Schedule and Accepted Papers

Monday (28 June 2021)

Session 1.1: Opening and Keynote

Time: 13:00-14.45 UTC

  • Welcome
    Shaimaa Lazem (SRTA-City); Patrick Olivier (Monash University); Kurtis Heimerl (Washington University); Mercy Julia Borbor-Cordova (ESPOL)
  • Keynote: AI for Good for the next billion
    Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

    While the world is in turmoil over the deepening inequality, the pandemic and the climate crisis, and political upheaval, Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google AI appears unfazed, “I believe AI and its benefits have no borders. Whether a breakthrough occurs in Silicon Valley, Beijing or anywhere else, it has the potential to make everyone’s life better for the entire world.” This exhausting clarity on AI-enabled solutionism emerging from the tech titans promises a repeat of a toxic history of goodness. This talk offers a way to break away from this legacy of moral certainty by thinking through key dominant myths that have gained new force with the rise of the next billion users.
  • CollectiveTeach: A System To Generate And Sequence Web-Annotated Lesson Plans
    Rishabh Ranawat; Ashwin Venkataraman (University of Texas Dallas, USA); Lakshminarayanan Subramanian (New York University, USA)
  • Teacher Perspectives on Peer-Peer Collaboration and Education Technologies in Rural Tanzanian Classrooms
    Judith Uchidiuno (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), Ken Koedinger (Carnegie Mellon University, USA); Amy Ogan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Session 1.2: Posters & Demos

Time: 15:00-16.00 UTC


  • Predicting Petroleum Fields in Ethnic Regions with Social and Economic Data: Evidence from Africa (Poster)
    Kweku Opoku-Agyemang

  • Poster: Pallet Estimation for Food Bank Logistics Management
    Alison Hau, Fei Fang, Zheyuan Shi
  • A Poster on Intestinal Parasite Detection in Stool Sample using AlexNet and GoogleNet Architecture
    Rose Nakasi, Ezra Rwakazooba Aliija, Joyce Nakatumba
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning for Energy-efficient Parking Video Analytics Platform (Poster Version)
    Yoones Rezaei, Stephen Lee, Daniel Mosse
  • A Poster on Learnings from an Attempt to Build a NLP-based Fake News Classification system for Hindi
    Jathin Badam, B S Akash, KVLN Raju, Dipanjan Chakraborty
  • [Poster] Association between prenatal exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM2.5) and adverse birth outcomes in Nepal and Bangladesh using the prediction model for daily PM2.5 concentrations matched with demographic and health survey data: spatio-temporal analysis
    Ayako Ogawa Kawano
  • Machine learning-driven recommender systems to improve engagement with health content in a low-resource setting: Poster
    Aakash Ganju, Sonia Rebecca Menezes, Schenelle Dlima, Santosh Shevade


  • Poster: Marketplaces as focal points of structural transformation in developing countries: mapping markets and tracking their activity using satellite imagery
    Tillmann von Carnap
  • Poster: Mapping Opium Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan Using Satellite Imagery
    Xiao Hui Tai, Suraj Nair, Shikhar Mehra, Suraj R Nair
  • Poster: The Low Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Community Network Traffic
    Nussara Tieanklin, Matthew Johnson, Kurtis Heimerl
  • Demo: A WhatsApp Bot for Citizen Journalism in Rural India
    Priyanka Verma, Ananya Saxena, Bill Thies, Devansh Mehta
  • Twitter superstars don’t win elections: A Poster on Twitter Campaigning and Electoral Realities in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections
    Rynaa Grover, Gazal Shekhawat, Joyojeet Pal
  • (Poster) Beyond Business: An Exploratory Study of CEO Activism on Twitter in India and the United States
    Arshia Arya, Shehla Rashid Shora, Joyojeet Pal


