Dr. Muhammad Niswar ST, M.InfoTech
Hasanuddin University
email: niswar@unhas.ac.id


25 Sep 2012: I met Dr.Gaetano Boriello (Professor of CSE) and he briefly introduced me his project called Change Group (http://change.washington.edu/). Change is a group at the University of Washington exploring how technology can improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions. The member of groups came from multi-disiplines backgrounds including CSE, Public Health, Information School, etc. I am very interested in this project since my research goals is very related to them where I am doing research on electronic Triage that can help people in disaster area as well as people who living in rural area that lacks of medical facilities & support. After I met Dr Gaetano, I attended the change weekly seminar that talked by Dr.Richard Anderson (Professor of CSE, UW). He presented seminar topic called “From Digital StudyHall to Digital PublicHealth”. Dr.Richard talked about The Digital StudyHall (DSH) project that began in 2005.

The project aims to improve primary school education in rural India using Tutored Video Instruction where lessons recorded by experienced teachers were shown in remote schools by less experienced teachers.
Digital Green (DG) and Digital PublicHealth (DPH) are part of his project that use the principle of DSH. DG is for agricultural domain while DPH for maternal health messaging. These projects had deployed in India.

2 Oct 2012: Attend the change weekly seminar talked by Kurtis Heimerl from UC Berkeley. He presented “ Village Base Station (VBTS)” Project. This project aims to provide GSM cell phone communication in rural area in Papua, Indonesia that cannot be covered by existing telecommunication service provider. VBTS uses low power solar and backhauled with WiFi. He claims that VBTS can operate at less than 65% of the total power draw of a traditional “low-power” BTS.

09 Oct 2012: I introduced my current project to Dr. Gaetaeno and he also introduced his current project that similar to what I am doing now. He gave some comments on my project which is application of wireless sensor network for monitoring the patient's pulse status. He suggested me to use mobile application for collecting and documenting patient's pulse status and he introduced me a data collection tool called Open Data Kit (ODK) developed by his team in change group. Many organizations in the world are using this tool for their program such as public health and environmental monitoring. He introduced me to his Ph.D students as well as ODK developer in his team.

15 Oct 2012: Attending weekly change seminar talked by Pascal Schuback from the UW Office of Global Affairs. He was talking about developing Global Emergency Management Plan and supporting those traveling for UW business and operations overseas. He’s project focus on integration of technology, open data, emergency management/public safety arena and global crisis and humanitarian aids.

15-19 Oct 2012: I explored the ODK in case that it may apply to my project. I installed ODK in my Android smartphone and played around with ODK collect and get feel how we can use it. I found some issues on ODK and ODK developer fixed them up. It seems that ODK can be applied to my project and it may be required some customization to fit with my project.

26 Oct – 16 Nov 2012: I work on developing mobile application for my pulse sensor project. I'm starting to create a mobile application for connecting and disconnecting pulse sensor node with smartphone (on going). I'm going to integrate my mobile application with ODK.

12 Nov 2012: Attending weekly change seminar talked by Dr. Judd Walson. He was talking about understanding the importance of non-medical interventions in global health. His research is focused on investigating the effect of treating or preventing endemic co-infections (TB, malaria, helminthes) on HIV disease progression. He proposed to use non-medical tools, such as mobile phone application, mosquito net, etc. to preventing and treating endemic co-infections.