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2017 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Program At a Glance

Thursday, October 19th

07:00 AM - 18:00 PM | Registration Opens

08:00 AM - 16:30 PM| Empowering Off-Grid Communities through the 17 SDGs: A Workshop by IEEE Smart Village in conjunction with UN

08:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Tutorial: Internet-of-Things (IoT)- enabled Water Quality Testing and Analysis 

013:30 PM - 18:00 PM | Tutorial: High Quality, Low Cost Education with the Raspberry Pi 

18:30 PM | Young Professionals and Women in Engineering Welcome Reception 

Friday, October 20th

07:00 AM - 06:00 PM | Registration Open

08:00 AM - 09:30 AM |

  • Opening Plenary
  • Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks by Dick Wilkins,  GHTC 2017 Chair
  • Opening Keynote Speaker Dr. Larry Alder, VP of Product Definition, OneWeb

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Break 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Breakout Sessions

Session A1: Maternal Healthcare Issues

10:00 | Video-based IoT Baby Monitor for SIDS Prevention

10:15 | Development of Smart Phone-based Child Health Screening Tools for Community Health Workers

10:30 | Tablet App for Child Cognitive Assessment in Low and Middle Income Countries

10:45 | Screening Donated Breast Milk in the Developing World: Market Evaluation and Needs Identification for Rapid and Sustainable Methods of Screening Donated Milk at Human Milk Banks

11:00 | Exploring Female Infertility Using Predictive Analytics

Session A2: Micro-Grids

10:00 | Optimizing Rural Village Micro Grids to Provide Affordable and Reliable Renewable Electricity in Developing Countries

10:15 | Socioeconomically Sustainable Rural Microgrid Engineering

10:30 | Analyzing suboptimal rural microgrids and methods for improving the system capacity and demand factors - Filibaba microgrid case study examined

10:45 | Optimization of Advanced Energy Storage for Solar-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids

 11:00 | Optimization of Photovoltaic Penetration for a Hybrid Diesel and Photovoltaic Micro-Grid Via Means of a Cloud Forecasting System

Session A3: Agriculture

10:00 | High Yield Groundnut Agronomy:An IoT Based Precision Farming Framework

10:15 | Precision agriculture using remote monitoring systems in Brazil

10:30 | Comparison of CNN Models for Application in Crop Health Assessment with Participatory Sensing

10:45 | UAV Imaging with Low-cost Multispectral Imaging System for Precision Agriculture Applications

11:00 | Modelling a Smart Agriculture System for Multiple Cropping using Wireless Sensor Networks

Session A4: Water

10:00 | Effective and Affordable Water Purification Instrument for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

10:15 | Water Quality Monitoring and Waste Management using IoT

10:30 | An Internet of Things (IoT) based Sustainable Water Management

10:45 | A Low Cost Wireless Sensor Network for Water Quality Monitoring in Natural Water Bodies

11:00 | Off-Grid Solar Powered Water Purification and Community Development in Haiti's Artibonite Valley, the Heart of Haiti's Cholera Epidemic

Session A5: HAC Workshop

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM |

Panel Session; Energy, Joe Decuir, Moderator

12:30 PM - 013:30 PM | Lunch

013:30 PM - 15:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

Session B1: Physical and Neurological Health Issues

13:30 | Design of a cellular-enabled data-logging system for wheelchair use characterization

13:45 | Pseudo Fatigue Test of Passive Energy-Returning Prosthetic Foot

14:00 | Voice Assisted Wearable Navigation System for the Blind Using Raspberry Pi and Ultrasonic Sensor

14:15 | Design, Development and Implementation of a Biomechanical Right-Hand Prosthesis: Second Stage

14:30 | Giving blind a smart eye: Designing and modeling of intelligent white cane for blind people

Session B2: Energy

13:30 | Using Power Management Control to Maximize Energy Utilization and Reliability within an Interconnected Network of Solar Home Systems

13:45 | Business operations for a solar energy kiosk in Chalokwa, Zambia

14:00  | Development of a Small-Scale Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage System

14:15 | Energy harvesting controls for solar direct-drive medical cold chain equipment

14:30 | Solar Powered Observatory For Educational Activities

Session B3: Agriculture and Food Security

13:30 | Design of a Passive Irrigation Controller for Efficient Water Usage in Low Income Countries

