Computing for Development: A New High Impact Research Area
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU
Monday, December 05, 2011|
3:30pm - 5:00pm
3725 Beyster Bldg.
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About the Event
Computing for Development as a research area focuses on the design and implementation of new information and communication technologies for social and economic development. The past few years have witnessed an explosion in the emergence of new computing solutions for important developmental problems including rural connectivity, microfinance, education, healthcare, agriculture. Conventional computing solutions are often inappropriate for these environments due to several contextual factors - cost, lack of power, lack of bandwidth, literacy, language, user interface and other socio- cultural factors. In this talk, I will describe the broad set of research challenges in this space and then focus on two specific research challenges: (a) Low-cost connectivity solutions for the next billion. (b) Enhancing Web access in emerging regions under poor network connectivity.
Lakshminarayanan Subramanian is an Assistant Professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. His research interests are in the areas of networks, distributed systems and computing for development. He co-leads the Networks and Wide-Area Systems (NeWS) research group, the CATER Lab at NYU and the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER, IBM Faculty, C.V. Ramamoorthy awards and the Microsoft Research Challenge Award on "Cellphones for Healthcare".
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