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Ashir Ahmed Last modified date:2017.06.24



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http://socialtech.gramweb.net/
Our mission is to develop technologies by considering the requirements of the unreached community in the world. In order to accomplish this mission, xTURP researchers and members will periodically organize seminars to share the updates of the projects with researchers, students and community people. .
www.gramweb.net
GramWeb is a web-based platform developed by Global Communications Center (GCC) to provide a point of information storage and sharing for the 85000 villages of Bangladesh. This enables Villagers at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) to move from information consumers to information producers. They collect their village data and share them worldwide via their own village site to be maintained by a villager called Village Information Entrepreneur (VIE) for promotion, communication and thereby make it a source of their income. For the first time villagers can know and share their village to the whole world resulting a virtual global village.

GramWeb assists villagers to become village information owners and invites the BoP villagers to use their village information as their sources of income. This system increases information transparency and accuracy, and improves villagers' opportunities. .
Phone
092-802-3632
Fax
092-802-3632
Academic Degree
Ph.D (Information Science)
Field of Specialization
Information and Communication Technology
Outline Activities
The UN has defined eight millennium development goals (MDGs) to be achieved by the year 2015. The goals relate to health, education, poverty and the environment. Many of the problems that the goals target can be effectively solved if technologies could reach the masses. My research aims to research and develop technologies to reach the unreached in a sustainable manner.

Projects:
1. ePassbook Project: This project develops digitized passbook for the Grameen Bank borrowers. A borrower can check all their banking transaction records, schedule, status of loan and saving, etc., in a highly secured manner. This multipurpose card will also keep the family health records of the members facilitating better health care services.
Partners: Grameen Communications, SHARP, NMDA and Kyushu University. Sponsor: JETRO
2. Income Generation Project for Farmers Using ICT (IGPF): www.igpf.gramweb.net
IGPF aims to produce technologies to provide advanced farming knowledge, crop maintenance and marketing information. Farmers will be able to communicate with the experts and market agents in remote areas. Produces chemical free healthy vegetables. IGPF is funded by JICA jointly supported by GCC, BSMRAU and WIN Inc.
Partners: Grameen Communications, BSMRAU, WIN and Kyushu University, Sponsor: JICA
3. International Research Opportunity Program (IROP): www.irop.gramweb.net
IROP creates opportunities for the students, professionals, researchers, interested in developing social business. We arrange tour programs to the fields to identify social problems and gather unique ideas to solve social issues. Currently we are collaborating with Institution of Innovation Research (IIR) of Hitotsubashi University, Japan and hosting 100 researchers per year. Grameen Yukiguni Maitake Ltd. (GYM), a joint venture social business between Yukiguni Maitake Co. Ltd., Japan and Grameen Krishi Foundation, Bangladesh was born through this program.
Partner: GCC, Hitotsubashi University and Kyushu University

4. Social Services on Wheels: nvcc.gramweb.net
Nomadic Village Communication Center (NVCC) is an idea of mobile internet kiosk that carries a variety of ICT based social services which we call e-services. It is a joint project of Toyota, Kyushu University and GramWeb. This aims to create awareness of ICT based social services in unreached community and discover business opportunities in rural area using Nomadic (mobile) Internet Kiosk on vehicle.

Partner: GCC, Toyota, Kyushu University Sponsor: Toyota

5. Portable Clinic: ehealth.gramweb.net
Portable Clinic aims to produce technologies to provide healthcare service to the doors of the unreached. The portable clinic is a health checkup booth or a box with necessary diagnostic tools. A certified nurse will collect FHR (Family Health Record) of each family in a village and upload them to a centralized database. The archive can be an invaluable source of information for the government, NGO, social development organizations to know the area based health situation and trends.

Partners: GCC and Kyushu University


6. Renewable Energy: energy.gramweb.net
Renewable Energy aims to produce technologies for providing uninterrupted and affordable energy services to remote houses, shops and tele-centre. NTT, Japan and GCC are jointly working together with this target. Efficient appliances e.g. mobile phone chargers, street lights, batteries are the scope of this R&D.

