Natarajan Chandrasekaran (Chandra) is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Tata Consultancy Services Limited.
Responsible for formulating and executing the company's global strategy, Chandra has been at the helm of several key strategic transitions at Tata Consultancy Services.
Under his leadership, TCS pioneered the creation of its unique Global Network Delivery Model (GNDM™) and ventured into new markets, new offerings, and new verticals. He has been a champion of software and business quality for the industry and helped create TCS’ Integrated Quality Management System, a unique quality model that helped the company be assessed as the first CMMI and PCMM level-5 organization in the world.
Chandra is on several global and local forums. He is a member of Executive Council, National Association of Software & Service Companies (Nasscom) and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Chandra joined TCS in 1987 after completing his Masters in Computer Applications from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu in 1986. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science from the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu.
Yoshiaki Kushiki was born in Tokushima prefecture, Japan, on January 17 1946. He joined Panasonic Corporation after graduation from Kyoto University (bachelor’s degree of Engineering), April 1968. Now, he is a Corporate Advisor of Panasonic Corporation, in charge of standardization and business academia collaboration in the R&D field. Previously, he was the managing director of Panasonic Corporation, board member in charge of digital network technology, and formerly president of Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. He promoted the development and business of home appliances, DVD, SD, DTV, and related systems such as EPG and CAS for broadcasting stations. He also promoted the development of architecture, multi-media technologies, and CE-Linux software in conjunction with the above-mentioned applications and services.
Kushiki is serving on several committees established within the government. Regarding the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), he is in charge of Assessor of Assessment Committee, Section Meeting of Information Processing Promotion Organization, and Member of IEC Upper Layer Committee, which originates in Member of Market Strategy Board, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). As for Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), he is an Expert Member of Telecommunications Technology Council. Kushiki is also taking some roles in industrial organizations, such as Chairman of Committee of Investigation on the Direction of the Road Ahead of Japanese Manufacture, Japan Society for Technology, and so on.
Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is the director and chief executive officer of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. Prior to joining the SEI in 2004, he served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Major General after 32 years of distinguished service. For over four years, he managed the Air Force’s science and technology budget of more than $3 billion annually. He also was the Air Force’s technology executive officer and determined the investment strategy for the full spectrum of Air Force science and technology activities. The SEI is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center sponsored by the Department of Defense. SEI develops and transitions technologies in software architecture, integration and interoperability of software intensive systems, network systems security, process improvement, software engineering measurement, performance critical systems, software for high performance computing, and systems engineering related to software.
Mario Tokoro received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1975 from Keio University. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Waterloo in 1979 and Carnegie Mellon University in1980. When he was Associate Professor, he founded Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. in 1988 and led it to be one of the world’s renowned research laboratories in a broader computer science area. He became Professor of Computer Science in 1991. He resigned from Keio University and joined Sony Corporation as Corporate SVP in 1997. In 2000 he became Co-CTO and introduced an architecture-based design and development scheme for consumer electronics products. He retired from his position as SVP of Sony Corporation in 2008.
Tokoro invented Acknowledging Ethernet and led the development of ConcurrentSmalltalk, Muse OS (later called Aperios), mobile internet protocol VIP, real-time protocol RtP, etc. He is currently leading a JST/CREST project on Dependable Embedded OS and developing the concept of dependability. He is advocating a new scientific methodology called Open Systems Science to solve real, complex, and huge systems problems. He authored and edited a few books including Concurrent Object-Oriented Computing (MIT Press 1987), Introduction to Computing Systems (Iwanami 1988, in Japanese), The Future of Learning (IOS Press 2003), Learning Zone of One’s Own (IOS Press 2004), Creativity and the Brain (World Scientific 2006), and Open Systems Science (NTT Publishing Co., 2009, in Japanese).
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