Qualification: 
MBA
prashant@amrita.edu

Prashant R. Nair currently serves as Associate Professor and Vice Chairperson at the department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus. He is also the Chairman of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Service to Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Teaching

  • Engineering Faculty (2000 onwards)
  • Business Faculty (2004 onward)
  • Faculty, Amrita-TIFAC Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security (2007-2011)

Academic Administration

  • Chairman, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and Member Secretary, NAAC Accreditation steering committee (2018 onwards)
  • National Board of Accreditation (NBA) Coordinator for Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore (2018 onwards)
  • Vice-Chairman, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) (2008-2017). Instrumental in Amrita getting the highest grade, 'A' for all its 5 campuses, 14 schools, 150+ departments and 250 programs by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the Indian government's Quality Assurance (QA) agency for universities twice in 2009 and 2014.
  • Vice-Chairman – Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department @ Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore campus (2014-2019)
  • Vice-Chairman – Information Technology department @ Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore campus (2007-2014)
  • Core Committee member, Institution of Eminence (IoE) initiative (2017-2018)
  • Nodal Officer, National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) university rankings of Government of India (2015 onwards). University secured 8th position in 2019 & 2018 and 9th position in 2017 among all 900 universities in the India rankings. The university was also ranked 5th in medical category in 2019. 2018 rank certificate was presented by Shri Prakash Javadekar, then Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India. Also did the presentations whereby Amrita emerged as the top technical university in Swachhta rankings in India in 2017 and 2018. Represented Amrita to collect Swachh Campus Ranking certificate from then HRD Ministers, Shri Prakash Javadekar and Dr. Satyapal Singh in 2018.
  • Nodal Officer, University Grants Commission (UGC) review of the university (2016)
  • Member, Board of Studies in Information Technology (2005-2009)
  • University representative in international conclaves of ‘Study in India’ Program of Government of India in various countries (2019 onwards)

Research & Mentoring

  • 6 books, 2 edited books, 1 book chapter and 40+ research publications in leading journals and conferences (12 Scopus-listed and 1 Science Citation Index (SCI) indexed papers; this includes 5 Springer, 1 IOS Press and 1 IGI Global publication)
  • H-index of 6 with 115+ citations in Google Scholar
  • Current Areas of Research: Application of ICT tools for Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems, Cyber Security, Business Analytics
  • Mentor, Team Vision, student team with following accomplishments (2018-2020):
    • Top 5 rank in the Singapore-India Hackathon 2018 after being chosen to officially represent India by HRD ministry of Government of India. The team also was felicitated by Shri Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister at Singapore.
    • Victories in prestigious international and national competitions such as Smart India Hackathon 2018 for Ministry of Commerce & Industry of Government of India; Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) EnginX Digital Twin Challenge contest 2018 and Rajasthan Online Hackathon 2018.
    • Top ranks and positions in Titan Technology Tune-in 2.0 in 2019, Linux Foundation National Mobile App Innovation Challenge (MiC) 2019, N/Core Ideathon 2018 and India Innovation Growth Program (IIGP) 2.0 in 2018 held at IIT Bombay
  • Mentor, Team Bend, student team with following accomplishments (2018-2020):
    • Ranked in the top 15 teams nation-wide in Cisco ThingQbator Program 2019
    • Selected for representing university in Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)’s Innovation Cell (MIC) National Exhibition Challenge 2019
  • Member, Management Team, Amrita Technology Business Incubator (TBI) (2013-2014)
  • Co-investigator for the Cyber Security research project titled, “Predictive threat evaluation in Complex IT systems” sponsored by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India for Rs. 24 lakhs (2014-2015)
  • Has secured conference, workshop, techfest & research funding to the tune of Rs. 2 crores from agencies and industry such as DRDO, AICTE, IBM, Facebook, Infosys, Cognizant, Directi, British Council etc

Student Engagement & Outreach

  • Advisor, Co-Curricular and University Techfest (Anokha) Convener (2011-2019). Anokha is the one of the top techfests in India and the first to have United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) accreditation.
  • Associate Site Director @ Coimbatore campus, ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Asia Pacific Region - Amritapuri site, which is the Semifinals of the ACM World Championship/Olympics of Collegiate Programming (2006, 2010-2018)
  • Student Branch Coordinator, Computer Society of India (CSI) student branch (2007 onwards). Instrumental in winning Best CSI Student branch for Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The student branch was selected among from almost 1000 colleges and universities in India with CSI institutional memberships and student branches and this is a record recognition for any university in India. Organized the major events of the student chapter, the Regional Student Convention (RSC) in 2011 and 29th National Student Convention (NSC) in 2013.
  • Magazine Editor (2000-2018). 2016 and 2017 editions of this annual college magazine had messages from the President and Prime Minister of India.
  • Organizing Committee member, South Zone Inter-University Table tennis (2011, 2017) and Chess (2015) & Football (2015) tournaments of Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • Student Association, “TITAN” coordinator, Information Technology department (2000-2006)

