A cross disciplinary group working on research issues in increasing access to internet and communication technologies to rural and small town India. The lab is involved in various projects funded by Media Lab Asia, Ministry of Communications and IT (GoI), Development Gateway Foundation (GoI, World Bank) and Pan Asia Networking (UNDP, IDRC, APDIP, ISOC, APNIC and Microsoft). Areas under investigation include
- design and evaluations of devices and interfaces for computer, handheld and mobile users,
- cross-lingual information retrieval and translation,
- improving information dissemination protocols over the internet catering for low bandwidth and small devices
- ethnographic studies emphasizing the study of social & cultural factors influencing interaction design of applications for e-learning and use of computers in education.
The laboratory is formed around several core projects, each involving academic, industrial and village community partners.