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“Designing for a Digital and Globalized World”

The rapid digital transformation of businesses and society create new challenges and opportunities for Information Systems (IS) research with a strong focus on design. The theme for DESRIST 2018 is “Designing for a Digital and Globalized World”. There has been a surge of interest in design science research in IS in the last few years, and it has slowly evolved to be a mature methodology. The goal of the design science research paradigm is to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by designing new and innovative constructs, models, methods, processes, and systems. Scholars having different backgrounds such as information systems, computer science, software engineering, energy informatics, and medical informatics are actively engaged in generating novel solutions to interesting design problems in IS.

This conference will act as a major forum for the presentation of innovative IS ideas, approaches, developments and research projects in the area of DSR theory and applications. It will also serve to facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers and industry professionals. Latest issues and advancement in the area of IT and its applications will be covered during the conference. We expect that the conference and its publications will be a trigger for further related research and technology improvements in Information Systems. DESRIST was founded in 2006 and has been hosted in various locations in the USA and Europe since then. DESRIST 2018 is the first DESRIST to be held in Asia.  DESRIST 2018 is expected to attract researchers from Asia to submit their best work and present in the conference. The DESRIST 2018 will include following tracks; each will be managed by experts in the respective fields.

  • DSR in Healthcare
  • DSR in Cyber Security
  • DSR in Service Science
  • DSR for HCI
  • DSR in Data Science and Business Analytics
  • DSR Foundations
  • DSR & Emerging Ideas
  • DSR in Domain Specific Applications
  • DSR for ICT in Developing Countries
  • Doctoral Consortium

The DESRIST conference proceeding is published as a Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Authors are solicited to contribute to the Conference by submitting articles that illustrate research results, projects, innovation works and industrial experiences that describe significant advances in design science research pertaining to Information Systems.


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Conference Dates:

  • Industry Workshop- 3rd June, 2018
  • Doctoral Consortium- 4th June, 2018
  • Conference Dates- 5th and 6th June, 2018




[Arunabha Mukherjee, IIM Lucknow][Mia Plachkinova, Univ of Tampa][Mala Kaul, Univ of Nevada][Shirley Gregor, ANU Australia]
[Monica Tremblay, MSB-William & Mary][Gondy Leroy, University of Arizona][Atreyi Kankanhalli, NUS-Singapore][Ozgur Turetken, Ryerson University]
[Paul Johannesson, Stockholm Univ][S. Adhikari, Univ of Morotuwa, SriLanka][Alan Hevner, Univ of South Florida][Shankar Prawesh, IIT Kanpur]
[Rahul Thakurta, XIMB, India][Jan Marco Leimeister, Univ of St. Gallen][Yan Li, Claremont Graduate University][Manoj Thomas, Virginia Comm. Univ.]
[René Riedl, University of Linz]Agnis Stibe,MIT Media Lab[Matti Rossi, Aalto Univ, Finland][Marcus Rothenberger, Univ of Nevada]


Associate Editors:
Francis Andoh Baidoo, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, U.S.A
Arlene Bailey, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica
Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S.A.
John Effah, University of Ghana, Ghana
Avijit Sarkar, University of Redlands, U.S.A.
Ying Wang, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, U.S.A.
Jeffrey Parsons, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NF, Canada
Roman Lukyanenko, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Alexander Maedche, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, IISM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Stefan Seidel, Universitat Liechtenstein
Dirk Hovorka, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Jonas Sjostrom , Uppsala universitet, Campus Gotland, Visby, Sweden
Albrecht Fritzsche, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Auinger Andreas,Upper AustriaUniversity of Applied Sciences
Pierre-Majorique Léger, HEC, Montreal, Canada
Markus Zanker,Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Jella Pfeiffer, KIT,Germany
Rob Gleasure, University College Cork, Ireland

Christopher Lisson, KIT, Germany
Tobias Nyström, Uppsala University, Sweden
Sandra Burri Gram Hansen , Aalborg University, Denmark
Sitwat Langrial, Sur University College
Rita Orji, University of Saskatchewan
Alexander Meschtscherjakov, University of Salzburg
Stefan Morana , KIT, Germany
Kate Pangbourne University of Leeds, UK

