The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) will hold the prestigious Pinkerton lecture in India for the first time on 26 November, 2010 in the convention centre at the Infosys Technologies campus in Bangalore.
The founder-chairman of Infosys, N R Narayana Murthy, who is also an honorary fellow of the IET, will be the chief guest at the lecture.
Titled "The Relentless March of the Microchip", this year's lecture will be delivered by Steve Furber, ICL professor of computer engineering at the University of Manchester.
Furber leads the advanced processor technologies research group at Manchester. His awards include a Royal Academy of Engineering silver medal, the IET Faraday medal, and he was a 2010 Millennium Technology prize laureate.
''I am extremely happy that the Institution of Engineering and Technology has brought the prestigious Pinkerton lecture to India. After establishing itself as a global innovation hub for software, India is now on its way to become a major force in the field of hardware.
''It is important at this juncture that we remember the contribution of John Pinkerton and Lyons electronic office for giving us the world's first business computer. I am very confident that the lecture will give birth to many new ideas in the field of information technology,'' said Murthy.