Partners: NTT, Kyushu University, GCC
Research
Research Interests
  • A survey on geo characteristics for customization of Portable Health Clinic System
    keyword : Remote Health Care, Geo Characteristics, Portable Health Clinic
    2016.04~2017.03.
  • Support to establish a new society of BOP farmers by using the power of ICT

    keyword : Income generation, ICT, farmers
    2013.10~2017.02.
  • Towards creating social values by introducing a community car to sustainably serve the unreached people
    keyword : Mobility, ICT, Social Values
    2016.04~2017.03.
  • Towards creating social values by introducing a community car to sustainably serve the unreached people
    keyword : Mobility, ICT, Social Values
    2015.04~2016.03.
  • Towards creating social values by introducing a community car to sustainably serve the unreached people
    keyword : Mobility, ICT, Social Values
    2014.04~2015.03.
  • Towards creating social values by introducing a community car to sustainably serve the unreached people
    keyword : Mobility, ICT, Social Values
    2013.06~2014.03.
  • Design and Implementation of an affordable usable and sustainable portable health clinic for healthcare prevention for unreached community
    keyword : portable clinic, healthcare, preventive medicine
    2010.04~2020.03.
  • Income Generation Project for Farmers using ICT (IGPF)
    keyword : Income generation, ICT, farmers
    2010.07~2013.06.
  • GramWeb: A Village Information Platform
    keyword : Village Information, Information Collection, Storage and broadcast
    2007.08~2012.03.
  • Social Services on Wheels to reach the unreached villagers
    keyword : ICT, Social Services, Social Business
    2011.07~2012.03.
  • Design and Implementation of ePassbook for the people at BOP
    keyword : ePassbook, Microcredit, BOP, low income people, electronic card
    2012.10~2012.10.
Current and Past Project
  • This project aims to solve social issues related to transportation. Almost all the rural areas in the world have the last mile access problem to healthcare, education, government services etc. This project aims to carry all the social services on a car to solve the last mile access problem. We are designing such a vehicle, we call it "social services on wheels". The sponsor of this project is Toyota motor company in Japan.
  • IGPF aims to assist the female farmers in Bangladesh to generate income by produc-ing healthy semi-organic vegetables (use appropriate or no chemical fertilizers or pesticides) in their homestead and fallow land areas. Healthy vegetables have a high demand in the rich individuals, quality hotels and restaurants and hospitals. The In order to achieve the goal, the project undertook the following action items: (1) de-velop farmer-friendly digitised farming knowledge contents (2) disseminate the contents to rural farmers by using ICT (3) Utilise homestead and surrounding land areas (4) engage women in farming (6) develop necessary ICT tools to communicate with the facility of production, marketing and support.
  • Portable Clinic aims to produce technologies to provide healthcare service to the doors of the unreached. The portable clinic is a health checkup booth or a box with necessary diagnostic tools. A certified nurse will collect FHR (Family Health Record) of each family in a village and upload them to a centralized database. The archive can be an invaluable source of information for the government, NGO, social development organizations to know the area based health situation and trends.
  • IGPF aims to assist the female farmers in Bangladesh to generate income by produc-ing healthy semi-organic vegetables (use appropriate or no chemical fertilizers or pesticides) in their homestead and fallow land areas. Healthy vegetables have a high demand in the rich individuals, quality hotels and restaurants and hospitals. The In order to achieve the goal, the project undertook the following action items: (1) de-velop farmer-friendly digitised farming knowledge contents (2) disseminate the contents to rural farmers by using ICT (3) Utilise homestead and surrounding land areas (4) engage women in farming (6) develop necessary ICT tools to communicate with the facility of production, marketing and support.
