Infotech Category

Dr. Pravin Bhagwat

Dr. Pravin Bhagwat is a wireless networking pioneer, an accomplished researcher and an enterprising entrepreneur. He is the founder and CTO of AirTight Networks, a wireless networking startup based in the US and India, and currently leads technology development and research at AirTight Networks. Dr. Bhagwat has numerous research papers and patents to his credit. His most recent accomplishment includes the design and roll-out of possibly the world's largest outdoor wireless LAN network connecting two cities in North India to demonstrate that a low cost solution to rural connectivity problem is possible. This network is currently operational and enables residents of a remote north Indian village to make affordable voice calls everyday.

Prior to being an entrepreneur, Dr. Bhagwat was a lead researcher at AT&T Research and the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York where he spearheaded several wireless technology innovation projects that led to the creation of novel products and standards. He was the chief architect of BlueSky, an indoor wireless networking system for palmtop computers, and is the inventor of TCP splicing, a technique for building fast application-layer proxies. Twelve years ago, he co-authored the first paper on routing over multi-hop wireless networks. This paper has received over 300 citations in published literature and has sparked off a new area of research on wireless ad hoc networks. Dr. Bhagwat regularly serves on the editorial boards and program committees of networking and wireless journals and conferences. Pravin has a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

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Dr. Rizwan Virk

Rizwan Virk is a technology visionary, nationally known as a thought leader in knowledge management, XML technology, Enterprise Content Management, and Entrepreneurship. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO of CambridgeDocs, and designed the original concepts which led to the formation of CambridgeDocs in 2002. CambridgeDocs is a leader in helping organizations bring structure to their unstructured content using XML and it’s clientele include a number of Fortune 1000 firms. Prior to CambridgeDocs, Mr. Virk was President & CEO and founder of Inner Vision Technologies, an Internet consulting firm specializing in corporate portals. Inner Vision implemented successful solutions for mid-size to Fortune 500 companies, enabling them to access vital information with great efficiency. Inner Vision was eventually acquired by the Unitas Corporation in 2000, and Mr. Virk briefly served as the CTO of Unitas.

Mr. Virk was also a co-founder of Service Metrics, an Internet company that developed technology to monitor and analyze end-to-end performance of web sites. Service Metrics had a series of software agents spread out geographically and at different ISP’s and Internet backbone providers. These agents simulated end users and measured how the site performed under different conditions. Exodus Communications later acquired Service Metrics in 1999. From 1993-1997, Mr. Virk was co-founder, President and CEO of Brainstorm Technologies, a fast-growth company that helped organizations develop and deploy collaborative applications on top of messaging and Internet platforms. As CEO, Mr. Virk directed the development of a suite of tools, business applications, and consulting projects for over 2,000 companies worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies.

Apart from his entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Virk wrote and published “Zen Entrepreneurship”, a novel about the personal side of Entrepreneurship, which builds on his own experiences of building a company in the start-up environment that surrounds MIT. Mr. Virk also frequently writes and lectures on Internet technology and collaborative solutions and entrepreneurship, and has been featured in periodicals ranging from the Boston Globe to Inc. Magazine. Mr. Virk received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

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