13:45 | Ethics Code for Genetically Modified Ornamental and Landscape Plants

14:00 | Performance and Feasibility Analysis of an AC Compressor Freezer with a Swapped DC Compressor for Optimum Solar Use - A Complete Off Grid Solution Ensuring Food Security

14:15 | An Internet of Things (IoT)-based Aquaponics Facility

14:30 | Lessons learnt from post analysis study of Solar Tunnel Dryers in date palm cluster of district Khairpur, Sindh in Pakistan: A recommended structure on Capacity building model for date palm producers to preserve food security

14:45 | ShareSpare: Building Leftover Network with Self-Moderation and Incentives

Session B4: Water & Sanitation

13:30 | Aquasift: A Low-Cost, Hand-Held Potentiostat for Point-Of-Use Electrochemical Detection of Contaminants in Drinking Water

13:45 | Demonstration of a Wave-powered Desalination System in Cape Verde

14:00 | An Approach for Crack Detection in Sewer Pipes Using Acoustic Signals

14:15| Stabilized Hypochlorous Acid Disinfection For Highly Vulnerable Populations

14:30 | Transforming Urban Waste into Construction blocks for a Sanitation Infrastructure: A Step towards addressing Rural Open Defecation

14:45 | Solar-Powered Water Treatment in the Lower Jordan River

Session B5: Humanitarian Challenges and Opportunities

13:30 | From crisis management to humanitarian technology - a European perspective

13:45 | Sustainable development through the use of solar energy for productive processes: the Ayllu Solar Project

14:00 | Biochar production and characterization - a field study

14:15 | 3D Printing Braille Maps for Texas A&M University

14:30 | SCAN - Automatizing Libraries in African Villages

13:30 PM | Break 

16:00 PM - 17:30 PM | Breakout Sessions

Session C1: mHealth

16:00 | mHealth4Afrika Alpha Validation in Rural and Deep Rural Clinics in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa

16:15 | A design of a mobile health (mHealth) intervention for the prevention and treatment of Cholera in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo

16:30 | A design of a mobile health (mHealth) intervention to enhance home carers' disposal of medical waste in South Africa

16:45 | QoS based Telemedicine Technologies for Rural Healthcare Emergencies

17:00  | Whole Person Integrated Care (WPIC): A Healthcare Transformation Strategy Supported by a Novel Spreadsheet-Based Software Framework

Session C2: A Panel

16:00 | C2a: Draft IEEE Standard for DC Microgrids for Rural and Remote Electricity Access Applications

16:45 | C2b: Social and Economic Development of Rural Women in Rwanda and Uganda through Solar Energy for Productive Use

Session C3: Agriculture

16:00 | Contributions of Post-harvesting Technologies in alleviating poverty: A case study of date palm cluster in Khairpur District, Sindh, Pakistan

16:15 | Mushroom Cultivation in the Developing World: A Comparison of Cultivation Technologies

16:30 | Small Scale Mushroom Production Systems in Rural Cambodia

Session C4: The IEEE MOVE Disaster Relief Project "in a Box" Workshop 

16:00 | The IEEE Modular MOVE Disaster Relief Project

16:45  | The IEEE MOVE Disaster Relief Vehicle: Lessons Learned from One Year of Operation

Session C5: Humanitarian Challenges and Opportunities

16:00  | Education in an Extreme Environment: a University in a Refugee Camp

16:15 | Development of a Block Level Geovisualization Tool of Zaatari Refugee Camp Community Asset Data

16:30 | Spatial data in the Global South: a case study of alternative land management tools for cities with limited resources

16:45 | Dynamic Traffic Light System for Unhindered Passing of High Priority Vehicles

17:00 | FREIDA (Framework of Resources for modeling Energy/Environmental/Economic Impacts of Development and Advancements) in Ports

18:00 PM - 18:30 PM | Break

18:30 PM | Evening Reception Sponsored by SIGHT

Saturday, October 21st 

07:00 AM - 06:00 PM | Registration Open

08:00 AM - 09:30 AM |

  • Opening Keynote Speaker Dr. Darelle Van Greunen, Nelson Mandella University

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Break 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Breakout Sessions

Session D1: Diagnosis and Screening

10:00  | Vital Sensor Kit for Use with Telemedicine in Developing Countries

10:15 | Stetho-phone: Low-cost Digital Stethoscope for Remote Personalized Healthcare

