IEEE - CAS Bangalore Chapter, India     CAS Chapter - Region 10
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Circuits and Systems Society


Goals: To conduct seminars, workshops, and other events pertaining to all aspects of electronic circuits and systems
Technical conference by Women Engineers

Date: 27 September 2019 ... CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: View online
Venue: Scarlet Hall, Sheraton Grand Whitefield, Prestige Shantiniketan Hoodi, Whitefield, Bengaluru
Organized by: IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter; In cooperation with IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE WiE Council (IEEE Women in Engineering), Bangalore
Technical conference by Women Engineers: IEEE WINTECHCON-2019


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A report by Tenzin Dechen Deshar (Intel), Publicity Chair, WinTechCon-2019

IEEE WinTechCon 2019 brings together 400 women technologists for a conference on "Future Technologies for a Smart, Safe & Sustainable World"

The second edition of the annual technical conference provided a platform for women technologists in India to present their work in emerging technology areas

WINTECHCON-2019Bengaluru, September 27, 2019: Over 400 women engineers from 35 organizations gathered at Bengaluru for the IEEE WinTechCon 2019 conference, with the theme "Future Technologies for a Smart, Safe & Sustainable World". This was the second edition of the annual technical conference organized by senior women technologists, in partnership with IEEE CAS (Circuits & Systems Society) Bangalore Chapter, IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE WiE (Women in Engineering) Council Bangalore.

The conference was sponsored by Intel (Platinum sponsor), Analog Devices India, Cadence India, Qualcomm India & Texas Instruments India (Gold sponsors), IBM India, MediaTek, Samsung India - SSIR (Silver sponsors), and Boeing India (Bronze sponsor).


Addressing the audience, Conference Chair Sumedha Limaye, Senior Director, Networking & Communication Solutions Group, Intel India, said, It is heartening to see this conference that was conceptualized and started last year become twice as big and impactful. The steering and technical program committees comprise leaders from across the VLSI, EDA and R&D space. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for women technologists and we are encouraged by the huge response we have seen.


The first keynote speaker for the day, Dr. Geetha Manjunath, Founder, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI Health Analytix, spoke on AI-enabled Healthcare. "Use of Artificial Intelligence based tools in clinical applications will make healthcare more accessible, affordable and scalable to the masses. NIRAMAI is attacking one of the largest cancer killers among women today. AI is now ready for life saving applications. It really works," she said.

Dr. Geetha Manjunath (Founder, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI Health Analytix)  Reena Dayal Yadav (Director, Microsoft Garage-India)

The second keynote speaker, Reena Dayal Yadav, Director, Microsoft Garage-India, in her talk on the Journey of Intrapreneurship, stated, "Innovation is about taking risks, one needs to be prepared for failure as much as look forward to success. We drive a culture of learning and innovation within Microsoft to enable ideas to germinate, we are customer obsessed and connected to customer needs, we provide a safe place for people to take risks with their ideas, to fail and then to succeed. I congratulate IEEE WIE team and the semiconductor industry teams to have organized this event and for raising the bar on the dialogue with women engineers."


The program also featured a panel discussion with senior women technologists from across the industry, moderated by Roopashree HM (Texas Instruments). Speaking on the topic, What Drives Me - Strategies and Tactics for a Technologist's Career, were panelists, Jiji Jayadevan (Mediatek), Piyali Goswami (Texas Instruments), Dr. Seema Chopra (Boeing), Shyama Venugopal (IBM) and Upma Sharda (Qualcomm).



The day-long program was the culmination of several technical tracks the conference received almost 200 manuscript submissions from women engineers and students, of which 18 papers were selected for presentation at the conference. In addition, 14 posters and 9 demos were showcased at the conference. These covered technology areas spanning VLSI Design and Test, System Optimization and System Software and AI. The IEEE WinTechCon 2019 also featured a hackathon with hardware and software tracks, with finalists showcasing their projects at the conference.