  • Poster: A Scoping Review of Alternative Credit Scoring Literature
    Rebecca Njuguna
  • Poster: Lessons from Doing Fieldwork with Bandwidth-constrained communities Online
    Sarina Till, Melissa Densmore, Toshka Lauren Coleman, Nervo Verdezoto Dias
  • eReuse Poster: the Circular Economy of Digital Devices
    Leandro Navarro, Mireia Roura, David Franquesa, Roc Meseguer
  • Investigating Measurement Scheduling Strategies in Low Resource Networks (Poster)
    Taveesh Sharma, Josiah Chavula
  • Oshudh Poro’: A Mobile-Phone Application to Support Low-literate Rural Bangladeshi People’s Personal Medication Management (Poster)
    Shaid Hasan, S.M. Raihanul Alam, Sharifa Sultana, Syed Ishtiaque
  • mTransDial: Multilingual Dataset for Transport Domain Dialog Systems (Poster)
    Priyambada Ambastha, Maunendra Sankar Desarkar

Tuesday (29 June 2021)

Session 2.1: Development, Economics & Social Policy

Time: 13:00-14.45 UTC

  • Is remote work in high demand? Evidence from job postings during COVID-19
    Jose Morales-Arilla (Harvard University, USA); Carlos Daboin (The Brookings Institution)
  • Exploring Boundaries: How Firms Choose Informality in Emerging Markets
    F. Christopher Eaglin (Harvard Business School, USA); Tommy Pan Fang (Harvard Business School, USA)
  • Not so Black and White: An Algorithmic Approach to Detecting Colorism in Criminal Sentencing
    Amy Wickett (Harvard University, USA)
  • Measuring Gender and Religious Bias in the Indian Judiciary [Best Paper ★ ]
    Aditi Bhowmick (Development Data Lab, India); Paul Novosad (Dartmouth, USA); Sam Asher (John Hopkins University, USA); Elliot Ash (ETH Zurich, Switzerland); Bilal Siddiqi (UC Berkeley, USA); Christoph Goessman (ETH Zurich, Switzerland); Daniel Chen (World Bank); Tanaya Devi (Harvard University)
  • Visual Representations to Evaluate the Heterogeneous Effects of Urban Parks Restoration on Crime
    Douglas Newball (Quantil)

Session 2.2: Practitioner Experiences, Reports & Systems

Time: 15:00-16.45 UTC

  • Negotiating Trade-Offs: Identifying Labour Exploitation in the Fishing Sector in Thailand
    Hannah Thinyane (United Nations University, China); Michael Gallo (United Nations University, China)
  • Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response in Rural Areas
    Karyn Doke (University at Albany SUNY, USA); Habib O. Affinnih (University at Albany SUNY, USA); Qianli Yuan (University at Albany SUNY, USA); Mila Gasco-Hernandez (University at Albany SUNY, USA); J. Ramon Gil-Garcia (University at Albany SUNY, USA); Petko Bogdanov (University at Albany SUNY, USA); Mariya Zheleva (University at Albany SUNY, USA)
  • Early Results from Automating Voice-based Question-Answering Services Among Low-income Populations in India
    Aman Khullar (Gram Vaani, India); M. Santosh (Gram Vaani, India); Praveen Kumar (Gram Vaani, India); Shoaib Rahman (Gram Vaani, India); Rajeshwari Tripathi (Gram Vaani, India); Deepak Kumar (Gram Vaani, India); Sangeeta Saini (Gram Vaani, India); Rachit Pandey (Gram Vaani, India); Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi)
  • ElephantBook: A Semi-Automated Human-in-the-Loop System for Elephant Re-Identification
    Peter Kulits (California Institute of Technology, USA); Jake Wall (Colorado State University); Anka Bedetti (Elephants Alive); Michelle Henley (Save the Elephants); Sara Beery (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Accessing Mobile Phone Data for COVID-19 Response in Developing Countries
    Sveta Milusheva (World Bank); Anat Lewin (World Bank); Tania Begazo Gomez (World Bank); Kyla Reid; Dunstan Matekenya (World Bank)

Wednesday (30 June 2021)

