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ECE 5550 Computational Humanitarianism: General Information


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

Description: Computational models of individual and group poverty and underdevelopment; computational social justice, wealth distribution and democracy; assessing social impact of technology; sensitivity analysis for technology prioritization and design; feedback control for computer automation of helping to meet social justice objectives.

Autumn 2014: TR 12:45-2:05, Caldwell Laboratory, Rm. 109, ECE 5194.06 Group Studies, Graduate students: 34409, Undergraduates: 34410, 3 credit hours

Offering: Offered Autumn of even-numbered years.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the College of Engineering, undergraduates with junior or senior status, graduate students, or permission of instructor. ENGR 4194.02/5050 Humanitarian Engineering is not a prerequisite.  Any engineer can take the course (programming/statistics tutorials will be given in class). 

Counting it toward your engineering degree: Undergraduates will have to ask their home Department if they will accept this course as a technical elective or an independent study.  This is a graduate course in ECE and hence counts for graduate credit for any ECE graduate student.

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 yourschedule. 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.

Service Projects?: No actual humanitarianism (e.g., service to people who are poor), local or international, is required for these courses.  This course prepares you to be a professional humanitarian engineer for local or international service by studying the principles.  For local/international service project opportunities, and other relevant curricular and research activities, please see the Humanitarian Engineering Center.