International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Non-Communicable Diseases ICAN 2020

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Non-Communicable (NCDs) diseases and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) pose one of the greatest emerging healthcare risks for humanity that inevitably leads to high costs for national governments and individuals.​

Recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 36 million people die annually from NCDs, representing over 60% of deaths worldwide. As many as 15 million of these deaths occur before the age of 70 – diabetes, hypertension and obesity being the most important causes.   


The urgency in tackling NCDs was recognized worldwide when global leaders decided in 2015 to include NCDs in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, setting a global target to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by a-third by 2030. WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan terms this an historical turning point and says that finally, these diseases are getting the attention they deserve. Bente Mikkelsen, Head, Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, underlines that addressing NCDs is not a cost, but an investment with high returns.

The solution for NCDs requires new answers and disruptive solutions, which are collaborative and innovative. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a modern tool to enhance understanding of data to find better solutions to a broad range of problems. This is done by extracting patterns and relationships from data, including images, for diagnosis and treatment.   

The effectiveness of AI requires a strong collaboration between clinicians (the users), engineers (the solution providers) and scientists (the knowledge generators). The motto of this international conference is to bring together these three groups under one roof to discuss exciting possibilities to face the future challenges of humanity.

Patron: Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthy, Director, IIT Madras

Conference Chair: Prof. R. Krishna Kumar, IIT Madras

Conference Co-Chair: Dr. Rajan Ravichandran, MIOT, Chennai

Advisory Panel

  1. Dr. Ajit Mullasari, Madras Medical Mission, Chennai

  2. Mr. U.K. Ananathapadmanabhan, MGM Hospitals, Chennai

  3. Dr. Arun Thittai, IIT Madras

  4. Prof. T. Asokan, IIT Madras

  5. Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan, MGM Hospitals, Chennai

  6. Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, Kauvery Hospitals, Chennai

  7. Prof. Boby George, IIT Madras

  8. Dr. Edwin Fernando, Stanley Medical College, Chennai

  9. Dr. M.S. Gopalakrishnan, JIPMER, Pondicherry

  10. Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Madras Medical College, Chennai

  11. Dr. K. Jaishankar, MIOT, Chennai

  12. Dr. Kavitha Arunachalam, IIT Madras

  13. Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, CMMH, Chennai

  14. Prof. Manivannan, IIT Madras

  15. Dr. V. Mohan, Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialties Centre, Chennai

  16. Prof. Nilesh Vasa, IIT Madras

  17. Prof. Prem Bhist, IIT Madras

  18. Dr. Rajiv Raman, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai

  19. Prof. Rama Shanker Verma, IIT Madras

  20. Dr. R. Ravikumar, MGM Hospitals, Chennai

  21. Prof. C.S. Shankar Ram, IIT Madras

  22. Dr. S. Sridhar, MIOT, Chennai

  23. Dr. J.R. Subramaniam, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai

  24. Dr. Karthik Kailash, SRMC, Chennai

Themes for the event

Artificial Intelligence & Big Data in Health

Diabetes & Diabetic Retinopathy

Medical Devices for Non Communicable Diseases

Artificial Intelligence & Imaging

Artificial Intelligence & Cancer

Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience

Intensive Care & Data Analytics

Artificial Intelligence & Nephrology


Prof R Krishna Kumar

Dept. of Engineering Design

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

+91 44 2257 4661

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