Conferences @ Amrita

  • Publicity & Industry Relations Chair, IEEE INDICON 2018, 15th IEEE India Council International conference held from 16 to 18 December, 2018. This is the biggest and premier IEEE event in India
  • Organizing Chair, NAAC Sponsored National Seminar on “Design of Curriculum for Sustainable and Societal Development: A Road Map” on 12th and 13th August, 2016
  • Coordinator, 2nd IETE Student Forum National Congress 2015, the premier student event of the IETE professional body
  • Host Coordinator for Launch of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Worldwide Rankings by Subject 2014 during ET MasterClass Shine Summit on Higher Education: Innovation and Excellence held on 25th February, 2014. This is the first time an international ranking agency has released a World University Rankings (WUR) list in India.
  • Organizing Secretary & Program Committee member for International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Applied Computing (ICONIAAC) 2014.
  • Organizing Co-chair, 15th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking (ICDCN) 2014 - one of the top distributed computing conferences in the world, Ranked as ‘B’ in Computing Research and Education (CORE) conference rankings
  • Program Coordinator, IEEE All India Student Congress (AISC) 2013 – Top IEEE student event in India
  • Convener & Organizing Chair, CSI 29th National Student Convention (NSC) 2013 – oldest computer science students conference in India being held since 1986
  • Coordinator, IETE National Technical Paper Contest (NTPC) 2012
  • Publicity Chair, 1st IEEE International Conference on Technology Enhanced Education 2012
  • Organizing Secretary, CSI Regional Student Convention 2011
  • Organizing Secretary, IETE South Zonal seminar on Networking Paradigms and Cyber Security 2010
  • Organizing Secretary, Amrita-IBM International Conference on Cloud Computing, Smart Grid and Green IT 2009
  • Organizing Secretary, AICTE sponsored National Seminar on Mobile & Network Security and Cryptographic Protocols 2007
  • Local Arrangements Chair, Launch of Indo_US collaborative initiative in Higher Education and EDUSAT network by then Indian President, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005
  • Organizing Secretary, International Colloquium on Digital Libraries 2005

Service to Profession and Society

Other University Service

  • Visiting faculty, University of California, San Diego (2003)
  • Visiting faculty, Sofia University, Bulgaria as an Erasmus Mundus fellow (2009)
  • Member, Expert Committee for conferring autonomy status on institutions of University Grants Commission (UGC) (2019 onwards)
  • External Expert member, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of
    • Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati (2018 onwards)
    • Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore (2019 onwards)
  • Member, Board of Studies of:
    • Hindustan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore (2019-2022)
    • Kalaignar Karunanidhi Institute of Technology, Coimbatore (2019-2022)
    • Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science (Autonomous), Coimbatore (2016-2019)
    • Karpagam Academy for Higher Education, Coimbatore (2011-2013)
    • Sri Krishna College of Arts and Sciences, Coimbatore (2011-2013)
  • Chairman & Expert member for syllabus re-orientation of B.Tech (Agricultural Information Technology) of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore (2017, 2019)
  • Member, Governing council, Nehru Institute of Technology, Coimbatore (2016-2017)
  • Member, Expert Committee for selection of all enterprise software purchases of the Coimbatore corporation (2011)

Mentoring

  • Reviewer, Fulbright-Nehru Specialist Program of United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) (2019)
  • Panel expert, Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) (2019 onwards)
  • Mentor, Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI Aayog (2018 onwards)
  • Mentor for iB Hubs, Pan India Start-Up Hub (2016 onwards)
  • Career Counseling for school students after 10th and 12th standards (2014 onwards)

