Inaugural CITAPP Seminar Series talk by Manju Rani on Mainstreaming AI and machine learning and other ITs for better public health

Date: 21-04-2021

About the speaker: Dr. Manju Rani is currently the Regional advisor for Non-communicable diseases covering policy, governance and surveillance issues, at WHO Regional office for South Asia at Delhi since August 2016. Since 2004, she has held different positions at different WHO Regional Offices covering several public health issues including Immunization, prevention and control of hepatitis B, health research and strengthening of health systems. She was also the part of the team for World Development Report (2004)—a flagship publication of World Bank. The 2004 World Development Report was on “Making Services Work for Poor”. She was also part of an initiative on assessment of Essential Public Health Functions at central, state and district level in India. She has also worked in public sector in the state of Rajasthan in several leadership positions at district and state level as a former officer of Indian Administrative Services. She received her medical degree (MBBS) from Delhi University in India, and PhD degree in public health from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in USA.

CITAPP’s Monthly Seminar Series is an attempt to create a forum where researchers across IIITB domains can meet and discuss cutting edge research on the chosen theme of the semester. The Series  hopes to explore a technology or topic for its ramifications in different realms of social activity. In particular, we are interested in understanding the specific kinds of complexity that these domains present for technological innovation and design. 

CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary think-tank set-up to focus on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. Of particular interest to the Centre is how technological advances, along with institutional changes that harness the legitimacy and the powers of bureaucracies and market, address the needs of underserved communities.