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Technology for Development The Technology for Emerging Markets Research Group at MSR India Kentaro Toyama, PhD Assistant Managing Director Microsoft Research India MSR India Established January, 2005 Goals World-class academic research Contributions to Microsoft products and businesses

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technology for development the technology for emerging markets research group at msr india

Technology for DevelopmentThe Technology for Emerging Markets Research Group at MSR India

Kentaro Toyama, PhD

Assistant Managing Director

Microsoft Research India

msr india
MSR India
  • Established January, 2005
  • Goals
    • World-class academic research
    • Contributions to Microsoft products and businesses
    • Support growth of research programs in India and elsewhere
  • Six research areas
    • Cryptography
    • Digital Geographics
    • Hardware, Communications, and Systems
    • Multilingual Systems
    • Rigorous Software Engineering
    • Technology for Emerging Markets
  • Currently ~50 full-time staff, growing
  • Collaborations with government, academia, industry, and NGOs

Microsoft Research India

Sadashivnagar, Bangalore

http://research.microsoft.com/india

technology for emerging markets
Technology for Emerging Markets

Understand potential technology users in developing communities

Adapt, invent, or design technology that contributes to socio-economic development of poorer communities worldwide

Research Goals

Computer-skills camp in Nakalabande, Bangalore

(MSR India, Stree Jagruti Samiti, St. Joseph’s College)

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Interdisciplinary Research

MSR India: TEM

Aishwarya Lakshmi Ratan

Public Administration and

International Development

Jonathan Donner

Communications

Society

Society

Nimmi Rangaswamy

Social Anthropology

Rajesh Veeraraghavan

Group

Group

Computer Science and

Economics

Impact

Impact

Understanding

Understanding

Indrani Medhi

Design

Individual

Individual

Kentaro Toyama

Computer Science

Technology

Technology

Randy Wang

Computer Science

Innovation

Innovation

Udai Singh Pawar

Physics

msr traits
We’re good at…

Rigorous academic research

Exploratory prototypes

Small pilots

Ethnographic studies

Small-scale surveys

Collaboration with universities

We typically don’t do…

Commercial products

Large-scale deployments

Market research

Business incubation

Business partnerships

MSR Traits
ictd conference
ICTD Conference

IEEE/ACM International Conference on

Information and Communication Technologies and Development

Co-organized/sponsored by MSR India, UC Berkeley, IIIT-Bangalore, MIT, CMU

First: May 25-26, 2006, Berkeley, CA

Focus on rigorous academic work, with all papers double-blind peer-reviewed

Establishing a community of academic researchers in technology for development

Next one in December 2007, Bangalore, India

UC Berkeley, site of

ICTD 2006

collaboration
Mutual consulting

Refer strong projects and organizations to each other.

Advise each other on development and technology issues.

Sponsorship

Projects undertaken by either of us or our partners

Relevant workshops and conferences

Joint research and other work

Survey and evaluate existing projects

Do joint research projects

Etc.

Collaboration?
thank you
Thank you!

http://research.microsoft.com/research/tem