Prof. Perumal Nithiarasu

Head, Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering,

Swansea University, Swansea

Professor Nithiarasu is a very active researcher in the area of computational biomedical engineering, computational mechanics and computational fluid dynamics. His contribution to the development of the characteristic based split scheme, in collaboration with Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz, is widely acknowledged. Professor Nithiarasu has led and developed a patient-specific modelling platform for carrying out cardiac and respiratory flow studies in Swansea. His research is mainly funded by EPSRC, RS, Leverhulme Trust and NISCHR. Co-author of nearly two hundred publications, Professor Nithiarasu coordinates the computational biomedical modelling activities with the clinical colleagues in and around Swansea. He co-edits International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering and co-chairs three international conferences. Professor Nithiarasu is Head of the Zienkiewicz Centre.

Topic for Lecture:   “Clinically relevant biomedical modelling - models, verification and translation”.


Dr. Raj C Thiagarajan

Managing Director, ATOA Scientific Technologies,

Bengaluru, India

Dr. Raj C Thiagarajan, an alumnus of ACCET, IIT Bombay and Cranfield University, UK, has over 25 years of industry experience with DRDO, IITB, Cranfield Computer, R&DE, TATA, and GE Global Research. His industrial consultancy work ranges from composite railway sleeper, polio calibers, smart aircraft, automobile structures, telecom shelters, missile containers, probes, biomedical devices, renewable energy products, nano technology, advanced composites, bullet proof vehicles, meta material and devices, green residential and industrial buildings. Dr. Thiagarajan has authored 100+ Technical Publications and Patents for product and process innovations.

Topic for Lecture:   “Nature Inspired Engineering and Healthcare Solutions”.

Summary of lecture:

Nature perfected the art of developing products through 4+ billion years of evolution. Nature is a constant and inspiring learning source. Nature uses simplest material for making remarkable multifunctional products. For example, butterfly wings, which are optimized for flapping with iridescent colors and as sensors. Life is complex and diverse physical system, however evolved as an optimal system with efficient terminal units or building blocks. Nature Inspired Engineering or Biomimetics has matured from empirical scaling laws to computational modelling of active matter.

Nature evolved over billions of years and solved similar engineering and medical problems of our interest in an efficient and sustainable way. In addition to developing design methods, materials and surfaces, we can leverage these concepts to develop a whole new nature inspired devices and system, such as, Dolphin inspired, frequency modulated underwater acoustics devices, Kingfisher inspired aero/hydrodynamics structures, Mosquito micro drill inspired medical and material drilling devices, and anthill inspired building thermal managements system.

Nature inspired Technologies and product solutions such as Evolutionary Structural Optimization, Nature inspired Materials, Structured Surfaces and Interfaces, Hierarchical branching systems will be detailed. Nature inspired equation based mathematical surfaces are under renewed interest due to their innovative design potential and practical viability through 3D printing. As the 3D printing industry is growing from small scale to mainstream product manufacturing. Nature inspired and equation based surface models and its transformation for 3D printable innovative engineering applications will be detailed.

Biomimicry, the nature inspired innovation for solving industrial engineering and healthcare problems will be a key focus. Concepts and Tools such as Material unity, Multiphysics computational modelling, multiscale modelling, Multimaterial will be detailed to show cases the Nature inspired engineering principles for solving real world interconnected Engineering and healthcare problems.

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Dr. Gopinath Chattopadhyay

Post Graduate Program Coordinator: Maintenance and Reliability ,

Engineering Programs, Federation University,


Gopi is currently working as Post Graduate Program Coordinators for Maintenance and Reliability Engineee4irgn Programs for Federation University, Australia since 2016. He has extensive experience in the Universities and Industries in asset management, maintenance and reliability engineering, operations management, project management and quality engineering. Before joining Federation University in 2016, he has worked in University of Queensland as Researcher and lecturer, Qld University of Technology as senior lecturer and head of engineering management programs and Central Qld University in Australia as Professor and Head of Post Graduate Programs, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India as Visiting Professor, University of Natural Resources and Environment, PNG as Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and Central Queensland University as Adjunct Professor and Global Consulting Company, Cardno as Principal Consultant. He has delivered his courses in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and India.

