DIy Engineering the Eye to prevent blindness, to create superhuman sight, to innovate how we see and experience the world
Honored to host former President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam!
This July 7th through 13th, the Design Innovation Workshop series and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design are holding the first DIy event: Engineering the Eye, with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, and the Perkins School for the Blind.
The workshop will bring together students from across India to work closely with clinicians over seven days to develop fully functional prototypes which address both preventing blindness and enabling people with existing vision loss to lead fuller, more productive lives. Students will engage in a complete pipeline of device design: from ideation, to project definition, to prototyping, to user testing, and finally to presentation and demonstration of their achievements in an exhibition open to the public and press.
Students who participate in the workshop will have the engage some of the worlds most renowned scientists and doctors in an ongoing collaborative process that will facilitate not only the exchange of ideas but the creation of the future of industry. They will have access to the forefront of rapid prototyping technology, including 3D scanners, 3D printers, cutting edge microcontroller circuitry, and state of the art optics, imagers, and electronics. The application for students can be found here
Students who volunteer at the event are crucial to making it a reality. Volunteers will help operate prototyping machinery and organize sessions for brainstorming and tutorials. These individuals will be exposed to the same expertise and technologies as the participants and will receive certificates of participation. All BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus students are eligible to participate as volunteers. A separate application for volunteers can be found here.
All students, as participants or volunteers, will have the opportunity to be involved with a new intiative at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and the Center for Innovation (CFI). The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is recognized as a center for excellence at BITS and works towards creating the right ecosystem for ideas to mature into successful ventures. The Center for Innovation is the brainchild of the director, Prof. V.S. Rao and was created in order to lead the charge in innovating on campus.
This event is part of a broader initiative, with the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, to further the dissemination of design concepts and technologies which are relevant to global societal challenges and needs. Participants in this workshop have the opportunity to work on some of the greatest opportunities for innovation in vision with the guidance of faculty and researchers from one of the worlds foremost centers for technology and design.
We are thrilled to have further sponsorship from The Perkins School for the Blind, the first school for the blind in the United States now with programs in 67 countries worldwide, and truly innovative leader in education for children and adults with visual impairment. Students will be able to work with some of the foremost technology in assistive devices through this partnership.
Design Innovation Workshop Series
In its third year, the Design Innovation Workshop Series aims to share Massachusetts Institute of Technology's and the Media Lab's interdisciplinary research, design, and development cultures and inculcate an attitude of hands-on creative learning (learning-by-doing) and "hacking" (rapid prototyping).
The Tata Center for Technology and Design focuses on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India, taking into account environmental, social, and political factors. A core principle is to be relevant to global societal challenges and needs. We link MIT to India and other parts of the developing world. Our goal is to train future generations of engineers and business leaders to build and apply this important new discipline.
Established in 2008, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus is spread over an area of 200 acres in Jawahar Nagar, Shameerpet Mandal. Our mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges.
L V Prasad Eye Institute is a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad, India. A World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, the Institute offers comprehensive patient care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services and high-impact rural eye health programs. It also pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.
Perkins School for the Blind is located on a 38-acre campus on the Charles River in Watertown, Massachusetts, with partner programs in 65 countries. The school is committed to providing education and services that build productive, meaningful lives for children and adults around the world who are blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities.
MIT Media Lab goes beyond known boundaries and disciplines, encouraging the most unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. The Lab is committed to looking beyond the obvious to ask the not yet asked–questions whose answers could radically improve the way people live, learn, express themselves, work, and play.
Here's a more detailed look at the workshop schedule
Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab's Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. Recent inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next-generation CAT-scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (NETRA) and new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena.
In 2004, Raskar received the TR100 Award from Technology Review, presented to top young innovators under the age of 35, and in 2003, the Global Indus Technovator Award, instituted at MIT to recognize the top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the DARPA Young Faculty award. He holds more than 40 US patents, and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on computational photography.
Ted Moallem specializes in the design of affordable assistive and adaptive technologies, focusing on sustainable solutions for sensory-impaired populations in the developing world. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (Cambridge, MA) and holds an M.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Ongoing projects include the Blind-Lead Technology Initiative, VIT Centre for Innovation & Development, and Education for Development Trust.
