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Telepresence Room based Inauguration of BITS-­‐Connect 2.0

When: January 9 and 10, 2013
5:30 PM
Where: BITS Pilani
Pilani, BITS Pilani 
Contact: BITS Connect 2.0 Team
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BITS Connect 2.0 is the flagship project of BITSAA International that was conceived during BITSAA Global Meet(BGM 2011). This initiative is part of the Bridges to the Future Campaign.

This project aims to connect all 4 BITS campuses with Immersive Telepresence quality video conferencing for the purpose of distance learning, research collaboration and remote recruitment. BITSAA has worked with BITS administration very closely on this project and has fully driven the procurement and bidding process.

January 9 & 10 will see the 2 years of hard work come to fruition with the inauguration of BITS Connect 2.0 at BITS Pilani. The event will see the coming together of the key people in charge of the project, prominent alumni, academic researchers and industry luminaries. Here is a short itinerary of the events on January 9 and 10.

Location: BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus TP Room, Goa Campus TP Room, Hyderabad Campus TP Room
Date and Time: January 9, 5:30 PM


Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist and the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerate corporations in India. He is also the Chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science since September 2008.

Dignitaries from the government

Bharat Vir Wanchoo
J Satyanarayana
His Excellency Bharat Vir Wanchoo
Governor of Goa
Mr J Satyanarayana
Department of Information Technology

Researchers from academia

Professor Andrew Ng is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering by courtesy at Stanford University. He also co-founded Coursera with Daphne Koller.
Professor Anant Agarwal is a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the founder and CTO of Tilera.

Dignitaries from Cisco

John Chambers is president and CEO of Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.
Padmasree Warrior is the CTO of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc.

Pankaj Patel is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Global Engineering at Cisco.

Marthin De Beer is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Video and Collaboration Group.

Sessions to look out for...

  • 4:00 pm IST, Jan 9th - Press meet with the key media people in India
  • 5:30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Formal Inauguration of BITS-­‐Connect 2.0
  • 5:55 pm IST, Jan 9th - Cisco CEO John Chamber's Video Address
  • 7:30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Talk by Professor Andrew Ng of Stanford University

  • 8: 30 pm IST, Jan 9th - Address by Cisco CTO Padamshree Warrior from San Jose
  • 8:30 am IST, Jan 10th - Professor Anant Agrawal of MIT

Hosts for the Evening

Vice Chancellor, BITS PilaniDirector, Goa campusDirector, Pilani campus
Dr. B.N. Jain
Vice Chancellor,
BITS Pilani

Dr. K.E. Raman
Goa Campus
Dr. G. Raghurama
Pilani Campus
Dr. R.K. Mittal
Dubai Campus
Dr. V.S. Rao
Hyderabad Campus

BITSAA International

Prem Jain
Sarath Kolla
Shashikant Khandelwal
Chief Mentor
BITS Connect2.0

Co-Chair & Architect
BITS Connect2.0

Co-Chair & Architect
BITS Connect2.0

BITS Alumni Association
represented by Raju Reddy, Aalap Tripathy, Rohit Koul, Viggy Mokkarala & BITSAA Board of Trustees

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