SIDDHARTHA LAL



RESEARCH INTERESTS

Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD)


EDUCATION International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA
Master of Science (Research), Information Technology, Pursuing


Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, INDIA
Bachelor of Technology, Information and Communication Technology, 2009, CPI1: 7.4 / 10.0, Senior Year CPI: 8.0 / 10.0



St. Fidelis College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA
Indian School Certificate (ISC), Grade 12, 2004, Aggregate: 94%



St. Fidelis College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA
Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination (ICSE), Grade 10, 2002, Aggregate: 93%


EXPERIENCE

Feb 2017 — Present Myanmar Institute of Information Technology, Mandalay, Mandalay Region, MYANMAR
Teaching Associate
I am responsible for conducting lab and tutorial sessions for undergradute level courses in programming, mathematics, and English. I also serve as a teaching assistant for the same courses. The class size is 120 students. I also help out with administrative tasks at MIIT in various capacities.
   
Sep 2014 — Sep 2015 International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA
Research Assistant (Advisor: Dr. Amit Prakash, IIIT Bangalore)
Conducted exploratory research on the use of cash transfers as social protection instruments and the role information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play in their implementation.


Nov 2009 — Feb 2010
Gram Vaani Community Media Pvt. Ltd., IIT Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, INDIA
Lead Investigator (Advisor: Dr. Aaditeshwar Seth, IIT Delhi)
Conducted research on building an application that uses Gram Vaani’s Multiplanar Inter Networking Protocol (MINP) and utilises radio as a communication technology to encourage participatory journalism and civic activism amongst community members. My research centered on inferences drawn from online social communities and other forms of participatory media (such as blogs, wikis, and participatory news sites).
   
Aug 2009 — Dec 2009 Research Intern (Advisor: Dr. Aaditeshwar Seth, IIT Delhi)
Worked on implementing the log shipping component of the radio automation system being designed by Gram Vaani for rural community radio stations. Challenges involved were designing a robust, delay-tolerant system that took into account the lack of dependable infrastructure in such remote locations.


May 2008 — Jun 2008
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), Gandhinagar, Gujarat, INDIA
Research Intern (Advisor: Dr. Anish Mathuria, DA-IICT)
Conducted a comparative and critical survey of existing Peer2Peer (P2P) Micropayment schemes. Modeled an existing scheme2 using formal analysis tools (CSP and FDR) and discovered a flaw in it. The scheme was then fixed, and proven to be secure using the same formal analysis [Final Report].


May 2007 — Apr 2008
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
Research Intern (Advisor: Dr. Matthew Kam, American Institutes for Research)
MILLEE (Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies) is an interdisciplinary research project that involves designing educational and immersive cell phone games in order to promote access to English language literacy among underprivileged school-going children in the developing world. As part of my internship, I was responsible for designing and programming some of these games, and conducting field studies (contextual inquiries, ethnographic studies, summative evaluations) with children from two schools across India.


May 2006 — Jun 2006
Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas, Kempty, Uttarakhand, INDIA
Student Volunteer (Mentor: Mr. Raj Kanani, SIDH)
This internship was aimed at exploring ICT applications to improve the conditions of the rural sector, especially in the area of education. A period of 6 weeks was spent in villages, and several projects were taken up, including training of the teachers in schools run by SIDH.
   
TEACHING ASSOCIATE

Myanmar Institute of Information Technology, Mandalay
Apr 2017 — May 2017 Principles of Economics — HSS H012 (Instructor: Dr. K. R. V. Subramanian)
   
TEACHING ASSISTANT

Myanmar Institute of Information Technology, Mandalay
Feb 2017 — Mar 2017 Programming I — ES 1010 (Instructor: Dr. K. R. V. Subramanian)
   
International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
Jan 2016 — Apr 2016 Ethics — HSS 105 (Instructor: Dr. Chetan Parikh)
   
BACHELOR’S THESIS

Jan 2009 — July 2009 A connector between Scyther and SHRIMP
Advisor: Dr. Anish Mathuria, DA-IICT
Developed a tool for translating the attack specification generated by model checkers of security protocols (like Scyther, AVISPA). The translated specification could then be directly used as an input by a protocol-patching tool (like SHRIMP). This module was developed as part of an autonomic framework that could check security protocols for errors, prove them to be valid or invalid, and repair them on the fly.
   
ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENTS
 
   
Nov 2016 No cash, no intermediaries. Different scenarios for a digital economy., Bangalore, India
The workshop brought together diverse voices to discuss changes in the nature of financial transactions. The speakers and the participants explored ways to rethink cash-less and intermediary-free economies and examined how to best incorporate the values associated with cash and financial intermediaries into the world of digital financial transactions.
   
Sep 2012 International Conference on Implimenting Social Programs, Bangalore, India
Assisted with administrative and academic arrangements for the Innovation Expo during the International Conference on Implimenting Social Programs, co-hosted by the World Bank and IIIT, Bangalore, and entitled “Better Processes, Better Technology, Better Results”.
   
Jun 2010 Summer School on Computing for Socio-Economic Development, Bangalore, India
The objective of the summer school, conducted by Microsoft Research (India), was to impress upon the attendees the interdisciplinary nature of ICTD research, to equip them with the tools needed to conduct such research, and to enable networking amongst peers working in the field.
   
SELECTED PROJECTS
 
May 2008 — Dec 2008 Banking 101 — Towards Financial Empowerment of India’s Poor
Advisor: Neha Kumar
Banking 101 seeks to promote financial literacy by educating and empowering inhabitants of rural and semi-urban parts of India who are unaware of the financial options available to them. The finished prototype — a mobile educational application — introduced the basics of banking to adults and encouraged them to pursue the options available.


Jan 2008 — Apr 2008
JanMat — An Automated Public Response System
Advisor: Dr. Rakesh Shukla
JanMat aimed at computerizing the Student Government Elections at DA-IICT and replacing the existing manual procedure by a quicker, resource conserving process. This project was completed as part of the Software Engineering course, under the guidance of Prof. Rakesh Shukla. The entire Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) was followed during the course of the project. Team Size — 12
   
Jan 2008 — Apr 2008
ICT and the Digital Divide
This study was undertaken as part of the Science, Technology, \& Society course and was aimed at understanding the implications of and the reasons behind the Digital Divide in India. Ongoing efforts to bridge the divide were also studied in detail. A presentation was given on completion of the project. Team Size - 12


COMPUTER SKILLS Languages: C, Java, ActionScript 2.1
Tools: , GIMP, Adobe Flash 8, Adobe FlashLite 2.1, Adobe Dreamweaver MX, MS Word, MS PowerPoint
Operating Systems: Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu), Windows (9x, 2000, XP, Vista, 7)


SEECTED ELECTIVES Mobile Computing with IMS Architecture, Wireless Access Networks, Geographical Information Systems, Usability Engineering, Introduction to Cryptography, Compiler Design, Security Protocols, Computer Networks, Operating Systems, Data Structures and Algorithms, Object Oriented Programming

Dynamics of the Information Technology Industry, Economic and Social Impacts of IT, Religious Thought of Gandhi, Gandhi - Life and Thought, Science, Technology, & Society, Introduction to Business Finance, Principles of Economics, Approaches to Indian Society


EXTRA-CURRICULAR
  • Secured 1st position in TechMarket (white paper presentation) at Synapse — the annual techno-cultural festival of DA-IICT (2008)
  • Lead Coordinator of HeadRush (the quizzing event) at Synapse — the annual techno-cultural festival of DA-IICT (2008)
  • City Second Runner-up in the Ahmedabad chapter of IMS Quotient — The National Inter Collegiate Quiz (2008)
  • Coordinator of the activities of HeadRush — the campus quiz club at DA-IICT (2007-2008)
  • Member of the Editorial Board and Section Editor of Random Noise for Entelechy — the campus magazine at DA-IICT (2005-2008)
  • Webmaster for HeadRush — the campus quiz club at DA-IICT
HONOURS & AWARDS
  • Received graduate fellowship for pursuing post-graduate studies at IIIT Bangalore
  • Gram Vaani won the jurors’ distinction in the Digital Inclusion for Development category at the 2009 South Asia Manthan Awards
  • Secured an All India Rank of 3855 (Top 1% of the country) in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) ‘05
  • School topper in Grade 10 (ICSE ‘02) and Grade 12 (ISC ‘04) Board Exams, with an aggregate of 93% and 94% respectively
  • Awarded Daya Rani Pant Memorial Scholarship for securing the highest aggregate — 93% — in school in Grade 10 (ICSE ‘02) Board Exams


  1. Cumulative Performance Index

2. Zuo, M., & Li, J. (2005). Constructing Fair-Exchange P2P File Market. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Grid and Cooperative Computing, Beijing, China.