Editorial Service

  • Editorial Committee member, IEEE Region 10 Newsletter (2019 onwards). IEEE R10 Today is the newsletter of the Asia-Pacific region of IEEE with almost 1.5 lakh members including Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and India
  • Editor, Computer Society of India (CSI) Communications (2017, 2018). This is the oldest computer science journal & magazine in India being published for last 43 years with a circulation of 151,000. Ranks along with Digit, Chip, and Dataquest as a widely circulated computer science publication in India. Started a history series and tech leader interview series in the tenure as editor with interviews of prominent personalities such as Dr. Deepak B. Phatak, Padmashri awardee and e-education pioneer from IIT Bombay; Dr. Gulshan Rai, then National Cyber Security Coordinator, Government of India and Prof. Mike Hinchey, President, International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP)
  • Columnist & science writer with articles, Op-eds and columns published in reputed publications like University News of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), IEEE India Info newsletter for IEEE India Council, Career 360 & Higher Education Review magazines and Dream 2047 published by Department of Science & technology (DST) of Government of India
  • Chair, Publications Committee and Editor, IEEE MAS Link newsletter, IEEE Madras Section (2016, 2017)
  • Associate Editor of Computer Society of India (CSI) Transactions on ICT published by Springer (2012 onwards)
  • Editorial board member of :
    • International Journal of Data Modeling & Knowledge Management (2011)
    • MASAUM Journal of Software Engineering (2012)
    • International Journal of Recent Research Aspects (2016)
    • International Journal of Institutional & Industrial Research (2016)

Leadership Positions in Professional Bodies and Industry Associations

  • Founder Treasurer, ACM Coimbatore chapter (2018)
  • Honorary Treasurer, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Coimbatore center (2010-2020). Expanded IETE movement in Tamil Nadu by starting 3 centers and over 100 student chapters in universities and colleges. The IETE Coimbatore center has provided over Rs. 25 lakhs of funding support for various labs, conferences and workshops of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore.
  • Computer Society of India (CSI) Distinguished Speaker (2015-2018)
  • Chair, National Students Committee & National Student Coordinator (NSC), Computer Society of India (CSI) (2016-2017). 8th NSC in the history of CSI
  • Member, National Students Committee & Regional Student Coordinator (RSC), Region 7 (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry), Computer Society of India (CSI) (2014-2015)
  • Member, National Students Committee & State Student Coordinator (SSC) - Tamil Nadu, Computer Society of India (CSI) (2013-2014)
  • Secretary, IEEE Education Society, India Council chapter (2015, 2016)
  • Vice-Chair, IEEE Education Society, India Council chapter (2013, 2014)
  • Joint Secretary, IEEE Computer Society, India Council chapter (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Student Activities Chair (SAC), IEEE Computer Society, India Council chapter (2013)
  • Chair, Industry Outreach, IEEE Education Society, India Council chapter (2012)
  • Member, Executive Committee, IEEE Madras section (2012-2014)
  • Secretary, IEEE Education Society chapter, IEEE Madras section (2013, 2014)
  • Member, National Students Committee and National Quiz Coordinator (NQC), Computer Society of India (CSI) (2011-2013)
  • Honorary Secretary, Computer Society of India (CSI) Coimbatore chapter (2010-2012)
  • Managing Committee member, Computer Society of India (CSI) Coimbatore chapter (2007-2013)
  • Founder Honorary Secretary, IETE Coimbatore center (2008-2010)
  • Honorary Secretary, IETE Coimbatore sub-center (2006-2008)
  • Executive Committee member, IETE Coimbatore sub-center (2004-2006)
  • Member, ICT panel of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Coimbatore zone (2009-2014)

Conferences

  • Has emerged as one of the most prolific technical and motivational speakers in the region having inaugurated/keynoted over 250 technical conferences, workshops, associations and events including prestigious events such as of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Connect, NASSCOM Foundation CSR Leadership conference, Indian Science Congress (ISCA), NBA World Summit of Accreditation (WOSA) etc
  • Scientific and Program Committee member for 100+ international/national conferences in USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, UAE, Oman, Brazil etc
  • Has the unique distinction of organizing the top student events of 4 professional bodies namely IEEE, CSI, IETE and ACM in India viz. IEEE All India Student Congress (AISC) 2013, CSI 29th National Student Convention (NSC) 2013, IETE Student Forum National Congress 2015 and nine editions of ACM International Collegiate Programming contest (ICPC).
  • Member, Organizing Committee (OC), CSI 2016, 51st Annual Convention of Computer Society of India Organizing Committee member for IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10 HTC) 2014
  • Was a member of the Indian delegation to ACM ICPC World Finals - World Championship of Programming at Orlando in May 2011 which made a bid to host the ICPC World Finals in India
  • Organizing Joint Secretary, CSI 25th National Student Convention (NSC) 2009
  • Coordinator, Network Forensics tutorial, IFIP Networking 2010 at IIT Madras

