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ABOUT US

About the DAKSH Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Law and Technology

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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Prof. V Ramgopal Rao
Chairman & Director, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Nomesh Bolia
Member Secretary & Professor,
IIT Delhi
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Surya Prakash BS
Member & Programme Director, DAKSH Society
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Harish Narasappa
Co-Chairman & Co-Founder,
DAKSH Society
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Prof. S. K. Khare
Member & Dean (R&D), IIT Delhi
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Prof. M. P. Gupta
Member & Professor, IIT Delhi
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Prof. S. G. Deshmukh
Member & Head (Mechanical Engg), IIT Delhi
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Prof. V Ramgopal Rao
Chairman & Director, IIT Delhi
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Harish Narasappa
Co-Chairman & Co-Founder, DAKSH Society
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Prof. M. P. Gupta
Member & Professor, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Nomesh Bolia
Member Secretary & Professor, IIT Delhi
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Prof. S. K. Khare
Member & Dean (R&D), IIT Delhi
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Surya Prakash BS
Member & Programme Director, DAKSH Society
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Prof. S. G. Deshmukh
Member & Head (Mechanical Engg), IIT Delhi

COORDINATOR

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Prof. Nomesh Bolia
CoE Coordinator

TEAM

AFFILIATED FACULTY

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Prof. Ankush Agarwal
Area: Economics &
Econometric Modeling
Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Mausam
Area: Natural Language Processing, Reinforcement Learning
Dept. of Computer Science & Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Arnob Ghosh
Area: Game Theoretic Modeling
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Shaurya Shriyam
Area: Complex Resource Networks
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Nomesh Bolia
Area: Operations Research,
Public Systems
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Varun Ramamohan
Area: Discrete Event &
Monte Carlo Simulation
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Ankush Agarwal
Area: Economics &
Econometric Modeling
Dept. of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Arnob Ghosh
Area: Game Theoretic Modeling
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Nomesh Bolia
Area: Operations Research,
Public Systems
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Mausam
Area: Natural Language Processing, Reinforcement Learning
Dept. of Computer Science & Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Shaurya Shriyam
Area: Complex Resource Networks
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi
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Prof. Varun Ramamohan
Area: Discrete Event &
Monte Carlo Simulation
Dept. of Mechanical Engg, IIT Delhi

DAKSH TEAM

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Harish Narasappa
Co-Founder & Member, Governing Council
(DAKSH Society)
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Leah Verghese
Lawyer & Social Scientist
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Surya Prakash BS
Programme Director,
DAKSH Society

ABOUT US

About the DAKSH Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Law and Technology

The DAKSH Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Law and Technology at IIT Delhi was established through an MoU signed on 9 October 2020 between Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and DAKSH Society, Bengaluru. The CoE will conduct interdisciplinary research to explore and understand various aspects of the justice system. The CoE will bring together lawyers, researchers, scientists and policy analysts to build solutions for the biggest challenges facing the justice system, drawing from fields such as operations research, data analytics, technology and law. As an interdisciplinary centre harnessing the strengths and experience of IIT Delhi and DAKSH, the CoE will leverage rigourous research to produce real-world impact in the functioning of the justice system. IIT Delhi brings to the CoE its expertise in statistical techniques, data modelling, natural language processing, and machine learning. DAKSH offers its pioneering use of data analytics to assist the judiciary and a deep understanding of judicial processes and the legal system.

MISSION

To generate new knowledge that supports the justice system in rendering timely and quality justice.

To be a driving force in catalysing the use of data and technology for justice delivery.

To enable productive conversations between institutional stakeholders, industry, and academia.

APPROACH

Study the challenges in the justice system using data.

Collaborate with various stakeholders in the justice system, industry and academia and create a community of practice.

Build models and tools to improve judicial administration by pushing the frontiers of technology.

VALUES

We strive to uphold the highest standards of integrity in all our work.

We maintain our neutrality by being bipartisan and offering a forum for meaningful and productive discussions among persons with differing view points.

We are committed to interdisciplinarity by working with people from multiple disciplines.

We keep humanity as our focus and aim to harness our research to improve the human condition.

Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao

Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Director, IIT Delhi. Before joining IIT Delhi as the Director in April 2016, Dr. Rao served as a P. K. Kelkar Chair Professor for Nanotechnology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and as the Chief Investigator for the Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics project at IIT Bombay. Dr. Rao has over 450 research publications in the area of nano-scale devices & Nanoelectronics and is an inventor on 45 patents and patent applications, which include 17 issued US patents.He is a recipient of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005 and the Infosys Prize in 2013.

