Papers & Presentations

Dr. Arun Mehta was invited to speak at the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) Foundation Day on the panel relating to "Futuristic Assistive Technology: Eliminating Disability Barrier".  Bapsi demonstrated our software for deaf-blind and other multiple disabled persons in an exhibition at Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, New Delhi, in February, 2016.  See presentation

Dr. Arun Mheta wrote a paper, "
Haptics and the Deaf-Blind" in the publication Promise for ALL:Wearables, 3DPrinting, and Robotic (Guest Editor: Debra Ruh), April 2015.

Dr. Arun Mehta was invited to speak via international video conference to Bell Labs around the world, as part of their 360 Degree lecture series on July 15, 2014, on his work with multiple disabilities.  See presentation

Dr. Arun Mehta made a presentation, "Technology Strategies for the deaf-blind" to Sense conference at the Third National Conference on Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness – ‘Inclusion: Paving the way forward’ organised in New Delhi on 16th – 18th January 2014.  See presentation

Workshop ICT Apps for Persons with Disabilities on Wednesday 15 May 2013, at the WSIS (World Summit on the Infomation Society) FORUM 2013 in Geneva, Dr. Arun Mehta, President, BAPSI, Bidirectional Society, India, presented "Access for those who fall between the cracks". See presentation

Dr. Arun Mehta made a presentation,  'Smart Phones for those with multiple disabilities" to the Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility of the ITU, Geneva, on 21 jan 2013.  See presentation

Technology is only part of the solution. A team including ann occupation therapist, a neurologist and experts from different technology sectors needs to apply itself, from time to time, to finding the best combination of hardware, software and training that an individual needs. Read the presentation, made at the National Conference on "IT for Persons with Disabilities”, Bangalore on 10-11 January, 2011. The programme was organized by the Department of IT, Biotechnology and S&T, Government of Karnataka.


Paper on "Challenges the Internet poses to the Policymaker" at the 2010 ITU-T Kaleidoscope Academic Conference. The Conference on the theme "Beyond the Internet? Innovations for Future Networks and Services", was organized in Pune, India from 13 to 15 December. The paper is available at IEE Explore.

Smartphone, for example, the mic can act for the caregiver as a remote eye, to see what's happening in the vicinity of the child.  Likewise the mic to hear what's happening, the speaker to talk back either to the child or whoever the child is trying to communicate with.  The GPS does (off microphone) traces where the child is. Read transcript of the presentation Applications for Mobile Internet Access for Persons with Disabilities. The paper was presented at the 5th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting, organized from 14-17 September 2010, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The inability to communicate complicates all the other problems persons with autism encounter, in dealing with society, as it does the solutions society applies to them. The plumbing of information may be as mundane as that of water, but it is arguably no less critical.
Read the paper "Assistive Technologies for persons with mental challenges" presented in International Conference on Assistive Technology, organized by the Spastic Society of Karnataka (SSK) on July 23 and 24, 2010.

A way to better utilize spectrum is cognitive radio technology, which is also the lowest cost technology to address information poverty in rural areas and a means to catapult India to a telecom technology leader. Terrestrial TV spectrum is ideal for demonstrating the power of this concept. Read Cognitive Radio: the silver bullet for our spectrum shortage?. The paper was published in The India Economy Review 2010, the in-house journal managed and edited by the IIPM Think Tank.

Presentation on "ICTs for Children with Mental challenges" and "Teaching Programming to the Blind" presented at the ITU workshop on Accessibility in Bamako, Mali, from 13 to 15 October 2009.


When looking at technology, we seem to only see machinery, not the people behind it. That filter determines our attitude towards technology, and explains our neglect of the process of its creation. We seek to understand the tree, without examining its roots. Read more at The Role of the Engineer in the Information Age, 2001

The difficulty in training good programmers, is that you need good programmers to train them. The Internet offers us the opportunity to leverage the skills of the few in teaching the many.
Read more at e-learning and our IT-future, 2002

When you wish to trap a hedgehog, it is a good idea to use a bucket. You first quickly invert the bucket over the hedgehog's ball of quills. Now, goes the advice, you have a place to sit, while you contemplate what to do next. Effectively, this is what the Indian government has done: covered up the Internet telephony problem through a simple ban. Now, however, with the impending privatization of VSNL, the government cannot escape the problem it has been sitting on much longer. Read the short paper at The Internet Telephony Dilemma, 2001

The Internet is a network that is increasingly able to reach even poor people, and crucially, allows them to easily become content producers, instead of merely passive consumers. It also, naturally, defies government and multinational control -- certainly reason enough for activists to examine it closer. Read more at Why Activists cannot afford to neglect the Internet. The paper was presented as a talk at sarai, on January 2001.

In this presentation dated 2001, characteristics of a good engineer are discussed. It emphasizes that "Education must be a community activity" Go through the presentation at The role of the IT professional in the Information Age.

Read a presentation on Archives in Information Age from the Year 2001.