Awards, Fellowships and Achievements

  • Star faculty of Amrita, gifted & highly rated teacher, resourceful administrator, outstanding organizer, astute researcher and accomplished compere. Is master of ceremony for major university events like convocations and major launches.
  • Has been regularly getting one of the highest points in the Faculty Appraisal among all faculty of Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore since 2010 and approval rating of 90% in UCSD (2003)
  • Best Faculty of the Year (2018) conferred by Computer Society of India (CSI) and Free & Open Source Software in Education (FOSSEE) initiative of IIT Bombay under MHRD National Mission on Education using ICT at IIT Bombay, Mumbai on 22 February, 2018. Award was presented by Dr. D.B. Pathak, Padmashri awardee and Professor at IIT Bombay, Mumbai and jury included Dr. S.S. Mantha, Former Chairman, AICTE
  • Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Fellow (2017)
  • Global Chapter Achievement award of IEEE Education Society (2013). As Vice-Chair of the IEEE Education Society, India council, was one of the 4 officers to be presented with IEEE citations at Frontiers in Education (FIE) 2013 conference at Oklahoma in October, 2013. This is the first time that India features in this award. Previous two year award winners were Hong Kong and Spain Chapters of IEEE Education Society
  • ASDF Award for Best Academic Administrator (2012). Award presented by Dr. Olivier Crepin LeBlond, Chair, ALAC of ICANN, one of the bodies in Internet governance
  • Computer Society of India (CSI) Academic Excellence award for prolific publishing in international conferences (2016)
  • CSI Academic Excellence award for maximum publishing in the CSI Communications journal, oldest Computer Science journal in India (2014, 2013, 2011)
  • Erasmus Mundus fellowship (2009)
  • Instrumental in CSI Coimbatore chapter winning best regional chapter award in India five times, of which the 2011 win, in his role as Secretary, was the first time in Category B in the chapter’s 27 year history.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2019

S. K. Vasudevan, Prashant R. Nair, Abhishek, S. N., Kumar, V., and Aswin, T. S., “An Innovative Application for Code Generation of Mathematical Equations and Problem Solving”, Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 2107-2116, 2019.[Abstract]


Mathematics is the cradle of all creations, without which the world cannot move an inch. Mathematical functions are 'extensively' used in physics, 'structurally' used in graphics, 'practically' used in civil engineering, 'potentially' used in mechanical engineering and in many other fields as well. One fairly common difficulty faced by the engineers and scientists is to find the right function that solves their problem. This involves a lot of time consuming tasks. The idea proposed here is an android application that captures the mathematical expression using a built-in camera which produces a Java code that can be utilized for solving the inputs of their needs. Along with the code, it also displays a basic plot of the function, which will be more helpful for selecting the apt solution for any problem. There are many applications in the market which can compute the result of a mathematical equation. But, this application will give an executable Java code which can be used for further problem solving. So, the application is unique in its way and this is a new dimension of using image processing for code generation. This application supports polynomial, logarithmic, trigonometric and exponential functions up to four variables. © 2019 - IOS Press and the authors.

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2017

Prashant R. Nair, Sahay, M., and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “Investigation Through System Dynamics for the Benefits of ICT Intervention in Distribution”, Indian Journal of Management, vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 42-51, 2017.[Abstract]


The objective of the paper was to investigate through Systems Dynamics (SD) methodology, the impact and benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) tools' intervention in the supply chain process of distribution. Accessing information in a timely and actionable manner as also negotiating and managing relationships within and between organizations in the supply chain has become a source of competitive advantage for businesses. ICT deployments and interventions across the supply chain have become a performance enabler and determinant of competitive advantage for many corporations. These improve supply chain visibility, collaboration, coordination and integration, and thereby dramatically improve the supply chain performance. One process in supply chain management, namely distribution, was described using SD. Introduction of a parameter, ICT capability dramatically changed the status quo and gave rise to new positive balancing or reinforcing loops. This parameter was measured in terms of an index, ICT capability index, which depends on knowledge, social, and economic dimensions.

