Richard Anderson – Computing and Financial Services for the Poor

Please join us tomorrow for the first Change seminar of the quarter.  Professor Richard Anderson from UW CSE will be talking about a new project focused on financial access.

What: Computing and Financial Services for the Poor
When: Tuesday,  March 29, 2016
Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203
Improving access to financial services has been identified as an important mechanism for reducing poverty.  While mobile money offers opportunities for creating new services, and there have been notable successes such as mPesa in Kenya, uptake in many countries have remained slow.  Challenges that have been identified include fraud and cyber security, managing identity, credit scoring, and developing easy to use proximity payment solutions.  Work is being initiated at University of Washington to investigate these challenges from a computer science perspective.  This talk will provide an introduction to the area, and discuss some the potential research problems at the intersection of Computer Science and the development of financial services for the poor.