Archived Research Projects

2010 - 2012

Economic development was originally understood as a science of labor and capital relations that would be successfully worked out by macroeconomists. Technology was a part of this formula from the very beginning with emerging interest in the field after World War II. Originally the simple transfer of Western technologies was envisioned as an...

2009

This project is sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Background & Rationale

The 2008 World Development Report identifies agriculture as the primary engine for economic growth and poverty reduction in the agriculture-based developing economies. This applies to most of sub-Saharan Africa where two-thirds of...

This study asks how the experience of migration shapes the use of a range of technologies including mobile phones, the Internet, and video camcorders. How does the diasporic network of West Africans in the Bay area participate in events in their homeland?

A study of how the mobile phone is incorporated into relations between husbands and wives, children and parents, peers, and neighbors in Uganda and Ghana. This project looks at the mobile phone as a gift, as a device for transferring money, and as a shared community resource. How are the benefits of mobile phone access distributed according...

2006 - 2007
Project M (for "modeling") is an effort to unify complementary system analysis and development methodologies, in particular those of Document Engineering and User Centered Design. Each methodology is a workflow whose separate steps are the modeling activities that produce some normative model artifact (for example: use cases, business process...
2006 - 2007

Connecting XML and modeling languages so that models and their serialization in XML can be developed and maintained in sync.

XML Schema is today's most popular schema language for XML, but it definitely is more a schema language than a modeling language. So when thinking about the abstract data model that should serve as the...

2005 - 2008

"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores...

2005 - 2006

Garage Cinema Research was a research group led by Professor Marc Davis that focused on creating the technology and applications that will enable daily media consumers to become daily media producers. Garage Cinema Research's work encompassed the theory, design, and development of digital media systems for creating and using media metadata to...

2004 - 2010

Cheshire3 is a fast XML search engine, written in Python for extensability and using C libraries for speed. It is feature rich, including support for XML namespaces, unicode, a distributable object oriented model and all the features expected of a digital library system. Standards are foremost, including SRW/U and CQL, as well as Z39.50 and OAI...

From file-sharing to mobile ad-hoc networks, community networking to application layer overlays, the peer-to-peer (p2p) networking paradigm promises to revolutionize the way we design, build and use the communications network of tomorrow. The fundamental premise of p2p systems is that individual peers voluntarily contribute resources to the system...