10:30 | Use of Cough Sounds for Diagnosis and Screening of Pulmonary Disease

10:45 | Wrist-Card: PPG Sensor based Wrist Wearable Unit for Low Cost Personalized Cardio Healthcare System

11:00 | Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Rural Kenya: Screening Challenges, Treatment Pathways and Technological Solutions

Session D2: Off-Grid and Electrification Planning

10:00 | Rural Indian Microgrid Design Optimization - Intelligent Battery Sizing

10:15 | The Design, Installation and Testing of a Prototype Photovoltaic System For Remote Villages along the Amazon River in Nauta, Peru

10:30  | Assessing Village Power Grid Problems for Development of Quality and Stable Supplemental Sustainable Energy

10:45 | Technical Standards for PV / Storage / Generator Microgrids

11:00  | Green Energy Distribution in Haiti

Session D3: Communication Networks

10:00 | University of Colorado at Boulder WiLDNet Testbed

10:15 | Communication Networking in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

10:30 | Self-Configuring Heterogeneous HF/UHF/Wi-Fi Disaster Communications Networks

10:45 | Eliminating the high stand-by energy consumption of ad-hoc Wi-Fi

11:00 | Scalable Telecommunications over Ultra-Low-Bandwidth Radio Backbones

Session D4: Disaster Mitigation

10:00 | Demonstrations of Post-Disaster Resilient Communications and Decision-Support Platform with UAVs, Ground Teams and Vehicles using Delay-Tolerant Information Networks on Sub-GHz Frequencies

10:15  | Historical Distribution of Duration of Unplanned Power Outages in Queensland: Insights for sustaining telecommunications during disasters

10:30 |  Design and development of the water supply system for the Red Cross Field Hospital

10:45 | Malasakit 1.0: A Participatory Online Platform for Crowdsourcing Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in the Philippines

11:00  | Social Media for Disaster Situations Methods, Opportunities and Challenges

11:15  | Top-down and bottom-up - A global approach to strengthen local disaster resilience

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM |

Panel Session; Healthcare,Paul Cunningham, Moderator

12:30 PM - 013:30 PM | Lunch

013:30 PM - 15:00 PM | Breakout Sessions

Session E1: Surgical and other Healthcare Issues

13:30 |Prototype telepathology solutions that use the Raspberry Pi and mobile devices

13:45 | SurgiBox: An Ultraportable System to Improve Surgical Safety for Patients and Providers in Austere Settings

14:00 | Real time injecting device with automated robust vein detection using near infrared camera and live video

14:15 | iSeiz: A Low-Cost Real-Time Seizure Detection System Utilizing Cloud Computing

14:30  | Design and Calibration of a Wearable and Wireless Research Grade Air Quality Monitoring System for Real-Time Data Collection

Session E2: Energy Sources

13:30  | A Low-Power Thermoelectric Generator for Off-Grid Power in the aftermath of Natural Disasters

13:45 | Statistical Failure Estimation Method to Size Off- Grid Electrical Systems for Villages in Rwanda

14:00 | A geospatial framework for electrification planning in developing countries

14:15 | From Electrification to Empowerment: Re-Defining Energy Access in Frontier Markets

14:30 | Design and Simulation of an Integrated PV Solar Electric System

Session E3: Communications

13:30  | Remote Environmental Monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT)

13:45 | Towards Energy conservation in Campus using Wireless Sensor Network

14:00 |  Zero Recurrent-Cost Two-Way Satellite Communications for Humanitarian Applications

14:15 | Piloting the Serval Mesh and Serval Mesh Extender 2.0 in Vanuatu: Preliminary Results

14:30 | Study and Analysis of OceanNet - Marine Internet Service for Fishermen

Session E4: Disaster Management

13:30 | HydroMet: Deployment of a Large Scale Nationwide Hydrometeorological Sensor Network for Flood Warning and Monitoring

13:45 | Wireless Network Planning for Landslide Monitoring System

14:00 | Damage Identification and Assessment using Image Processing on Post-Disaster Satellite Imagery

14:15 | Intelligent Seeker Robot to Locate Dead Bodies and Survivors under Debris

14:30 | Robot Ropes for Disaster Response Operations

14:40 | Integrated Disaster Risk Management in Indian Environment-Prediction, Prevention and Preparedness