Gopi has secured more that 2 million dollars of research and industry funding in asset management, maintenance, reliability, warranty, lifecycle cost and risk modelling. In Australia, Rail CRC and Asset Management CRC along with Qld Rail, QR National, ARTC, QLD Health, Mackay Regional Council, Sun Water, Unity Water, Macquarie Generation, Gladstone Power, Lulea University of Technology along with Swedish Rail and LKAB and in India, Tata Steel and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur funded some of his own and collaborative projects. He has supervised more than 12 higher research degree candidates and published more than 150 high quality scholarly articles in reputed International journals and conferences including one prizewinning best paper in emerald publication.

Gopi is actively involved with Asset Management Council (earlier Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia, MESA, professional body and technical society of Engineers Australia). He was industry reviewer of International Standard for Asset Management ISO55000, ISO55001, ISO55002 and Total Asset Management Plan for Queensland Government. He was Vice president of Maintenance Engineering Society (Qld Chapter), President of Australian Society of Operations Research (Qld Chapter) and Chair of Asset Management Council, Brisbane Chapter.

Topic for Lecture:   “Maintenance, Reliability and Asset Management issue's in Health Care”


Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering,

Indian Institute of Science (IISc),

Bangalore 560012, India

Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh had his early schooling in the prestigious Sri. Ramakrishna Vidyashala, Mysore Later he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with DISTINCTION from Bangalore University in 1989, Master of Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, in 1992 (First Rank) and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1998. He was a Visiting Lecturer in Tohoku University Japan for about 3 years before joining IISc in 2001. Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. He is the Founder Chairman of Center of Excellence in Hypersonics, IISc, Bangalore. He is also the Founder Director of Super-wave Technology Pvt. Ltd. a start-up company formed with equity participation from IISc to commercialize several of his discoveries related to shock waves. This start-up company has garnered a sizable funds to the tune of US $ 15 million from multinational industry partners within two years of existence. He is an honorary professor in the University of Glasgow, UK and an Adjunct Professor in Defense Institute for Advanced Studies, Pune, India.

His research areas include Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics and shock wave propagation in complex fluids. He has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed International Journals, and conferences and edited 3 books. He has TWENTY PATENTS on various discoveries related to Shock Waves and hypersonic flow control. Another 6 patent applications are under consideration. He has been bestowed with several National and International awards in recognition of his professional achievements. Some of major recognitions includes Dr. Biren Roy Space Design Award by Aeronautical Society of India, Prof. Satish Dhawan Young Engineer award from Govt. of Karnataka, Platinum Jubilee award from Institution of Engineer, ASI Award from Astronautical society of India and GOLD MEDAL for developing shock wave assisted preservative impregnation technique by the Lockheed Martin - Dept. of Science & Technology India Innovates Growth programme. He is the founder secretary of Society for Shock Wave Research India and an executive member of the Governing Council of International Shock Wave Institute.

He is a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society, (UK) and National Academy of Engineering (India) and Associate Fellow of American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is on the Editorial Boards of Shock Waves, Current Science and International Journal of Aerospace Innovations. He has widely traveled all over the world and delivered several invited talks in prestigious universities/international symposiums abroad including Stanford University & NASA Ames Research Center, USA. He has also chaired several technical sessions in many international symposiums. He actively works with voluntary organizations for popularizing science among high school/college students especially in rural India and has interacted with over 2.5 Lakh Children till date.

Topic for Lecture:   “Biomedical Application of Shock Waves”



MD., DMRD, FRCP (Glasgow), FIMSA.,

Director Interventional Radiology & Program Director DNB, Coordinator MRCP Program,

Department of Radiodiagnosis & Imageology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences,
Secunderabad- 500 003

Dr.V.R.K.Rao is currently the Director of Interventional Radiology and Program Director of DNB Education at the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad. He is also coordinator for MRCP Program at the Institute. He is renowned in India for his clinical and research work in the field of Interventional Radiology. Over a period of 15 years, he formed and led an interdisciplinary team at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, that pioneered the use of interventional techniques in India while simultaneously developing therapeutic biomaterials for Endovascular Neuro Intervention. He is a prolific scholar with over 100 publications, conference proceedings and presentations. His research on interventional neuroradiology has been published in journals such as American Journal of Neuroradiology, Neuroradiology, Journal of Neuroradiology, Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology, Neurology India etc.,. His present academic research involves numerical simulation of fluid structure interactions and hemodynamics in cerebral aneurysms and carotid artery stenosis which is reflected in several publications in international journals. His impact in the field also extends well beyond his direct work. For example, as a beloved mentor, he has been at the forefront of training the next generation of eminent Interventional Neuroradiologists who currently are leading interventional radiology departments in different parts of India. For his contributions to the field Dr.Rao has been recognized, most recently receiving a Gold Medal from the Indian Radiological Association and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Indian Society of Vascular Interventional Neuroradiology.

