Dr. Ketan Kotecha, Head, SCAAI
An advocate and practitioner of emotional intelligence in workplaces, Dr Ketan Kotecha is at the helm of the administrative, academic and entrepreneurship affairs of the Symbiosis International (Deemed University). An exceptional academic leader, he has a firm grip on the steering of the institution towards desired vision and mission. His 25 years of extraordinary career saw him serving in the finest of the engineering colleges in various higher technical education leadership positions.
An avid researcher, he has various prestigious transnational projects under him. He is a recipient of the projects worth INR 166 lacs on AI for Credibility Analysis of Information and Expandable AI for Health care in collaboration with the Arizona State University and the University of Queensland under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration(SPARC) by MHRD, GoI respectively. He is also a team member for the nationwide initiative on "AI and deep learning Skilling and Research named Leadingindia.ai initiative sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering, UK under Newton Bhabha Fund.
A researcher - teacher of Deep learning, his interest areas are Artificial Intelligence, Computer Algorithms, Machine Learning, Deep Learning Higher Order Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking and Ethics & Values.
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He has more than 100 papers published /presented at international conferences around the world, to his credit and 3 patents filed. He is Guide to doctoral students working on the various fields of Computer Engineering and especially in Machine Learning for PhD/MTech Degrees. His insightful articles on varying topics are also published in news dailies; CSI magazine; AIU University newsletter etc.
He was keynote speaker for events such as ACMA Technology Summit 2019, Pune; international conference on “Flexible Learning Pathways: Asia-Europe Conference on Lifelong Learning and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, Hanoi, Vietnam; Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics in Decision Making" at the 14th FICCI Higher Education Summit 2018. He was also a member of FICCI higher education delegation to S Korea in May 2019. He has also delivered a talk on Research directions for Artificial intelligence at various forums including at IIT Bombay.
Dr Kotecha was founding Provost of Gujarat's largest private university- Parul University. He was Director – Academic Development and Research Cell, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, where he also served as the Dean and Director of the Institute of Technology, Nirma University.
He was Governing Council Member of the USA based Global Engineering Dean’s Council – India Chapter and is also a member of National Advisory Council for Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Engineering and Management Curriculum Restructuring Task Force. He is the member of Governing Council of various universities and member of Academic Council at few Universities. He was a Member of the Technical Advisory Committee of BRTS, Ahmedabad and is also a member of Metro–Link Express for Gandhinagar.
Dr Kotecha is also an independent director of Gujarat Informatics nominated by Government of Gujarat.
A recipient of Erasmus + faculty mobility grant from European Union, Dr Kotecha was invited by Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and Poznan University of technology, Poland for delivering sessions on Machine learning. Earlier he was visiting an expert to University of Pretoria, S. Africa. He was also invited and visited in various countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, S. Africa, Spain, Poland, Germany, Cz Republic, Switzerland, Argentina and South Korea.
Dr Kotecha is pioneer in Education Technology, and believes in drastic and needed curriculum reforms and innovative teaching-learning practices as call of the hour. A voracious reader, he is passionate about travelling and indulging in good food.
Dr. Rahee Walambe, Associate Faculty, SCAAI
Application of novel DL algorithms for cutting edge research is Dr Rahee Walambe’s area of interest and expertise. Principal Investigator of the project entitled Development of Explainable AI Techniques for Complex Disease Diagnosis using Genomics Data (XAI) in Collaboration with The University of Queensland, Australia and as a Co-Principal Investigator of the project entitled Development of Algorithms for Credibility Analysis of Information in collaboration with Arizona State University, USA, Dr. Rahee has a firm hold on the development and application of deep learning methodologies and mathematical reasoning, which form the backbone of deep learning algorithms.
A teaching-researching faculty member in Symbiosis Institute of Technology, she has worked as a Principal Investigator for a Dept. of Science and Technology’s Women Scientist (WOS-A) Fellowship scheme from April 2014 to March 2017 for the project entitled ‘Cars that Drive and Park’ at PVG’s College of Engg and Technology. The grant was for the development of indigenous prototype for motion planning and path planning for Auto-navigation and auto-parking of a car type mobile robot.
Her proven research experience is in the broad area of Machine Learning, Mobile Robotics, Nonlinear Control and AI Applications. She is currently working in allied areas of Deep learning for applications in text processing, genomics, multi-sensor fusion, multi-agent systems and reinforcement learning. A doctorate from Lancaster University, UK, she has published impactful manuscripts in quality journals and books. She has filed patents on development of DL based assistive device for visually impaired people (patent filed in September 2019) and development of DL algorithm for Multi Sensor Fusion for gas detection (Patent filed in September 2019) with UG and PhD students. She has worked as a team member for DRDO project and as industrial research consultant. Dr Walambe has also been Invited Expert for various talks related with her expertise in India and abroad. She has published extensively in SCI and SCOPUs indexed journals and conferences.
Symbiosis Centre For Research and Innovation (SCRI), established in 2009, is the dedicated department of SIU for promoting and facilitating research among students and faculty. Through its academic and administrative services, SCRI enables researchers to achieve excellence in their work, and eventually, translates SIU's vision of creation of knowledge for the benefit of the Society into reality.