Kannan M. Moudgalya is a professor of Chemical Engineering, Systems and Control, and Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. He has been with IIT Bombay for 25 years. He was a visiting professor at the University of Alberta during 2003-04. Kannan studied chemical engineering at IIT Madras and Rice university, receiving B.Tech and Ph.D degrees, respectively. He also received a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Rice University, studying Control and Computer Engineering. Kannan has applied the principles of control, simulation and mathematical modelling in several engineering areas. His students have also applied feedback control techniques in the computer science areas, such as quality of service, optimizing resource allocation and admission control for web based applications. Prof. Kannan has written two textbooks: (1) Digital Control, published by John Wiley & Sons, Chichester and (2) Optimization: theory and practice, jointly with M. C. Joshi, published by Narosa, New Delhi. He has also written “Oscad: An open source EDA tool for circuit design”, simulation, analysis and PCB design, Shroff Publishers, Mumbai. He has published a large number of papers in refereed international journals and conferences in the areas of mathematical modelling, control and simulation. Kannan is now devoting his time on spreading education on a massive scale, without quality dilution. He has been focusing on spoken tutorials, open source software systems, virtual labs and the low cost tablet, Aakash. He believes that it is possible to provide high quality education to all our children through a combination of education, and information and communication technologies, making India a developed country in the process. Kannan has held the posts of Associate Dean (R&D), Head of Application Software Cell and Head of the Centre for Distance Engineering Education Programme, at IIT Bombay. He is a Member of the Standing Committee of the National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Government of India. He is a life member of ISTE and CSI, and a member of IEEE.
Thursday 10:45 a.m.–11:15 a.m. in Grand Ballroom