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 research group visited Ahmedabad where Matt Ziegler presented his work on the ecosystems surrounding price information systems. The paper is Fresh Insights: User Research Towards a Market Information Service for Bihari Vegetable Farmers. Take a look!
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:
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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.