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2017

A. Sn, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Thangavelu S., and Rmd, S., “A proposal for mitigating fishermen killing in indian sea borders through technology – maritime boundary identification device”, Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, vol. 6, pp. 704-710, 2017.[Abstract]


The Tamil Nadu – Sri Lanka maritime boundary has been responsible for frequent controversies in the global front, due to fishermen from Rameshwaram and Ramanthapuram districts recklessly straying past Indian waters. Instances of Indian fishermen being captured and killed by the Sri Lankan navy have spun vivid images of violence and human rights violation among the masses. Social activists are desperate for an automatic alarm system to warn the fishermen when they are about to cross the border, and avert a possible impending crisis. The following discussion focuses on the design of an alarm signal system that could alert the fishermen on a periodic basis as they approach closer to the maritime boundary. Installing Global Positioning System (GPS) devices would pose several economic challenges. Instead of the conventional approach of using GPS devices to track location, a transmitter – receiver system exquisitely designed to send signals to the boat would be effective. This system helps in keeping a continuous track of the boats. It provides a reliable solution to alert fishermen before they could inadvertently exceed the boundary. © 2017 Institute of Advanced Engineering and Science. All rights reserved.

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2016

Prathilothamai M., Prashant R. Nair, R. Singh, A. P., and Aditya, P. N. S., “Offline Navigation: GPS based Location Assisting System”, Indian Journal of Science and Technology, vol. 9, no. 45, pp. 1-6, 2016.[Abstract]


Objectives: We have developed an Offline Navigation Android1 application especially for the visually impaired people, the application also features a module through which the user, if lost track or has been abducted can reach back to the original location without the use of the internet.
Methods/Statistical Analysis: We have used Google’s direction API2 for the route data, using this data the application guides the user with the help of Global Positioning System and Magnetic sensor. The main uniqueness of this application is, it works without the internet and consumes less battery charge.
Findings: The developed application uses the data from the direction API (i.e., JSON format text) for navigating without displaying the map instead by reading out instructions, showing just direction and giving vibration feedback if deviating from the path. Thus the application differs from a typical navigation application. Application/Improvements: The developed application has a unique functionality for retracing a user’s path, and also consumes less space and computation compared to other navigation applications.

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2016

Prashant R. Nair and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “An investigation on the benefits of ICT deployment in Supply Chain Management (SCM)”, Indian Journal of Science and Technology, vol. 9, no. 30, 2016.[Abstract]


Objective: The objective of the paper is to investigate the influence of deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools in a supply chain context.
Methods/Analysis: The influence of deployment of ICT in Supply Chain Management (SCM) is studied using System Dynamics (SD) methodology using the tool, Causal Loop Diagram (CLD) using software Vensim.
Findings: SCM discipline is grappled with dynamic and operational changes and challenges and this unpredictability can be understood better using SD. ICT capabilities fundamentally improve supply chain integration and performance. ICT adoption for SCM improves collaboration, workflow and decision-making which lead to cost savings; improved operational efficiency and inventory visibility. One process in SCM namely inventory control is described using SD. Introduction of a parameter, ICT capability dramatically changes the context and gives rise to new positive feedback loops Novelty/Improvements: The paper uses CLD for ICT influence on SCM process of inventory control. This can be extended for all supply chain management processes in both planning and execution. Case studies with the influence of specific ICT tools like RFID, Cloud, Social Media, Business Analytics, Mobile technology and Multi-agent systems are also possibilities for extending the study. Supply chain managers can deliberate on decisions, strategy, issues and policy by developing scenarios using SD tools and software packages. However the research limitation is that this is a simulation in a specific supply chain context. Generalization of this scenario may not be possible.

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2016

Prashant R. Nair and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “Tackling supply chain management through RFID: Opportunities and challenges”, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 438, pp. 467-475, 2016.[Abstract]


RFID is a powerful technology that provides enterprises with improved inventory tracking, transparency, and visibility, thereby enhancing operational efficiency and better engagement and dialog with shipping channels and storage depots. RFID helps enterprises to attain just in time (JIT), vendor managed inventory (VMI), or zero inventory levels. This paper explores the current state of affairs with respect to technology of RFID and its current usage in diverse application domains and contexts of supply chain. Information is vital for decision support and the quality of this information is emerging as the most vital metric to measure supply chain performance. RFID provides supply chain managers with accurate, actionable, and timely information for decision support. Various implementation barriers and RFID adoption challenges are discussed. Successful demonstrations of RFID usage for supply chain activities by progressive companies are showcased. By providing a glimpse into the immense business value and wide-ranging strategic advantages of using RFID for supply chain management, the paper exhorts companies to tap the vast potential of this exciting and promising technology. Integration of RFID within emerging trends like Internet of things and social media analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies is the future research direction of this technology. © Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016.

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2016

Prashant R. Nair, “World University Rankings: A Catalyst for Architecting World Class Universities for Transforming India”, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), 2016.

