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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Friday, 22 March, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00
Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, CTO, Energy Industry, Asia, Microsoft. // Dr. Srinivasan Iyengar, Senior Program Manager, Asia, Microsoft.
FW11, William Gates Building. Zoom link:

Deep decarbonization and rapid electrification of energy will require greater penetration of renewables of energy supply, and electrification of energy demand. As renewables penetration crosses 10-20% of the grid electricity demand (and other supply sources correspondingly adjust), the intermittency and volatility of renewable supply & new electrified demand will increasingly dominate the market. Renewable supply and grid electricity demand need to be matched through a combination of multiple markets, energy storage, and an orchestrated portfolio of flexible resources. The future of renewables will fundamentally be driven by software and AI on the cloud to manage this transition. This talk will unwrap the various challenges and opportunities around this transition. We will also cover examples of the application of multi-modal Generative AI for advanced remote operations, health & safety, and multi-lingual knowledge access in the context of problem-solving in field operations. Dr. Shivkumar Kalyanaraman's Bio: Shiv is CTO, Energy Industry, Asia at Microsoft. Previously he was Executive General Manager of Growth Offerings at GE Power Conversion responsible for a new Line of Business development in e-Mobility, Commercial & Industrial Solar, and digital/AI innovations. Earlier he was at IBM Research - India, and the Chief Scientist of IBM Research - Australia. Before IBM, he was a tenured Full Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA. Shiv has degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (B.Tech, CS), Ohio State University (MS, PhD) and RPI (Executive MBA). Shiv is a Distinguished Alumnus Awardee of IIT Madras (2021, recognizing 0.3% of IITM's alumni over the years) & Ohio State University (2021), Fellow of the IEEE (2010), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (2015), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2010), MIT Technology Review TR100 young innovator (1999). Dr. Srinivasan Iyengar's Bio: Srinivasan Iyengar is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft's Energy Industry Asia Team. Previously he was a Post-doc Researcher at Microsoft Research India Lab. He completed his master's and doctoral studies in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before that, he worked as a researcher at TCS India Innovation Labs. His interests are in energy systems, distributed systems, sensing, IoT, cloud, and edge computing.

Seminar series: 
Energy and Environment Group