Govindraj is manager of the Blind-Lead construction workshop in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. He received his primary and secondary education at Vellore Blind School and finished his higher secondary education from Ooris Government School and undertook a year of technical training at Poonamalle College. Six years later, he joined WORTH Trust (Vellore) to work on the Blind-Lead Technology Initiative in collaboration with Ted Moallem. Govindraj says “Ted’s idea of Blind People doing projects for the welfare of the people sharing their own condition serves as a motivation for me and my team to keep working everyday.” Govind and his team have been making Braille Labelers for the past 10 months at VIT Centre for Innovation & Development and working with Dr. Moallem to design a low-cost Braille Typewriter, which his team of blind workers will manufacture for commercial distribution.
Govind loves listening to music, playing cricket, and exploring assistive applications for blind installed in mobile phones. He is very eager to learn about computers and the internet.
Prof. Paulo Schor received his MD in Medicine from São Paulo University (FMRP-USP) (1989), Master's in Ophthalmology (1995) and PhD in Science (1997) from Paulista School of Medicine - Federal University of São Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP). Is currently a Tenure Professor both in Medicine and Ophthalmic Technology (also acting as a Vice Director) and Professor of the Post-Graduation Course of Ophthalmology and Health Informatics at EPM-UNIFESP. Coordinates the Refractive Surgery and Bioengineering Sectors. Published 92 full papers in peer review literature, more than 200 meeting communications, 22 book chapters, 20 technological developments and received 5 awards. Interact with 182 collaborators in co-authorships. His major area of interest are Surgical Optics (in Cataract and Refractive Surgery), Physiological Optics (Basis, Surgical and Diagnostic Equipment), Surgical Instrumentation and Teaching. Mentored 12 PhD thesys, 3 Masters and 7 Undergraduated students monographies and participated in the trainment of more than 70 Surgical fellows in Refractive Surgery.
Rajiv Gupta, MD, PhD received his BE (Hons) and MSc (Hons), in Electrical Engineering and Physics, respectively, from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his MD Degree from the Cornell University. Dr. Gupta completed his residency in Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston where he is currently a Neuro and Cardiac Radiologist. At MGH, he is also the Site Miner for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies. Gupta’s research is focused on development and clinical applications of Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Gupta is also intimately involved in clinical work and the education of residents, fellows and medical students in the department. He regularly lectures in multiple courses that include: (1) Special Topics in Bio-imaging for the Masters in Bioimaging Course (Boston Medical Center, course director: Dr. Alex Norbash); (2) Basic anatomy course (HMS, course director: Dr. Kitt Shaefer); (3) CT Physics for Radiation Oncology, MGH; (4) Cardiac CT to the fellows in Cardiac Radiology, and (5) M+Vision MIT-Madrid program. He has also taught in the CME courses on Cardiac Radiology offered by Dr. Tom Brady through HMS and is responsible for the entire CT Physics module in the radiology curriculum at MGH.
Dr. Cathy Stern OD, FCSO, FCOVD, FNORA heads a private practice near Boston where she treats functional vision problems with lenses, vision therapy and neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation. She enjoys teaching and has presented in the areas of vision therapy, colored light therapy and vision challenges following brain injury. Her current interests include developmental vision, binocular vision, and visual perception.
More faculty instructors to be announced soon!
MS Candidate, MIT Media Lab
Amy is an engineer exploring how to scale appropriate technology design. Her research is focused on offloading the traditional complexity in hardware design to computational methods to democratize medical imaging. Amy is a Tata Center Fellow.
MS, MIT Media Lab
Kshitij is interested in novel and diverse forms of visual, social and interaction design paradigms ranging from imaging systems for the future to interfaces for ubiquitous access to the information deluge around us. He is the lead of the Media Lab India Initiative.
PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
Everett is an expert in human perceptual and visual systems and mechanical engineering and design, an experienced educator, and is currently developing low cost retinal imaging devices. Everett is a Tata Center Fellow.