Session 3.1: AI for Social Impact

Time: 13:00-14.45 UTC

  • SatDash: An Interactive Dashboard for Assessing Land Damage in Nigeria and Mali
    Morgan Briggs (The Alan Turing Institute, UK)
  • A Ranking Approach to Fair Classification
    Jakob Schoeffer (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany); Niklas Kuehl (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany); Isabel Valera (Saarland University, Germany)
  • WiFiMod: Transformer-based Indoor Human Mobility Modeling using Passive Sensing
    Amee Trivedi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA); Kate Silverstein (Oracle Labs, USA); Emma Strubell (Carnegie Mellon University, USA); Mohit Iyyer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)
  • Temporal Cluster Matching for Change Detection of Structures from Satellite Imagery [Honourable Mention ★ ]
    Caleb Robinson (Microsoft); Anthony Ortiz (Microsoft); Juan M. Lavista Ferres (Microsoft); Brandon Anderson (Stanford University); Daniel E. Ho (Stanford University)
  • IndiaSat: A Pixel-Level Dataset for Land-Cover Classification on Three Satellite Systems: Landsat-7, Landsat-8, and Sentinel-2
    Chahat Bansal (IIT Delhi); Hari Om Ahlawat (IIT Delhi); Mayank Jain (IIT Delhi); Om Prakash (IIT Delhi); Shivani A Mehta (IIT Delhi); Deepanshu Singh (IIT Delhi); Harshavardhansushil Baheti (IIT Delhi); Suyash Singh (IIT Delhi); Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi)

Session 3.2: People & Technology 1

Time: 15:00-16.45 UTC

  • Language Translation as a Socio-Technical System: Case-Studies of Mixed-Initiative Interactions
    Sebastin Santy (Microsoft Research); Kalika Bali (Microsoft Research); Monojit Choudhury (Microsoft Research); Sandipan Dandapat (Microsoft Research); Tanuja Ganu (Microsoft Research); Anurag Shukla (Microsoft Research); Jahanvi Shah (Microsoft Research); Vivek Seshadri (Microsoft Research)
  • Navigating Illness, Finding Place: Enhancing the Experience of Place for People Living with Chronic Illness
    Sylvia Janicki (Tatung University); Matt Ziegler (University of Washington, USA); Jennifer Mankoff (University of Washington, USA)
  • What We Speculate About When We Speculate About Sustainable HCI
    Robert Soden (University of Toronto, Canada); Pradnaya Pathak (University of Pennsylvania); Olivia Doggett (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Purdah, Amanah, and Gheebat: Understanding Privacy in Bangladeshi “pious” Muslim Communities
    Mohammad Rashidujjaman Rifat (University of Toronto, Canada); Mahiratul Jannat (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh); Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen (Utah State University, USA); S M Taiabul Haque (University of Central Missouri, USA); Muhammad Ashad Kabir (Charles Sturt University, Australia); Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Privacy during Pandemic: A Global View of Privacy Practices around COVID-19 Apps
    Tanusree Sharma (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA); Md. Mirajul Islam (North Carolina State University, USA); Anupam Das (North Carolina State University, USA); S. M. Taiabul Haque (University of Central Missouri, USA); Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto)

Thursday (1 July 2021)

Session 4.1: People & Technology 2

Time: 13:00-14.45 UTC

  • HCI – H is also for Hazard: Using HAZOP to Identify Undesirable Consequences in Socio-Technical Systems
    Colin Watson (Newcastle University, UK); Ahmed Kharrufa (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Opaque Obstacles: The Role of Stigma, Rumor, and Superstition in Limiting Women’s Access to Computing in Rural Bangladesh
    Sharifa Sultana (Cornell University, USA); Ilan Mandel (Cornell University, USA); Shaid Hasan (BUET, Bangladesh); S.M. Raihanul Alam (BUET, Bangladesh); Khandaker Reaz (BUET, Bangladesh); Zinnat Sultana (SMR Law College, Bangladesh); Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • “Who is protecting us? No one!” Vulnerabilities Experienced by Low-Income Indian Merchants Using Digital Payments
    Pranjal Jain (theUXWhale, India); Rama Adithya Varanasi (Cornell University, USA); Nicola Dell (Cornell Tech, USA);

