Engineering Strategic Systems for Atmanirbharta

By Dr. R. Muralidharan, CTO, TATA Advanced Systems

The 15th Webinar of NCETIS was held on 7th December 2021. Dr. R. Muralidharan, CTO, TATA Advanced Systems gave a talk on “Engineering Strategic Systems for Atmanirbharta”. The event was held on the Webex virtual platform. A brief abstract and a short Biography of Dr. Muralidharan is given below:


For the defence and security of our country, trust-worthy strategic systems are a must. We have been dependent on import of close to 70% of the weapon systems required for our defence forces and there have been efforts to indigenize the strategic systems for last many years for obvious reasons such as trustworthiness, latest in technology, secrecy, cost effectiveness and employment. Other benefits are dual use of developed technology and a mature eco-system of engineering and technology. Many developed nations economy is based on export of weapon systems. A gist of the Strategic systems developed in the private defence sector will be discussed with challenges and opportunities in the pipeline.


Dr. R. Muralidharan, Fellow Indian National Academy of Engineering and Life Senior Member IEEE, is a Systems Engineering professional for 42 years and is currently CTO at Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., Mumbai, India. At TASL, he is responsible for Technology of mission critical real time solutions for Defense applications. He is a 1979 batch post graduate in Electrical Engineering (Computer) from IIT Bombay, India. In 1987, the then Indian Prime Minister Mr Rajiv Gandhi had invited him to be a member of the Distinguished Young Scientists team. Dr. Muralidharan, an IEEE volunteer for 44 years, is a Past chair of IEEE India Council and Bombay Section, He was an IEEE ComSoc Standards board member during 2008 to 2010. He was also an IEEE Computer Society distinguished lecturer for 3 years. Muralidharan was Vice Chair of the Wireless Innovation Forum (SDR Forum V2.0) for 5 years and has been actively involved with the Forum for the last 10 years in chairing technical sessions of Conferences, as member of TPC, presenting papers etc. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum and he works in the Forum committees for International Tactical Radios, ICSM, etc. Earlier this year, his research paper, co-authored with Vincent K titled “AI Enabled Design Agent for Software Engineering” was accepted & presented at American-CSE’s The 19th International Conference on Software Engineering Research & Practice (SERP’21: July 26-29, 2021, USA) and being published in SPRINGER NATURE – Research Book Series: Transactions on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence.