Silvia Figueira -- Mobile Computing for Social Benefit

Our group is part of the Frugal Innovation Lab at SCU.

  • We develop applications for social benefit, particularly to enable cellular phones to help underserved communities.
  • We have collaborations with local companies and social enterprises around the world.
  • If you are interested in joining our group, get in touch with Prof. Figueira.

2016/2017

Afrobarometer
Get Afrobarometer data available in tablets to be placed in malls everywhere in Africa to educate people.
Team: Adrienne Tiña, Sean Thomas, Christen Nguyen
FAVL
Develop a library system for the libraries created and maintained by FAVL, Friends of African Village Libraries.
Team: Michael Walsh, Jose Santilan, Matt Walsh
Catholic Charities
Develop a webpage to help Catholic Charities' clients to navigate their programs and services.
Team:

Summer 2016

Looma

Develop educational games for Looma.
Team: Druv Pai, Axel Perez, Manoj Adhikari, Tracy Sun, Juliana Shihadeh

Catholic Charities

As part of the SIHC workshop, develop mobile apps to help Catholic Charities' clients.
  • Housing4All, Helping the Housing Process in Silicon Valley
    Team: Jack Cooper, Christian Hunter, Rushil Mehra, Rishabh Meswani, Pranad Reddy
  • ClickHealth, an App to Provide Info on Healthcare to the Homeless
    Team: Erin Song, Puja Maheshwari
  • Talk2Me, Helping People Deal with Depression
    Team: Dilip Venkatesh, Biswadeep Chatterjee, Victor Lu

2015/2016

Looma
Collaboration with Village Tech Solutions to develop a tool to enable educational materials to be uploaded to Looma, which will be used in classrooms in Nepal.
Team: Elise Herrmannsfeldt, Suparna Jasuja, Kate Lassalle-Klein, Roshan Ramankutty

FixItUp
Collaboration with the City of San Jose to help citizend to report problems, such as potholes and broken signs.
Team: Amanpreet Dhoor, Melissa Portillo, and Kevin Ta

Field-Worker Tracker
Web/mobile application to track field workers
Team: Kirk Iserman and Christine Rohacz

MUMS
Web/mobile system to perform an automatic uninalysis.
Team: Blair Koeneman, Amy Miller, Joe Neumeyer, and Jake Prince

Glaucoma Diagnosis
Mobile solution to diagnostic glaucoma using special contact lenses.
Team: Ryan Lowe and Samuel Holeman

Urban Harvester
Collaboration with Urban Harvester> to provide an autamatic way to connect food suppliers with food donors.
Fall Team:

Mobile4All
Mobile apps for homeless needs.
Collaboration with Sparrow.
Summer Team: Swathi Prasad, Vishvesh Shah, Zian Huang
Winter Team:

HOME
Develop the HOME app.
Team:

AquaSift
A low-power low-cost water analyzer for emerging markets.
Collaboration with Dr. Ashley Kim and Dr. Shoba Krishnan to develop a low-cost low-power water analyzer with a mobile interface and a mapping tool.
Team: Sambhavi Raghuraman, Rachana Deolikar

BikePool
Apps to help to encourage more people to bike to work.
Collaboration with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.
Team: Suraj Pulla, Prameya Kirtikar, Pranay Bhandarkar, Xiao Xiao, Harshini Chandrashekar

Wakabi
Tool to provide farmers in remote regions in Uganda with access to possible transportation for people and goods.
Collaboration with Tyler Vanherweg.
Team: Pratyusha Joginipally, Sowmya Chandrashekarappa, Rahul Ramachandra, Sharadha Ramaswamy

2014/2015


Water Contamination Projects
AquaSift -- Danny Beyers, Brandon Young, Jasper Tan
Collaboration with Dr. Ashley Kim and Dr. Shoba Krishnan to develop a low-cost low-power water analyzer with a mobile interface and a mapping tool.

Paper-Based Water Analyzer II -- Sarek Sotelo
Smartphone-based tool to take a picture of a wet paper and determine the level of concentration of substances in water.

Internet Everywhere
3WDroid
Mesh of Android phones to extend the reach of cellular signal in remote areas in Africa
Collaboration with Peter Emanuel
Team: Abhishek Birjepatil, Vijay Jatti, Prajakta Patil

Beacon Pack II -- Aidan Barbari, James Terry, James Mack, Thomas Martin
Collaboration with Beacon Pack to deliver educational materials to villagers in Ghana.