Review Coordinators:

Saji Mathew, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (
Nargis Pervin, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (

Industry Workshop Coordinator:

Sathya Venkataraman, Consulting Partner, IBM Asia Pacific – GTS

Website Coordinator:

Anik Mukherjee, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (

Local Arrangement:

Dixon Prem Daniel, Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Krithi Ramamritham, IIT Bombay (Comp. Sci & Engg)

Prof. Krithi Ramamritham has spent almost equal lengths of time at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and at IIT Bombay as a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
His current research involves applying computational approaches to energy management, based on the SMART principle: Sense Meaningfully, Analyze and Respond Timely. This work exploits and extends state of the art in database systems, real-time computing, sensor networks, embedded systems, mobile computing and smart grids.
He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, and the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was honored with a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Sydney. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Madras. Twice he received the IBM Faculty Award. He received the 2016 Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award from the IEEE Technical Committee for Real-Time Systems and the Outstanding Service Award from IEEE’s CEDA.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Persistent Systems, Pune, on the Board of Trustees of the VLDB Endowment, and on the Technical Advisory Board of TTTech, Vienna, Austria, Microsoft Research India, and Tata Consultancy Services.
He has been associated with the editorial board of various journals. These include IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and Springer’s Real-Time Systems Journal (Editor-in-Chief), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet Computing, ACM Computing Surveys and the VLDB (Very Large Databases) Journal.
He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He did his B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) and M.Tech (Computer Science) degrees from IIT Madras. During 2006-2009, he served as Dean (R&D) at IIT Bombay. He also headed IIT Bombay’s new Center for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE).

Industry Panellists

 A Sivaramakrishnan
CIO, Apollo Hosp.  Enterprise Ltd.

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan is the CIO of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, India and is based out Chennai, India. He is responsible for the IT strategy and implementation across the Apollo Hospitals group. Arvind has extensive experience in management consulting, architecting, and building solutions for enterprise wide applications.
Arvind has led Apollo Hospitals in achieving the prestigious HIMSS Level 6 Health care IT maturity model certification which is a rare maturity level attained in Asia Pacific achieved by only 7.3% of more than 8,600 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics had reached Stage 6 and beyond on its Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). (includes HIMSS Analytics US, Europe and Asia Pacific) and this number stand at 2.4% for Asia Pacific. Arvind has lead the Apollo team to be recognized with the HiMSS- Elsevier award (2013 and 2015) for outstanding use of IT in patient care delivery in Asia Pacific for the effective implementation and propagation of the personal health record (PHR). Under his leadership, Apollo Hospitals was awarded the Microsoft Health Innovation award in 2016 for the use of effective big data analytics using Microsoft solution in Infection control surveillance in health systems.
Arvind’s experience in the domain of health care IT has spanned geographies across the world. Prior to his current assignment, Arvind was with the Healthcare Practice of Computer Sciences Corporation, in Michigan USA. During assignment, he was the Director of Clinical Applications with Henry Ford Health system in Michigan, USA. He was responsible for modernizing the Clinical IT and Electronic Medical record of Henry Ford Health systems.
Arvind holds the credentials of CHCIO certified by the College of Health Information Executives, USA as a Healthcare CIO. Apart from ICT solutions in the Healthcare domain, Arvind has keen interest in IT solutions that aid Quality and Service excellence in service industries. Arvind lives in Chennai with his family and is a very keen Carnatic music enthusiast.

