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 UWC shines at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV-4)

UWC shines at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV-4)


Prof. Bill Tucker from the Computer Science Department co-chaired the fourth annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV-4) with Dr Antoine Bagula of UCT (now also at UWC). The DEV-4 conference provided a premier platform to present original and innovative work on the applications, technologies, architectures and protocols for computing in developing regions. Fourteen double blind peer-reviewed papers were accepted from 42 submissions. Amongst the topics were: measurement and characterization of broadband and cellular networks, rural and challenged computer networks as well as agricultural and healthcare applications. Presentations also focused on policy aspects of ICT and the challenges around catering for diverse end users of information and communication technology in developing and resource-limited regions worldwide.

The conference hosted eighty attendees from 16 countries, mainly from Computer Science departments at the world’s leading universities including University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, Princeton and the Indian Institute of Technology.

DEV-4 was opened by UWC’s Rector and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Brian O’Connell and also showcased research work by UWC students. Michael Motlhabi, a Computer Science MSc student, delivered a paper entitled “Improving usability and correctness of a mobile tool to help a Deaf person with pharmaceutical instruction”, on work done in collaboration with Mariam Parker, a PhD student and lecturer in UWC’s School of Pharmacy. Their work was well received and Motlhabi was invited to give a demonstration of his mobile application at an open session on disability and assistive technology at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development which was co-located with the DEV-4. UWC’s Computer Science Department contributed three of the sixteen posters that were exhibited at the conference. The UWC posters were Marie Josee Ufitamahoro’s Promoting Trust for Billing of Services on a Rural Wireless Mesh Network, Andre Henney’s Information Protection in Video Relay Services and Carlos Rey Moreno’s Tuning a mid-range rural WiFi-based mesh network.

According to Prof Tucker ‘UWC firmly established itself on the Computing for Development landscape by hosting this conference’. Papers and posters are available from the ACM Digital Library.

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