2014

Prashant R. Nair, “Supply Chain Analytics”, CSI Communications, vol. 38, pp. 11 - 12, 2014.

2014

Prashant R. Nair, “Emerging ICT Tools for Virtual Supply Chain Management: Evidences from Progressive Companies”, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 249 VOLUME II, pp. 715-722, 2014.[Abstract]


Industry trends like liberalization, privatization and globalization have resulted in increasing competition & pricing pressure and thereby compelled enterprises to adopt robust supply chain management technologies and policies. To survive in these times, companies will find that their conventional supply chain integration will have to be expanded beyond their boundaries so as to integrate all stakeholders. Adoption of ICT tools is vital for such efforts. ICT tools are great enablers, enhancers, levelers and facilitators of enterprise operations. This paper discusses the role of emerging ICT tools like Cloud Computing, RFID and Decision Support Systems (DSS) as an enabler in virtual supply chain management and also highlights the adoption of these technologies in various contexts. Successful ICT implementations of SCM of progressive companies are also described. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.

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2014

S. Joshi and Prashant R. Nair, “Applications of Data Mining in Management of Metabolic and Degenerative Disorders”, 2014.

2014

Prashant R. Nair, “The SMAC effect towards Adaptive Supply Chain Management”, CSI Communications, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 31-33, 2014.

2013

Prashant R. Nair, “High Performance & Cloud Computing Interventions for Supply Chain Management”, CSI Communications, vol. 37, pp. 13 - 14, 2013.[Abstract]


High Performance and Cloud Computing system interventions have started appearing in the domain of supply chain management. These systems help in providing transparency and visibility to supply chains. HPC systems having the advantages of scalability, data integration and interoperability. Cloud computing can integrate all partners in the global extended supply chain into an online social network like community with realtime information on all elements. Cloud Interventions in the SCM space are rapidly increasing with several vendors off ering Software as a service etc. HPC interventions on the other hand are limited to some big companies. A challenge faced during deployment of both cloud and HPC systems is legacy applications especially of the suppliers. More »»

2013

Prashant R. Nair and Annamalai, P., “Comparison between ISO 9000 and CMM Software Quality Standards”, International Journal of Engineering, Business and Enterprises Applications (IJEBEA), vol. 1 & 2, no. 5, 2013.

2013

Prashant R. Nair, “E-Supply Chain Management using Software Agents”, CSI Communications, vol. 37, pp. 13–16, 2013.

2012

Prashant R. Nair, “RFID for Supply Chain Management”, CSI Comm, vol. 36, pp. 14–18, 2012.

2010

Prashant R. Nair, “Software Agents for Supply Chain Management”, International Journal of Decision Making in Supply Chain and Logistics, vol. 1, pp. 71 - 90, 2010.

2010

Prashant R. Nair and Balasubramaniam, O. A., “IT Enabled Supply Chain Management using Decision Support Systems”, CSI Communications, pp. 34–40, 2010.

2009

Prashant R. Nair, Raju, V., and Anbuudayashankar, S. P., “Overview of Information Technology Tools for Supply Chain Management”, CSI Communications, vol. 33, no. 9, pp. 20 - 27, 2009.[Abstract]


Information Technology (IT) and its use in organizations and across the supply chain has become a determinant of competitive advantage for many corporations. This paper focuses the usage of IT tools for Supply Chain Management (SCM). It also highlights the contribution of IT in helping to restructure the entire distribution set up to achieve higher service levels and lower inventory and lower supply chain costs. More »»

2005

J. K. Vijayakumar and Prashant R. Nair, “Amrita Colloquium on Digital Libraries (ACDL-2005): A Report”, D-Lib magazine, vol. 11, no. 3, 2005.

2001

Prashant R. Nair, “Managing the B-Schools of Tomorrow”, University News, vol. 39, no. 4, 2001.

2000

Prashant R. Nair, “Woe Betides the Management Aspirants”, Indian Management, vol. 39, pp. 74–77, 2000.

Publication Type: Book

Year of Publication Title

2019

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Sundaram, R. M. D., Software Testing. Narosa Publishers, India, 2019.

2019

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Sundaram, R. M. D., Software Testing. Alpha Science Publishers, UK, 2019.

2018

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Sundaram, R. M. D., Software Project Management. Alpha Science Publishers, UK, 2018.

2018

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Sundaram, R. M. D., Software Project Management. 2018.

2017

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Dr. Jeyakumar G., Software Engineering. Alpha Science Publishers, United Kingdom, 2017.

2017

Prashant R. Nair, Dr. Shriram K Vasudevan, V, S., and Dr. Jeyakumar G., Software Engineering. Narosa Publishers, India, 2017.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title

2018

Prashant R. Nair and Dr. Anbuudayasankar S. P., “Tackling Supply Chain through High Performance Computing: Opportunities and Challenges”, Silicon Photonics {&} High Performance Computing, vol. 718. Springer Singapore, Singapore, pp. 1-7, 2018.[Abstract]


Conversion of a supply chain to value chain requires agility, adaptability, communication, collaboration, decision support, elasticity, robustness, sensitivity, and visibility. High-Performance Computing (HPC) and cloud computing systems bring additional benefits of scalability, integration, portability, processing power, storage, and interoperability for Supply Chain Management (SCM). Mega corporations and retail giants like Wal-Mart and Pratt {&} Whitney have deployed HPC for SCM and thereby achieved efficient and effective data administration and analysis. But the usages of HPC for SCM are restricted to a few large enterprises. Deployment challenges include difficulty in migrating from legacy to high-end systems, high cost, lack of skilled manpower, and application software. HPC along with the cloud computing paradigm integrated in the Social Mobile Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) stack can emerge as a game changer to integrate all stakeholders in the value chain into a social network real-time and actionable intelligence. The access to updates and timely information from all supply chain partners will also transform enterprises to be forecast-driven as opposed to their conventional demand-driven nature.

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2018

S. Ramachandran, Prashant R. Nair, and Vasudevan, S. K., “Cane free obstacle detection using sensors and navigational guidance using augmented reality for visually challenged people”, Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics, vol. 28. Springer Netherlands, pp. 324-334, 2018.[Abstract]


The project concentrates on obstacle detection for visually impaired people using IR, Ultrasonic sensors and TSOP receiver which is of less cost, fast and efficient. Shortest distance algorithm is the method used to find the obstacles at each region sent from the TSOP receiver mounted on each angles. This works in environments such as indoor and outdoor. Experience comes from learning and the important requirements for learning will be the sense of vision of what normal human being sees and observes in the real world. But in the case of VI people, sense of vision will not help them in learning where other senses like ears, touch, smell helps them in various situations. The whole setup is wearable and lightweight mounted on a belt to make the VI people to walk into any situation like pits, steps by providing haptic feedback as the output. The project uses Arduino mega which helps us to program ease and also helps in testing various parameters with the available open source library routines. Since the targeted user is VI people, navigational guidance can be done through Augmented Reality domain as the technology is growing wide and can give more reliable to the user. © 2018, Springer International Publishing AG.

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2016

Prashant R. Nair and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “An Investigation on the benefits of ICT Deployment for Supply Chain Management”, IEEE 3rd International Conference on Innovations in Information, Embedded & Communication Systems” - ICIIECS 2016 . Coimbatore, 2016.

2015

Prashant R. Nair and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “Social Mobile Analytics Cloud (SMAC) stack for Supply Chain Management”, Computer Society of India (CSI) - 2015; CSI - 50th Golden Jubilee Annual Convention. New Delhi, 2015.

2015

Prashant R. Nair and Anbuudayasankar, S. P., “Tackling Supply Chain through High Performance Computing: Opportunities and Challenges”, Computer Society of India (CSI) - 2015; CSI - 50th Golden Jubilee Annual Convention. New Delhi, 2015.

2014

Prashant R. Nair, “Tackling Supply Chain through Business Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges and Successful Deployments”, International Conference on Emerging ICT for Bridging the Future, vol. 1. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 569–576, 2014.[Abstract]


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and technologies are revolutionizing enterprise workflow and processes. Deployment of ICT tools for supply chain planning and execution has resulted in greater agility, robustness, collaboration, visibility and seamless integration of all stakeholders in the enterprise and also extended enterprise consisting of suppliers and customers. Business analytics is emerging as a potent tool for enterprises to improve their profitability and competitive edge. Business analytics aims at building fresh perspectives and new insights into business performance using data, statistical methods, quantitative analysis and predictive modeling. Advanced analytics is being employed for several processes in supply chain planning and execution like demand forecasting, inventory management, production & distribution planning etc. Enterprise case studies of successful deployments of business analytics for supply chain management are showcased. Some challenges faced in business analytics usage like high cost, need for data aggregation from multiple sources etc are also highlighted. An integration of business analytics with disruptive and game-changing technologies like social media, cloud computing and mobile technologies in the form of the SMAC - Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud stack holds tremendous promise to be the next wave in enterprise computing with wideranging advantages like improved supply chain planning, collaboration, execution and stake-holder engagement. More »»

2013

Prashant R. Nair, “E - Supply Chain Management using Software Agents”, 3rd International Conference on Future Trends in Computing & Communication”, FTCC 2013. Bangok, 2013.