Chandra Mouli
CITO (Sankara Nethralaya) 

As the CTO and CIO of Sankara Nethralaya, Mouli is driving a technology transformation program with a mission to deliver sustainable and affordable healthcare technology for the masses. The technology led solutions are driving improved patient engagement, enhancing efficiency and lowering costs with predictable outcomes.
Successfully kick started the Dr. B R Barwale Center for Ophthalmic Technology and Innovation to develop innovative technology led solutions to benefit the entire ophthalmic community. Has overseen over 120 plus installations across India, Nepal and Nigeria benefit from the use of the technology. The solutions include Implementation of Electronic medical records, Hospital management systems, and advising eye hospitals in their digital journey.
In a career span of 30 years plus Mouli had been working in core technology areas and also served in technology management roles across the globe. He has a successful track record of building newer products and services through distributed teams for global markets and helped organizations grow their revenue, services portfolio and increase market share

Shankar Venugopal
Lead, Automotive & Farm services business

Dr Shankar leads technology innovation for the Automotive & Farm services business (AFS) at Mahindra. He heads the intellectual property organization, and is also the Dean of the Mahindra Technical Academy.
Shankar is passionate about developing sustainable urban mobility solutions and his current interests span across electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and precision farming.
Prior to joining Mahindra & Mahindra, Shankar has held technology innovation leadership roles at GE, Dow, Honeywell and Cummins. He holds ten international patents and numerous new product innovation awards.
Shankar obtained a Ph.D in Materials Science and a gold medal for the best doctoral thesis from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He completed his executive general management program from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He teaches technology innovation management at premier engineering & management institutes in India & abroad.

Sathya Venkatraman, IBM

Sathyanarayanan Venkatraman (Sathya) currently works for IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) as Consulting Partner and heads the technology consulting business for the Asia Pacific geography. In his earlier role, he worked as the Chief Technology Officer for IBM Global Technology Services – India.
Sathya holds the organizational responsibility for client value creation and business transformation though technology, providing thought leadership on go-to market strategy, IT services innovation, incubating new age models and methods, asset and IP creation, consulting led business development and leading complex client engagements with DIGITAL (Cloud, Analytics, Mobility, and Security) transformation.
Sathya holds a Masters in Software Systems from BITS Pilani- India and currently is also a Ph.D. Research Scholar with IIT Madras- India with interests in the areas of Healthcare Analytics, Decision Support Systems, Business Value of IT, IT Investment Success Evaluation models and Cloud. He has published and presented many research papers on healthcare analytics and adoption models in international conferences.

Virendar Koul, IBM

Virendar Koul is a Cyber Resilient Expert, Certified IT, Cyber Security, Risk, Compliance and Forensics Practitioner. Currently works as Associate Partner in IBM Resiliency Services. In his 22+ years in the IT industry, Virendar has played a significant role in providing thought leadership to business (CxOs) on cyber resiliency, security, data security and privacy areas creating a deeper value to clients globally.
In his current role as Associate Partner, Virendar provides Cyber resiliency leadership in building Enterprise-wide solutions and delivery for global clients. He also provides thought leadership to Data Security Council of India [DSCI] on Cyber Security, Resiliency and Privacy in building a strong and robust National Data Protection and Security Infrastructure. Apart from that, he also plays a major role in Open Group Forum reviewing resiliency architectures and technologies.
Virendar is passionate about leadership development and played a pivotal role in the development of risk and compliance tools in IBM India and is heavily leveraged by teams across the globe. He is a sought-after speaker in internal and external forums, where he regularly speaks on Cyber resiliency, Security and Privacy technologies that are shaping the market. He is a Cyber resiliency evangelist now and continues to speak also on varied topics ranging from IT Infrastructure to Hybrid cloud / IT as a Service. Virendar also regularly blogs in external forums [BCMI, BCI, ISF] on varied topics.
Virendar is an avid Badminton and Table Tennis player and has bagged medals in tournaments held across organizations at state level.
Virendar is an alumnus of Kursk State Technical University, Russia.

Industry Workshop Specialists

    Naren Krishnan IBM Global Services

Naren is IBM Certified Senior IT Architect currently leading several complex engagements in the IBM Global Services. He has over 20 years of experience accomplishing major achievements creating complex Systems Architecture. He has led several Blockchain solutions across Insurance and Industrial sectors. Naresh holds his Bachelor of Engineering from Anna university and the Masters from IIT-Madras.


