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IIT AGNE and Vision-Aid to hold webinar on “Assistive Technology for Vision Impaired People”

The Indian Institute of Technology Association for Greater New England (IIT AGNE) in collaboration with Vision-Aid, is organizing a webinar on “Assistive Technology for Vision Impaired People”. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there are more than 285 million visually-impaired people worldwide. Among them, there are 40 million vision impaired people who live in India. There is a strong passion, desire and need to develop assistive technology devices to support visually-impaired people to empower them to live their life with independence and dignity by improving the quality of their lives.

 The “ASSISTECH: Assistive Technology Solutions from Lab to Users” webinar is being brought to you by IIT AGNE and its partner Vision-Aid. The webinar will be delivered by Prof. M. Balakrishnan, of IIT Delhi who has been a pioneer in development of assistive devices for visually impaired.

Please register to participate in this webinar using the following link.


 Title: ASSISTECH: Assistive Technology Solutions from Lab to Users (

 Speaker: Prof. M. Balakrishnan, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Delhi.

 Date: 10:30 AM EST, Saturday, March 20, 2021.

 Location: Via Zoom (Link will be sent after completion of registration)

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. This talk will 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. Some of the innovations includes such as SmartCane Device or OnBoard Bus identification system. The ASSITECH website provides detailed information about past and current research activities.

Speaker Bio: M. Balakrishnan is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Delhi. He obtained his B.E.(Hons.) in Electronics & Electrical Eng. from BITS Pilani in 1977 and Ph.D. from EE Dept. IIT Delhi in 1985. He has nearly 44 years teaching and research experience. At IIT Delhi, he has held many senior academic leadership positions. ASSISTECH, a laboratory and research group founded by him along with Prof. P.V.M. Rao (Mech Eng.), is involved in developing a number of assistive devices targeted towards mobility and education of the visually impaired. He has been 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.

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