The International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Health Care (27th & 28th December 2016) was organized jointly by NMIMS University’s School of Pharmacy & Technology Management (SPTM), Shirpur, Shobhaben Pratapbhai Patel School of Pharmacy & Technology Management (SPP-SPTM), Mumbai, Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering (MPSTME), Mumbai & Shirpur and SVKM’s Bhanuben Nanavati College of Pharmacy, Mumbai.
The Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Shailendra Saraf, Vice President Pharmacy Council of India, New Delhi and presided by Shri Rajgopal Bhandari. Organised at Mukesh Patel Technology Park, Shirpur, the conference received an overwhelming response with 320 delegates from India and abroad participating in the event.
Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar, Pro-VC, SVKM’s NMIMS; Dr. R. S. Gaud, Director Pharma institutions & MPTP Shirpur; Dr. Bala Prabhakar, Dean SPP SPTM; Dr. Aaquil Bunglowala Associate Dean MPSTME, Shirpur and Dr. Ashwini Deshpande, Associate Dean SPTM, Shirpur were present on dais for this inaugural ceremony. The Conference was compared by Dr. Saritha Shetty and Dr. Payal Dande in a very efficient manner.
Dr. R. S. Gaud, Chairman of IC-AIHC 2016 appealed in his welcome address to the researchers and industries to take serious steps towards AI. He said that “India as a country cannot afford to wait to solve the health issues with only conventional way as coming era will be of artificial intelligence and robotics, not only in healthcare but also for domestic utility, automotive industries, defense technologies, and agro-technology.”
Dr. Bala Prabhakar, Dean, SPPSPTM and Organizing Secretary of IC-AIHC 2016 presented the preamble to the conference. She emphasized the unimaginable potential of AI. She mentioned that AI will change the way patients are diagnosed, treated and cared for, by integrating engineering, computers, IT and pharmaceutical sciences. She highlighted its application in the healthcare system by way of diagnosis, disease pattern prediction, surgical procedures and data mining. According to her, this conference is one step towards creating affordable AI solutions.
Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar, Pro-VC, SVKM’s NMIMS; in his address appreciated the activities of IC-AIHC 2016 as well as all the involved schools in conducting various programmes for the betterment of professionals, institutions and most importantly common man.
In the inaugural speech Dr. Shailendra Saraf, Chief Guest of session emphasized on the utilization of artificial intelligence as a tool for early diagnosis and treatment approach in health care. He mentioned the AI approach of western countries for the early detection/treatment of diseases like Diabetes, AIDS, Cancer, Neuro-disorders.
Dr. Narendra Gore, Sector leader for Dev Ops/Cloud/Mobile Tiger Team for Distribution Sector in IBM – USA, delivered a lecture on “Applications of Blockchains in Healthcare industry”. He discussed how Blockchain opportunities are changing healthcare globally. The growth of blockchain applications can benefit population health, medical records, and patient-generated data. He added that Blockchains are a new data structure that creates trusted, distributed digital ledgers for assets and other data. The current Healthcare Industry infrastructure does not support the security or interoperability requirements of connected systems and could be a major beneficiary of blockchains capabilities.
The session was chaired by Dr. P. G. Shrotriya, Research Director SPPSPTM and Dr. Seema Shah, Associate Professor, MPSTME, Mumbai, acted as Co-Chair.
Dr Vijaykumar, Curators’ Distinguished Research Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA spoke on Electronic Health Record Management (EHR): How to Deal with It? He mentioned that the levels of function and “user friendliness’ of current EHRs fall well short of that what patients and the public have been misled to believe. Many hospitals still use legacy approaches of dealing with patient data. The reluctance to move away from these legacy systems appear to be rooted in the human factor of a preference for familiarity, was his thought.
The session was Chaired and Co-Chaired by Dr. Samshershing, Indore and Dr. Manjunath Ghate from Ahmedabad, respectively.
After a very interesting talk by Dr. Vijay Kumar, in the next session Dr. Parag Kulkarni, Founder, Chief Scientist and CEO of iknowlation, Pune, India unfolded his expertise in Building machine learning based products. He imparted that Mathematics, Statistics and Machine Learning goes hand in hand. While understanding machine learning for building intelligent products it becomes necessary to understand algorithms underneath. It was like Pandora box full of secrets about products in interesting domains using machine learning.
Dr. P. K. Chande, Ex- Director MANIT Bhopal, India talked about “Efficacy of AI & knowledge management in healthcare” He discussed how various technologies, in due course, have always helped healthcare to advance for the benefit of humanity. In last few decades’ overall technology has taken the refinement of clinical methods and management to next height of comfort and efficiency. Now as the concepts of soft computing are evolving, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management are offering unprecedented solutions to complex problems in healthcare. This amalgamation is very promising and futuristic.
Dr. Balaji Ganeshan, CEO of TexRAD Ltd, Director of New Business at Feedback Plc, Senior Imaging Scientist , Brighton & Sussex Medical School and University of Sussex UK, described “Quantifying tumour heterogeneity with texrad texture analysis on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging”. He discussed Heterogeneity which is a well-recognized feature of malignancy associated with increased tumor aggression and treatment resistance.
