I'd just like to add that this course is listed on the UW time schedule <http://www.washington.edu/students/timeschd/AUT2016/cse.html> as CSE 599: Special Topics. SLN 23633 <https://sdb.admin.uw.edu/timeschd/uwnetid/sln.asp?QTRYR=AUT+2016&SLN=23633> .
*Elise DeGoede Dorough*Graduate Program Advisor Computer Science & Engineering Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering Box 352350 185 Stevens Way Seattle, WA 98195-2350 206.685.1369 eli...@cs.washington.edu / www.cs.washington.edu On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:45 PM, Kurtis Heimerl <kheim...@cs.washington.edu> wrote: > Instructor: Kurtis Heimerl > TA: Aditya Vashistha > Time: MW 1:30-2:50 > Location: MGH 082A > Credits: 4 > > Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are having enormous > impact on the livelihoods of the world, from tech workers taking Uber to > work, to farmers using online forums to share best practices, to people in > rural areas using cellular phones to stay up to date on their children in > the big city. Often ICTs take power away from disadvantaged communities > (e.g., rural) and centralize it in those with the money and knowhow to use > the technologies. As these interventions sweep through communities > throughout the world, we strive to understand how to build technologies > that instead empower and support marginalized groups. This class will focus > on exploring how to build technologies for communities that you are not a > part of (short answer, get involved!), understanding the space of people > and organizations engaging with and solving these kinds of problems (from > Facebook to the Clinton Health Initiative to Ob Anggen), and eventually > building our own (likely naive) solutions. > > While a critical theory of development is important to doing good work, > this is a class for builders and designers. All students will complete a > project and end up with an artifact; potentially a tool (designed and/or > built) for empowering community health workers or a model for mapping > satellite data to population density. This is a graduate-level computer > science class but particularly motivated and experienced students > (including undergrads) from other disciplines can reach out if they'd like > to participate. > > We have engaged with a few external organizations to suggest projects and > mentor students with the hope of these projects reaching deployment and > scale. We're also keen to engage with more than just system builders, and > in particular have future project funding available for work with data > scientists and system builders after the class ends. Some example projects > and backgrounds include: > > Hardware/Wireless: Facebook's OpenCellular platform (link) is an SDR-based > solution for rural/community cellular. While still in its infancy, there > are clear opportunities to implement novel access solutions (such as > backscatter) that could be optimized to make access better for those > without it. > Software/Distributed Systems: Community Cellular (link) is a model of > access where small organizations run their own cellular networks. At the > moment, the software stacks are ad hoc solutions with simplistic models of > shared state (like user information). We can build a large distributed > database that can handle the rampant disconnections in rural backhaul > networks and make it easier to setup and run these types of networks. > Data Science: Telecoms often need to understand the demographics of > uncovered areas in order to make judgments about where to build out their > networks. Given call data records, the census, and other information, we > can build models to allow telecoms to better understand areas without > coverage and profitably serve them in the future. > Healthcare: The Clinton Health Initiative (link) provides healthcare all > over the world and are actively engaged in the effort to eradicate Polio. > What tools can we build to make the front-line workers more effective? > Financial Services: Many areas lack robust access to financial > infrastructure such as credit and insurance, making them more sensitive to > disasters, both physical and medical. A number of organizations are working > to improve this and enable mobile money solutions, development > technologists are key to doing this in a scalable and interoperable manner > that actually benefits the constituents rather than just the incumbents. > > Students are also invited to bring their own projects. These could be in > the space of Education, HCI, Security, or anything, as as they work to > empower marginalized people or groups. > > For more information reach out to Kurtis Heimerl < > kheim...@cs.washington.edu>. Please forward to other groups on campus who > could be interested as well! > > > > _______________________________________________ > New-grads mailing list > new-gr...@mailman.cs.washington.edu > https://mailman.cs.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/new-grads > >
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