Vijña Labs is the newest The Manipal Group company set up in 2017 and is focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and solutions. It brings together smart sensing, low power electronics, signal processing, communications and real-time cloud-based analytics, for innovative and game changing IoT and AI platforms and solutions – in Video Analytics for Security, Surveillance and Authentication, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Secure Anti-Counterfeit and Blockchain Technology, Spectroscopy and Imaging Based Diagnostics for Healthcare and Security Solutions.
The Manipal Group is a highly diversified $600+M group, with established business leadership in Technology, Software, Media, Home Products, Energy, Infrastructure and Advertising. The Manipal Group was established in 1925, through the inception of Syndicate Bank, and evolved into a diversified group with over 15-member companies, 8000+ employees spread over 4 continents and 7 countries including India, USA, Germany, and Africa. TMG continues to diversify its portfolio through investments in several technology companies in the areas of analytics, robotics, computer vision/deep learning, cloud retail, energy and sustainability.
To be a leader in driving automation and innovation through emerging technologies.
To develop innovative solutions using AI & IoT that would help solve customers’ challenges.
Mr. Gautham Pai serves as Managing Director and Director of Manipal Technologies Limited(also known as Manipal Press Ltd). Mr. Pai believes in leveraging on the Group’s core values of honesty, reliability, innovation, pioneering and respect for every individual, to build a sustainable high-growth and profitable organization. He is the third-generation entrepreneur spearheading the globally acclaimed Manipal Group. He strives to add value to customers continually by knowing their businesses so as to adequately address their pains, needs and value requirements. He earned an enviable reputation amongst colleagues and customers alike for displaying a rare balance of strategic insight, operational expertise, new technology adaptability, and sales/marketing savvy.
Dr. Murali Kota is the Group Executive Vice President for Technology and Innovation, The Manipal Group and the Co-founder and CEO of Vijña Labs. Till recently, Murali was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff for Advanced Technology Development at GlobalFoundries and a Chief Technologist of IBM India Semiconductor Research and Development Center. While at IBM and GlobalFoundries, Murali has led theory and modeling of semiconductor nanomaterials, device and process technologies. He has also led IBM’s initiative on solar-water cooled-HVDC based energy efficient data center technology and IoT projects on Smart Water Networks. While at MIT, for MS and PhD, Murali was focused on Superconducting and Spin-Based Quantum Devices and Computing and Magnetic Resonance-Based Quantum Information Processing. He is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California, Los Angeles and Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur.
Murali is a recipient of several awards, including the US DoE HPC4Mfg Grant Award, Best of IBM Award, two IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, INSA, and NASI Young Scientist Award, INAE Young Engineer Award and MRSI Medal. Murali has over 75 journals/ conference papers and 35 issued/filed US patents.
Vijay Kaniyar leads the Business and Product Development efforts for Vijña Labs. An MBA from IIM Bangalore and a bachelor’s degree holder in Computer Science, Vijay comes with over 14 years of quality experience in Strategy and Consulting across India, US and UK at Infosys and The Manipal Group. AI, IoT, Cloud, Retail & E-Commerce technologies are his areas of focus.
Parikshit Chipalkatti comes with over 14 years of experience in developing engineering and manufacturing capabilities for Cessna Aircraft Company’s India unit. As the design head for Cessna he was responsible for leading engineering for new aircraft models and for providing Mission Critical Support to Customer Service Centre. He recently joined Vijña Labs as a Business Development and operations lead.
D. Sivanandhan was the Police Commissioner of Mumbai, promoted as part of the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is one of India’s most well-known and highly regarded IPS (Indian Police Service) officers. His career spanned multiple high-profile postings over 35 years and he is known for his use of strategy & intelligence to uphold the rule of law. He served as an active member of the special task force in the National Security Council Secretariat, he helped in restructuring India’s internal and external national security provisions.
Brigadier Prakash comes with over 32 years in the Indian Army. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India for distinguished services in Operations. His diverse career spans across management, telecom/IT field and 16 years as CEO and top management positions in corporate sector. He has a flair for reviving sick units and managing complex and intricate situations. At Vijña Labs, he is spearheading the effort to promote and utilize AI driven solutions to corporates, Defence services and other stake holder.