Kentaro Toyama

W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information, University of Michigan

Kentaro Toyama is the W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor at University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the MIT Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. Until 2009, he was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005 and where he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which researches how the world’s poorest communities interact with electronic technology and ways for technology to support their socioeconomic development. Previously, Toyama did computer-vision and machine-learning research at Microsoft Research and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Ghana. He authored Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.

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