In the last invited talk by Prof Narendra S. Chaudhari, Director, VNIT, Nagpur, India on “Language structure using fuzzy similarity, briefly reviewed a few important results, especially concerning regular language learning. These results include the incremental learning of regular languages with the use of a lattice of finite state automata.
Post-lunch sessions were chaired by Dr. M. N. Saraf, Principal, BCP, Mumbai, and Co-Chaired by Dr. Tokekar Director, IET-DAVV, Indore and HOD-Electronics & Telecommunication Department IET-DAVV Indore.
After the last plenary session of day one, there were oral presentations from around fifty participants where they presented their research. There were five parallel sessions which have seen enthusisastic and vibrant particpants who presented applications of AI in the areas like Breast Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, diabetics, future of medicines and healthcare, Drug Manufacturing, etc. The presentations were duly evaluated and three best presentations were awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 5,000/-, Rs. 3,000/- and Rs. 2,000/- respectively alongwith a trophy and certificate. The full papers of presented abstracts will be published after the rigorous review process in the international journal of repute.
Day – 2 started early in the morning at 6:30 with spiritual and relaxing Yoga session.
The plenary session of Day 2 started with interactive talk on “Virtual and Augmented Reality in Life Sciences” by Dr. Tom Verhelst, Associate Director, New Medicine IT UCB Pharmaceuticals London UK. He added that, in 2015-2016 virtual and augmented reality exploded and has sparked the interest of major technology companies such as Boogie, Facebook, HTC, Sony & Microsoft each bringing their own solutions and vision for virtual and augmented reality to the market. The differences between augmented and virtual reality has been well-explained, different AI based devices were discussed & demonstrated.
Another exciting innovative and informative lecture was delivered by Dr Santosh Bothe, Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune, India, on “Action plan for Internationalization of advanced Health Research centre”. He explained the top three causes of “Years of Life Lost” (YLL) are ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections and stroke. Majority of the life threatening medical emergencies are associated with heart, lungs, liver, brain and respiratory system. Detecting the disease in early stage is really challenging task due to various constraints including its financial implication. Health care is no more about reactive approach; we need to have proactive system to tackle upcoming global challenges like Anti-Microbial Resistant (AMR) using Personalized Medicine (PM). The ‘Early Warning and Prediction System’ is the much needed solution across the globe.
Both the sessions were chaired by Dr. V. K. Kapoor, Professor Emeritus, Punjab University and the Co-chaired by Dr. B.M.Singhi, Ex-Director MITM and ATC Campus, Indore.
During the tea break, delegates participated in the virtual laboratory set by Dr. Tom Verhelst.
After a tea break, Dr. Anjali Jaiprakash, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision and Queensland University of Technology, Australia extended her views about “Bringing disruptive technologies to medicine and healthcare”. She said that there is enormous interest in big-data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Some of these technologies are starting to enter the world of medicine. There is little doubt that these technologies will disrupt the way medicine is practiced.
Dr. Parth Dey, Healthcare Leader and SME IBM India/SA India delivered a very interesting talk on “Digitization in Healthcare servicing”. He drew attention and well-explained KYC process being introduced by JIO mobile connection, where no documentation is required other than usage of AADHAR and Biometric authentication. Similarly, technology enabled usage of close loop medication administration process, helps reduction of avoidable mortality and morbidity (as a result of wrong medication administration) to a large extent.
Both the sessions were chaired by Dr. Aaquil Bunglowala, Associate Dean, MPSTME, Shirpur and the Co-Chaired by Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Head, and College of Pharmacy DAVV Indore.
The post-lunch session of Day-2 started with the lecture of Dr Prashant Bansod, Head Biomed Engineering SGSITS Indore on the topic “Medical signal and image processing, sensors & Instrumentation”. He emphasized that medical imaging is critical in collecting and visualizing medical conditions for diagnosis, monitoring and surgical design for human body. However, the use of it is far from efficient. The technique should combine information from all sources like patient history, disease progression, case history of similar nature. It should take information from the global telemedicine network. This can lead to more accurate diagnostic information for health care applications.
Dr. Shubhangi V Rathkanthiwar, Head, Department of Electronics Engineering, YCCE, Nagpur, India discussed Computational intelligence in wireless communications through artificial neural networks. She said that engineers can design devices to solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. In today’s era, it is required to develop a process of providing online, real time help to the remote patient in most secured way, through wireless media.
Session were chaired by Dr. B A Damahe, Principal -L & T Institution Mumbai and Co-Chaired by Dr. T R Saini, Professor, Department of Pharmacy SGSITS, Indore.
Dr. V. K. Kapoor Professor Emeritus, Punjab University was the Chief Guest for Valedictory Function. Organizing Secretary Dr. Bala Prabhakar summarized the activities of these 2 days. Dr. V. K. Kapoor, in his address, appreciated the organizers for selecting such an out of box theme for the conference. He announced that he will suggest this theme for National Pharmacy Week 2017. He also suggested to organizers that detailed report of this conference must be published in different journals for creating awareness of happenings in the field.
Dr. Gaud in his address discussed the conceptualization of this conference and need of AI in the future. Dr. Aaquil Bunglowala Associate Dean MPSTME, Shirpur proposed vote of thanks.
The conference proved to be grand success and a great platform for networking amongst delegates from across the globe with conducive atmosphere, excellent weather and delicious food.