ICT for Development

Different projects in Bangladesh

Fighting Sexual Harassment

We developed "Protibadi", a web and mobile phone based application designed to report, map, and share women's stories around sexual harassment in public places. We conducted user studies and monitored public responses to gauge reactions, strengths, and limits of the system.

Birth record Communicator

The two most significant factors contributing to childhood malnutrition are low birth weight and premature delivery. This project focuses on how we can automate the process of getting child birth weight from the remote places with the help of wireless technology and micro-controller devices.

E-Learning with Raspberry PI

We have worked on a cost efficient tool to improve the learning experience in classrooms in developing regions. We have also designed some learning materials that can make learning exciting and enjoyable to the young learners.



Publications

Public sexual harassment has emerged as a large and growing concern in urban Bangladesh, with deep and damaging implications for gender security, justice, and rights of public participation. In this paper we describe an integrated program of ethnographic and design work meant to understand and address such problems. For one year we conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups around sexual harassment with women at three different universities in Dhaka. Based on this input, we developed "Protibadi", a web and mobile phone based application designed to report, map, and share women's stories around sexual harassment in public places. In August 2013 the system launched, user studies were conducted, and public responses were monitored to gauge reactions, strengths, and limits of the system. This paper describes the findings of our ethnographic and design-based work, and suggests lessons relevant to other HCI efforts to understand and design around difficult and culturally sensitive problems.
The problem of child malnutrition remains persistently high in the developing world, particularly among the ultra poor in the South Asia. Bangladesh, like most other countries in this region, does not have any database for birth records. Most of child births are still taking place at home with the help of a midwife and consequently no systematic records related to birth are maintained. The two most significant factors contributing to childhood malnutrition are low birth weight and premature delivery. In order to have a good understanding of the problem and develop appropriate intervention mechanisms we need a comprehensive database of birth records containing birth weights and gestation ages of the newborns. An application domain that makes use of wireless sensor network technology can be found in the above area focused on medical monitoring. This field ranges from monitoring patients in the hospital using wireless technology in order to remove the constraints of tethering patients to big, bulky, wired monitoring devices to monitoring people in their everyday lives to provide early detection and intervention for various types of disease. This paper discusses how we can automate the process of getting child birth weight from the remote places with the help of wireless technology and modern microcontroller devices.
Education is recognized as one of the most powerful aspects for human development. Scope of education includes dispersal of knowledge, logical thinking, flourishing skills, refining habits, and sharing values. Accordingly, basic or primary education is a fundamental right for every citizen of a country. Studies provide sufficient evidence that individuals lacking primary education are incapable of making sensible choice about their own benefits in personal, social, and economic life. To ensure technology enhanced primary education for every citizen is yet a significant challenge for developing countries. A number of obstacles in the financial, technological, social, and political sector impede the way to exploit the blessings of modern technology in this sector. Keeping all these in mind, we have worked on a cost efficient tool to improve the learning experience in classrooms in developing regions. We have also designed some learning materials that can make learning exciting and enjoyable to the young learners. In this paper we focus on the existing problems in Primary Education system and the causes behind them. Later we present our cost effective equipment; application of which is believed to be effective in improving the scenario.

Our Team

A happy team of colleagues and students

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Hasan Shahid Ferdous

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Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed

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Md. Rashiduj-jaman Rifat



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Nova Ahmed


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Steve Jackson


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Maruf Zaber




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Mashrura Tasnim

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A.S.M Rizvi

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Shamir Ahmed



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Rifat Sabbir Mansur

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Farhana Zaman


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Sharif Md. Saad Galib