TIME: 10AM to 11 AM
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi & Satya Bharti Institute of Technology
ABSTRACT: Inclusion of marginalized communities is considered a major
developmental objective for all societies in this millennia. Inclusion of people with disabilities, born or acquired later, constitutes a very different challenge as it cannot be handled just by policies and political will. It requires major technology intervention. In this talk we present the work of ASSISTECH, IIT Delhi in developing solutions aimed at independent mobility and education of visually impaired in India and other low income countries. ASSISTECH has had some success in disseminating the technology solutions that have been developed in the laboratory. First, we would focus on uniqueness of our context and how these solutions innovatively address our needs including affordability. Further, we also talk about the challenges in translational research and dissemination that is critical for taking any proof-of-concept beyond
the walls of a laboratory.
ABOUT SPEAKER: M. Balakrishnan is a Professor on leave from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Delhi and currently Vice Chancellorof a Greenfield Institution of Eminence named Satya Bharti Institute of Technology being founded by the Bharti group. He obtained his B.E.(Hons.) in Electronics & Electrical Engg. from BITS Pilani in 1977 and Ph.D. from EE Dept. IIT Delhi in 1985. He worked as a Scientist in CARE, IIT Delhi from 1977 to 1985 where he was involved in designing and implementing real-time DSP systems. ASSISTECH, a laboratory and research group founded by him along with Prof. P.V.M. Rao (Mech Engg), is involved indeveloping a number of assistive devices targeted towards mobility and education of the visually impaired. SmartCaneTM is a mobility aid for
visually impaired developed by his group which is currently used by thousands of users in India and other low-income countries. He has been a recipient of three National awards, ACM Eugene L Lawler award and very recently IIT Delhi’s Life Time award for his work in the disability space.
TIME: 11:15 AM TO 12:45 PM
National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People
FOUNDER & MANAGING TRUSTEE
Senior Lecturer in English / HoD Degree (HI)
National Institute of Speech & Hearing (NISH)
FOUNDER & MANAGING TRUSTEE
TIME: 1:30 PM TO 2:30 PM
PAPER1:Webcam Controlled Robotic Arm for Persons with Severe Speech and Motor Impairment (SSMI)
AUTHORS: Vinay Krishna Sharma, L.R.D. Murthy, Kamal Preet Singh Saluja – IISc Bangalore,
Vimal Mollyn – IIT Madras, Gourav Sharma – IIIT Kalyani and Pradipta Biswas – IISc Bangalore
PAPER2: MathEditor: A Screen-reader Compatible Math Equation Editor for Visual Studio Code
AUTHORS: Shiv Shankar Mistry, Prasun Kumar Bhuin and Saurav Das – NIT Durgapur
PAPER3: Digital Accessibility – Innovation by Automation with Machine First Method
AUTHORS: Charudatta Jadhav, Sumeet Agrawal, Suresh Kumar Ramasamy, Farajana Shaikh – Tata Consultancy Services
TIME: 2:45 PM TO 4:15 PM
Using Artificial Intelligence, Vision Suite of products quickly and reliably generate Alt text for the blind in specialised subjects like Chemistry, Math, tables and Accounting. Using artificial intelligence, Prep quickly and reliably generates tags for PDF documents and generates alt text for specialised content.
Visioapps Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Louie is a voice solution App that enables a user to control YouTube, Uber, WhatsApp, Contacts and Phone Calling just by voice commands. None of the big names like Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri can do anything that Louie can.
Sonant Technologies Pvt Ltd
VOIS is a smart glove with several touch-sensitive points on fingers, which can be mapped with different alphabets/sentences/words very easily by the user using the software.VOIS is a revolutionary gadget for human-machine interaction which can be used by SHI for communicating with a hearing person and by a VI to type anything on mobiles.
On demand sign interpreter service via an app on the mobile to have phone conversations. Typically used by SHI and companies.
The video of the app being used can be found here:https://youtu.be/ODeFaxEaO4Y
The website is: https://signable.world/
The google play store link is
Phoenix Medical Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Arise is a manual wheelchair with an inbuilt feature that allows the user to independently rise to a standing position, which is beneficial to their health, sense of self and well being.
An affordable, fully functional, light weight lower limb prosthetic built with cane, using digital scans for measurement and manufacture. Suitable up to high impact activities.
TIME: 4:30 PM TO 5:30 PM
Associate Executive Director, Helen Keller National Center
ABSTRACT: To be posted shortly
ABOUT SPEAKER:Christopher Woodfill is the Associate Executive Director of Helen Keller National Center based in Long Island, New York in the United States of America. He worked in both the Deaf and DeafBlind fields for a total of 24 years. He is DeafBlind with Usher Syndrome. He is and has been involved with consumer organizations at local, state, national and international levels in both the Deaf and DeafBlind communities. He is a consumer of many different assistive technologies designed to make his life easier, safer and more productive.