2013

Prashant R. Nair, “Tackling Supply Chain through Cloud Computing: Management: Opportunities, Challenges and Successful Deployments”, Springer Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol. 2. Springer International Publishing, pp. 761 - 767, 2013.[Abstract]


An important requirement of supply chain management is to attain supply chain visibility among multiple stakeholders and partners. With several enterprises off shoring their manufacturing and service operations to low-cost hubs in Asia with poor infrastructure and transportation networks, visibility has become a major challenge. Various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools like RFID have enabled supply chain visibility and agility. Cloud computing and associated technologies like virtualization, Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) have been touted as the ‘next big thing’ and ‘game changer’ for enterprises to improve their top line and bottom line. ICT interventions in supply chain planning and execution using Cloud Computing with evidences of early adoptions and deployments by pioneering enterprises have been highlighted. Application areas where cloud-based solutions are available include demand forecasting, demand planning, e-procurement, distribution, inventory, warehouse and transportation systems. More »»

2012

Prashant R. Nair, “Applications of Data Mining in Management of Metabolic and Degenerative Disorders”. 2012.

2011

Prashant R. Nair, “Decision Support Systems for Efficient Supply Chain Management”, 2nd International Conference on Simulation, Modelling and Analysis. Coimbatore, 2011.

2011

Prashant R. Nair, “RFID for Supply Chain Management”, 2nd International Conference on Simulation, Modelling and Analysis. Coimbatore, 2011.

2010

Prashant R. Nair, “Transforming a Supply Chain through innovation”, Interactive conference on 3PL perspectives. Coimbatore, 2010.

2010

Prashant R. Nair, “Enterprise Networking tools for Supply Chain Management”, National Conference on “Networking Paradigms and Cyber Security. Coimbatore, 2010.

2010

Prashant R. Nair, Balasubramaniam, O. A., and Somu, A., “Decision Support Systems for Efficient Supply Chain Management”, 5th International Conference on Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Coimbatore, 2010.

2009

Prashant R. Nair, “Overview of Information Technology Tools for Supply Chain Management”, CSI 2009. Pune, 2009.

2000

Prashant R. Nair, “Cryptography- An Enabling Technology for Electronic Governance”, 15th National Convention of Computer Engineers. Trivandrum, 2000.

2000

Prashant R. Nair and Santhi, G., “Wireless Local Loop; A Promising Future Communication Trend”, International Conference: Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT 2000). Vellore, 2000.

2000

Prashant R. Nair and Santhi, G., “Implementing a Cost-Effective DSL Service”, International Conference: Asia-Pacific Telecom (APT 2000). Vellore, 2000.

Publication Type: Book Chapter

Year of Publication Title

2010

Prashant R. Nair, “Benefits of Information Technology Implementations for Supply Chain Management: An Explorative Study of Progressive Indian Companies”, in Enterprise Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications, 2010, pp. 596-616.[Abstract]


The usage of Information Technology (IT) in organizations across the supply chain has become a determinant of competitive advantage for many corporations. This chapter focuses on the usage of IT tools for Supply Chain Management (SCM). It also highlights the contribution of IT in helping restructure the entire distribution set-up to achieve higher service levels, lower inventory, and lower supply chain costs. An overview and tangible benefits of the existing IT tools, which are widely deployed, is provided with focus on existing configuration considerations, available applications, and deployments in India. The role of existing communication technologies in making IT an enabler of SCM, is highlighted by addressing a range of different point and enterprise solutions in a variety of supply chain settings. Critical IT demonstrations and implementations in SCM are discussed. Fundamental changes have occurred in today’s global economy. These changes alter the relationship that we have with our customers, our suppliers, our business partners, and our colleagues. Reflection on the evolving and emerging IT trends like software agents, RFID, web services, virtual supply chains, electronic commerce, and decision support systems, further highlights the importance of IT in the context of increasingly global competition. The rapid adoption of the Internet for communication with all stakeholders, seems to reflect the potential of the new-age communication media. It has also been observed that several progressive Indian companies are extensively using emerging tools like virtual supply chains, web services, RFID, and electronic commerce to shore up their supply chain operations. However, adoption of tools like software agents and decision support systems for supply chain integration by Indian companies, is limited.

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