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

*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
eli...@cs.washington.edu / www.cs.washington.edu

On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:45 PM, Kurtis Heimerl <kheim...@cs.washington.edu>

> 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!
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