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Invited Lecture: Prof. T. R. Gopalakrishnan Nair

T. R. Gopalakrishnan Nair

On Transforming Silicon to Brain 

Prof. T. R. Gopalakrishnan Nair
Rector, RR Group of Institutions;
Visiting Research Professor, University of Ulster, UK

Date & Time: July 27 (Wednesday), 2016; 01:40pm - 02:20pm

LOCATION: Ballroom 5



The Brain and its properties have challenged the human being for a long period of time. The complexities of architecture and expressionism of Brain as an organ along with its influence on the manifestation of life are some of the domains fairly unexplored. 

A deeper investigation of Brain as a system having various capabilities in various mammals including humans will remain to be one of the prime scientific pursuit  in 21st Century. The Brain is composed of eighty-six billion Neurons and associated Glial cells supporting its performances. The geometrical spread of neurons range from hypothalamus to neo-cortical complexes. Most neurons of Brain have an extensive layout and an intertwined wiring with large scale couplings of Synaptic and Dendritic extensions of neural main body. The human Brain is autonomously partitioned functionally into 52 Brodmann  area displaying capabilities in different domains pertaining to sensory perception, physical motor capabilities and the power of cognition augmented with capability to escalate into stages of consciousness. A realization of this comprehensive phenomenon and functionalism into Silicon in one shot is almost impossible whereas achieving incremental realism of selected capabilities with appropriate models of neuron and neuronal clusters are proximal targets. For half a century,  silicon has supported humanity extensively in augmenting intellectual power through an ever expanding digital logic pattern and reaching a summit of integration of billions of components,  only restricted by quantum mechanical resolution feasible for component realization. Hence transforming Silicon wafers in to Brain heavily depends on the theoretical success of identifying structural properties of the Brain to get a deeper insight in to the Connectome and Chemical Signal Processing.  It needs to translate the secrets of clustered neuron dynamics along with the meanings of Synaptic and Dendritic transport signals  while incorporating certain axonal properties, probably representing practical Quantum phenomenon. Hence, in this lecture,  various critical issues  of the above cited features of Brain domains are exposed which may contrive and abet in forming Brain mimics in Silicon in near future.


A visionary  technologist, contributed extensively in Education, Advanced Research and Administration throughout his career, Dr. Gopalakrishnan Nair  looks forward to implement trend setting thoughts, practices and innovations in Education, Research and Social Systems which can transform 21st century.

Dr. T. R. Gopalakrishnan Nair, a Fellow of Institution of Engineers,  has 35 years of experience in professional field spread over Research, Industry and Education. He was the Saudi Aramco  Endowed Chair in Technology, in PM University, KSA and currently the Rector of RR group Institutions. He holds degrees M.Tech. (I.I.Sc., India) and Ph.D.  in Computer Science. He was the Vice President at one of the prominent education centres and the founding director of RIIC, Bangalore, a leading research house recognized by Govt. of India. He started his career in Electronics Research and Development Centre, (CDAC) Trivandrum where he was instrumental in developing various pioneering research products in the field of computers and software. Later, as the head of Advanced Simulation Activities in Indian Space Research Organization, he contributed to advanced research in Systems level Engineering and Inertial Navigation and Guidance work. 

He received the National Technology award PARAM in 1992  for developing the parallel computing flight simulation systems.  He was awarded the Fellowship by International Space University for Space Project Design Program in Toronto in 1990.  He is recognized as a multidisciplinary Scientist with strong computing background. Currently he concentrates on systems Biology with an engineering outlook and explores Brain and its properties, Genetics and primordial life dynamics. 

Later he contributed extensively in academic field for the last 18 years in India and abroad educating and leading research in the field of science and technology especially in Computer Science and Engineering as well as Multidisciplinary domains. He taught several graduate and post graduate courses, handled numerous projects and produced several Ph.Ds.  Having worked in the current Electronics and Information Technology for decades, he studied industry process very closely and remained as a consultant to many industries.  As a director he guided many Institutes and Universities through various strategies and directions in research where Software Engineering, Nanotechnology, Systems Biology and AI & Robotics were some of the thrust areas.  He authored and published about 200 research papers in Computing and Multidisciplinary fields and he promotes cross domain fusion of knowledge.  He was the Chief Editor of few Journals in the past.  He received the TeamTech Foundation Award for 'Excellence in Education and Research' in 2009. He has several patents in the field of computers and communications.

He is a senior member of IEEE for last two decades and a senior member of various other societies like ACM (USA) and CSI India.  He was an active member of AAAS too. He is usually invited by various universities at national and international level as well as professional societies for delivering lectures on frontier areas.  He was a also a visiting research professor to the University of Ulster, UK.  He is a member of the director boards of few companies operating in India. He has authored several book chapters at international level and delivered 60 Keynote and invited lectures in the recent past. He is fond of music and engages himself in painting with water color and oil with impressionistic outlook. Several volumes of his papers and keynotes are brought out, in addition to proceedings that he edited. He was given the Glory of India Award by NRI Forum for the visionary contributions Science and technology in July 2013 in Bangkok.  The latest is the recognition from Elsevier, Amsterdam for “Outstanding Contributions in Reviews”, more details can be seen at


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