W K Kellogg Professor of Community Information and Professor of Information, University of Michigan School of Information
Dr. Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University. He was the founder of Technology for Emerging Markets, an award-winning, interdisciplinary research group which collaborates with communities around the world to develop low-barrier, innovative solutions for socio-economic development through the use of electronic technology. He also co-founded the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) to provide a global platform for rigorous academic research in this field. His action research on applied technology is rooted in people-centric and community-building views of social change.
Current Research Interests:
- Information and communication technologies and development (ICTD)
- Aspiration-based social development
- Theories of social change
- Data-centric analysis of social justice issues