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ECE 5550 Computational Humanitarianism

Definition: Computational humanitarianism is the use of computational methods to model and analyze development and to create humanitarian technologies and solutions.

Description: Computational models of individual and group poverty and underdevelopment, along with sustainability.  Analysis and development of financial advisors for very low income individuals using feedback control methods. Modeling and analysis of the tragedy of the commons to study environmental sustainability. Analytical studies of wealth distribution policies, democracy, and environmental justice policy.  Analysis of models of economic growth, especially poverty traps and their analysis with stability, sensitivity, and optimization approaches for policy development. Analysis of cooperative management of community technology, and modeling and analysis of the impact of technology on sustainable community development. 

Spring 2017: MWF 10:20am-11:15am, Watts Hall, Rm. 389

Offering: Offered Autumn of even-numbered years (exept in 2017).

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the College of Engineering, undergraduates with junior or senior status, graduate students, or permission of instructor. ENGR 5050 Humanitarian Engineering is not a prerequisite.  Any engineer can take the course (programming/statistics tutorials will be given in class). 

Instructor:  Prof. Kevin M. Passino, 416 Dreese Laboratory, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University. Questions?

Office Hours: I do not set office hours. If I did, likely they would not fit your schedule. I have an open-door policy; stop by any time. However, to avoid the problem of me not always being in my office I encourage you to set up an appointment either as an individual or as a group via email.