CSE590F: ICTD Seminar – Spring 2011

ICTD - Information and Communication Technologies for Development

We will meet on Tuesdays 1:30-2:20 in CSE203.

Also consider attending and registering for the Change Seminar/Lunch on Thursdays 12:00-12:50 in CSE203.  This is a less formal and more inter-disciplinary seminar where we’ll be hosting some external speakers as well as discussions of some of the work going on in the many ICTD-related groups at UW.  Check out UW Change.

Interested students meet weekly to discuss recent research in the ICTD field.  The format is fairly standard for research seminars in the department.  First, all participants read a research paper (see the table below for the readings selected for this quarter) chosen from recent publications.  A discussion leader is chosen to present a short summary of the paper (15-20 minutes) and close with a series of questions raised by the paper.  The summary should include the larger context of the paper (research group, evolution of the work, context in which it is being applied, etc.).  The questions raised by the discussion leader serve as a starting point for discussion of the work among all the participants.

Typically, students register for a single credit and are expected to lead or co-lead one session and participate in each of the meetings.  Students may register for more credit by prior arrangement with the instructor.

Please sign up for the seminar mailing list.  You can find the mail archives here and links to the webs of earlier quarters here.

This quarter will be split into two parts.  First, we will provide feedback on projects from the undergraduate ICTD capstone course (CSE490D: Technology for Resource-Constrained Environments).  We will read project reports from the winter quarter – which define and scope the projects – and then discuss the ideas and provide feedback to the students in the spring quarter who will be implementing the projects.   This will occupy the first three or four weeks and we will be doing two projects per week.  Second, we will read and discuss papers selected from the ITID Journal.  This will give us a chance to contrast journal papers in the field with the conference papers we read the past two quarters.  There will not be an organizational session.  We will start with the review of two CSE490D projects on the first day (Tuesday, March 29).




29 Mar


05 Apr

CSE490D projects: Milk Bank and Water Use

12 Apr

CSE490D projects: ODK Tables and NatureMapping

19 Apr

CSE490D projects: Global2Local and Paper2Digital

26 Apr


Decentralizing the Mobile Phone: A Second ICT4D Revolution?


03 May


Empowering Women Through ICT-Based Business Initiatives: An Overview of Best Practices in E-Commerce/E-Retailing Projects


10 May


eChoupals: A Study on the Financial Sustainability of Village Internet

Centers in Rural Madhya Pradesh


17 May


Open Source Biotechnology Platforms for Global Health and Development:

Two Case Studies


24 May


What Constitutes Good ICTD Research?


31 May


Transparency and Development: Ethical Consumption through Web 2.0 and

the Internet of Things