One last reminder - Umar Saif is giving a Distinguished Lecture in the Computer
Science and Engineering Department at 3:30 pm.
Designing Technology for the "Other" 5 Billion
Umar Saif (Information Technology University, Lahore, Pakistan)
CSE Distinguished Lecture
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3:30pm
Maps and directions<https://www.cs.washington.edu/visitors/getting_here>
With the advent of $50 smartphones, we can finally design software applications
to fight poverty, disease and illiteracy for the "other" 5 billion in the
developing world. In this talk, I will share a series of systems we designed
for the 120 million citizens in the province of Punjab in Pakistan. These
systems have been used for targeting 13 million Dengue containment activities,
monitoring 53,000 schools in Punjab, tracking 3,700 vaccinators and collecting
feedback from 11 Million citizens. Each system highlights a unique set of
challenges and opportunities for designing systems for the developing world. I
will conclude by explaining the challenge of measuring socio-economic impact of
projects in the developing world and present a new smartphone-based platform
aimed at democratizing data collection, surveys and randomized controlled
trails at a large scale.
Prof. Umar Saif works as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology
Board (PITB), heading all public-sector IT projects in Punjab. He is also the
founding Vice Chancellor of ITU-P, a newly setup research university in Lahore.
Prof. Saif received his PhD in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at
MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was named as one of the
top 35 young innovators by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) in 2011 and a Young
Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He has received a Google
Faculty Research Award, MIT Technovator Award, IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Award,
IDG Technology Pioneer Award and ACM CHI Best Paper Award. In 2014, Prof. Saif
was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards by government of
Pakistan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in
2015 and 2016.
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