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 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 department’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.
Open Data Kit 2.0 released! See the ODK forum post for details.
Congratulations Sam Sudar on successfully defending his PhD Thesis “Leveraging the Mobile Web in Resource-Constrainted Environments.”
Waylon Brunette presented his paper Open Data Kit 2.0: A Services-Based Application Framework for Disconnected Data Management at this years Mobisys conference. The paper describes experiences building, deploying, and refining the Open Data Kit (ODK) 2.0 tool suite. ODK 2.0 is a modular application framework that facilitates organizations with limited technical capacity to build application-specific information services for use in disconnected environments