In Conversation with Dr. Geetha Manjunath - Founder, CEO and CTO of NIRAMAI

By auther pic. CSRBOX

October 9, 2020

Dr. Geetha Manjunath has over 25 years of experience in IT research and has led many innovative projects catering to Emerging Market needs. Until end of 2016, she was a Lab Director heading Data Analytics Research in Xerox India.  Prior to that, she was a Principal Research Scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories for 17 years, and a member of the C-DAC team which built the first commercial supercomputer from India. Geetha holds a PhD in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Science and management education from Kellogg’s School of Management Chicago. Geetha has won many international and national recognition for her innovations and entrepreneurial work. She is the inventor of 15 US patents with more pending grants.  She was also the winner of the BIRAC WinER Award 2018  and has been listed on the Forbes list of Top 20 Self Made Women for 2020.


In the interview with Deepak Nanda from CSRBOX she shares her views on the following:


1. What started with thermal imaging is now an AI and machine-led innovation to diagnose breast cancer. How did you come up with this idea?


2. Since a lot of women in India still don’t have access to diagnosis for breast cancer even when the same is curable with early detection. How does your innovation come into play to make it affordable and accessible for them?


3. With COVID 19 making a lot of institutions switch to contactless operations, do you believe AI and machine learning could do the same for the Healthcare sector? Considering the intrusion less approach and minimum human involvement in the process.


4. How is the acceptability for such innovations among the public and what can be done to make it more patient-friendly, so to say?


5. What are some of the outreach programs that you are undertaking or plan to launch so as to make the computer-aided diagnostics available to tier 2 and tier 3 regions?


6. What are some of the other applications of the current methodologies that you are looking to explore, be it healthcare or otherwise? Are there any partnerships that you intend to create in the future to expand the usage of your innovations to other sectors?




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