Nomesh Bolia

Nomesh Bolia is a professor in the Department Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He holds a B-Tech from IIT Bombay and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also has two years of work experience at Infotech Financials Pvt Ltd (Mumbai) and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. His research interests include applications of operations research in public systems such as public transport, justice system and public policy.

Surya Prakash BS

Surya Prakash BS is Fellow and Programme Director at DAKSH. He is a chartered accountant and lawyer with more than 14 years of experience in handling tax functions of large global IT companies.

Harish Narasappa

Harish Narasappa is the co-founder of DAKSH. He is a lawyer by training and a founding partner, Samvad Partners. He is also the co-founder of ADReS Now and the author of ‘Rule of Law in India: A Quest for Reason’.

Prof. Sunil Kumar Khare

Prof. Sunil Kumar Khare is the Dean (Research and Development) at IIT Delhi and holds the position of a Professor of Biochemistry and Institute Chair Professor at IIT Delhi. An alumnus of IIT Delhi, he received his doctoral degree in Biochemistry (1990). He did his Postdoctoral research at National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan. Prof. Khare has more than 30 years of academic and industrial research experience with 160+ publications and patents. His current noteworthy contributions have been in the area of differential proteomics of solvent-tolerant/halophilic class of extremophiles and deciphering nanotoxicity mechanisms in plant and microbial systems.

MP Gupta

MP Gupta is a professor in the Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. He is known for pioneering works in the area of e-governance, he has been spending significant amount of resources in developing cases, tools and frameworks to promote e-governance research in the country. These included 30 Doctoral thesis, 22 sponsored & consultancy projects worth >5 crores, co-authored book ‘Government Online’, two other edited books ‘Towards E-government’ & ‘Promise of E-governance’ and 200+ research papers appeared in National and International Journals/Conference Proceedings.He is involved in several policy making committees on ICT in the Center and State Governments in India; also on jury of prestigious awards committees viz. Digital India Awards, National Awards on e-gov, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), and Computer Society of India (CSI) Egov Awards. He is a recipient of the prestigious Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) fellowship of Shastri Indo Canadian Institute, Calgary (Canada) 1996 and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manitoba. Conferred Best Professor award in 2012 at Singapore World Education Congress and CMO Asia.

SG Deshmukh

SG Deshmukh is a professor, Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He completed his B.Tech, M.Tech, and Ph.D. from IIT Mumbai. He has worked on several projects sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Information Technology, Government of India. He has consulted with industry leaders such as ACC, Bharti Telecoms, IOC, India Today Publications, and Nucleus Software. Organizations like WHO and World Bank also benefitted from his consultations. He was actively involved in creating web based solutions and developing modules under National Programme for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) under sponsorship of MHRD, Government of India

Ankush Agarwal

Ankush Agrawal is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Departmentof Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi. Ankush is an engineer bytraining and holds a PhD from the Indira Gandhi Institute of DevelopmentResearch, Mumbai. His research interests include applied econometrics,development economics, and India’s official statistics.

Mausam

Mausam is the first head of the newly formed School of Artificial Intelligence at IIT Delhi. He is also a Professor of Computer Science department at IIT Delhi, and an affiliate faculty member at University of Washington, Seattle. His research explores several threads in artificial intelligence, including scaling probabilistic planning algorithms, large-scale information extraction over the Web, and enabling complex computation over crowdsourced platforms. He received his PhD from University of Washington in 2007 and a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi in 2001. He has been awarded the AAAI Senior Member status for his long-term participation in AAAI and distinction in the field of artificial intelligence. He was ranked the 65th most influential AI scholar for the last decade by ArnetMiner.

Arnob Ghosh

Arnob Ghosh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Delhi since August 2019. Before that, he was a post-doctorate research associate at the Industrial Engineering Department at Purdue University. He has obtained his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 in Electrical and Systems Engineering. He obtained his BE degree from Jadavpur University in 2011. His research interest lies in Game Theory, Smart Grid, Reinforcement Learning, Intelligent Transportation, and Mechanism Design.

Shaurya Shriyam

Shaurya Shriyamis an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His research interests lie in the application areas (robotics, logistics, healthcare, urban transport) of planning, inference, and learning algorithms aimed at towards social good or industrial automation.

Varun Ramamohan

Varun Ramamohan is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi.  He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. His research interests include probabilistic modeling, simulation and optimization, with applications in health and biomedical systems engineering.  

Leah Verghese

Leah Verghese is a lawyer and social scientist with wide-ranging work experience in corporations, nonprofits and political campaigns across India. She is a graduate of Columbia University and National Law School of India University.