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Drones: Technology, Policy, Entrepreneurial Models and Healthcare Applications

Do you want to learn about entrepreneurial models for deploying cutting-edge technology?
Are you interested in issues surrounding technology regulation and policy?
Are you looking for incisive solutions to the problem of healthcare delivery in India?
Are you intrigued by the sci-fi possibilities of drone technology?

Join Professor Milind Sohoni and Justin Boutilier for an ISBInsight webinar on Drones: Technology, Policy, Entrepreneurial Models and Healthcare Applications.

In the past few years, drone delivery systems have been proposed for everything from pizza, to official government documents, to medical supplies. This webinar will discuss four major aspects of drone delivery: technology, entrepreneurship, public policy, and health applications.

Due to the vast potential of drone technology, significant opportunities exist for investors and entrepreneurs to support innovation and create breakthroughs.

There are, however, still many practical challenges associated with implementation, especially in relation to public policy and regulation of drones. These include privacy concerns, aviation regulation, such as no-fly zones and maximum flying height, as well as overall safety.

The webinar focuses especially on healthcare applications for drones because they provide both a public service and serve as the ideal test case for drone delivery technology.

Milind Sohoni is a Professor of Operations Management at the Indian School of Business (ISB). Professor Sohoni’s research interests include large-scale stochastic airline optimization and healthcare delivery. He is a long-standing expert on the aviation sector, and has worked both with private airlines, as well as on aviation policy issues. Professor Sohoni was closely associated with and recognized for his work with the Aviation Applications Section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences or INFORMS. Prior to joining ISB, he was a research advisor with the R&D group at Delta Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. Professor Sohoni has guest edited issues of ISBInsight on aviation in 2016 and on emergency medical services in 2018.

Justin J Boutilier is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has studied methods to optimize drone networks for delivery of emergency medical supplies such as defibrillators to cardiac arrest patients in Toronto and trauma kits to motor vehicle accidents in Hyderabad. He is the recipient of the 2017 INFORMS Bonder Scholarship for Applied Operations Research in Health Services, and has received an American Heart Association Young Investigator Award for his work on drone delivered defibrillators. Mr Boutilier also serves as a scientific advisor to Scorpiox Technologies, a drone delivery startup from Toronto. His article on the uses of drones in emergency medical services can be read in ISBInsight here.

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