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Talk on Impacting Global Development via Frugal Innovation: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned

January 3, 2017

Talk on Impacting Global Development via Frugal Innovation: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned
Dr. Bill Thies
Computer Scientist & Senior Researcher,
Microsoft Research India
2016 MacArthur Fellow

Chair and Moderator
Dr. Mukund Thattai
Professor of Computational Cell Biology,
National Centre for Biological Sciences

Organized by
Bangalore International Centre
(A TERI Initiative)

talk-on-impacting-global-development-via-frugal-innovation-successes-failures-and-lessons-learned-at-bangalore-international-centreAbout the topic
The global spread of mobile phones has ignited broad aspirations regarding the potential role of technology in improving the lives of the poor. However, researchers and policymakers often meet with surprises when deploying new technologies in low-resource environments. In this talk, I will describe some of our successes, failures, and lessons learned in deploying low-cost technologies for health and human development in India over the past eight years. I will structure the talk around two themes, mobile tools for health data collection and voice portals for citizen reporting, and will synthesize our experiences into a set of recommendations for future interventions.

About Dr. Bill Thies
Bill is a researcher in the Technologies for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India. His research focuses on building appropriate information and communication technologies that contribute to the socio-economic development of low-income communities (ICT4D). This work often encompasses human-computer interaction (HCI), healthcare, education, and other areas. Previously he worked on programming languages and compilers, for multicore processors as well as microfluidic chips. He received all of his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he completed a Ph.D. in computer science in 2009. He was awarded the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recently.

About Dr. Mukund Thattai
Dr. Mukund Thattai obtained a B.A. in physics from Cornell University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Since 2004 he has been on the faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, and is a member of the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines. Dr. Thattai has previously made contributions in the area of synthetic biology, a field which attempts to combine genes into biological circuits. His present research interests deal with the ancient origins of complex eukaryotic cells.

Friday | 6th January 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

RSVP: 98865 99675

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