SOCL4528 Group Assignment 2:
Computer Applications for Social Good
Presentation: 15 % of your grade. (Material from group presentations will be the basis for
Essay 4, which is 20 % of your grade.)
Each group will make a presentation to the class as scheduled on the syllabus.
References, and presentation slides (or a working link to them) should be emailed to Professor
Perrolle by Monday, March 31, so that they can be posted
for other class members to use in their final essay. Your final essay will be on any of the topics
except the one your group presented on. Members of the group whose topic is chosen by the most people for their
final topic will receive a half letter grade higher on both Group Assignment 2 and Essay 4.
In this assignment you will be exploring some current issues in computer applications for
the social good. Your group will be assigned a specific topic to research and present to the class. You
should try to communicate your information in a way that will facilitate your classmates' answers
to final exam questions about these topics.
- Health - medical devices and procedures, health data, health systems
design, what went wrong with the Affordable Health Care website, applications to reduce health care costs,
use of cellphone apps to involve users in their own diet, exercise and vital signs monitoring,
- Sustainibility - computers applications for environmentally sustainable energy, agriculture, architecture, transportation, cities, etc.
- 3D printing - artificial limbs, food, inexpensive tools, (undetectable guns?), human skin and organs
for transplant, new
possibilities for manufacturing and distributing goods - are patents helping or hurting?
- Artificial Intelligence - machine translation, autonomous vehicles (and military weapons?), space exploration,
smart houses, etc.
- Environmental Protection - climate change modeling and policy making, carbon emissions, sustainable energy,
green computer design, tracking endangered species and environmental lawbreakers,
- Big Data - climate informatics, disease surveillance, other uses of big data
- Robotics - sweeping the floor, exoskeletons. space and deepsea explorers, disaster responders, companions
for the elderly and disabled, and more
- Disaster Response - predicting, preventing, mitigating, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis,
weather events and industrial accidents
- Opensource - linux, open source ecology, open content, open education, new kinds of licenses, copyrights, and patents