  • NkhukuProbe: Using a Sensor-Based Technology Probe to Support Poultry Farming Activities in Malawi [Best Paper ★ ]
    George Hope Chidziwisano (Michigan State University, USA); Alex Mariakakis (University of Toronto); Susan Wyche (Michigan State University, USA); Blessed Mafeni; Esau Gideon Banda (The Farm, Malawi)
  • Costs and Benefits of Conducting Voice-based Surveys Versus Keypress-based Surveys on Interactive Voice Response Systems
    Aman Khullar (Gram Vaani, India); Priyadarshi Hitesh (IIT Delhi, India); Shoaib Rahman (Gram Vaani, India); Deepak Kumar (Gram Vaani, India); Rachit Pandey (Gram Vaani, India); Praveen Kumar (Gram Vaani, India); Rajeshwari Tripathi (Gram Vaani, India); Prince (Gram Vaani, India); Ankit Akash Jha (IIT Delhi, India); Himanshu Himanshu (IIT Delhi, India)); Aaditeshwar Seth (IIT Delhi, India)

Session 4.2: Environment, Climate Change & Sustainability

Time: 15:00-16.45 UTC

  • Low-cost In-ground Soil Moisture Sensing with Radar Backscatter Tags
    Colleen Josephson (Stanford University, USA)
  • Pandemic, Repair, and Resilience: Coping with Technology Breakdown during COVID-19
    Rayhan Rashed (BUET, Bangladesh); Mohammad Rashidujjaman Rifat (University of Toronto, Canada); Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Species Distribution Modeling for Machine Learning Practitioners: A Review
    Sara Beery (California Institute of Technology, USA); Elijah Cole (California Institute of Technology, USA); Kevin Winner (Yale University, USA); Joseph Parker (California Institute of Technology, USA); Pietro Perona (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • “How’s Shelby the Turtle today?” Strengths and Weaknesses of Interactive Animal-Tracking Maps for Environmental Communication [Honourable Mention ★ ]
    Matt Ziegler (University of Washington, USA); Michael Quinlan (University of Washington, USA); Zage Strassberg-Phillips (University of Washington, USA); Manasi Shah (University of Washington, USA); Lauren Vreeken (University of Washington, USA); Karen Goodfellow (Earthranger); Jes Lefcout (Earthranger); Richard Anderson (University of Washington, USA); Kurtis Heimerl (University of Washington, USA)
  • Assessing Bias in Smartphone Mobility Estimates in Low Income Countries
    Sveta Milusheva (World Bank); Daniel Bjorkegren (Brown University); Leonardo Viotti (World Bank)

Friday (2 July 2021)

Session 5.1: Practitioner Keynote and Closing

Time: 13:00-14.45 UTC

  • Keynote: Open Source Program Offices for humanitarian response
    Heather Leson (Digital Innovation Lead, Solferino Academy IFRC)
    What does it mean to lend a digital hand? How can we build Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) to support our digital journey? Every organization is undergoing a digital transformation, including humanitarians. Many of these organizations have constraints in terms of budget, knowledge, and sustainable resources to realize the opportunity of connecting open source solutions and volunteer technical networks. By connecting open source communities, universities and humanitarians/social impact organizations, we can explore this opportunity. OSPOs are often set up in companies around the world in conjunction with their products and services. How can we match humanitarian principles, digital and open principles with the OSPO model? What are some of the innovative methods and challenges? This discussion will explore examples from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team/Missing Maps , UNICEF and Solferino Academy (IFRC).
  • Closing
    Shaimaa Lazem (SRTA-City); Patrick Olivier (Monash University);
  • Townhall
    Lakshminarayanan Subramanian (New York University)