ISiM Special Lecture - 11

 

Date & Time  : 15th September 2010, 3:30pm onwards.

Topic  : Computing for Socio-Economic Development at Microsoft Research India

Venue : International School of Information Management (ISiM), University of Mysore.

 

Special Lecture Abstract

 

As part of its 5th Anniversary celebrations, the International School of Information Management (ISiM), University of Mysore is organizing a Special Lecture on "Computing for Socio-Economic Development at Microsoft Research India ".

 

Dr. Edward Cutrell, who is the Researcher Manager of the “Technology for Emerging Markets Group” at Microsoft Research India, Bangalore, will be delivering the lecture.

 

The Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at Microsoft Research (MSR) India addresses the needs and aspirations of people in the world's developing communities. Their research targets people who are increasingly consuming computing technologies and services, as well as those for whom access to computing remains largely out of reach.

TEM is a multidisciplinary group engaged in a range of technical and social-science research, working in the areas of ethnography, sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. This has enabled TEM to understand the social context of technology and how it relates to individual users. TEM also does technical research in hardware and software to devise solutions that are designed for emerging and underserved markets in rural and urban environments.

In this lecture, Dr. Cutrell will give an overview of the TEM group and highlights two projects his team has been involved with — one, which is a study seeking to understand how information technologies are used by very low income residents of urban slums, and another, which attempts to provide Wikipedia and other digital content offline using DVDs.