Faculty Candidate Seminar & Women in Computing|
Building Mobile Technologies for Underserved Communities
University of Washington
Monday, March 30, 2015|
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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About the Event
The goal of my research is to design, build, and evaluate novel computing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. To date, many of the world’s biggest technological advances have primarily benefited people living in developed regions, like North America and Europe, that contain a small fraction of the world’s population. As computing technologies become affordable and accessible to larger and more diverse populations across the globe, it is critical that we broaden the scope to study the social, technical, and infrastructural challenges faced by these diverse communities and build systems that address problems in critical domains such as health care and education.
Nicola Dell is a Ph.D. Candidate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle advised by Gaetano Borriello and Linda Shapiro. She was born in Zimbabwe and received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2004 and an MS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2011. Her research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD) with a focus on designing, building, and evaluating novel computing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. Nicola’s research and outreach activities have been recognized through several awards and fellowships, including a Graduate Facebook Fellowship, a Google Anita Borg Scholarship, and a Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology. She has completed internships at Microsoft Research in Redmond, USA and in Bangalore, India and has led the Change group at the University of Washington since 2011.
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