The ‘Conference on Assistive and Rehabilitation Technologies’ organized by Tamil Nadu Technology Development & Promotion Centre of CII held on 22nd August 2014 at Hotel Taj Connemara, Chennai, India, with the theme of Inclusive technologies for an improved quality of life.
This is an initiative to provide a platform for various industry members and business providers to share their ideas on Assistive and Rehabilitation technologies to improve the differently abled person’s participation in day to day activities, education and employment which in turn raise their social participation and social status.
The Conference was chaired by Mr. Raja Shanmugam, Co-Founder, President & Chief People Officer, Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd.
Some of the chief guest addressed in the inaugural session are Dr. Sumanth Chakravarthy Raman, Head Healthcare Innovation, Tata Consultancy Services, Mr. S. Sridharan, Past Chairman, CII Chennai & Managing Director, S10 Technologies Ltd, Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan, Director, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Mr. Subhajit Saha, Head – TNTDPC & Counsellor, CII
The conference proceeded to discuss on various aspects on key areas such as Assistive Ergonomic Technology, Assistive Medical Technology, Assistive Rehabilitative Technology and Assistive Software Technology ending up with panel discussion on Perspectives of Assistive Technologies for Differently abled people.
Some of the eminent speakers joined in technical session are Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan, Director, National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Mr. Bhargav Sundaram, Chief Executive Officer, Callidai Motor Works, Dr. S. Darius Gnanaraj, Professor and IQAC Coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Karunya University, Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras, Dr. C. Ramesh, Director and Head of the Institution, Govt. Institute of Rehabilitation of medicine, Dr. R. Ramnarayan, Consultant General & Functional Neurosurgeon, Apollo Specialty Hospital, Dr. Samuel N Mathew, Executive Director, National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH), Dr. C. Ananda Jothi, Founder Director, Sri Sugam Physiotherapy Institute Pvt Ltd, Mr. V. Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Phoenix Medical Systems (P) Ltd, Dr. Tomy Mampilly, Head, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, Mr. Santosh Kodimyala, Director, Tristate electronics, Ms. Albina Shankar, Director, Mobility India Rehabilitation Research & Training Center, Prof. M. Balakrishnan, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Delhi, Mr. V.K. Bhatia, Sr. Director (Research), Media Lab Asia, Mr. Srinivasu Chakravarthula, Sr. QA Lead, Accessibility, Paypal, Mr. Nekram Upadhyay, Head of Department of Assistive Technology, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Mrs. L. V. Jayashree, Director, The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu and Mr. P. Rajasekharan, Co–Founder, V-Shesh & Mr. Sankara Narayanan, Deputy Registrar, NIEPMD.
The sessions had speakers from diversified organizations and skilled persons in these technologies. Participants across the nation participated in the conference.