CSE590F: ICTD Seminar – Spring 2012

ICTD - Information and Communication Technologies for Development

We will meet on Tuesdays 1:30-2:20 in CSE203.  We have a different format every quarter just to keep things interesting.

This spring, interested students will 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 DEV and ICTD conference (held in Atlanta in March 2012).  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.  Since many students may have actually attended these presentations at the conferences, we’ll also get a perspective on the presentation rather than just the paper.

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.

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 for a calendar of events.

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




27 Mar


DEV: Shreddr: pipelined paper digitization for low-resource organizations
Kuang Chen (UC Berkeley), Akshay Kannan, Yorinasu Yano (Captricity, Inc.), Joseph M. Hellerstein, Tapan S. Parikh (UC Berkeley)

03 Apr


DEV: Motivation and Design of a Content Distribution Architecture for Rural Areas
Arvind Mahla, Deepak Martin, Ishani Ahuja, Quamar Niyaz, Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi)

10 Apr


DEV: Experiences of Deploying and Commercializing a Community Radio Automation System in India
Zahir Koradia (IIT Bombay), Balachandran C, Kapil Dadheech, Mayank Shivam (Gram Vaani), Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi)

17 Apr


DEV: Short message communications: users, topics, and in-language processing
Robert Munro, Christopher D. Manning (Stanford University)

24 Apr


ICTD: On the Relationship Between Socio-Economic Factors and Cell Phone Usage

Vanessa Frias-Martinez, Jesus Virseda (Telefonica Research)

01 May


ICTD: Reporting Water Quality - A Case-study of a Mobile Phone Application for Collecting Data in Developing Countries

Michael Champanis, Ulrike Rivett (University of Cape Town)

08 May


ICTD: Measuring Water Collection Times in Kenyan Informal Settlements

Julio Miles, James Davis, Ben Crow (UC Santa Cruz)

15 May


ICTD: A Prepaid Architecture for Solar Electricity Delivery in Rural Areas

Daniel Soto, Matt Basinger, Sebastian Rodriguez-Sanchez, Vijay Modi (Columbia University)

22 May


ICTD: Anthropology, Development and ICTs: Slums, Youth and the Mobile Internet in Urban India

Nimmi Rangaswamy, Edward Cutrell (Microsoft Research India)      

29 May


ICTD: Power to the Peers: Authority of Source Effects for a Voice-based Agricultural Information Service in Rural India

Neil Patel, Krishna Savani, Scott Klemmer (Stanford University), Tapan Parikh (UC Berkeley)