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Webinar : Technology Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Telepresence Robots Perspective

IEEE TEMS presents webinar on “Technology Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Telepresence Robots Perspective” by Prof. Pradeep Kumar Ray, Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship (CFE), China.

Date: 16th July 2020

Time: 3:00 PM IST


Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) covers about 2/3 of the world’s population and 2/5 of the global gross domestic product. As BRI mainly funds the infrastructure development, entrepreneurship has important roles to play in channeling the benefits of infrastructure and technology to the currently under-developed regions. In this paper, we discuss the technology entrepreneurship in the BRI countries and region (BRR), with the focus on applying mHealth in general and telepresence robots in particular. Specifically, we discuss how mHealth can help the aged and disadvantaged population in BRR to cope with the difficulties and challenges in life and in the extreme case and threat of a pandemic. A systematic survey regarding the application of telepresence robots against COVID-19 was carried out with the aim of investigating the potential use of telepresence robots as a cost-effective solution regarding the lack of medical resources in most BRR countries. We also summarise the challenges and missing features that provide clues and hints for the future
development of telepresence robots.

About the Speaker:
Pradeep Ray has been leading multi-disciplinary (Business, health and ICT) work across Asia Pacific region in multiple positions; 1. Professor and Director of Centre For Entrepreneurship in the University of Michigan Joint Institute at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) where he is also Professor in the Engineering Research Centre on Digital Medicine and a member of the Shanghai Entrepreneurship Research Centre, 2. Honorary Professor, UNSW-Australia, 3.Visiting Professor, Hiroshima University-Japan. 4. He has been appointed a Distinguished Lecturer on eHealth for 2014-2015 (Comsoc) and 2016-2017 (SSIT) by IEEE, one of the largest professional bodies.

He has been the founder Director of the Asia-Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC) aimed at conducting research on ubiquitous healthcare using emerging technologies, such as the mobile broadband communication technologies (mHealth). APuHC was designated (since Aug 2013) as a WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth to provide support to WHO programs in e/mHealth in Asia Pacific region. APuHC has led to completion several multimillion dollar projects involving WHO, EU and ITU (2006-2016).

He led to completion (2006-2009) the WHO Research on the Assessment of e-Health for Health Care Delivery (eHCD) involving a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region (India, China, Vietnam and Philippines). Pradeep led to completion a number of international initiatives, such as the ITU-D/IEEE mHealth Initiative for Developing Countries (2004-2009) and the Global Study on the Assessment of mHealth (2009-2012). Pradeep Ray was the Chair (since 2011-2013) of the IEEE Technical Committee on eHealth (eHealthTC) and the founder of IEEE Healthcom. He has been leading a number of collaborative research projects with reputed International Research organisations. Pradeep Ray has published more than two hundred articles in refereed journals and conferences-see

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