“There exists asymmetry in the rate of advance of military versus civil technology”
Bangalore, Jan. 10: Commodore A Paulraj (Retd), VSM, Padma Bhusan, presently an Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, USA today underlined the existing asymmetry in the rate of advance of military versus civil technology and emphasised how the military needed to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating technology in the areas of biology, robotics, information, nanotechnology and energy.
Professor Paulraj was delivering the 2nd Admiral RL Pereira Memorial lecture Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Kalakshetra Auditorium of Bharat Electronics Limited at Jalahalli here.
Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff presided and delivered the keynote address.
In his lecture on the topic ‘Accelearting Technology Change and National Security’, Professor Paulraj highlighted the existing asymmetry in the rate of advance of military versus civil technology and how the military needed to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating technology in the areas of biology, robotics, information, nanotechnology and energy. He reiterated that technology would be the key to military preparedness for India in the coming years, especially in the current security environment, which was rapidly degrading due to rise in asymmetric threats.
Professor Paulraj, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1965 and rose to the rank of Commodore before seeking premature retirement in 1990. He is the architect of the indigenously designed SONAR APSOH, founder of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at DRDO and the Central Research Laboratories, Bharat Electronics. He also co-founded the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Department of Electronics.
Post retirement, Professor Paulraj devoted himself to Academics and Research. He joined the faculty at Stanford University, USA as an Emeritus Professor, in 1993. He has to his credit the world’s two top honours for pioneers in telecommunications technology viz. the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal in 2011 and the prestigious Marconi Prize and Fellowship for 2014, which is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the field of Information Technology. Dr Paulraj is known as the father of MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output); the idea of using multiple antennas at both the transmitting and receiving stations that is at the heart of high speed WiFi and 4G mobile systems – and has revolutionized high speed wireless delivery of multimedia service for billions of people across the globe. Professor Paulraj is an elected fellow of seven scientific academics including the US National Academy of Engineering and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2010.
Navy Foundation Bengaluru Chapter conducts an annual lecture by eminent speakers in memory of late Admiral RL Pereira who had settled down in Bengaluru after his retirement and worked tirelessly for the cause of Ex-servicemen before he passed away on October 14, 1993.
Navy Foundation (NF) is an organization of retired naval officers with the Chief of the Naval Staff as its President.