G Venugopal Reddy,
Rtd. Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, South Central Railway

About the speaker:
After doing his graduation in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University and M.Tech from IIT Delhi, he taught for a brief while in JNTU, Hyderabad. He then joined in Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers in 1985. After serving in various positions in Southern Railway and South Central Railway for over 20 years, in 2006, he went on deputation to Government of India as Director(Transport) in the Planning Commission, New Delhi. After three years, he came back to Railway Board as Executive Director and worked for a year as OSD to the Chairman, Railway Board and then as ED Vigilance. In 2015, he went on deputation as Joint secretary first in Ministry of Labour and Employment, and then as Deputy Director General in UIDAI. Finally, before his retirement in October 2020 he worked as Principal Chief Electrical Engineer, South Central Railway in which capacity he was incharge of Locomotives and Overhead Electrification of Tracks.

He had attended several trainings in and out of the Country, including an Executive Education Program in Harvard University in 2017.

Dr Amit Kumar
Managing Director- BioAxis DNA Research Centre (P) Ltd, Hyderabad
Chairman IEEE Hyderabad Section

About the speaker:
A DNA Forensics Professional, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Bioinformatician and an IEEE Volunteer. In 2005 he founded first Private DNA Testing Company Bio Axis DNA Research Centre (P) Ltd in Hyderabad, India with an US Collaborator. He has vast experience of training 1000+ Crime investigation officers and helped 750+ Criminal and non-criminal cases to reach justice by offering analytical services in his laboratory. His group also works extensively on Genetic Predisposition risk studies of cancers and has been helping many cancer patients from 2012 to fight and win the battle against cancer. Amit was member of IEEE Strategy Development and Environmental Assessment committee (SDEA) of IEEEMGA. He is senior member of IEEE and has been a very active IEEE Volunteer at Section, Council, Region, Technical Societies of Computational Intelligence and Engineering in Medicine and Biology and at IEEE MGA levels in several capacities. He has driven number of IEEE Conferences, Conference leadership programs, Entrepreneurship development workshops, Innovation and Internship related events. Currently He is a visiting Professor at SJB Research Foundation, IEEE MGA Nominations and Appointments committee member and Chairman of IEEE Hyderabad Section.

Prof. Rajkiran V Bilolika
Associate Professor, Centre for Energy Studies,
Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad

About the speaker:
Mr. RAJKIRAN V BILOLIKAR is currently working as Associate Professor at Centre for Energy Studies, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad.

Mr. Bilolikar has been working in various capacities for last 20 years in Electricity Distribution Management, Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Strategy and Restructuring of Power Sector Organizations, Asset Evaluations, Policy Evaluation and Impact Analysis, Techno economic feasibility studies, Regulatory affairs of Electricity Industry, Tariff analysis, Annual Performance analysis of Power Utilities, IT application development in utilities and Renewable Energy and its integration in India, Electric Vehicles.

Government of Andhra Pradesh appointed Mr. Bilolikar as a member of Technical Committee formed to look into the implementation aspects of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC). He has played a key role in formulating the mandatory compliance framework in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for ECBC implementation and lead the two states for effective compliance, first time in the country.

Mr. Bilolikar is a member of Technical committee formed by Government of Telangana to look into the ECBC implementation aspects. He is also a member to the State Energy Conservation Committee of Government of Telangana. Recently Mt Bilolikar is appointed as a committee member for Development of Kokapet Township as Green City with zero net discharge and setting up of common STP. He is also a “Member” for the State Advisory Committee (SAC) in Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC).

He was involved in advising GoAP in bifurcating power sector, O&M planning of 1200 MW of Singareni Thermal Power Plant, Study of ICT usage in Customer Relationship Management in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Prior to joining ASCI, he was heading the Energy Team in Andhra Pradesh Technical Consultancy Organization Limited, Hyderabad. There, he worked on UNDP-GEF Project on CO2 emission reduction program in steel re-rolling industry, BEE-SME energy efficiency project in different clusters like Ice making, Rice milling, Sponge iron and Refractory and also worked with Climate Works Foundation on Implementation of Cleaner Energy and Climate change in India.

Mr Rajkiran is a former employee of Maharashtra State Electricity Board. He was involved in ‘High Voltage Distribution System’ and ‘Single Phasing System’ in Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited. Thereafter he worked with ABPS Infrastructure advisory services, Mumbai and Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited, Bangalore. He worked with clients like, MERC, Suzlon Energy, Adani Power, UNDP, BEE and MNRE.

He also has to his credit a number of papers presented at seminars and conferences at national and international level. He presented papers at AEEE conference USA, IEA France, ADB Manila and other places. He is a resource person for UNDP, ADB, World Bank, SAARC Energy Centre and South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulators.

Mr Bhaskar Kakani,
CEO, BITSILICA Pvt Ltd.

About the speaker:
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Semiconductors Industry. Strong business development professional with a Master's Degree focused in VLSI and Embedded Systems from International Institute of Information Technology. Worked on wide range of ASIC, SoC and FPGA tapeouts in Design, Verification and Validation. Skilled in UVM, SystemVerilog, Verilog, C, Perl, Python, ARM processors, Edge Computing, AI, ML, PCIe, NVMe, Ethernet and 5GNR.

Talk Details:
Challenges in Automation for Future Vehicles
Although transportation is a means to foster the prosperity of societies, it inevitably is coupled with negative externalities such as pollution, accidents, and human casualties. There are a large number of studies estimating these costs in terms of human-driven vehicles. These costs differ from direct costs incurred such as the cost of petrol, vehicle maintenance, vehicle registration, and licensing or public transport tickets. The externality cost is a hidden cost imposed on society as a whole; it includes costs such as traffic congestion, accidents and environment degradation, as well as security. In general, AV technology is largely perceived to have the potential to substantially abate many of these existing negative externalities. In one estimate, these external costs can be as high as the fuel price which is imposed on society as a whole, including low-income individuals who are solely reliant on public transport. AVs can also create additional benefits such as increasing accessibility and mobility and even improving land use. Although there could be significant disadvantages associated with AVs, it is widely believed that these disadvantages are largely outweighed by the advantages.

Below are the few challenges in automation of Future Vehicles:

  • Safety and crashes
    A downward trend in the number of crashes in the United States is significantly indebted to the adoption of new technologies such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, head-protection side air bags, and forward collision warnings. These are features that will be adopted in AV technology. In particular, some studies estimate the reduction of crashes could be as high as one-third if all vehicles are equipped with adaptive headlights, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and blind spot assistance. Human error is blamed for more than ninety percent of crashes. Therefore, AVs should be able to prevent an appreciable number of these crashes, in turn eliminating the vast majority of all traffic delays.
  • Congestion
    The fact that AVs are connected may also provide an opportunity to mitigate the congestion burden. However, a reservation-based system is proposed for alleviating traffic congestion, specifically at intersections when the vehicles are connected. The results show that the reservation-based system designed for connected AVs can perform two to three times better than traffic lights. As a result, it can smoothly handle much more congested traffic conditions.
  • Developing Countries
    Third world countries struggle with a lack of transportation infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and public transport, which is impeding their economic development. Adoption of AVs by these developing countries may spare them the costs associated with expanding capital-intensive infrastructure. A similar paradigm was seen when developing countries leap-frogged over to mobile phone technology which exempted them from expensive landline infrastructure.

  • Other bullets are as follows:
  • Taxi and car ownership
  • Roads’ capacity
  • Congestion pricing
  • AV and electric vehicles
  • Land use
  • Environment (energy and emission)

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