      Sudip Dutta
IBM Global Services

Sudip Dutta is a senior application architect form IBM Global Business Services. He has 15 years of experience in design and development, providing technical strategy & solutions for various client engagements across multiple business domains. Currently Sudip is working as a technical consultant and architect for Blockchain based enterprise & industry solutions. Sudip hold his Bachelor in Mathematics and the Masters in Computer Applications from Jadavpur University.

     Vijai Simha NeoCortex Networks

Vijai Simha is the Director of NeoCortex Networks Pvt Ltd, a startup focusing on building IoT solutions with a special emphasis on NB-IoT communication protocol. Till recently, he was a Consultant, Trainer and Entrepreneur focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) space where he was consulting with product design firms and helping them develop IoT based products.
Vijai is a versatile technology professional with 20+ years of experience in Embedded systems, DSP and Communication software development. Vijai had a long stint at Sasken Communication Technologies (1997-2014), where he was involved in development of products and services in the DSP-based embedded systems space. The specific areas of focus included multimedia codecs, broadband communications (ADSL/VDSL physical layer) and Android systems development. During these 17 years at Sasken, he undertook various engineering as well as management roles including – Program Manager, Project Manager, Technical Lead and Software Developer. During the latter part of his stint at Sasken, he was responsible for managing ODCs (Offshore Development Centers) for Japanese and American Tier-1 Semiconductor Vendors.
Vijai is an alumnus of IIM, Bangalore (Executive General Management Program) and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering.


Here are the list of conference tracks:
  • TRACK 1: DSR in Healthcare [LINK]
  • TRACK 2: DSR in Cyber Security [LINK]
  • TRACK 3: DSR in Service Science [LINK]
  • TRACK 4: DSR for Human Computer Interaction [LINK]
  • TRACK 5: DSR in Data Science and Business Analytics [LINK]
  • TRACK 6: DSR Foundations [LINK]
  • TRACK 7: DSR for Emerging Ideas [LINK]
  • TRACK 8: DSR in Domain Specific Applications [LINK]
  • TRACK 9: DSR for ICT in Developing Countries [LINK]
  • TRACK 10: Doctoral Consortium [LINK]


For your convenience, we are enabling spot registration only at the conference venue without “late registration fee”. Please fill in the registration form, so that we can keep track of numbers.

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DESRIST 2018 Category-wise Registration Fees (Non-Refundable)*
Category Early Bird Registration (Till April 30,2018)** Late Registration (After April 30,2018)**
Student Delegate from institutes in Indian Subcontinent
INR 8,250 INR 9,900
All other Delegate from Institutes in Indian Subcontinent
INR 13,200 INR 14,850
Student Delegate from institutes outside Indian Subcontinent
INR 18,150 INR 19,800
All other Delegate from Institutes outside Indian Subcontinent
INR 36,300 INR 39,600
Spouse Delegate for Gala-Evening Only***
INR 4,950 INR 4,950

*All prices include service taxes, but excludes applicable bank and gateway transaction fees.
**Please transfer accurate INR (Indian Rupees) amount to the bank account.
***Spouse delegates registration fee includes only Gala-Evening (5th June, 2018).



DESRIST 2018 do not take any responsibility of your accommodation. We have, however, provided few links in our website for your convenience. If you want to stay inside IIT Campus, you can indicate your preference in the registration form and we will forward your request to the concerned authority. You have to pay and avail the accommodation facility.

Inside IIT Campus Outside IIT Campus
Taramani Guest House (TGH)
  • Limited Room availability.
  • Booking First Come First Serve basis.
  • Charges directly payable to TGH, IIT Madras.
  • The accommodation charges may vary from INR 1000 to INR 2500 per day+ applicable service tax and bank charges
  • Only Vegetarian option is available
Lemon Tree Hotel – (4.4 KM, 16 Minutes)
Park Hyatt – (4.3 KM, 16 Minutes )
Ginger Hotel – (4.7 KM, 14 Minutes)
ITC Grand Chola – (6.4 KM, 22 Minutes)
Hilton – (6.9 KM, 25 Minutes)
Holiday Inn – (6.9 KM, 25 Minutes)



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