Topic for Lecture:   “Path breaking and Game changing Technologies in Medical Imaging; Unmet Needs and Unmatched Aspirations.”

Summary of lecture:

Evidence-based medicine, outcome management and multidisciplinary systems are laying the foundation for the new role of radiology. This is a result of the world's best clinical and engineering minds working together to create the most breath-taking evolution (or is it revolution?) that any industry or sector has ever witnessed, except maybe Space technology.

A variety of imaging technologies including x-ray radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are continuously evolving for better patient care. Fusion imagng, computational modelling for predictive medicine and image informatics with teleradiology having decision making tools on standard platforms integrate the third-party software programs more readily adaptable across the health care centres. Genomics and proteomics will be used to identify patients at risk with a predisposition to disease aligned closely with machine learning (artificial intelligence). And yet there remain the unmet needs and unmatched aspirations.


Prof. Dr. Walter Koch


Angewandte Informationstechnik Forschungsgesellschaft mbH,

Klosterwiesgasse 32/1
A-8010 Graz

Walter Koch, ao. Univ.-Prof. em., Dr.phil. (male) received a PhD in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Graz in 1970. From 1971 to 2010 he was professor at the Institute for Mathematics at the Technical University in Graz. He is Guest Professor at the University of Krems and Lecturer at University of Graz (Knowledge management). Furthermore he is head of the Steinbeis Transferzentrum (IMCHI – Information Management, Medical and Cultural Heritage Informatics). Prof. Koch's relevant teaching experience includes since 2010 until today: lectures on Knowledge Management at the University of Graz. From 1973 to 2010: lectures on computer science and mathematics at the Graz technical university (health insurance mathematics, life insurance mathematics, information systems, projects and quality management). From 1976 to 1998 Professor Koch was Head of different research institutes at JOANNEUM RESEARCH Ltd. in Graz. In this function he elaborated and coordinated among others a successful EU-funded proposal in the medical domain: “Harmonisation of Nephrology Data Systems within Regional Networks”.

Other international information management consulting activities comprise: Consultant to UNESCO within the Framework of PGI (General Information Program); consultancy missions to USA, India, Thailand, Philippines, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Canada and Madagascar concerning the introduction of microcomputers at libraries, research institutes and information centres. Consultant to the German Federal Ministry of Science within the Framework of the German IuD (Information and Documentation) Programme, consultant to the Austrian Chamber of Pharmacy, in the development of a concept for a "Pharmacy Information Dissemination and Processing System" and microcomputer based prototype for a pharmaceutical accounting system. Member of the expert group "Informatics" of the "Senate Commission for Clinical Toxicological Analytics" within the German Research Society (DFG: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Topic for Lecture:   “Open Innovation: Multidisciplinary Research for the Benefit of a Global Society”

Summary of lecture:

The concept of Open Innovation (OI), a not really new concept, actually is heavily promoted by the European Commission leading to “a Vision for Europe” and invoking several national strategies and action plans. A target group for OI are SMEs, Small and Medium Enterprises, which may benefit from having access to knowledge, expertise or resources from other companies or research institutions. The presentation exemplifies a real life use case in the medical domain and demonstrates how Open Innovation could be useful in setting up a new medical service run by a “Micro SME”. The service will assist ENT head/neck surgeons in pre-operative assessments and preparations of surgeries by introducing high quality 3D-modelling technologies as well as CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations into the clinical pathway. The development of such a service requires the cooperation of experts from different disciplines like Flow Analysis, Radiology, ENT-head/neck Medicine, Informatics, or Business Development, only to name a few. The benefit for a patient e.g. with Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS, the prevalence of the CRS disorder in Europe is around 11%) can result in an improvement of the quality of surgeries or even avoiding surgeries in a several billion share of the health market in the US alone.


Dr. Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, Ph.D.

Director/Professor, School of Life Sciences

Planetarium Complex

Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal-576104, India.

Dr. Satyamoorthy completed his B.Sc. in Biochemistry (Bombay University) and obtained his Ph.D. from Cancer Research Institute of Bombay University in 1987.

