Summary: Title: "Developing electronic resources and computational techniques for
targeting humanitarian and development interventions"
Abstract: This topical lunch aims to initiate discussion around possible
collaborative research opportunities between computing and information
sciences and the social sciences with respect to poverty reduction and human
development issues. For example, natural dialogue systems can support the
more systematic and rapid data gathering and synthesis that humanitarian
agencies rely on to make appropriate decisions. Or new computational
techniques might be employed to improve the precision of poverty maps and to
adapt them for targeting interventions based on estimated poverty impacts.
Nascent efforts in this direction are underway, at Cornell through the Institute
for Computational Sustainability (http://www.cis.cornell.edu/ics/), and externally
through Artificial Intelligence for Development (http://ai-d.org/index.html), a
community that is trying to apply artificial intelligence research to development
problems. We seek to engage faculty, staff and students interested in exploring
this promising area of intersection.