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The ITRA human simulator research initiative aims to build a set of human-body-simulators that will assist clinicians with therapeutic and diagnostic options.  It is expected that this initiative will involve software / informatics solutions, database development, data mining, statistical software tools, and computational modeling (CFD, Structural modeling, Molecular Dynamics, data and model driven simulators, image computing, machine learning, visualization, user interface development, etc ).

The current objective is to have a systematic program in place to manage the complexity of this initiative.  Issues such as version control, configuration management, testing, usability, licensing, access control, API compatibility, integration of various simulators, data management, documentation management, maintenance, etc will have to be addressed and managed.

As a first step to the Human Simulator initiative ITRA intends on pursuing the following:

1. API development: (geometry and CAD, mesh generation, CFD, Fluid-structure interaction, MD, visualization, user interface, scripting, image processing, image to mesh, data access, mixed language programming issues, high performance computing issues,  uncertainty analysis, etc. )

2. Configuration management, version control and build management.

3. Database maintenance, version control and access control.

4. Automated testing:  unit testing, integration testing, system testing, usability testing

5. Documentation generation, version control and maintenance.

6. Release and dependencies management.

7. License management, including dependencies on 3rd party software / libraries.

A 3 day Strategy Formulation Meeting (SFM) on Human Simulator was organized by ITRA on 15-17 January, 2015 at Hotel Atrium, Delhi-NCR. The event was attended by more than 60 National and International experts from the fields of Medicine as well as Information, Communication Technology and Electronics (ICT&E).

Prof. SV Raghavan, Scientific Secretary, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, delivered the opening address. Prof. Narendra Ahuja, Director – ITRA, then gave an overview of ITRA as well as, an outline on it’s new focus area Human Simulator. The first session of the SFM included presentations and discussions on various medical topics, like, The Role of Amyloid in Neurodegenerative Disorders, Type II Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease and Steatohepatitis, and Therapeutic Targets & Drug Discovery Strategies for Amyloid.

In the following sessions, it was discussed how ICT&E can help in the field of medicine viz. through amyloid modelling.The experts also discussed how the Human Simulator initiative of ITRA can improve the quality and quantity of Research & Development (R&D); Curricular options; Program for Societal Sensitivity for problem spotting & solving; Entrepreneurial Activity.

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