SOCL4528 Group Assignment 2: Computer Applications for Social Good
Spring 2014

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.

Group Topic
  1. 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,
  2. Sustainibility - computers applications for environmentally sustainable energy, agriculture, architecture, transportation, cities, etc.
  3. 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?
  4. Artificial Intelligence - machine translation, autonomous vehicles (and military weapons?), space exploration, smart houses, etc.
  5. Environmental Protection - climate change modeling and policy making, carbon emissions, sustainable energy, green computer design, tracking endangered species and environmental lawbreakers,
  6. Big Data - climate informatics, disease surveillance, other uses of big data
  7. Robotics - sweeping the floor, exoskeletons. space and deepsea explorers, disaster responders, companions for the elderly and disabled, and more
  8. Disaster Response - predicting, preventing, mitigating, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, weather events and industrial accidents
  9. Games
  10. Opensource - linux, open source ecology, open content, open education, new kinds of licenses, copyrights, and patents