Researcher, Little Devices Group
Anna has developed partnerships in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Nigeria, and Ethiopia and worked extensively with health care stakeholders in identifying global health challenges and designing technologies to address them.
Fabrication Associate, ACT
Martin is a product designer and co-inventor of Z Corporations' 3-D printer & post-process machines. He has spent the last 12 years as a freelance product designer, providing complete design services from concept, through prototype fabrication to installation
Post-doc, MIT Media Lab
Munehiko recently joined the Media Lab as a postdoc researcher from the University of Tokyo. Munehiko is working on various projects to link humans and computers to provide people with improved means of interacting with the world including gesture-sensing technology on ordinary objects and human bodies.
Project Innovator, MIT Media Lab
John is an innovator, mobilizer, and human super connector. But more officially, John holds the titles of Chief Mobilizing Officer, Managing Director and a founding member of the Citizen Schools education initiative.
PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab
Achuta works on computational image capture and inference. His research involves a fusion of numerical methods and analysis applied to inverse problems in imaging.
Anthony Vipin Das
Consultant / Clinician Scientist Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service LV Prasad Eye Institute
Vipin is an eye surgeon passionate about community health in ocular trauma. He is currently pursuing research in stem cells and eyeball transplantation. He is a TED Senior Fellow.
Research Faculty, LV Prasad Eye Institute
Premnandhini has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of vision rehabilitation at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School. Her current research interest at LVP is in the area of pediatric vision rehabilitation, visual development in children with vision impairment and binocular vision.
Scientist, LV Prasad Eye Institute
A Nehru-Fulbright Scholar, Ashutosh was placed at The Ohio State University and The University of Rochester for research, before joining LVPEI. His interests are in the areas of Corneal Biomechanics, Finite Element Modeling and Optical Instrumentation.
Shrikant R. Bharadwaj
Scientist, Head of Optometry, LV Prasad Eye Institute
Dr. Shrikant Bharadwaj heads the Visual Optics and Psychophysics laboratory at the L V Prasad Eye Institute. His research interests include understanding how the optical structure of the eye determines sensory and motor vision and how can this relationship be understood from a theoretical and behavioral stand-point.
Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you everyone for applying!
Science, engineering, medical, and design students from all India are invited to apply.
The registration fee to attend the workshop is 3000 INR.
Students should arrive on the evening on the 6th July and arrange their own travel. Lodging and meals will be provided by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus for 7 days, 8 nights, starting the evening of the 6th of July.
Any questions may be directed to the email address below, or addressed on the Facebook page.
Are there any prerequisites required to participate in the workshop?
The only requirements of participants is that they are students or very recent graduates with a healthy curiosity and desire to build and create and change the world. Preference will be given in the selection process to those students who demonstrate through their project portfolio and personal statement that they possess the skills and perspective to get the most out of the workshop. If you have further questions about your eligibility, email us at engineeringtheeye [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu.
Is there anything that participants need to do to prepare for the workshop?
Accepted students will receive materials which we will expect all participants to become familiarized with prior to the start of the workshop. Any students who wish to receive training on specific hardware or software tools (i.e. 3D scanning and printing, machining, Arduino, etc) can apply separately for a tool training session at the beginning of the workshop (space limited). Further information on this process will be included in acceptance packets.
Is there a fee to volunteer at the workshop?
No, volunteers do not pay to be a part of the workshop. Students who wish to volunteer their time to help us make this workshop a success will be exposed to the same technologies and expertise as participants, and need only give their time.
Who is elgible to volunteer at the workshop?
At this time only students enrolled at the BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus are eligible to participate as volunteers.
Is the workshop only open to Indian students?
The goals of this workshop and the broader efforts of the Tata Center at MIT are focused on the needs of resource-constrained communities in India specifically, so at this time we are only opening the call to Indian students.
Can I pay the fee for the workshop upon arrival?
If you are accepted to the workshop, you will receive instructions on making your payment. Payments must be processed electronically before arriving at the workshop.
What do I do if my question isn't answered here?
Email us! engineeringtheeye [at] media [dot] mit [dot] edu
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