Six students at VUA involved in VOICES/W4RA related research

Currently, six students of the Computer Science Department at VU are doing research on VOICES and W4RA related topics. Friday 20 April, a mini-symposium, took place in the Intertainlab at VU Amsterdam, for those students involved in MSc. projects related to the VOICES project and other activities associated with “the Web for Warm Countries”. The goal of this meeting was for the students to inform each other about the current status of their research project and to sketch the bigger picture. First Victor de Boer presented the various running projects (VOICES, Foroba Blon, IDSWrapper, SemanticXO) as well as possible future projects (the ICT4D course).

Six students presented their updates:

Henk Kroon about his efforts into creating a client application that uses the Linked Data based on RadioMarché.
Rokhsareh Nakhaei presented us with extensive models for her design of a serious game that will be used to gather voice fragments in different languages.
Albert Chifura is talking to many stakeholders to identify sustainable business models for the M-Event use case of VOICES
Binyam Tesfa is also developing a crowdsourcing application. He is doing this for digitizing pluvial data from the Sahel. He targets a specific niche (the African ‘diaspora’) to do this.
Deepak Chetri is doing literature research into the design of Voice-based interfaces for low-literate users in developing countries.
Gavarni Winter is the newest addition to the W4RA family, he is still contemplating the specific research questions.