Dr.M.Manivannan, one of the pioneers in haptics - the science of touch, is a professor of Biomedical Engineering in IIT Madras, Department of Applied Mechanics. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, and a visiting faculty in the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore. He received post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Before MIT and Harvard, he received another post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Maryland. He was serving as a chief software architect of Yantric Inc., a spin-off company of MIT Touchlab, in Cambridge MA, before joining IIT Madras in Jun 2005. At IIT Madras Dr.Manivannan has setup the first Touchlab in India, which is also known as Haptics Lab, in 2005. He holds PhD and ME degrees from the Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bangalore.
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P.B.C.Paul is the CEO of Merkel Haptic Systems. Before joining Merkel, he was the Managing Director of Laerdal Medical India, responsible for South Asia, and Country Manager for Draeger Medical India Systems. He has 25 years of rich cross functional experience, 22 years in Health Care industry in the areas of Strategy Planning, Business Development, Sales & Technical Marketing, Dealer Management, Product Promotions & Launches, Customer Service Operations, Training and people Management. A strategic planner with experience in market plan execution, new product launches, account management with skills in competitor and market analysis.
Aparna has more than 12 years of industrial experience in embedded software systems. She has a Master of Engineering degree in Signal Processing from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Prior to Merkel, she worked at Texas Instruments (India), Beceem Communications (now acquired by Broadcom) and Jasmin Infotech on diverse domains such as wireless communications, video surveillance technologies, networking and digital radio standards. Her proficiency in the latest software development methodologies helps achieve global standards in software quality.
Raj has over 15 years of experience in animation and design. He has three masters degrees, one in Master of Fine Arts at Advanced Visualization Lab, USA (Center of excellence and beta testing site for Alias Wavefront-now acquired by Autodesk, USA), second MS in Technology from Teenesse State University, and the third MS in Environmental Engineering from University of Kentucky. He has created many award-winning animation and simulation modules for the healthcare industry in both USA and India. His expertise in engineering, architectural, and medical visualization allows for a smooth transition to VR technology and digital interactive content creation. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IIT Madras with focus on Virtual Reality and Haptics technology and how the synergy could be best implemented for skills-training in medicine