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President of Function

Hon. Dr. Y. V. N. Krishnamurthy
Director, NRSC, ISRO, Hyderabad

Dr. Yelisetty Venkata Naga Krishna Murthy, born on 15th March, 1958, received his Masters' in Science in 1979 and Doctorate in "Remote Sensing studies for Integrated Resources Data Management System" in 1986 from College of Engineering, Andhra University. He has joined Indian Space Research Organisation in 1987.

Currently, Dr Krishna Murthy is Distinguished Scientist in ISRO and working as Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and responsible for Earth Observation Satellite Data Acquisition, Processing dissemination and its applications.

Earlier he has worked as Scientific Secretary, ISRO, and spearheaded the major policy level functions in respect of (i) planning of ISRO's programmes for near and far future, as the Member Secretary to the ISRO Council; (ii) evolving national policies for space technology development and space applications programme; (iii) developing public private partnership for ISRO's production programme; (iv) International co-operation; (v) human resource management, leadership development in ISRO and (vi) enabling public outreach of Indian Space Programme.

Dr. Krishna Murthy has significantly contributed for more than 3 decades in promoting geoinformatics for natural resource management and extending its use at grass root level. His contribution in developing innovative methodologies by integrating high technology geospatial inputs into conventional methods has greatly facilitated in ultimate assimilation of these inputs by the concerned including technocrats, bureaucrats, NGOs and end-user community for various thematic applications. One of his major contributions is in developing methodology and innovative application possibilities by georeferencing cadastral village maps with high resolution satellite data and its derived natural resources information to successfully implement beneficiary oriented developmental programmes of the Government of India at Gram Panchayat level.

Dr. Krishna Murthy was involved in developing methodology for integration of remote sensing derived resources data in GIS environment as part of Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development (IMSD) and has greatly contributed in evolving database standards and design of query shells for National (Natural) Resources Information System (NRIS) Project. Dr. Krishna Murthy led a team of scientists in successfully accomplishing a major project of generating land information system for the Chhattisgarh State, encompassing natural resources database, road information system and georeferencing of cadastral villages maps of more than 20000 villages. Many of his contribution have become part of national missions launched by Department of Space and also by various User Ministries.

Dr. Krishna Murthy made technical contributions as member of advisory and technical task teams of various ISRO programmes like Natural Resources Census, National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) and held many positions in his professional career, including: Head, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centre at Nagpur; Director, Regional Remote Sensing Service Centres; Deputy Director, Applications & Deputy Director, Regional Centres at National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad; Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) and Director, UN Affiliated Centre for Space Science & Technology in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP). At these roles Dr. Krishna Murthy has contributed for operational programs, research & development, capacity building and technology promotion in various disciplines of applied sciences and geospatial technology. Specifically as Director CSSTEAP, Dr. Krishna Murthy has contributed significantly in capacity building in Asia Pacific regions in various domains of space science, technology and applications. Dr. Krishna Murthy had also been associated with many International assignments of ISRO in Syria, Peru, Viet Nam, Thailand, Japan, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Dr. Krishna Murthy has been conferred with awards like Astronautical Society of India Award for Space Sciences and Applications (2012), ISRO Team Excellence Award (2009), Astronautical Society of India Team Achievement Award (2009), National Geomatics Award for Innovative Applications by Indian Society of Geomatics (2008), Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (2003) for his innovative contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of Space Applications.

Dr. Krishna Murthy has about 174 technical papers and 150 technical reports to his credit. Dr. Krishna Murthy has guided 6 Ph.D. scholars and guided development of nearly 25 customized, open source software tools.