15:30 PM - 16:00 PM | Break 

16:00 PM - 17:30 PM | Breakout Sessions

Session F1: Health

16:00 | Managing Child Malnutrition via Digital Enablement: Insights from a Field Trial

16:15 | Selecting analytical biomarkers for developing diagnostic technologies for global health applications

16:25 | Situated Big Data and Big Data Analytics for Healthcare

Session F2: Energy

16:00 | Performance Testing and Techno-Economic Analysis to Improve an Affordable Charcoal Cookstove

16:15 | Extrusion Auger Improvement Project

16:30 | A Global Market Assessment Methodology for Small Wind in the Developing World

16:45  | Design and Implementation of a Solar Energy Measurement and Monitoring System

16:55 | Optimal Power Flow for Micro-grids

17:15 | Electricity Technology Needs for Energy Access

Session F3: Communication

16:00  | Architecture for Responsive Emergency Communications Networks

16:15 | Emergency Communication in Challenged Environments via Unmanned Ground and Aerial Vehicles

16:30  | Design and Implementation of a Stand-Alone Photovoltaic-Powered Phone booth

16:45 |  Exploring Mobile Device Literacy in Senegal

17:00  | A Practical and Secure Social Media Facility for Internet-Deprived Populations

17:15  | Productizing Humanitarian Telecommunications Research: A Case Study of the Serval Mesh Extender

Session F4: Education

16:00  | Raising Educational Level of Rural Village Children Through Distance Learning Technology Secondary to Implementation of Reliable Sustainable Electrification System

16:15 | Case Study: Providing Computer Education at Malawi Children's Village

16:30 | Free Learning for Humanity

16:45 | Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through robotics for children with hearing disability from elementary schools

16:55 | Design and evaluation of a low-cost mechatronic system to study upper and lower limbs biomechanics

17:05 | Educating IEEE Volunteers to Work on Global Development Projects

17:15 | Humanitarian Technologic Innovation: Promoting economic inclusion by leveraging the bargaining power of marginalized women in the Demographic Republic of Congo

06:00 PM - 06:30 PM | Break

06:30 PM | Banquet Dinner and IEEE Region 6 Awards Ceremony

Sunday, October 22nd

07:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Registration Open

08:30 AM - 10:000 AM | Breakout Sessions

Session G1: SIGHT Workshop

Session G2: Energy

08:30 | The Psychosocial and Livelihood Repercussions of Absent or Poor Quality Electrification in Rural India Villages

08:40 | Wind Turbo: Combating the Power Crisis

08:50 | Customizable Timing Control Device for Natural Gas Home Appliances to Save Natural Gas

09:00 | Sustainable Electric Power Impact on Rural Congo Villages

09:10 | DC Micro‐Grid Pricing and Market Model

09:20 | Battery‐Degradation Model Based On The ANN Regression Function for EV Applications

09:30 | Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Modeling

09:40| Power Walk

Session G3: Communication

08:30 | Floor Rover Robot

08:45 | Defining Success in a Developing Country's Innovation Ecosystem: the case of Rwanda

09:00 | Optimising the Question Box for Cost and Local-Manufacturability

09:15 | UMEDAnet: A UAV-based Mobile Environmental Data Collection Network

09:25 | Ambulance Alert Application for Emergency Management

Session G4: Education

08:30 | Implementation of a Global Humanitarian Outreach Experience by Partnering Engineering, Business, and High-Tech Nursing Education with Non-Governmental Organizations

08:45 | Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan for Refugee Community Information Management and Mobilization: The RefuGIS Project

09:00 | Including Non-Engineering Students in an International Service-Learning Engineering Project - A Case Study

09:15 | Adoption of Quality Culture - A case study of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan

09:30 | From First- to Third-Order Social Change in Development Engineering: A Case Study

Session G5a: Panel: An Initial Assessment of the Peugeot Center's Completed Projects and a Look Forward to the Future

08:30 - 09:15 | Panel: An Initial Assessment of the Peugeot Center's Completed Projects and a Look Forward to the Future

Session G5b: Panel: Opportunities and challenges of distributed manufacturing for humanitarian response

09:15 - 10:00| Opportunities and challenges of distributed manufacturing for humanitarian response

10:00 AM - 10:30 PM | Break 

10:30 - 11:30 |

  • Closing Keynote: Maurizio Vecchione

111:30 - 12:00 PM | Closing Remarks

12:00 PM | Conference Ends

12:00 PM | Conference Ends