We live in an increasingly globalized world in which we are likely to find ourselves working with remote teams across different countries. Engineering systems, particularly collaboration systems need to be robust to handle the complexities involved with different timezones, and flexible to adopt frequent changes. The talk will focus on the concept of time and timezones from a geographic and engineering perspective. It shall also cover the history of the timezone in India and the possibility of India having two timezones in the future. Although more relevant for the students of Computer Science and Engineering, the talk could be of interest to students of any branch.
Speaker: Shreyas Kumar is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores, California. He earned a bachelor's degree from IIT Roorkee and a master's degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, College Station. In 2003, he was the only Indian selected for the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. His areas of interest include pattern recognition and collaboration software. He is a member of the timezone technical committee of CalConnect Consortium. (www.calconnect.org )
Shreyas Kumar is a seed donor and a Program Chair of IIT Roorkee Heritage Fund (www.iitr-heritagefund.org).