Helping Homeless People

Collaboration with CTA
Collaboration with YTH
  • Youth StreetConnect II -- Nagasushma Devarapalli, Arjun Ramesh, Apurva Thomas, Angela Laar, Rachan Deolikar, Sowmya Chandrashekharappa, Priyanka Tayade
    Mobile Health Solution for Under-Served Young Women

Helping Social Enterprises
Wakabi -- Michael Brew and Bryant Larsen
Tool to provide farmers in remote regions in Uganda with access to possible transportation for people and goods.
Collaboration with Tyler Vanherweg.

Ikamva -- Ann Parden, Joo Hoon Sa, and Weihan Li
Tool to connect with vonlunteers and students.

Sankara -- Amy Truong and Francis Cuenca
Tool to track children's eye health through their school years.

iKure -- Astha Singh, Mason Maeshiro, and Daniel Mendoza
Tool to provide a map of the places visited by health workers in India.

Esoko -- Roshan Ramankutty
Compression library for the SMS-based system.

Solar Ear, World Wide Hearing, and Rags2Riches -- Nagasushma Devarapalli
Help to deploy an SMS-based mobile system to gather test results and provide data analysis.

Ziqitza -- Ritesh Hiremath
GPS locator for emergency services.

Salauno -- Apurva Thomas and Jay Sheth
SMS-based mobile system to interact with clients.

Nazava -- Akshay Gadegone, Nishant Bisen
SMS-based app to improve product distribution.

Clinicas del Azucar -- Guilherme Carvalho and Arjun Ramesh
Mobile system to educate people about diabetes.

2013/2014

Lab in a Chip II -- Aditya Ganapathy and Udit Ramawat
Collaboration with Dr. Ashley Kim and Dr. Shoba Krishnan to develop a low-cost low-power water analyzer with a mobile interface and a mapping tool.

StreetHelpline -- Neil Chintala
Collaboration with Natalie Linnell, SCU Math/CS, and Allan Baez, CTA, San Jose.
Deploying the Homeless Helpline mobile system (developed at the Hack for Homeless Hackathon) at Innvision.

Mobile Security -- Nagasushma Devarapalli
How safe is our API-based mobile world?

Energy Profile for Mobile Usage -- Udaya Yalamanchi
Identifying power drains in mobile devices.

App para Salud Migrante -- Vincente Ciancio, Christine Rohacz, and Cesar Hernandez

Beacon Pack -- Aidan Barbari, Bryant Larsen, Jimmy Mack, James Terry, Thomas Martin
Collaboration with Beacon Pack to deliver educational materials to villagers in Ghana.

Fertil Days Ahead -- Astha Singh
App to predict a woman's fertil days, developed for feature phones in emergin markets.

App for Artisans -- Nishant Bisen
App to allow artisans in developing countries to upload jewelery onto the SOKO platform, receive orders, and be notified of completed orders.

Citizen Tree Mapping -- Guilherme Carvalho and Tian Zhang
Helping Prof. Virginia Matzek, SCU Environmental Science Dept, to develop a tool to enable citizens to contribute to a tree mapping project.

Educating about Homelessness -- Rohit Kalindini, Anusha Kasum, Urja Patel, Jay Sheth
Tools to educate people about the impact of cellular phones on homelessness.

Mobile Interface for a Low-Cost/Low-Power Underwater Robot -- Amanda Chong, Noel Hardesty, Thomas Martin, Alec Shaffer, and Manish Karney
Using a tablet or a phone to control/interact with the robot, in collaboration with the SCU Robotics Lab.

Mobile Health Solution for Under-Served Young Women -- Kaitlin Kirasich, Katie Le, and Kelsey Dedoshka
System for the medical triage and follow-up of homeless young women, in collaboration with YTH and CTA.

Text to Learn -- Melissa Bica and Elizabeth Donahue
Enabling training materials to be downloaded via SMS from the cloud into any phone, in collaboration with iMerit, India.

Hearing Loss Detector -- Shweta Panditrao and Kevin Nguyen
Using cellular phones to detect hearing loss.

Volunteer Connection -- Samira Almendras, Jesus Gonzalez, and Stefan Zecevic
Website for Orphanage without Borders.

Stress-Reliever for High-Risk Families -- Stephanie Cervi and Patrick Neill
Stress-reliever tool for moms and children in high-risk families, in collaboration with Prof. Barbara Burns, SCU Psychology Dept.