  • The project aims at the computerization of the operational bases of Microcredit in order to replace the paper, i.e. the bank passbooks with the IC cards using Kyushu University's Value Right Circulation Control System (VRICS) which is characterized by the highly reliable security and its independence of media. With the application of VRICS, the current problems shall be solved, other infrastructures will be established and real-time information and data transmission will be realized, allowing micro-credit to reconstruct itself as a safe and solid social infrastructure.
  • This project aims to solve social issues related to transportation. Almost all the rural areas in the world have the last mile access problem to healthcare, education, government services etc. This project aims to carry all the social services on a car to solve the last mile access problem. We are designing such a vehicle, we call it "social services on wheels". The sponsor of this project is Toyota motor company in Japan.
Academic Activities
Books
1. Ashir Ahmed, REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Nohara Yasunobu, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Partha Pratim Ghosh, Naoki Nakashima, Hiroto Yasuura, Smart Sensors and Systems
Chapter: Portable Health Clinic: A Telehealthcare System for UnReached Communities
, Springer, 2015.03, [URL].
Papers
1. Mehdi Hasan, Mamoru Ito, Ashir Ahmed, Dissemination of Personalized Agricultural Knowledge for Farmers in Bangladesh, International Journal of Innovative Research and Development (IJIRD), 5, 3, 2016.02, [URL].
2. Takuzo Osugi, REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Jecinta Kamau, Abdullah Emran, Ashir Ahmed, Healthcare Service on Wheels for Unreached Communities, International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, 6 (5), pp. 594-599, 2016., 6, 5, 2016.04.
3. Ashir Ahmed, Kazi Mozaher Hossein, Md. Asifur Rahman, Takuzo Osugi, Akira Fukuda, Hiroto Yasuura, Expansion of e-Commerce Coverage to Unreached Community by using Micro-Finance Infrastructure , International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (ijacsa), 6, 9, 2015.09.
4. Takuzo Osugi, REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Jecinta Kamau, Abdullah Emran, Ashir Ahmed, Healthcare Service on Wheels for Unreached Communities , Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, 2015.04.
5. Nohara Yasunobu, Eiko Kai, Partha Pratim Ghosh, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Ashir Ahmed, Masahiro Kuroda, Sozo Inoue, Tatsuo Hiramatsu, Michio Kimura, Naoki Nakashima, Health Checkup and Telemedical Intervention Program for Preventive Medicine in Developing Countries: Verification Study, Journal of Medical Internet Research , 17, 1, 2015.01.
6. REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Hiroshi Nakajima, Ashir Ahmed, Keiichi Obayashi, Naoki Nakashima, Mitsuo Kuwabara, Islam Rafiqul, Toshikazu Shiga, Investigation into Blood Pressure Variability in Japan and Bangladesh by ICT based Healthcare Systems, The 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2014), 2014.10.
7. Ashir Ahmed, REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Sozo Inoue, Naoki Nakashima, Applicability of Portable Health Clinic for ageing Society, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International), Springer LNCS, LNCS 8530, 2014.08, [URL].
8. Ashir Ahmed, Andrew REBEIRO-HARGRAVE, Raiqul Islam, Sozo Inoue, Naoki Nakashima, Applicability of Portable Health Clinic for ageing Society, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International), LNCS, 8530, 2014.06.
9. Eiko Kai, Andrew REBEIRO-HARGRAVE, Sozo Inoue, Nohara Yasunobu, Naoki Nakashima, Rafiqul Islam, Ashir Ahmed, Empowering the healthcare worker using the Portable Health Clinic, Proceedings of 28th IEEE-AINA, 2014.05.
10. Jecinta Kamau, Andrew REBEIRO-HARGRAVE, Hiroaki Saito, Emran Abdullah, Hiroshi Okajima, Ashir Ahmed, Social Services on Wheels: A sustainable model to improve access in unreached communities, Proceedings of the IEEE IST-Africa, 2014.05.
11. Ashir Ahmed, Andrew REBEIRO-HARGRAVE, Nohara Yasunobu, Eiko Kai, Zahidul Hossein Ripon, Naoki Nakashima, Targeting morbidity in unreached communities using Portable Health Clinic System, IEICE Transaction on Communications, E97-B, 3, 2014.03.
