Architecting the future of society

The Future Is Here

About CAIA

Center for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics (Center for AIA) is the brainchild of experienced and visionary alumni of IIT Madras and Bombay. Digital leaders 5F World and Systech Solutions have joined hands to create a venture for architecting the future of society, workforce, governments and businesses. 5F World specializes in designing solutions around digital platforms and Systech Solutions has an expertise in architecting Artificial Intelligence and Advance Analytics solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

Our Mission

“Our Mission is at CAIA is to empower aspiring individuals to visualize a future that builds knowledge and wisdom for the world of Data Science and Analytics.”

Our Focus

  • Conducting Global Research on emerging trends, technologies and applications in AI and Advanced Analytics
  • Offering Advanced programs for readying the future ready workforce in specific domains
  • Developing solutions to herald the futuristic lifestyle and workspaces

Pillars of Support

Organisations behind CAIA

5F World

5F World is a leader in digital transformational journeys and has brought together the best minds in industry, academia and technology domains to develop a unique framework to transform stakeholder journeys through innovation and digitalization of businesses and education institutions.

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Systech Solutions

Systech Solutions is a leading Data Strategy, Management & Analytics services provider with deep technology expertise and over 20 years of industry experience. Systech Solutions helps empower clients with innovative, data-driven solutions to reimagine their enterprise and has forged partnerships with industry-leading technology providers to develop a full spectrum of data services.

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Leading With Light

Meet the Foresighted Few

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan


Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, a distinguished alumnus of IIT Bombay and NITIE is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country.
Ganesh has two significant corporate success stories to his credit – APTECH, a global training major which he led for ten years to leadership in India, China and thirty other countries and Zensar Technologies, a software success story which he led as its Vice Chairman & CEO till early 2016.
He has been a member of the National and Executive Councils of CII and NASSCOM for many years and has led Innovation and Knowledge Management initiatives nationally.

Arun Gollapudi


Arun Gollapudi, a BTech from IIT Madras and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. is the Chief Executive Officer of Systech Solutions Inc., a company focused on Data and Analytics. As a co-founder of Systech in 1993, Arun has overseen the growth of the company focusing on how data can be used to read the signal and how analytic insights could drive strategy and operations decisions. Arun has personally worked on strategies for several of Systech’s assignments at clients such as Nissan Motors, Disney, Warnaco, Calvin Klein, Chaps Ralph Lauren, Nestle, Amgen, IBM, Tesla and many more.

Srini Ramaswamy


Srini Ramaswamy, a BTech from IIT Madras is the Chief Architect and co-founder of Systech Solutions. Srini has held various roles in Systech; Chief Operating Officer – a key role he played for the first couple of decades in giving shape to the Systech of today. He then stepped in to the role of CTO & gave shape to the office of technology, before taking on his role as Chief Architect.
As Chief Architect, Srini consults with and guides our strategic customers to enable them to upgrade to current Analytics platform capabilities and set them up to leverage and democratize the significant benefits of Cloud, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.

Bala Varadarajan


Bala Varadarajan, a BTech from IIT Madras is the Chief Operating Officer of Systech Solutions Inc. Over the last 18 years Bala that has been with Systech, he has held various roles in Sales, Marketing, Delivery Management and Operations. Bala set up and established Systech’s Business Intelligence and Analytics practice and operations in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Over the period of 7 years he and his team delivered BI & Analytics solutions and Systech’s presence in several Leading Global Brands in the Silicon Valley.

Ashish Parikh


Ashish Parikh, an MBA from Duke University is the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Systech Solutions. Ashish brings over 20 years of diverse and progressive experience in corporate finance and operations. His unique breadth of knowledge includes planning and forecasting strategic visioning, financial engineering and modeling. Ashish spearheads the R&D team responsible for identifying future technologies, trends, and business applications

Uma Ganesh


Dr.Uma Ganesh, a PhD from IIT Bombay is an industry veteran. She has vast experience in education and training related to IT industry needs and has worked in leadership positions with NIIT, Aptech, ZEE Education, HSBC and GTT. She has a regular column in the Financial Express and is considered a thought leader in skills and career development areas. She has co-authored a book entitled 'Knowledge Force', a publication of Tata Mc GrawHill.

Sriya Khandelwal

Business Head - CAIA

Sriya is associated with the IT industry for over 13 years. She has a consulting background summed up with an expertise in quality assurance and process management. She has also been academically involved with organizations in developing and administering e-learning content. Shehas consulted multiple clients globally and worked in various capacities with organizations like Hinduja TMT Ltd, QAI international, Zensar and Infosys.

21st Century Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics

Creating the next generation of smart employees

‘Power of AI in the Digitally Enabled World.’ Dr.Ganesh speaks at World AI Show-Dubai 2019

An Analytics Workshop with Ph.D. students from “Madras School Economics, Chennai”, on 27th April 2019.

CAIA Student Journey

Center for Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics