Program Manager, Grace Mathew Abraham

Grace joined KIAC as Program Manager in December 2023. Prior to this, she was working at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) as Program Manager, where she was responsible for planning, overseeing, and implementing projects of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) for start-up companies. She also worked at Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) as a Program Coordinator and was responsible for organizing National and International workshops, conferences, and training programs for the faculties of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and for researchers across the country. She was instrumental in setting up a biology lab and confocal microscopy set-up at CeNSE. She has authored papers in Elsevier, Nature’s Scientific reports and delivered presentations at various conferences. She holds an MPhil in Biotechnology and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University. She also holds a P G Diploma in Bioinformatics.

Senior Editorial Assistant, Geethanjali Monto

Geethanjali is Senior Editorial Assistant at the Kotak IISc AI-ML Centre (KIAC) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). She takes care of communication and publicity for the Centre, which includes content generation for the KIAC website, social media, and reports and communication with delegates. She also helps in organisation of the Centre’s activities.

Before joining KIAC, she worked in the same position at the Division of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Sciences at IISc. Prior to that, she worked as Consultant Editor with IndiaBioscience (Bengaluru); Freelance Editor for the Office of Communications (IISc); Department of Mathematics (Delhi University); Central Food Technological Research Institute (Mysuru). She has also written for Traffic InfraTech, Saevus, and The Green Ogre. Before that, Geethanjali was S. Ramaseshan Science Writing Fellow at the Current Science Association (Bengaluru), Project Associate at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE; Bengaluru), and Project Associate at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM, Chennai).

She completed her BTech in Civil Engineering from IITM, PG Diploma in Mass Communication from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Harilal Bhagawati College of Communication & Management (Bengaluru), and Distance learning programme in ‘Environment and Development Communication’ from CEE.

Systems Administrator, Neetha Ashtakar

Neetha has completed her graduation in BTech (CSA) and MTech (IT). She started working at the Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at IISc as system administrator. She has also worked as Associate Manager (IT) at Bangalore Stock Exchange (BgSE). From the past one year, she is working as Senior Project Associate in the MTech (AI) Lab at IISc.

In her current role, she is responsible for the overall infrastructure setup and maintenance of the Lab, including the GPU servers. Neetha also ensures maximum utilisation of the servers by adapting new technologies and innovations.

She also provides decision support to stakeholders while taking key decisions for the continuous improvement of the Lab.

Secretary, Sudha Aithal

Sudha is a skilled professional with expertise in using Office 365 tools and possesses strong administrative skills. She has a proven track record of organizing successful conferences and has extensive experience in dealing with government machinery.

Sudha’s strategic planning abilities are complemented by her excellent communication skills, enabling her to develop and execute effective plans. Sudha’s additional skills include a senior-grade qualification in typewriting and proficiency in using various technical tools such as Mathtype, X circuit diagrams, Tina-TI9, Calibre tool, and Moodle.

She holds a BSc degree in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics and an MA degree in Sanskrit, demonstrating her diverse educational background and intellectual capacity.