Science of Trust
Education. Awareness. Resources
IITB Trust Lab took shape when IIT Bombay’s expertise and vision for leading the country in the area of digital trust was backed by alumnus Dr. Shridhar Shukla with a farsighted donation.
Hear about it from some of the people behind the Trust Lab.
Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri
Director, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
We now live in a predominantly digital world. Almost every aspect of our lives – whether it is our home, education, job, travel, and more – leaves behind a digital footprint. And while a digitally interconnected and globalised world is convenient and reduces distances between people, it also brings with it many troubling safety and security issues.
This is why safety, security, privacy, population-scale usability, citizen empowerment, critical information security, access, etc., are fundamental enablers for a safe, prosperous society and nation.
IIT Bombay’s Trust Lab will develop state-of-the-art theories and practices in digital trust frameworks in academia, industry, and government. It will develop processes for seemlessly translating science to technology, develop synergies between various pockets of excellence already present in the country through TrustNet, develop resources for digital enterprises, and much more.
The setting up of the Trust Lab at IIT Bombay is a timely addition to the Institute’s determined path toward excellence. We are extremely grateful to Shridhar for his foresight, vision, and extraordinary generosity in partnering with the Institute on such a critical issue dominating the world today. We are also excited that the lab will be spearheaded by another IITB alumnus, Prof. Manoj Prabhakaran, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
IIT Bombay has always led from the front when it comes to developing solutions for nationally critical issues, especially within science and technology. The setting up of the Trust Lab embodies IIT Bombay’s commitment to fulfilling that role in the area of digital trust and we are confident that it will substantially impact the digital trust ecosystem in our country.
- Enabling world-class research and collaborations, through research grants and specialised activities
- Revolutionising Digital Trust education in India through TrustNet
- Identifying and executing high-impact development projects
- Outreach activities
- Seeding and nurturing technology start-ups
Dr. Shridhar Shukla
Co-Founder & Chairman, kPoint Technologies
Dr. Shridhar Shukla’s experience spans a broad spectrum – ranging from research and academia to technology development, corporate leadership and entrepreneurship. He is a co-founder of kPoint Technologies, a company incubated at GS Lab, also co-founded by him. kPoint offers a SaaS video engagement platform for businesses and GS Lab offers software product engineering services.
Shridhar has served as a Computer Engineering faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, California. He has served as a whole-time Director and Chief Operating Officer at Persistent Systems. His areas of specialization have been cloud-native video, identity management, multicast networking, and distributed systems.
After recently completing his corporate career, Shridhar now spends his time on two areas – digital trust technology and bringing teacher-centricity back in schools – which he believes are fundamental to the societal and national well-being.
Shridhar is a B.Tech. EE (1983 IIT Bombay), M.S. EE (Virginia Tech) and a Ph.D. ECE from North Carolina State University. He is a Distinguished Service Awardee of IIT Bombay, and has served as a Chairman of the IITB Alumni Association.
Shridhar is married to Gauri. They live in Pune. Their son, Aditya, is an applied psychologist and musician. Their daughter, Rohini, is a Fullbright scholar and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, New York.