Head, Technology Innovation & Development Group
Jio Platforms Ltd (A company of Reliance Industries)
Zia Saquib is presently working as Senior Vice President of Technology Innovation & Development at Reliance, since August 2017.
Prior to this he worked as Executive Director of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Mumbai for about 11 years, from Jan 2006 till July 2017.
His primary areas of work at Reliance are in Adaptive Signal Processing, Computer Vision and Machine /Deep Learning. He applies these areas to develop technology for Government-to-Citizen Platforms, Precision Agriculture & Health-care applications among others.
Earlier in the capacity of Executive Director at C-DAC, Zia Saquib had initiated a number of projects that later culminated into successful products under the National e-Governance Plan of India.
He was also the Chief Investigator for “SCADA Security Solutions” a Government of India, Ministry of Electronics & IT project, and in this capacity he developed a secure protocol called Flexi-DNP3 specifically designed for the security & protection of Critical Infrastructure.
Zia Saquib earned his PhD from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Surat, (with emphasis on statistical & adaptive signal processing) a Master’s degree from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida, and a Bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Rourkela, all in Electrical Engineering.
He is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (United Kingdom) and Senior Member of IEEE.
Zia Saquib has worked at the Florida Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and later joined Vanstar Incorporated as Systems Engineer. He also worked at Ocwen Financial Technologies and Infotec of Florida and was the Founding Vice-president of Scope Technologies, a secure messaging service provider in Orlando.
Executive Director, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Mumbai,
I was Head of Research, Innovation and Development in the areas of Biometrics, e-Government Platforms, Computer Vision and Storage Networking.
Senior Vice President, Reliance Jio Infocomm,
I am responsible for Innovation & development in Computer vision, signal processing and Machine Learning as applied to Platforms and Service provider networks.
Technology Focus Areas
Broadly, my focus areas are as follows:-
(a) Statistical/ Adaptive Signal processing
(b) Computer Vision, Machine Learning/Deep Learning
(c) Security, Cyber-Physical Systems and IoT
(d) E-Government platforms
I am a member of the Working Group of the following e-Governance Standards Forum of Government of India:-
(i) Metadata & Data Standards for Application Domain.
(ii) Technical Standards & E-Governance Architecture.
I am also a member of the following committees:
(i) Peer review steering group (PRSG) of “Biometrics for Mobile Applications” a research project at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
(ii) Member of High Power Committee for Information Technology, Government of Maharashtra, India.
 Method and System for Disaster Recovery between primary and secondary data center with zero RPO. (Granted, Patent No. 321137)
 “SecKeyD”: A Method and System for Secure Key Distribution in Constrained Environments (Filed)
 Anupam Saxena, Om Pal, Saquib Zia, Dhiren Patel, “Customized PKI for SCADA
System”, International Journal on Advanced Networking and Applications (IJANA) 2010 , ISSN 0975-0282 (Online) 0975-0290 (Print).
 Om Pal, Peeyush Jain, Sudhansu Goyal, Zia Saquib, Bernard L. Menezes, “ Intrusion Detection using Graph Support: A Hybrid Approach of Supervised and Unsupervised Techniques”, International Journal of Advancements in Computing Technology (IJACT) 2010, (ISSN: 2005-8039)
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Vig Rekha, “Automated Fingerprint Identification System: Recognition Techniques & Algorithmic Approaches – (ISSN: 0975-525X) Techno Path Journal- NMIMS University (Volume II)”.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Suhasaria Sweta, “Automated Fingerprint Identification System: Recognition Techniques & Algorithmic Approaches – (ISSN: 0975-525X) Techno Path Journal- NMIMS University (Volume I)”.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh, Vijay Jain, “Seafarer’s Identity Documents: Towards Fraud Prevention and National Security”. International Conference on Trends in e-Payments- Challenges and Opportunities, Mumbai, Sep 28-30, 2010.
 Saquib Zia, Om Pal, Saxena Anupam, Soni Santosh, “Secured Multi-Party Micropayment Scheme for Mobile Commerce, “ International Conference on Trends in e-Payments-Challenges and Opportunities, Mumbai, Sep 28-30, 2010.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh, “A Novel Scheme for Sweat-Pre Extraction & Performance Evaluation on Multi-Core”, International Conference on Electronics and Information Engineering (ICEIE 2010), Kyoto, Japan, Aug 01-03, 2010 (ICEIE 2010 Catalog Numbaer: CFP1036K-PRT, ISBN : 978-1-4244-7680-0)
 Anupam Saxena, Ompal and Zia Saquib, “Public Key Cryptography based approach for securing SCADA Communications, LCNS-CCIS, 2011.
