Santa Clara Valley IEEE SSIT Chapter Meeting


The Impact of Technology in Impoverished Areas

Dr. Silvia Figueria, Santa Clara University

(Webex Meeting)

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  • Starts 29 February 2020 08:34 AM
  • Ends 04 May 2020 08:34 AM
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Dr. Silvia Figueria of Frugal Innovation Lab, SCU


The Impact of Technology in Impoverished Areas

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss how advances in technology have lowered the cost to provide innovations that can empower people in impoverished areas. For example, solar panels are now enabling communities that had no access to power to light their homes, charge their phones, power irrigation systems and refrigerators and enabling them to communicate with and learn about the rest of the world.   Also, sensors, mobile devices, and access to cellular signals and the cloud are delivering information and services to remote rural areas. We will present several solutions developed by the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University to illustrate the empowering potential of these technologies.


Biography:  Dr. Silvia Figueira received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and her Ph.D. degree also in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research is in the area of performance evaluation and prediction, recently with a focus on energy efficiency. She is also the director of the SCU Frugal Innovation Hub, in which she leads the Mobile Lab and advises students working on mobile applications for under-served communities and emerging markets. She has published over 70 papers and has established several collaborations with both companies in Silicon Valley and social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad.


6:00-6:30 PM Networking

6:30-7:30 PM Presentation and discussion

8:00 PM  End