Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab is an inter-disciplinary group that explores how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. Our research has wide range that includes HCI, Systems, Communication and Data Analytics. We are part of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. We collaborate with folks from other departments like Department of Global Health and organizations like PATH and Red Cross.
The ICTD lab has six papers appearing in the ACM Compass Conference, great work everybody! The papers describe Rowan’s study of security vulnerabilities in ThinSims, Aditya and Shri’s overview of security and privacy, Samia’s work on Gender and Financial Services in Pakistan, and Sarah’s study of mobile money in Ghana, Trevor’s work on SMS for health messaging, and (Google) Sam’s work on content distribution. The papers are:
Second year graduate student Matt Johnson and incoming graduate student Matt Ziegler have both been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awards. See the school’s blog post for more details.
Graduate student Esther Jang and postdoctoral researcher have both won awards in the Mozilla/NSF’s Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) Challenges. Esther’s rural repair work won an honorable mention in the “Smart Community Networks” while Spencer won a third-place position in the “Off-the-Grid Internet”. Both will compete for the grand prize later this year. See the Mozilla site for more details.
The paper Computer security for data collection technologies with lead authors Camille Cobb and Sam Sudar has just been published in the Development Engineering journal. The work, a collaboration between computer security and ICTD researchers, explores security and privacy attitudes, practices, and needs within organizations that use Open Data Kit (ODK), a prominent digital data collection platform.
Kurtis Heimerl recognized with College of Engineering Diamond Award for Early Career Achievement for work on cellular connectivity for remote regions. See the school’s blog post for details.
The ICTD Lab had five papers accepted at CHI! Fantastic work everybody.
Jennifer Webster and Ruth Anderson will offer a graduate course, CSE 599, Gender in ICTD & HCI Research Winter 2018. THe course meets Monday and Wednesdays 3:30-4:50 pm.
This graduate seminar explores the topic of gender as related to computer science research, especially in the fields of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Students will engage in close readings of foundational texts on gender, as well as the emerging ICTD and HCI literature that uses gender analysis as a framework for research in both the West and in resource-constrained regions of the world. Through discussion and written assignments students will build a strong foundation for incorporating gender analysis into their research. They will also be able to more effectively evaluate the current work being conducted in the fields of ICTD and HCI as related to gender. Some of the topics under consideration will include gender as related to feminist HCI, design, health and safety, financial services, and mobile technologies and connectivity.
Welcome new ICTD students! We are very happy to have Naveena Karusala from Georgia Tech and Philip Garrison from CMU via UNU join the research lab.