You are invited to attend the IEEE Young Professionals Engagement Series (YES), organized by the IEEE Sensors Council YP Committee.
Talk Title: Digital Health and AI: Learnings from three Deep-tech Start-ups
Abstract: The digital health and diagnostics space is undergoing a radical transformation especially post COVID. The conventional in-person, doctor consultations are rapidly being assisted/substituted by remote tele/video consultations and Direct to consumer care. In this context, point-of-care diagnostic solutions integrated with AI will transform the healthcare industry and will help in providing affordable health care to all. In this talk, I will first briefly discuss the general trends in digital health and AI and where future opportunities lie in terms of innovations. I will discuss our research efforts for the past 5+ years in the digital health space towards realizing devices for non-invasive BP, fatigue, and multi-parameter monitoring. Subsequently, I will share my technical and entrepreneurial journey and learnings as a part of three deep tech biomedical start-ups as CEO, CTO, and chief mentor role.
About the Speaker: Bala Pesala is currently serving as CEO of Ayur.AI, CTO of Adiuvo Diagnostics Pvt. Ltd., and a mentor for Teralumen Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He is also an adjunct faculty at IIT Jodhpur. Bala Pesala was formerly a Senior Principal Scientist at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Chennai, and a Professor at the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR). He has received his B. Tech and M. Tech both in Aerospace engineering from IIT Madras in 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. At Berkeley, he also received minor degrees in Business and Nanotechnology. His research interests were towards the application of photonics in various inter-disciplinary areas including Terahertz technologies, Renewable energy and AI based healthcare diagnostics. He received several awards including CSIR Young Scientist Award (2016), Demitri Angelakos memorial achievement award (UC Berkeley 2009), Rafael Rodriguez Golden Age Fellowship (UC Berkeley) and Silver medal for the highest GPA in Aerospace engineering (IIT Madras 2003) to name a few. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has three granted U.S patents to his name. Currently, his major focus is to create deep tech companies in the digital health and diagnostics space.