Conference Chairs

Rev. Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi

Chairman, Advisory Committee on Education
Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed to be University), Agra-282005, IN

Revered Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi, the father of systems movement in India, having graduated with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Banaras Hindu University (presently Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras), pursued M.S from the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Michigan State University, USA. Prof. Satsangi earned his Ph.D. in the field of Socio-economic system from the University of Waterloo, Canada. Rev. Prof. Satsangi took voluntary retirement from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi to serve as the honorary Director (CEO), Dayalbagh Educational Institute (a deemed university).

Prof.  Satsangi has generalized the application of physical systems theory in his systemic research from “real” physical systems to a variety of “conceptual” socioeconomic-environmental systems. He has succeeded in extending physical systems theory as a rudimentary modelling framework for complete “creational” system, including not only physical processes, but also “esoteric” mental and spiritual processes.

On May 18, 2003  a gathering in Dayalbagh of about 25,000 representatives of the approximately half a million members (followers) of Radhasoami Faith (“Radhasoami Satsang” Dayalbagh) from all over India and abroad, proclaimed Prof.Prem Saran Satsangi unanimously as their leader for lifetime to lead the Radhasoami Satsang Community.

Prof. Prem Saran Satsangi, the eighth spiritual leader of the Radhasoami Faith, Dayalbagh, is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Education (ACE), Dayalbagh Educational Institute.

Prof. Anna Margaretha Horatschek

Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Kiel, Germany

Anna M. Horatschek studied English Literature, Philosophy, and German Literature in Germany and USA. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, USA, and her PhD from Freiburg University (Germany) with a dissertation on the epistemological significance of self-reflexive language experiments in the novels of US-author Richard Brautigan. She habilitated with a monography on the epistemological, political, and ethical implications of identity and alterity constructs (nation, gender, ´race´) in novels by Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, and D.H. Lawrence. In 1998, she spent a year as Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, USA. From 2000 to 2018, she held the chair as professor for English Literature at Kiel University, Germany. Since 2011 she has been a member, and since 2016 she is Vice President of the German Academy of Sciences and
Humanities in Hamburg. She has published widely on knowledge formation, consciousness studies, identity and alterity constructs, intermedial representation in English and American Literature, and on transcultural poetics and gender issues in Indian Literatures in English. Her recent books include Competing Knowledges – Wissen im Widerstreit, DeGruyter, 2020 (ed.), Identitäten im Prozess: Region, Nation, Staat, Individuum, DeGruyter, 2015 (ed. with A. Pistor-Hatam), and Navigating Cultural Spaces: Maritime Places, Rodopi, 2014 (ed. with Y. Rosenberg, D. Schäbler).

Session Chairs

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Prof. Wolfgang J. Duschl

Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Kiel, Germany

Born in 1958 in Munich, Germany; Professor of Astrophysics at Christiana Albertina University at Kiel; director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics; affiliate member of the research faculty of Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA; Prof. h.c. of Irkutsk State University, Russia; main research interests: evolution of super-massive black holes in galactic centers, and atmospheres of exoplanets.

Prof. Rocco Gennaro

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana, USA

Dr. Rocco J. Gennaro is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Indiana.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy at Syracuse University in 1991.  Dr. Gennaro’s primary research and teaching interests are in Philosophy of Mind/Cognitive Science (especially consciousness), Metaphysics, Early Modern History of Philosophy, and NeuroEthics.  He has published twelve books (as either sole author or editor) and over fifty articles and book chapters in these areas.  For example, he published the book The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts (MIT Press, 2012) and edited an anthology entitled Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness (MIT Press, 2015).  More recently, he has edited The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness (Routledge, 2018), published Consciousness (Routledge, 2017) as well as the second edition of his introductory dialogue Mind and Brain: A Dialogue on the Mind-Body Problem (Hackett Publishing Company, 2020) which is substantially revised and updated.

Dr. Apurva Narayan

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Apurva Narayan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Systems Design Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, Canada. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Dayalbagh Educational Institute in 2008 and Ph.D. from the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo in 2015. Dr. Narayan’s research interests lie at the interface of data science, safety-critical systems, systems theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in ACM and IEEE conferences and journals and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at premier universities around the world. He currently leads the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Group jointly at both UBC and UW. He was the lead organizer of the Landmark First International Conference on Dayalbagh Science of Consciousness, DSC 2019 jointly organized by DEI and University of Waterloo under their MoU for joint research in September 2019. He was conferred the Young Systems Scientist Award by Systems Society of India at QANSAS 2017 and Varshney Award at QANSAS 2019.

Prof. Anand Srivastav

Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Kiel, Germany

Anand Srivastav is Professor at the department of Mathematics at Kiel University sice 1997.
He was born in Dayalbagh, Agra. After primary education in Dayalbagh and school education in
Germany, he studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Münster, Germany, where he received the Master degree in Mathematics as well as in Physics. In 1988 he received the doctoral degree Dr.rer.nat. from the University of Muenster
with a thesis in Fuctional Analysis. From 1988 – 1993 he was Assistant Professor at the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics, University of Bonn, Germany, and from 1993 – 1994 Visiting Professor at the Univ. of Minnesota, New York University and Yale University.
In the years 1994 – 1996 he worte his Habilitation Thesis in the area of Combinatorial Optimization at the Free University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 1997 he is a Professor and chair for Discrete Optimization at Kiel University.
His research interests are Combinatorial Optimization, Combinatorial Games, Discrete  Harmonic Analysis and Discrepancy Theory, Randomized and Derandomized Algorithms, but also applications of optimization in Marine and Life Sciences.
He was awarded the stipend for habilitation work by the German Research Foundation in 1995, a research stipend by the Japan Society of Science in 1997, the Indo-German Guestprofessorship in 2013 at the IIT Delhi by the Max-Planck-Society, and the DEI Distinguished Alumi Award of the Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Deemed to be Unversity, Agra, India, in 2019.
He published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and accumulated a third-party funding for his research of approx. 5 Million Euros.

Organizers

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Prof. K. Soami Daya

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, IN

Coming Soon

Prof. Prem Kumar Kalra

Director, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, IN

Coming Soon

Dr. Vijai Kumar

President, Radhasoami Satsang Sabha, Agra, IN

Coming Soon

Dr. Apurva Narayan

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, and University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Apurva Narayan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Systems Design Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, Canada. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Dayalbagh Educational Institute in 2008 and Ph.D. from the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo in 2015. Dr. Narayan’s research interests lie at the interface of data science, safety-critical systems, systems theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed publications in ACM and IEEE conferences and journals and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at premier universities around the world. He currently leads the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Group jointly at both UBC and UW. He was the lead organizer of the Landmark First International Conference on Dayalbagh Science of Consciousness, DSC 2019 jointly organized by DEI and University of Waterloo under their MoU for joint research in September 2019. He was conferred the Young Systems Scientist Award by Systems Society of India at QANSAS 2017 and Varshney Award at QANSAS 2019.

Prof. Anand Srivastav

Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), Kiel, Germany

Anand Srivastav is Professor at the department of Mathematics at Kiel University sice 1997.
He was born in Dayalbagh, Agra. After primary education in Dayalbagh and school education in
Germany, he studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Münster, Germany, where he received the Master degree in Mathematics as well as in Physics. In 1988 he received the doctoral degree Dr.rer.nat. from the University of Muenster
with a thesis in Fuctional Analysis. From 1988 – 1993 he was Assistant Professor at the Research Institute for Discrete Mathematics, University of Bonn, Germany, and from 1993 – 1994 Visiting Professor at the Univ. of Minnesota, New York University and Yale University.
In the years 1994 – 1996 he worte his Habilitation Thesis in the area of Combinatorial Optimization at the Free University and the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 1997 he is a Professor and chair for Discrete Optimization at Kiel University.
His research interests are Combinatorial Optimization, Combinatorial Games, Discrete  Harmonic Analysis and Discrepancy Theory, Randomized and Derandomized Algorithms, but also applications of optimization in Marine and Life Sciences.
He was awarded the stipend for habilitation work by the German Research Foundation in 1995, a research stipend by the Japan Society of Science in 1997, the Indo-German Guestprofessorship in 2013 at the IIT Delhi by the Max-Planck-Society, and the DEI Distinguished Alumi Award of the Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Deemed to be Unversity, Agra, India, in 2019.
He published more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and accumulated a third-party funding for his research of approx. 5 Million Euros.

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