Speaker Profiles


  Rakhi Banerjee, PhD,

  Faculty, Azim Premji University

  M.Sc. (Mathematics), M.Ed (Delhi University)., Ph.D (Mathematics Education, TIFR Mumbai)

  Teaching and learning of mathematics at elementary level - understanding and meaning making processes involved in learning concepts and symbols and language of mathematics. Classroom processes - culture, environment and tasks affecting teaching-learning practices, especially in a mathematics classroom. Nature and role of teacher's knowledge, values and beliefs in practice


  Geet Oberoi, PhD

  Orkids, New Delhi

  Ph.D. in “Effectiveness of remedial intervention in children with Learning Disabilities”, Amity University. Masters of Arts in Psychology, Anna Malai University. Post Graduate Diploma in the Education of Physically and Neurologically Handicapped children AADI (Spastic Society of Northern India). Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Indraprastha College, Delhi.

  Expertise in conducting research to generate new knowledge that can be used to address learning and behaviour issues


  Malavika Kapur

  Visiting Professor, NIAS, Bengaluru

   Action research on out come evaluation of child centred, play based strategies in the promotion of psycho social development of school children Exploring the child care in the indigenous health systems and mining  their insights to enrich with preferred practices into contemporary developmental psychology of childhood


  Nandini Chatterjee Singh, PhD

  PhD in Physics from University of Pune

  Scientist-VI & Professor,

  National Brain Research Center, Manesar, Gurugram, Haryana

  Her research covers language skills acquisition by exploring speech perception and production. Social-cultural profiles (e.g., bilingualism, multilingualism and biliteracy ) influence on neurocognitive and behavioural bases of reading in children and adults. Another area of research is in perception of music and understand the mechanisms which enable the brain to process complex auditory stimuli like music.


  Dr Maj S Bakhtiar Choudhary (Retd)

  MD (Switzerland),  D.Lit (Colombo), PhD (USA)

  Sports medicine, Occupational Health, Spine Health

  Founder member : British Society for Heart failure

  Working Group member : European Society Of Cardiology

  President : Indian Association of Occupational Health (AP) & Indian Federation of Sports medicine (AP) Hyderabad Spine Clinics


  Prof Rajeev Sangal,

  Natural Language processing lab, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

  He is the founder-head of Language Technologies Research Centre, at IIIT, Hyderabad, India, the largest academic centre for computational linguistics (CL) research in this region of the world. He worked on Computational Paninian Grammar framework which is linguistically elegant and computationally efficient. It is a dependency grammar based framework, particularly well suited for morphologically rich and free word-order languages. He is also the Former director of IIITH and IITBHU.

  Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineers (Awarded Oct. 2009)

  Sanskrit Mitra Puraskar, 2004 (by Central Sanskrit Board.) [Awards committee chaired by Hon'ble Justice Ranganath Mishra]

  Computers and Linguistics, by Dravidian Linguistics Association, 1993.


  Soma Paul, PhD

  PhD in Linguistics

  Research Assistant Professor, IIIT Hyderabad

  In addition to core research area of Natural language processing, she is involved in studies to understand human language acquisition. A school at IIIT campus, Sanskar is being guided by her expertise in open methods of learning/teaching.


  Vaibhav Pandya

  (Physics) from University of Mumbai.

  Trained as a teacher at Mirambika, Delhi he volunteered there for three years and was the program director of HP funded project ‘Education Innovation Funds for India’ (EIFI), where he worked on Integrating Technology with projects as well as in regular classroom. As an experiencial educator he has travelled around India and visited more than 30 schools. At some places he volunteered while at other places he conducted workshops for students and teachers or just lived as an observer for his own study related to curriculum, culture and pedagogy.

  Currently, he is part of a learning space anahad near Hyderabad, where he practices need-based Integral Education.


  Kavita Vemuri, PhD

  Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience,

  IIIT Hyderabad

  Core areas of research include neural networks of empathy, plasticity of the motor cortex post stroke, understanding human intelligence in decision making, assistive systems for clinical & nonclinical applications.


  Bapi Raju Surampudi, PhD

  Professor, Cognitive Science Lab,

  IIIT Hyderabad

  Research interests include the application of various neural network and machine learning techniques for understanding how brain encodes and decodes information, empirical experiments using behavioural and neuroimgaing methods and cognitive modelling.


  Priyanka Srivastava, PhD

  Senior Research Scientist, Cognitive Science lab,

  IIIT Hyderabad

  Her research investigates the role of attention, perception, stress in constructing spatial knowledge while using 360-degreee FOV and VR technologies, emotion perception in healthy and clinically diagnosed depression population,  and creative thinking. She uses self-report, psychophysics, virtual reality, and psychophysiology measures to study questions like – how emerging technologies are changing the way we construct our reality.


  Vinoo Alluri, PhD

  Assistant Professor, Cognitive science lab,

  IIIT Hyderabad

  Her current focus in neuroscience is to investigate how individual differences (musical expertise, personality, and empathy) modulate brain states while listening to music. In addition, she is investigating the link between music listening habits and risk for depression


  Saroja T K, PhD

  Lecturer,

  IIIT Hyderabad

  A performing Carnatic musician, she has been teaching theory of music structure to engineering students. She will share her observations of music can be taught to the uninitiated and also the benefits of it to young minds.


  Soma Chakrabarty, PhD

  Nutrition expert

  She has worked in the field of nutrition for more than last 10 years. She has explored and experienced the entire range of malnutrition- ranging from under-nutrition to over-nutrition. Experience of working with organisation such as Talwalkars (Kolkata), Child In Need Institute (Kolkata), Naandi Foundation (Hyderabad) and international organisations like Unicef, Save the Children, World Bank on multiple projects has given her opportunities to explore rural India, interacting with farmers and agricultural labours, understanding the ground scenario of food production as well as the ecosystem which in turn nourished her own knowledge on food and nutrition.



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