His professional career spanning over 30 years, Dr. Satyamoorthy has served as Research Associate at Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Manhattan (1987-89), Research Scientist/Senior Scientist at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia (1989-2001): Senior Scientist, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA. From 2000, his association with Manipal Academy of Higher Education University commenced as Professor and Senior Scientist with the Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences. From 2006, he is serving as the Director of the school of Life sciences. He is also currently a visiting Senior Scientist, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA and Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland, Australia. He has published over 200 full research articles in international and national journals – H index: 44, published over 5 review articles and book chapters, presented over 130 invited lectures at both national and international platforms. He holds 16 National and International patents. He is also the Reviewer of research articles for major international scientific journal on molecular and cell biology. He is a member of AACR, SMMR, SBC, ISHG and Associate Editor of the journal “Public Health Genomics”. His Research is primarily in the area of DNA methylation variations in populations, cancers (oral, colon and breast cancers), pharmacogenomics, host-pathogen interactions (EBV and HPV) and genetics of human diseases.

Topic for Lecture:   “Lessons learned from genome sequence analysis for health care”

Summary of lecture:

Human healthcare is confronted with two major challenges that appear to be inter-related. The first is the significant rise in prevalence of multiple non-communicable diseases and conditions (NCDs) (e.g., type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, food allergies, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease) not just in developed countries but also in developing and underdeveloped countries. Majority of the deaths worldwide are caused by these diseases and are expected to continue to inflict healthcare burden in the coming decades. The second challenge is the infectious diseases and emergence of multi-drug resistant microbial pathogens which are evolving faster than the potential cure. These two challenges have put strain on the global healthcare resources due to (a) lack of readily available effectiveness of treatments and (b) the level of personalized care required to manage the diseases. However, a solution to these challenges may reside within the individuals, specifically, within their genomes and genomes of organisms that inhabit the individuals. Disease predispositions, disease manifestations and outcomes due to diseases are largely determined by the genome and environment interactions. Towards these, complexities of human genome and their impact is yet to be completely realized. Knowing two individual’s genomes are not identical and effects are system-wide, the need to provide personalized care has become all the more challenging. While the efforts are on to elaborate several thousands of human and microbial genomes that are relevance to human health, the computational tools that interrogate genome sequences for meaningful deductions are as yet incomplete and constantly evolving. There are several guiding lessons learned already through genome science and these may pave way for future developments; however, it requires to gather speed through computational powers and cooperative network among the researchers and stake holders.



Senior Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dento facial Orthopaedics,

Yenepoya University, Deralakatte, Mangalore.

Dept. Ph. 91-824-2204003, University : Ph: 91-824-2204668
Deputy Director UIIC - University Industry Interaction Center, Yenepoya University, Mangalore

Dr. Rohan Mascarenhas completed his BDS from Karnataka University Dharwad and MDS from Mangalore University, Mangalore. He has to his credit Diplomate of the Indian Board of Orthodontics. He has over 20 years of Academic experience in Dental Sciences and is a renowned dental practitioner for over 23 years. He has held several positions in national and regional orthodontic societies.

He has published 8 patents and over 70 papers in International journals/ conferences and also authored 5 textbooks on orthodontics. He has chaired several scientific sessions and has delivered keynote addresses at many national/ international scientific events on orthodontics.

Topic for Lecture:   “FEM in Lingual Orthodontics-Basics to Design”

Summary of lecture:

Biomechanics plays an important role in understanding the outcome of forces used in orthodontics. In order to understand biomechanics, many methods have been used. One such tool is the finite element method which can efficiently analyze irregular, complex geometry and any material or dento-maxillofacial structure.

Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer based numerical technique for calculating the strength and behavior of materials. This method uses elements, nodes and contour plots to provide a good visual impression. The basic concept of FEM is subdivision of a body into many smaller elements.

Lingual orthodontics (LiO) was introduced in 1975 by Dr. Craven Kurz and Professor Kinya Fujita. Ormco, an orthodontic appliance manufacturer then put together a taskforce to recommend improvements in appliance design and biomechanics in LiO. This led to the development of a series of lingual appliance systems which has presently evolved to 7th Generation lingual orthodontic appliance from Ormco.

With increased use of computers in orthodontics, customized brackets were manufactured using digital CAD/CAM technology and was primarily responsible for making customized lingual orthodontic therapy a reality.

This presentation will explain in detail how the FEM was used as a tool to improve lingual orthodontic techniques by evaluating existing lingual orthodontic appliance systems and recently introduced CAD/CAM lingual orthodontic techniques.