Welcome to NCC 2019!


All the industry keynotes will be held in Faculty Hall, IISc main building.

Mr. Avichal Kulshrestha (NI) Software defined architecture for a mmWave testbed February 21 9:30-10:00
Dr. Kapil Bhattad (Qualcomm) Making 5G NR mmwave a commercial reality February 22 9:00-9.30
Ms. Pamela Kumar (TSDSI) Standards-oriented Research – Need of the hour for India February 23 9.30-10.00

Making 5G NR mmwave a commercial reality


Speaker:  Dr. Kapil Bhattad
Qualcomm, India



Abstract: 5G NR (New Radio) is a new unified air interface for the next decade and beyond. It is designed to address a wide range of use cases covering enhanced mobile broadband, mission critical services and massive IoT, and to support new spectrum bands in both sub 6 GHz and mmwave. The talk will briefly cover the 5G NR foundational technologies that makes this possible. It will then focus on the challenges in mmwave and mitigating techniques that make communication in mmWave possible on commercial handsets.

Bio: Kapil Bhattad received his B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2007. He has been at Qualcomm research since then in San Diego from 2007 to 2011 and in Bangalore from 2011 onwards. He has contributed extensively to design, standardization, and commercialization of wireless communication technolgoies and chipsets covering 3G,4G,5G, IoT, and satellite communication systems. He has more than 200 patent applications pending and currently leads the 5G R&D effort at Qualcomm Wireless R&D at Bangalore.

Standards-oriented Research – Need of the hour for India


Speaker:  Ms. Pamela Kumar
Director General, TSDSI (Telecom Standards Development Society of India)
President & Founder Chair, CCICI (Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India)



Abstract: The National Digital Communication Policy 2018 states :

  1. At the current pace of digitisation and digitalisation, it is estimated that India’s digital economy has the potential to reach one trillion USD by 2025.
  2. With significant capabilities in both telecommunications and software, India, more than most countries, stands poised to benefit from harnessing new digital technologies and platforms to unlock productivity, thus catalysing economic growth and development
The 5G Vision for India has been defined as “5G technology has the potential for ushering a major societal transformation in India by enabling a rapid expansion of the role of information technology across manufacturing, educational, healthcare, agricultural, financial and social sectors. India must embrace this opportunity by deploying 5G networks early, efficiently, and pervasively, as well as emerge as a significant innovator and technology supplier at the global level.”

The realization of these National Goals is dependent on the researchers & innovators in the country actively participating is steering the direction of emerging technologies to address the Unique challenges of India.

This talk will try to highlight the need for driving research to address India Specific requirements. This research can then be leveraged to develop standards, influence global standards and hence the direction of technology and product development.

TSDSI provides the one-stop platform :
  1. To help researchers formulate research problems based on the Standardisation gaps needed for solving India’s Unique challenges
  2. To help researchers translate their research ideas and patents into Standards

The talk will provide the flow to achieve the above at TSDSI and invite the researchers at the conference to join hands in the development and adoption of the next generation of technology for India.

Bio: Since February 2017, Ms. Pamela Kumar has been appointed as the Director General of TSDSI. An alumnus of PEC Chandigarh, Rutgers University and IIM Bangalore, Pamela brings with her an experience of 30+ years in the communications, computers and semiconductor industry.

TSDSI is involved in mobilising the Technical experts in the country to develop standards based on National Priorities & requirements and influencing Global Standards, particularly at ITU, 3GPP and other forums. Major contributions are being driven to incorporate India’s innovations to address Rural connectivity requirements for India and rest of the world. CCICI published a Framework & Roadmap for Cloud Computing Adoption in India and provided technical consultation on various aspects of the Cloud Computing Strategy for India. CCICI also formed the IoT for Smart Cities Task Force which published a series of reports related to Smart Cities Requirements Analysis, Smart Cities Reference Architecture, Smart Cities RFP Guidelines, Design & Planning of Smart Cities using IoT.

Prior to TSDSI, she has spent the first 10 years of her career at AT&T, Bell Labs in USA and at C-DOT in Bangalore. Later, she held leadership positions in Texas Instruments, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, R&D labs in India. She also did a short stint with 2 startups, setting up the R&D centers of Network Programs and Alliance Semiconductors. She holds 3 Patents granted by USPTO and has 5 patent applications pending in the Networking Accelerators domain. She has been a Keynote/ invited speaker in 60+ Local and Global forums.

Pamela is also the Founding Chair and current President of Cloud Computing Innovation Council of India (CCICI). She is on the Governing Board of Indian Financial Technologies and Allied Services (IFTAS) and PEC University of Technology. She is the Bharti Chair for IT Research and Member Research Council, UIET, Panjab University. She also mentors a few Startups in the ICT space.

Pamela is currently the Chair of the IEEE Charles Steinmetz Awards Committee. She was the first ever appointee from India in the IEEE Standards Association - Board of Governors, as the Member at large for 2011-12. She has held several other leadership roles as a senior member of IEEE - such as General Chair of IEEE ANTS Conference, Coordinator for IEEE Region 10 Industry Relations, Chair for IEEE Computer Society Chapter & Vice Chair of IEEE Bangalore section, etc.

Software defined architecture for a mmWave testbed


Speaker:  Mr. Avichal Kulshrestha
NI, India



Abstract: To capitalize on the promise of mmWave for 5G, researchers must develop new technologies, algorithms and communications protocols as the fundamental properties of the mmWave channel are different from current cellular channels and are relatively unexplored. Building mmWave system prototypes demonstrate the viability and feasibility of a technology or concept that simulations alone cannot. mmWave prototypes communicating in real-time and over the air in a variety of scenarios will unlock the secrets of the mmWave channel and enable technology adoption and proliferation. In this presentation we will explore a software defined architecture that was designed with 5G in mind which allows researchers to create and test over-the-air prototypes of 5G New Radio (NR) communications links.

Bio: Avichal Kulshrestha is a Senior Field Marketing Manager at National Instruments. He graduated as an electrical engineer from NIT, Allahabad and then joined National Instruments as an applications engineer. At NI, he has configured and supported multiple systems deployed in critical automated test applications. He is a Certified LabVIEW Architect and has conducted over 40 tutorials and seminars in the fields of SDR, Radar Testing and power electronics. He is also a member of IEEE and IEEE COMSOC. He has published several articles and papers in various journals in the areas of wireless prototyping and RF test. He is strongly connected with academia in terms of supporting research & teaching and has taught courses on communication system design and MIMO as a guest faculty at CIT, Coimbatore.