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Prof. David B. Johnson

David B. Johnson is a Professor of Computer Science and in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and was previously a member of the faculty at at Carnegie Mellon University for eight years. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1990 from Rice University. Professor Johnson founded and is leading the Monarch (MObile Networking ARCHitectures) research group at Rice (previously at Carnegie Mellon) and has worked substantially on the problems of Mobile IP and different types of multihop wireless networking including mobile ad hoc networking, sensor networking, and mesh networking. He has also been very active since 1993 in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the principal protocol standards development body for the Internet. He was one of the main designers of the IETF Mobile IP protocol for IPv4 and is the primary designer of Mobile IP for IPv6, and his group's Dynamic Source Routing protocol (DSR) for ad hoc networks has been published by the IETF as an Experimental protocol for the Internet.

From 2005 through 2009, Professor Johnson served as the Chair of ACM SIGMOBILE, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing; and was previously Treasurer of SIGMOBILE for seven years. He is also currently serving as a member of the ACM SIG Governing Board Executive Committee (SGB EC). He was General Chair for MobiCom 2003 and VANET 2006; and Technical Program Chair for VANET 2005, MobiHoc 2002, and MobiCom 1997; and has been a member of the Technical Program Committee for over 40 international conferences and workshops. He has also been an editor for six different journals. Professor Johnson received the NSF CAREER Award in 1995 and the ACM SIGMOBILE Distinguished Service Award in 2001.



Dr. Rajiv Laroia

Rajiv Laroia is Senior Vice President of Technology at Qualcomm. He was the founder and CTO of Flarion Technologies. Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm in January 2006. He is an expert in OFDMA, CDMA, TDMA and other cellular multiple access technologies and is intimately familiar with current and next generation of wireless standards including LTE, HSPA, UMTS, CDMA 2000, GSM and EDGE.

Dr. Laroia has a very broad background that spans wireless communication, data transmission, information theory, VLSI design and architecture, analog mixed-signal and RF circuit design, high-speed AD/DA data converters, speech image and video compression.

Prior to launching Flarion, Dr. Laroia was with Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories since 1992 when he joined the prestigious Mathematical Sciences Research Center. In 1997, he became head of Bell Labs' Digital Communications Research Department in the Wireless Research Center where he and his team initially started to develop flash-OFDM technology based wireless data system.

He received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992 and 1989 and a Bachelor's degree in 1985 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, all in electrical engineering. His thesis also contributed to V.34, the ITU voice-band modem international standard. He has over 50 issued patents and more than 150 pending. He has won numerous industry awards. He was indicted to the Innovations Hall of Fame, University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. In 2007 he received the IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Laroia is a Fellow of the IEEE.



Shailesh Rao

Shailesh Rao is Managing Director for Google India. In this role, he is responsible for Google's domestic business, developing strategic partnerships and enhancing relationships with industry and government in India. Additionally, he has been appointed as Managing Director for Media & Platforms, Asia Pacific.  In this capacity, Shailesh is responsible for Google’s display advertising business across the region which includes video (YouTube), social media (Orkut), mobile, and advertising on Google’s Content Network. 

Shailesh brings a wealth of experience with him having served as Director for Google based at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. In this role Shailesh was responsible for growing Google's Local Search business globally, driving Google's third party channel programs, as well as managing new content partnership programs on a worldwide basis. Prior to Google, Shailesh was Vice President of Products for Yodlee, a leading solutions provider to the global financial services industry, managing all aspects of product and corporate development. Previously at Yodlee, Shailesh also served as Director of Business Development, forging many of the company’s strategic partnerships and channel strategies.

Prior to Yodlee, Shailesh was a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting driving corporate strategy for Fortune 500 institutions across the utility, oil & gas, telecommunications, and apparel markets. He has also served in the business development group at America Online focused on new product and content strategy and partnerships.

Shailesh has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors, a BS from
the Wharton School with a concentration in finance, and an MBA from the
Kellogg School of Management.  He is presently Chairman of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and a member of the Board of Directors of the US India Business Council (USIBC).



Dr. Kumar N. Sivarajan

Kumar N. Sivarajan obtained the B. Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.

From 1990--1994, Sivarajan was with IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. From 1994--2000, Sivarajan was with the Electrical Communication Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. In May 2000 he co-founded Tejas Networks where he serves as the Chief Technology Officer.

Sivarajan is co-author of the text-book `Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective' published in February 1998.  He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship from the Government of India and a recipient of the 2004 Global Indus Technovator Award from the India Business Club at MIT.  He is also a recipient of the IEEE Fortescue Fellowship and the IEEE Bennett and Baker Prize Paper Awards.



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