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I am a Ph.D. student at the Information School (iSchool) at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Prior to my doctorate studies, I obtained my master’s in Political Science (M.A) and Information Communication Sciences (M.Sc).
Currently, my primary research area is Information Communication Technologies for Development, focusing on Africa. Specifically, I think about questions such as how technology can be leveraged in developing economies. With that in mind, I focus on language and its low/non-inclusion in technologies. My interest is in African languages not well represented in technology tools. My just-concluded prelim examined the role of language (indigenous languages) in software localization – arguing for a need for linguistically localized software. In addition to my work, I hope to engage in field research to understand the practicality of language localization.
I am always happy to talk about research, sports (especially soccer), or fieldwork. Whether looking for a research collaborator or a conversation, do not hesitate to email me and/or follow me on social media.
Information Communication Technology (ICT); Development; Smart Cities; e-government
We are embarking on a design research project to enhance the engagement and gamification elements of a mobile application. The application aims to provide an interactive and captivating user experience, motivating users to achieve their goals and ensuring long-term app usage.
Project Overview: Smart cities are modern innovations intended to improve the quality of life through advanced technologies. However, most of these smart city decisions are made at the top level – often excluding the participatory input of the community. In this project, we wanted to learn how community engagement and inclusiveness are addressed in contemporary smart city initiatives.
This project was an academic group project which brought about the desire to transform the City of Muncie – a historic city in Indiana, into a smart city. Our project entails proposing ICT solutions. As of 2020, Muncie’s population was estimated at 67,000. With the small population of Muncie and the limited infrastructure in the city, our goal for this project was to collaborate with residents of Muncie and inquire about which areas need to be strengthened.