12. Ashir Ahmed, REBEIRO-HARGRAVE ANDREW, Nohara Yasunobu, Eiko Kai, Zahidul Hussein Ripon, Naoki Nakashima, Targeting morbidity in unreached communities using Portable Health Clinic System, IEICE Trans. Special Issue on Information and Communication Technology for Medical and Healthcare Applications, 2014.03.
13. Ashir Ahmed, Sozo Inoue, Eiko Kai, Naoki Nakashima, Nohara Yasunobu, Portable Health Clinic: A Pervasive Way to Serve the Unreached Community for Preventive Healthcare, Proceedings of HCI International 2013, Published by Springer, LNCS 8028, 2013.07.
14. Ashir Ahmed, Lutfe Kabir, Eiko Kai, Sozo Inoue, GramHeath: A bottom-up approach to provide preventive healthcare services for unreached community, Proceedings of EMBC 2013, 2013.07.
15. Ashir Ahmed, Takuzo Osugi, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Naoki Nakashima, Evolution of remote health-consultancy over mobile phone, Proceedings of the 2013 IEICE, 2013.03.
16. Ashir Ahmed Akinori Ozaki Kazuo Ogata Ikuo Miyajima Takuzou Osugi, Income Generation Project for rural female Farmers using ICT (IGPF), Proceedings of e-Asia 2011, 2011.08.
17. Ashir Ahmed, Asifur Rahman, Takuzo Osugi, eCommerce for the unreached community, Proceedings of ICT 2011, 2011.07.
Works, Software and Database
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2. A software and a hardware for micro-finance institution to collect, store and display loan statements.
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3. A gyant chart that displays the summary of patients history for the busy doctors. A doctor can view a patient's history in a short period of time.
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5. A software application that can collect, store and display millions of village information
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Presentations
1. Ashir Ahmed, Kai Eiko, Healthcare and Social Business, Institute of Decision Science for Sustainable Society, 2014.04.30.
2. Ashir Ahmed, Lutfe Kabir, Kai Eiko, Sozo Inoue, GramHealth: A bottom-up approach to provide preventive healthcare services for unreached community, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2013.07.03, [URL].
3. Ashir Ahmed, Sozo Inoue, Kai Eiko, Naoki Nakashima, Nohara Yasunobu, Portable Health Clinic: A pervasive way to serve the unreached community for preventive healthcare, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2013.07.24, [URL].
4. Ashir Ahmed, Technologies to achieve social goals, Second International Japan-Egypt Conference on Electronics, Communications and Computers, 2013.12.17, [URL].
5. Ashir Ahmed, Partha P. Ghosh, Energy for small scale rural ICT centers , IMPRES2013: International Symposium on Innovative Materials for Processes in Energy Systems 2013, 2013.09.04, [URL].
6. Ashir Ahmed, takuzou ohsugi, Rafiqul Islam Maruf, Naoki Nakashima, Evolution of remote health-consultancy over mobile phone, IEICE General Conference, 2013.03.19.
7. Ashir Ahmed, GramHealth: An affordable and usable healthcare system for unreached community , ITU Workshop on "E-health services in low-resource settings: Requirements and ITU role” , 2012.02.04.
8. Ashir Ahmed, Reaching the Unreached by ICT and Social Business, IEEE GlobeCom , 2011.12.05.
9. Ashir Ahmed, takuzou ohsugi, eCommerce for the unreached community, Proc. IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings (ICT 2011), 2011.07.24.
Membership in Academic Society
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
  • The Institute of Electronics Information and Communication Engineering
  • International Association for Development of the Information Society
  • IEEE
Awards
  • Best presentation award for the presentation on "Healthcare Service on Wheels for Unreached Communities" at the International Conference on Social Science and Humanity, Kyoto, Japan, April 10, 2015.
  • Runner-up paper Award
  • Best Presentation Award
  • IADIS ICT, Society and Human Beings selects one paper as the Best Paper Award. Our paper titled, "E-commerce for the Unreached Community" received was selected for the award.
Educational
Social
Professional and Outreach Activities
2007.07: Opened a new research area to reach the unreached community in the world by using technology. Signed an agreement between Kyushu University and Grameen Communications, Bangladesh to promote relations, mutual understanding, and carry out collaborative research towards the goal of building a social information infrastructure model in developing countries..