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Technology for Emerging Markets

Helping to solve challenges in developing communities


Understanding how technologies can address the needs and aspirations of people in the world's developing communities and using technology to improve people's lives. Specifically, the Technology for Emerging Markets research group focuses on:

  • Health, Health Organizations, and Health Education: Designing and implementing systems for data collection and biometrics, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
  • Education: Exploring the use of computing as a learning tool in challenging learning environments not only for children, but also for college students and adults.
  • Human-Computer Interaction: Designing and evaluating technology in the face of a wide variety of constraints in the developing world.
  • Context and Critique: Drawing on ethnographic models to explore the complexities of sociotechnical systems in resource-constrained settings.

 

Publications

Edward Cutrell, Srinath Bala, Andrew Cross, Naren Datha, Rahul Kumar, Madhusudan Parthasarathy, Siddharth Prakash, Sriram Rajamani, William Thies, Chetan Bansal, and Aldo John, Massively Empowered Classroom: Enhancing Technical Education in India, no. MSR-TR-2013-127, 31 December 2013

Ariel Schwartz, Mohini Bhavsar, Edward Cutrell, Jonathan Donner, and Melissa Densmore, Balancing Burden and Benefit: Non-Prescribed Use of Employer-Issued Mobile Devices, in Proc. ICTD 2013, Dec 07-10 2013, Cape Town, South Africa, ACM, 7 December 2013

Niranjan Pai, Pradnya Supe, Shailesh Kore, Y.S. Nandanwar, Aparna Hegde, Edward Cutrell, and William Thies, Using automated voice calls to improve adherence to iron supplements during pregnancy: A pilot study, in Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ACM, December 2013

Nimmi Rangaswamy and Melissa Densmore, Understanding jugaad: ICTD and the tensions of appropriation, innovation and utility, in Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Cape Town, South Africa, ACM, December 2013

Anjali K. Mohan, Edward Cutrell, and Balaji Parthasarathy, Instituting credibility, accountability and transparency in local service delivery? The Helpline and Aasthi in Karnataka, India, in in Proceedings of ICTD 2013, the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ACM, December 2013

Indrani Medhi, Kentaro Toyama, Anirudha Joshi, Uday Athavankar, and Edward Cutrell, A comparison of list vs. hierarchical UIs on mobile phones for non-literate users, Interact: 14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, September 2013