Dertouzos Distinguished Lecture: "Frugal Innovations for a Developing World"

Speaker: Bill Thies , Microsoft Research, India

Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Refreshments: 4:15 PM

Public: Yes

Location: 32-123/Kirsch Auditorium

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Host: Saman Amarasinghe

Contact: Lauralyn M. Smith, 617-253-0145,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: 4:30pm, Frugal Innovations for a Developing World, Bill Thies, Microsoft Research India

Abstract: The benefits of novel technologies are often out of reach for the poorest billion on the planet. Instead of making things faster, bigger, and more futuristic, can we make things radically cheaper, simpler, and more inclusive? In this talk, I will describe some of our successes, failures, and lessons learned in deploying such "frugal technologies" in India over the past eight years. Drawing on projects in health, education, and citizen reporting, I will synthesize our experiences into a set of recommendations for anyone seeking to have social impact via technology.

Bill Thies is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research India, where he has worked since 2008. His research focuses on building appropriate information and communication technologies that contribute to the socio-economic development of low-income communities, a field known as ICTD. Previously, Bill earned his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, where he worked on programming languages and compilers for multicore processors as well as microfluidic chips. His distinctions include the John C. Reynolds Doctoral Dissertation Award, a CHI Best Paper Award, and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship.

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