Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan’s development of large-scale computing systems; advanced software; and systems engineering technologies addressing humanitarian challenges including healthcare, disability, and education, has facilitated highly impactful programs benefiting people in developing nations. He has successfully introduced and pioneered efforts in creating and implementing IEEE humanitarian initiatives geared toward improving the quality of life for underserved populations. He is the founder and president of the technology-based humanitarian program “The Brahmam” (meaning “knowledge”) which aims to address pressing global and local humanitarian challenges in developing nations through advanced technological innovations. His unique autism screening technology enabled physicians and educators to collect clinical data on autism to achieve detailed and holistic views of children’s medical conditions to provide appropriate diagnosis in developing nations like India. This screening technology made significant field impact in India and was adopted by over 20 screening sites such as schools and special educational centers to provide early intervention programs. Many leading researchers and institutions around the world have leveraged his groundbreaking work to further advance the field. He has also led a major initiative in the research, design, and development of the Information System on Human and Health Services (ISHHS). ISHHS is a health information system that tracks over one million disabled individuals in India. This technology helps healthcare providers, policymakers, governmental agencies, and disabled individuals to understand disability prevalence patterns and initiate disability prevention measures, address the needs of disabled citizens, and facilitate the creation of equal educational and employment avenues. ISHHS has been widely implemented by governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Southern India. He has also chaired the IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), spearheading global initiatives that have demonstrated how engineers can help solve critical global humanitarian issues using technological innovations.
An IEEE and Eta Kappu Nu member and recipient of the 2016 IEEE MGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award, Veeraraghavan is founder and president, Brahmam Innovations, and a senior technical program manager, Alexa Artificial Intelligence Group, Amazon, Boston, MA, USA