StreetPhone -- Sean Kinzer and Daniel Marks
Design for a low-power/low-cost cellular phone with minimum requirements for homeless people, in collaboration with CTA.

Tree Mapping -- Jonathan Ahumada and Rashmi Nagaraju
Collaboration with HP and Conservation International to develop a tool for mapping trees.

Paper-Based Water Analyzer -- Jesus Gonzalez and Jonathan Sotelo (St. Edward's University, Texas) and Sarek Sotelo
Smartphone-based tool to take a picture of the wet paper and determine the level of concentration of substances in water.

Lab in a Tablet -- Tracey Acosta
Tablet-based interface to receive signals from a sensor-based water analyzer and determine the level of concentration of substances in the water.

Hearing Aid -- Prashanthan Surendran and Jesus Gonzalez
Smartphone-based hearing-aid device.

StreetConnect II -- Nicholas Fong
Collaboration with Natalie Linnell, SCU Math/CS, and Allan Baez, CTA, San Jose,
to provide homeless people and low-income families with access to helpful information.

IhaveIneed Mechanism -- Aaraadhya Narra
Phone application to enable individuals in under-served communitites to sell and buy goods within their own community.

2012/2013

StreetConnect -- COEN 129 students, Spring 2013
Collaboration with Natalie Linnell, SCU Math/CS, and Allan Baez, CTA, San Jose.
to provide homeless people and low-income families with access to helpful information.
We were featured in their newsletter.

eBooks for all -- Maya Hough, Victorial Hall, Elysia Chu, and Urvashi Reddi
Web-based editor to export books to any phone. This project is a collaboration with Anudip/iMerit in India.

Mobile Education Forum -- Alexandria Shearer and Suzanne Lien
Collaboration with Equal Access to enable the broadcast of educational materials onto simple text-based phones in emerging markets.

Mobile Vocal Pattern Analyzer -- Samantha Pham and Rohini Deb (BIOE)
Smartphone-based application to record a vocal pattern, analyze it, and identify possible voice-related diseases.

Dynamic Poverty Heat Map -- Jonathan Ahumada, Kurt Jurgens, and Jasmine Farias
Collaboration with Fundacion Paraguaya to develop a web-based application to analyze poverty indices in an attempt to improve resource distribution.

Lab in a Chip -- Rapid and Affordable Point-of-Care Water Monitoring -- Allison Kamiya (BIOE), Adib Zuhayr Elahi, John Seubert
This project is a collaboration with students in Bio and Electrical to develop a frugal water analyzer.

Android-Based Farming Info Tool -- Geeta Bisht
Collaboration with M-Farm to help farmers in Kenya.

Skipping the Computer Age -- Shreya Kunjir
Evaluating the usage of phones and tablets as computers in emerging markets.

2011/2012

MedRec -- Sonam Sharma
jQTouch-based mobile application for medicine-adherence control.

Humanitarian Market Place -- Amanda Chong
This project entails the research for the creation of a Mobile Market Place for Humanitarian Applications.

mHealth Lab -- Ryan Davidson
This lab is part of a project led by NetHope to analyze and develop solutions for mHealth.

Water Analyzer -- Android Interface -- John Seubert and Connor Carey
This project is a collaboration with students in Bio and Electrical to develop a frugal water analyzer.

eRescue -- Rosemary Pham, Casey Larson, Kristen Muramoto, and Timothy So
This project entails the development of an app to locate CPR-certified users within a region where they are needed.

Where Am I? -- Monica Camorongan and Joseph Schneider
This project will provide an app to help people with mental disabilities find their way around the streets.

2010/2011

mHealth Demo Lab -- Arturo Posadas and Sanjay Rao
This lab was created as part of a project led by NetHope to analyze solutions developed for mHealth: openXdata, DHIS 2, and openMRS.

Mobile Application for Fair Wage Guide -- Rosalie Tolentino, Eva Jensen, and Ryan Davidson
This project was a collaboration with World of Good.

Mobile Application for Providing Fairly-Priced Phone Calls to Africa -- Arturo Posadas
This project was a collaboration with Palm Call.

Mobile Applications for Emerging Markets, a Taxonomy -- Rosalie Tolentino and Eva Jensen
This project was a collaboration with Radha Basu and Andy Lieberman,
from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, at Santa Clara University.