USID Foundation - Bringing HCI & Design Community Together USID2008
USID Foundation - Bringing HCI & Design Community Together
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Conference Speakers
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Prof. M.P. Ranjan   Kentaro Toyama   Prof. Orville Clubb   Lalitesh
National Institute of Design   Asst. MD,
Microsoft Research
  City Univ. of Hong Kong   Google Engineering
Vijay Tadepalli   Hiren Dalal   Jay R. Pullur   Sanjai.K
AVP & Head UXM Group, Satyam   Director Quality and PMO, CA   Founder & CEO, Pramati Technologies   Program Director & Head, SAP Labs
Ramakrishna Yarlapati   Markus Hegi   Ravi Krishnan    
SVP & Head - ERP, SAP Labs   CEO & Founder, Colayer GmbH   Head, PTL U,

Principal Designer and Faculty, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (NID)

Presentation Topic: Living in Digital World, Challenges for Engineers and Designers

Professor M P Ranjan is a senior member of the faculty of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad , India and Chair of the Task Force on GeoVisualization set up by the Government of India. Since 1976 he has been responsible for the creation and conduct of numerous courses at NID, dealing with design theory and methodology, product and numerous domains of digital design. He has conducted research in many areas of design pedagogy, industrial and craft design and on the role of design policy in various sectors of the Indian economy. Ranjan continually explores cultural, ethical, technological, and social issues that pose intellectual challenges for the design community. As a professional designer and Chairman of NID's Design Consulting Office he has handled many design projects for industry, government and international agencies in areas of product design, interior design, exhibition design, craft design and design policy. He headed NID's Publications and Resource Centre, and managed Information Technology initiatives in his capacity as Chairman of the Computer Centre and Head of the Apple Academy at NID.

Professor M P Ranjan

Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research India

Presentation Topic: User Experience Research in India for India

Kentaro Toyama is assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, in Bangalore, where he supports the daily operation and overall management of the lab. He additionally heads an interdisciplinary group that conducts research to identify applications of computing technology to international development and is currently also the acting manager for the digital geographics research group.  From 1997 to 2004, he was at Microsoft Research in Redmond , where he did research in computer vision and multimedia. In 2002, he took personal leave from Microsoft to teach mathematics at Ashesi University , a private liberal arts college in Ghana . He has consulted for ABB and DLR, the research arm of the German Aeronautics and Space Administration. Kentaro graduated from Harvard with a bachelors degree in physics and from Yale with a PhD in computer science. 

Kentaro Toyama

Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, City University of Hong Kong

Presentation Topic: Internet & Society

Dr. Orville Leverne Clubb is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in HCI. He has recently concentrated on the Internet and its effects on society. Dr. Clubb started his computing career in 1966, at the Bank of America. His first full-time academic post was Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1977. Dr. Clubb has extensive experience as an academic administrator. For example: he has been the Dean of Engineering and Technology at the Asian University in Thailand; Head of the Division of Computer Studies at City University; and Associate Principal of the College of High Vocational Studies (now City University's Community College). Dr. Clubb has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Hawaii; a Diploma in Chinese Law from the University of East Asia (Macau); a PhD in Computing from the University of Sunderland U.K.

Kentaro Toyama

Google Engineering

Presentation Topic: Making Information Accessible and Useful

Lalitesh works in Google engineering and his interests are in geo data, machine vision and machine learning. Before joining Google, Lalitesh briefly served on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon and went on to found a robotics start-up which was acquired by Google. Lalitesh has presented papers for and chaired several conferences in Space Robotics, and is responsible for initiating and leading the CMU Lunar Rover program. At Google, Lalitesh co-founded Google India and was its founding Joint Center Head for two years. He co-started several projects including Google Finance, Hindi Transliteration and is currently working on maps.
Lalitesh recieved his Ph.D. from CMU in Robotics and a M.S. from the CMU school of Computer Science. He also holds a M.S. from Stanford University's Design Division, and a M.S in Aerospace from Iowa State. His B-Tech was from IIT-Bombay in Aeronautical Engg.

