has more than 24 years of working experience in industry, education, research and training. He is actively involved in research guidance/ research projects/ research collaborations with Institutes/ Industries and has more than 80 publications/ presentations and his work is listed in DBLP, IEEE Explore and other research databases. He received National ICT Award 2016 for his outstanding contribution in ICT education. He also received other International awards for teaching including other national awards for his scholastic works specially for the contribution of machine translator for Bangla Braille used by the visually impaired society. He is also member of several national and international professional bodies.