ICTD: Information and Communication Technologies for Development

At I2SC, we conduct interdisciplinary research in Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Our multidisciplinary team uses human-computer interaction, computer science, and international development research to explore digital innovations to tackle socio-economic challenges in low-infrastructure contexts. Our work involves working with populations from different geographies in person or remotely to explore sustainable and appropriate technology. Through our work, we understand the role of innovative technology, we also co-design sustainable technology with our target users, and finally, we may deploy systems to understand the impact of our work. Our work spans diverse domains such as healthcare, education, and community empowerment.


Qualitative research: This method involves interviews, observations, and content analysis to understand users' experiences, behaviors, and needs deeply. By focusing on rich, contextual data, qualitative research enables our team to uncover nuanced insights that quantitative approaches may overlook. Qualitative research aids in designing technology solutions that are culturally sensitive, socially inclusive, and tailored to specific marginalized communities 

Design-based research (DBR): This method offers a structured approach to iteratively designing, developing, and evaluating technological solutions within real-world contexts. We employ participatory design processes with target users to collaboratively create technology that addresses underserved communities' unique needs and challenges. By blending theory with practical design, DBR enhances HCI theories and drives real-world impact on technology adoption. 

System Deployments: This method entails the implementation of technological artifacts within real-world settings, aiming to evaluate the impact on socio-economic challenges in marginalized communities. Through these endeavors, we explore the impact on usability, effectiveness, and sustainability of our interventions in diverse cultural contexts. Our results inform the design of culturally sensitive solutions tailored to the specific needs of underserved populations.


Vikram Kamath Cannanure

cannanure (AT) cs (DOT) uni-saarland (DOT) de

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