 Om Pal, Anupam Saxena, Uttam Kumawat, Ravi Batra and Zia Saquib, “Secure Group Deffie-Hellman Key Exchange with ID based Cryptography”, LNCS-CCIS, 2011.
 Peeyush Jain, Zia Saquib, “Analysis of Key Distribution Schemes for Distributed Sensor Networks”, LNCS-CCIS 2011.
 Om Pal, Sharda Saiwan, Peeyush Jain, Zia Saquib, Dhiren Patel, “Cryptographic Key Management for SCADA System: An Architectural Framework”, IEEE Proceedings of ACT 2009 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Control, and Telecommunication Technologies, Thiruvanthapuram, India, December 2009, Pages-169-174
 Zia Saquib, Nirmala Salam, Rekha Nair and Nipun Pandey, “An Enhanced Method for Singular Points Detection in Fingerprint Images”, The International Conference on Computer and Communication Technology, ICCCT 2010, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Sep 17-19, 2010.
 Zia Saquib, Santosh Soni, Rekha Vig, Pratibha Mokal et al, “ Sweat Pores based (Level3) Novel Fingerprint Quality Estimation”, IEEE International Conference on Computer Design and Applications (IEEE ICCSIT 2010), Chengdu, China, July 9-11, 2010.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Vig Rekha, “Hierarchical Fingerprint Quality Estimation Scheme”. International Conference on Computer Design and Applications, (ICCDA 2010), Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China. June 25-27, 2010.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Vig Rekha, “Inter-domain Quality Estimation of Fingerprint Images”, International conference on Image and Video Processing and Computer Vision (IVPCV-10)”, 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Salam Nirmala, Nair Rekha P., Pandey Nipun, et al “Automated Fingerprint Identification System: Issues & Trends”, National Conference: NCICT-2010, March 5-6 2010, MPSTME, NMIMS, Mumbai, India.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Salam Nirmala, Nair Rekha et al, “Automated Fingerprint Identification System: Architecture, Sensors and Standards”, National Conference NCICT-2010, March 5-6, 2010, MMSTME, NMIMS, Mumbai, India.
 Saquib Zia, Soni Santosh Kumar, Nair Rekha P., Pandey Nipun, and Suhasaria Sweta, “Bharatiya-AFIS: An Architectural Framework for UID Applications”, International Conference on “Spin-offs of Unique and National ID to Smartcard, RFID, Biometrics and e-Security Stakeholders”, New Delhi, India, Sep. 2009.
. Santosh Kumar Soni and Zia Saquib, “Novel Applications of Biometrics and Interdisciplinary Technologies for the Visually Impaired/Old Age/Deaf & Hard of Hearing,” International Conference on Biometrics (Biometrics India Expo 2008), New Delhi, August 2008.
. Zia Saquib & Rekha Singhal, “An Architecture for Continuous Available Commodity Storage”, Workshop on Storage Technologies in HIPC, Dec 2007.
. Jennifer D’Cruz, Narainee Rambajun, Sanjay Sood, Rajeeve Agarwal and Zia Saquib, “The eGovernment Concept: A Systematic Review of Research & Practitioner Literature”, IEEE- Innovations in Information Technology, Dubai, 2006.
• Cyber-security for Critical Infrastructure (Industrial & SCADA Networks)
• Design & Development of hardware based Intrusion Prevention Systems
• Bhartiya- Automated Fingerprint Identification System
• iSCSI based Storage Networks
• Architecture Framework for Development of e-Governance Systems
• Development of e-Forms Designer & Run time Engine (Fulcrum)
• Intrusion Prevention using Kernel Immune System
(List of projects of value Rs 100 lacs or above)
• National Services Delivery Gateway (a mission mode project under National e-Governance Plan- NeGP)
• State Services Delivery Gateway (SSDG for all 35 Sates / Union Territories)
• State Portal/ SSDG and e-Forms Delivery System (State of Jammu Kashmir)
• Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) Automation (Ministry of Rural Development, GoI)
• Public Works Department Automation (State of Maharashtra)
• Public Works Department Automation (Sate of Tripura)
• Stamps & Registration Department Automation- SARITA (State of Maharashtra)
• Stamps & Registration Department Automation- KAVERI (State of Karnataka)
• Stamps & Registration Department Automation- GAURI (State of Goa)
(List of assignments of value Rs 100 lacs or above)
• Strategic Control of Passport Seva, a mission mode project under NeGP (Ministry of External Affairs, GoI)
Awards & Honors
• Listed in the Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World- 2008
• Rashtriya Shiksha Ratna Award- 2008
• Elected Fellow of IET (UK)