The academic track featured tutorials on topics including Automated Driving from ADAS to Driverless Cars, to Open Source Technique for Large Deep Learning Model Training and Emerging Trends in WiFi.

The conference drew to a close with the awards ceremony and closing remarks acknowledging the outstanding contributions of women technologists from Intel, Analog Devices, Cadence, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, IBM, Mediatek, Samsung Semiconductor India R&D Center, Boeing and many others that made the IEEE WinTechCon 2019 a truly industry-led women's technical conference.


Congratulations to all the award winners of IEEE WinTechCon 2019!
IEEE WinTechCon 2019 Best Paper Awards

  • Best Paper Winner (Hardware):
  • "Optimized Battery Life for Ultra-Low Power Products" - Jasdeep Jain, Shweta Aladakatti, Shubham Singh, Narayanan Natarajan, Purna Nayak and Yojak Raote, Intel

  • Best Paper Runner-up (Hardware):
  • "Integrating Functional Safety in AC/Servo Drives with Redundancy and Diagnostic Coverage" - Aishwarya Bhatnagar, Vaibhavi Shanbhag and Navaneeth Kumar, Texas Instruments

  • Best Paper Winner (Software):
  • "Enhancing eMMC with Multi-Stream" - Sushma Vishwakarma, Anantha Sharma and Sharath Kodase, Samsung

  • Best Paper Runner-up (Software):
  • "Kernelization of Vertex Cover Based on Crown Structure" - Divya U, Intel

    IEEE WinTechCon 2019 Hackathon Awards
  • Hackathon Winner (Hardware):
  • "Smart Jewelry with Theft or Loss Prevention Mechanism" - Rosarium Pila, Akash Kapashia, Samsung

  • Hackathon Runner-up (Hardware):
  • "Search and Rescue through Slam" - Princess Samadharmam, Ankit Dhingra, Ananya Goel, Ansuman Pattnaik, Mukesh Soni, Rajagopal Hariharan, Intel

  • Hackathon Winner (Software):
  • "Flythrough" - Priyanka Bose, Yasoda Aravapalli, BC Anuvarshini, H S Amrita, Intel

  • Hackathon Runner-up (Software):
  • "AI based Grammar Engine for SW Validation" - Yamuna Lingam, N Aparna, Om Aditya, Chandan Kumar, Intel

    IEEE WinTechCon 2019 Best Demo Awards
  • Best Demo Winner:
  • "Automotive Audio Bus®: Green Cars for a Greener Tomorrow" - Suhasini Raghuram, Prasanna Thirumaleshwara and Karthik Radhakrishna, Analog Devices

  • Best Paper Runner-up:
  • "Real-time Audio Tuning Tool for In-cabin Applications" - Krithika M S, Divya Venkatesh, John Joseph and Mohan Karthik P, Analog Devices

    About WinTechCon:

    WinTechCon (Women in Technology Conference) was conceptualized and started in 2018 with the intention of providing a forum for women technology leaders in India to present their work in emerging knowledge areas. The first edition of the conference, led by Texas Instruments India, successfully brought together 200+ senior women technologists under one roof in Bengaluru, focusing on reporting out deep technology work in both silicon design and system software domains for product development.

    Encouraged by the success of WinTechCon 2018, the second edition of the conference, led by Intel India, was held in Bengaluru on September 27, 2019. It featured peer-reviewed paper presentations and posters, keynote talks, embedded tutorials, technology demonstrations, exhibit booths, and a panel discussion. The entire conference was managed by senior women technologists from leading companies in the space of semiconductors and electronic systems. IEEE WinTechCon 2019 was organized in partnership with IEEE CAS Bangalore Chapter, IEEE Bangalore Section and IEEE WiE Council Bangalore.

    A hallmark of the conference was the active participation by the attendees. Every session was packed and hands went up instantaneously at the end of the session when it was time for Q&A. The organizers had to cut back on the number of questions in the interest of time. The technology demos and company booths also received a significant number of visitors.

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