Tapan Parikh is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Tapan’s research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), mobile computing, voice user interfaces and information systems for microfinance, smallholder agriculture and global health.
For the past ten years, Tapan has been designing, developing and deploying information systems in the rural developing world – initially in India, and now also in Latin America and Africa. Tapan’s dissertation project, CAM, was the first integrated mobile phone framework for rural data collection, specifically adapted for device, user and infrastructure constraints.
While in India, Tapan co-founded ekgaon technologies (www.ekgaon.com), a management and technology company serving rural communities.
He holds a Sc.B. degree in Molecular Modeling with Honors from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington, where he won the William Chan award for best Ph.D. dissertation.
Tapan was also named Technology Review magazine’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2007, for his work bringing accessible mobile data services to microfinance groups in rural India.