Distinguish Lecture Schedule 2020

Day 1

  • Speaker Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
  • Title Chemical Engineering at Mesoscale (Pedagogical Talk)
  • Day & Date Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Venue & Time L-16 5:00PM
  • About Lecture

    One starts the journey of inquisitiveness, perhaps, when the senses are born. Some claim that the que- ries are eternally! Yet, with time (?), one manages to answer some while most remain unanswered. With the ever-increasing hullaballoos of life involving relatives-friends-foes, conferences-rallies, classes-exams- jobs-responsibilities-liabilities, successes-failures-deadlines, or ecstasies-disappointments, the quests be- come dormant if not shelved. One very interesting question can be the role of research in reincarnating them. In this talk, you may come-across some absurd research examples, which may incinerate the inherent scientific-intuitive urges before harnessing the knowledge-information extracted from the same to ad- dress some of the burning issues of modern life. The talk shall start with a birds-eye view before delving into magnified details to connect the ends. In the joyride, we shall come across some silly details of mesoscale science and technology to harness the emerging face of Chemical Engineering Research.

    Day 2

  • Speaker Dr. Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
  • Title Genesis of a Dream: Health Care Technologies for a Billion (Distinguished Seminar)
  • Day & Date Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Venue & Time L-16 11:30AM
  • About Lecture

    The vision of improving quality of global health requires diagnostic facilities accessible even for the ‘last mile’ popula- tion. The conventional diagnostic facilities face limitations with institution based centralized operation, costly installa- tion-operating-maintenance, expert dependency in analysis, and limited accessibility. Recently, a flurry of research activities has been observed in the design and development of user operated ultra-fast, affordable, and portable point-of-care-testing (POCT) devices to bridge this gap and provide information on the quality of health at the pa- tient’s site before consulting doctors. The machine learning and artificial intelligence tools integrated to such devices even guide the user to take care of critical parameters. For example, the glucometer, pregnancy kit, weighing ma- chine, or pressure monitoring device are some examples, which are very successful even at the commercial levels. However, there is an urgent need to develop such POCT devices specific to many other biomarkers such as amylase, lipase, T3, T4, TSH, sodium, potassium, hemoglobin, protein/fat markers, urea, uric acid, and creatinine in various body fluids such as serum, sebum, urine, saliva, or tear. A complete healthcare solution can be thought of development of such POCT technologies alongside the development of, (i) software for analysis, (ii) manpower for primary care, and (iii) a health management system, around the existing healthcare ecosystem. In bits and pieces, we are able to join many of these points, which will be the center point of this talk on the dream “Healthcare for a Billion”