Keynote Talks

During General Session presentations, world-leading researchers and scientists share their journeys of discovery and progress through precision multiphysics simulation. We will also hear from the makers of COMSOL, as they provide insight into their vision and present sneak previews of upcoming versions of the software.

Pranay Goel

Assistant professor, Mathematics and biology, IISER Pune

Pranay Goel, Assistant professor,  Mathematics and biology,  IISER Pune

Homogenized models of electrically-coupled excitable tissues

Pranay Goel received his B. Tech. in Engineering Physics from IIT Bombay, and MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. He went on to two postodoctoral positions, the first at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University, and another at the Laboratory of Biological Modeling, The U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has been with IISER Pune since 2009, where he contributes to the Mathematics and Biology programmes of the Institute. He is interested primarily in dynamical systems modeling of biological systems. In particular, a significant preoccupation of the Goel lab is studying theoretical issues centered on type 2 diabetes melitus.

S. V. Kulkarni

Professor, EE, IIT Bombay

S. V. Kulkarni, Professor,  EE,  IIT Bombay

Electromagnetic and Coupled Field Computations: A Perspective

S. V. Kulkarni a Professor in Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. Previously, he worked at Crompton Greaves Limited and specialized in the design and development of transformers up to 400 kV class. He has authored book "Transformer Engineering: Design and Practice" published by Marcel Dekker, Taylor & Francis Group. The author of more than 120 professional publications in reputed journals and conferences, he is recipient of the Young Engineer Award (2000) from the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has also received Career Award for Young Teacher from All India Council for Technical Education in 2001. Field Computation Laboratory and Insulation Diagnostics Laboratory have been developed by him in Electrical Engineering Department of IIT Bombay. His research interests include analysis and diagnostics of power transformers, computational electromagnetics, high voltage engineering, and distributed generation.

Bjorn Sjodin


Bjorn Sjodin,   COMSOL

Introducing COMSOL Version 4.2a

Bjorn Sjodin received his Masters degree in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1996. Bjorn started with COMSOL in 1995 as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2002, he moved to work at COMSOL's US office in Massachusetts as VP of Applications. The last couple of years Bjorn has been the VP of Product Management for COMSOL, Inc.

R. Venkataraghavan

Discover Category Leader, Unilever R&D Bangalore

R. Venkataraghavan, Discover Category Leader,   Unilever R&D Bangalore

Is Experimentation More Intuitive?

Venkataraghavan is the Discover Category Leader, Water, working at the interface of Science, Technology and Business, for developing solutions and products for water purification at Unilever R&D, Bangalore. He joined Unilever in 2002 and earlier worked in interfacial science, materials science and electrodynamics for the Laundry Category. Venkataraghavan also had a stint with Unilever Technology Ventures, a venture fund based in San Francisco, scouting for new technologies and understanding the conversion of technology to businesses. Starting out as a physicist designing Laser heterostructures, Venkataraghavan continues to be a keen follower of technology and its evolution, dabbling in symbian devices, iPhone and more recently android tablets Venkataraghavan obtained his PhD in physics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and post doc'ed with LG Electronics, Seoul; TIFR, Mumbai and Riken, near Tokyo.

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