WElcome to the second conference on computing & sustainable societies


July 3 - 5, 2019 - Alisa Hotel (North Ridge, Accra,Gh)

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The second annual ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies (COMPASS 2019) invites submissions for the conference to be hosted at Accra, Ghana, July 3 – 5, 2019. COMPASS began as ACM DEV, which was held annually between 2010 and 2016.

Researchers at the conference have broad technical expertise, spanning artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, networking, systems, speech and language processing, computer security, data mining, and computer vision. They seek to apply this expertise to diverse problems in sustainable development, spanning health, accessibility, education, agriculture, financial services, job creation and governance.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (ACM SIGCAS) is the sponsoring ACM SIG for this conference. The conference code of conduct is here.


July 3 

8:00am: Registration

9:00am: Welcome

9:15am: Opening Address by the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.

9:30am: Keynote by Moustapha Cisse (Ph.D.), Google Research Lead - Google Accra

10:15am: Coffee Break 

10:45am: Paper Session 1 (Challenges and Opportunities):

  • Examining the Use and Non-Use of Mobile Payment Systems for Merchant Payments in India

  • Examining the Challenges in Development Data Pipeline

  • Mental Health in the Global South: Challenges and Opportunities in HCI for Development

  • Some Requests for Machine Learning Research from the East African Tech Scene

    • Spotlights on 5 posters

12:10pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Paper Session 2 (Farmers and Agriculture):

  • Low-Cost Aerial Imaging for Small Holder Farmers

  • Price Forecasting & Anomaly Detection for Agricultural Commodities in India

  • Anomaly Detection in the Presence of Missing Values for Weather Data Quality Control

  • Optimizing Peer Referrals for Public Awareness using Contextual Bandits

    • Spotlights on 5 posters

2:50pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm: Poster Session

5:30pm:  End   

July 4

8:00am: Registration

9:00am: Paper Session 3 (Education, Accessibility, and Health) :

  • “You Give a Little of Yourself”: Family Support for Children's Use of and IVR Literacy System

  • Learning from African Classroom Pedagogy to Increase Student Engagement in Education Technologies

  • Learnings from Deploying a Voice-based Social Platform for People with Disability

  • Technology, Home Health Care, and Heart Failure: A Qualitative Analysis with Multiple Stakeholders

10:20am: Coffee Break

10:50am: Paper Session 4 (Infrastructures at Scale):

  • Hardware, Apps, and Surveys at Scale: Measuring Low-Voltage Grid Reliability in Accra, Ghana

  • Street Smarts: Measuring Intercity Road Quality using Deep Learning on Satellite Imagery

  • Truck Traffic Monitoring with Satellite Images

  • GPU-accelerated Principal-Agent Game for Scalable Citizen Science

11:50am: Lunch

1:30pm: Workshops Session (Part 1)

3:00pm: Coffee Break 

3:30pm: Workshops Session (Part 2)

4:45pm: End 

7:00pm Evening at the +233 Jazz Bar and Grill

July 5

8:00am: Registration

9:00am: Welcome

9:15am: Invited Technical Talks (2 talks)

10:00am: Coffee Break

10:30am: Paper Session 5 (Limitations of Technology Infrastructures):

  • Categories of Control and Visibility in Mapping Infrastructures

  • Borders and Gateways: Measuring and Analyzing National AS Chokepoints

  • An Assessment of SMS Fraud in Pakistan

  • Identity at the Margins: Examining Refugee Experiences with Digital Identity Systems in Lebanon, Jordan, and Uganda

  • Moving into a Technology Land: Exploring Challenges for the Refugees in Canada in Accessing its Computerized Infrastructures

12:10pm: Lunch

1:40pm: Paper Session 6 (Big Data in Development):

  • Analysis of Parliamentary Question Hour Data, Mass Media Data, and Social Media Data to Study Discourse on Policies

  • Using Machine Learning to Help Vulnerable Tenants in New York City

  • Towards Building a District Development Model using Longitudinal Census Data in India

  • Reconstructing the MERS Disease Outbreak from News

3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm: Town Hall

4:45pm: End