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.
Fahad Pervaiz and Samia Ibtasam presented papers at the 2016 ACM Dev conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Fahad presented work on evaluating security challenges for mobile money in the developing world, and Samia presented work, done at ITU prior to her arrival at UW on Immunization Information Systems. Trevor Perrier presented a poster on the UW-Pesa DemoLab project.
Prof. Umar Saif, the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board and the Vice Chancellor of ITU Pakistan, will be giving a Distinguished Lecture, Designing Technology for the Other 5 Billion, in the UW Computer Science and Engineering department on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 3:30 PM in EEB-105. This talk is open to the public. For more information see the UW Distinguished Lecture announcement.
We are excited to welcome new grads in ICTD lab: Samia Ibtasam, Esther Jang, and Matt Johnson! Samia will be working with Richard Anderson, and Esther and Matt will be working with Kurtis Heimerl.
Welcome Shrirang! Shrirang Mare has joined UW CSE as post doc in ICTD and Security working on the BMGF sponsored Digital Financial Services project. Shrirang Mare received his PhD from Dartmouth College, Hanover where he developed authentication techniques for personal computing devices (desktops and smartphones) levaraging wrist wearables. Before Dartmouth he worked at IBM India for two years and at Indian Institue of Science (IISc), Bangalore for one year. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani, India in 2006. He is interested in security and privacy issues in healthcare and digital financial services, and HCI. His current research focuses on usable authentication methods for smartphones.
A paper, Let’s talk money: Evaluating the security challenges of mobile money in the developing world has been accepted for publication at the 2016 ACM Dev conference. The paper was authored by Sam Castle, Fahad Pervaiz, Galen Weld, Franziska Roesner and Richard Anderson. The paper assesses security vulenerabilities for Android mobile money applications and reports on interviews of software developers to give insights into current practices.
Fahad Pervaiz is a co-author on a paper on dengue surveillance in Pakistan appearing in Science Advances. The paper shows how calling patterns to a hotline can help in forecasting dengue outbreaks. The work was led by Lakshmi Subramanian of NYU and involved collaborators at NYU, University of Washington, and Information Technology University, Pakistan. See the UW CSE News posting for more information.
A big showing by UW at the 2016 ICTD Conference in Ann Arbor. The UW contingent had three papers, presented by Sam Sudar, Aditya Vashista, and Genevieve Gebhart, and two demos, presented by Trevor Perrier and Waylon Brunette. A poster displayed some interesting statistics on UW prominence in publishing at ICTD and Dev.
UW senior Krittika D’Silva has been named a 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. D’Silva, who will graduate from the UW this June with a degree in computer engineering and bioengineering, will pursue her Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Cambridge’s Jesus College starting in the fall. Krittika collaborated with the late CSE professor Gaetano Borriello and CSE Ph.D. alum Nicki Dell on the development of mobile health apps for use in low-resource settings.