Prof William Tucker

Position:Associate Professor
Department:Computer Science Programme
Faculty:Faculty of Natural Science
Qualifications:PhD (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Tel:021 959 2516
Fax:021 959 1274
Email:btucker@uwc.ac.za

Biography

Prof. William Tucker leads BANG, a research group that co-designs and analyses ICT solutions for marginalised and poverty-stricken communities; with the communities themselves. BANG projects include Zenzeleni which is South Africa’s only community-owned and run rural ISP; and SignSupport, an app suite co-designed with and for Deaf communities to empower them to communicate with hearing people in their own language, sign language, e.g. for pharmaceutical instruction and diabetes self-management. We call this work Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and we are interested in social, technical, economic and legal aspects of such efforts. Prof. Tucker lectures ICT4D at Honours, and HCI (human computer interface) at 3rd year. He is an Associate Editor for ITID.