Lalitesh Katragadda

AVP & Head User Experience Management Group, Satyam

Presentation Topic: Impacting Business Through Usability
Vijay Tadepalli leads the User Experience Management practice of the Consulting and Enterprise Solutions circle of Satyam. He and his team have developed user experience strategies and solutions for Satyam’s Fortune 500 clients over the last four years. Vijay has also developed a portal framework for operational excellence which incorporates knowledge management, community building, infrastructure and business continuity & ISMS practices. Before joining Satyam in August 2001 he established and managed an IT venture as an entrepreneur for over a decade. Prior to this, he worked for leading engineering firms Godrej & Boyce and Escorts as a vendor development engineer. Vijay holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and has a passion for artificial intelligence. His other interests include community service, sketching and music.
Vijay Tadepalli

Director - Quality and PMO, CA

Presentation Topic: Measuring User Experience
Hiren Dalal is the Director - Quality and PMO at CA in Hyderabad, India. His responsibilities include driving Business Process Re-engineering, Process Improvements, Implementing Lean Six Sigma and Setting up the PMO for the global Engineering and Technical Support organizations. He is a certified Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. His interests include application of Lean Six Sigma in Software development. Hiren graduated from M S University, Baroda with an Engineering degree in Computer Science and worked as a Software Engineer for several years before joining business school to complete his MBA. Prior to joining CA, he spent several years at General Electric in various roles in IT and non-IT industries. Hiren Dalal

Founder & CEO, Pramati Technologies
Presentation Topic: Developing Usable Product UI – CEO's Vision
Jay Raghavendra Pullur is founder and CEO of Pramati Technologies Private Limited. An important contributor to industry think tanks such as the NASSCOM Product Forum and the Hyderabad Software Exporters Association, Jay has spoken on technology and IT trends at various platforms such as CA World 99, CSFB Technology Conference 2000, International School of Business Hyderabad, Indian Institutes of Technology etc. Jay is an electrical engineer and masters in computer science in Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur . He started his career at Wipro and during his stay of 10 years with Wipro, he headed offshore development centers for Sequent and Xerox apart from working for companies such as GE, Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Sequent. Jay. Today, he spearheads a silent software product revolution in India in the form of Pramati Technologies, a mission close to his heart ever since he started thinking of technology development. Jay Raghavendra Pullur
Ramakrishna Yarlapati
Senior Vice President and Head of ERP India, SAP Labs
Presentation Topic: Embracing Simplicity and Innovation in ERP Applications

Ramakrishna Yarlapati is Senior Vice President and Head of ERP India organization at SAP Labs India.  In his role, Ramki is responsible for ERP Solution Management and product development from India.

Ramki is a member of Global ERP management team at SAP as well as a member of senior management team of SAP Labs India.

Ramakrishna Yarlapati
Program Director and Head of ERP Solution Management, SAP Labs India
Presentation Topic: Embracing Simplicity and Innovation in ERP Applications
Sanjai.K, is a Program Director and Head of ERP Solution Management at SAP Labs India. He is responsible for defining the product strategy for SAP ERP and roadmap for SAP ERP. He is also responsible for successful rollout of ERP in the Asia Pacific & Japan markets.
Prior to this he has spent 9 years as Program Manager with SAP India Consulting with experience of managing some of the largest SAP implementations in Asia Pacific. As a Solution Delivery Manager for the SAP BPO unit, he provides leadership and strategic program management for global BPO projects.
He is a Speaker in SAP and Industry Forums on SAP Solutions, Project Management, Shared Services & BPO.
CEO & Founder, Colayer GmbH
Presentation Topic: Web 2.0 for Virtual Workplaces
Markus Hegi is CEO, Founder and President of Colayer GmbH. He embodies in his personality, everything Colayer stands for. He is dynamic, energetic, impatient with the status quo and pleasantly unconventional. He feels convinced that in this rapidly advancing information technology-driven modern environment, it is transparency that is the fundamental driver for problem solving and learning. Markus discovered the potential of a new type of software which was beyond the three conventional layers of software architecture... the layer of communication which could provide the foundation for a new collaborative and co - creative knowledge platform. This concept was crystallized and Colayer came into being. Previously he worked at Deloitte Consulting in Zurich and San Francisco focusing on eBusiness, IT-Strategy and BPR, and as an IT Consultant for Bull. He received his MBA in Strategy and Organization from the University of St. Gall, Switzerland, a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Hagen, Germany, and a graduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Markus Hegi
Head, Performance Through Learning (PTL U), Trina, an Adayana Company
Presentation Topic: Designing the eLearning Interface - Emerging Opportunities and Challenges
Ravi Krishnan currently heads the Performance through Learning of Trina, a learning services provider operating out of Hyderabad and Minnesota, USA. He brings the experience of synthesizing the practices of Instruction Design, Visual Communication, Technology Design, and Product Design to develop effective and engaging elearning solutions by institutionalising the 'Learning Design' practice at Trina. Ravi has been in the elearning field for almost a decade. He began his career at the Multimedia Systems Laboratory of the National Informatics Centre in the early 1990s, where he participated in India's first technology initiative to enhance the quality of public services. Between 1995 and 2001, Ravi headed the Visual Communication group of LearningByte International, a pioneer in the e-learning space in India. Ravi is an architect by education with a bachelor's degree from REC, Tiruchirapalli. His Masters degree is in Visual Communication from the IDC, IIT, Bombay. Ravi Krishnan