Technology for DevelopmentThe 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 • 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 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)
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
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 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
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?
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