Information Technology Research to Solve Global Problems
Ruth Connolly and Heidi Rauch
Organization of American States
University of Colorado, Boulder
Following a meeting in
Central America (extended greatly by Hurricane Mitch) representatives
of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Organization of
American States (OAS) identified and agreed to explore joint
collaboration in computer science and engineering to address global
problems important for the development of the Western Hemisphere.
Subsequent NSF/OAS conversations led to the "Workshop on Western
Hemisphere Collaboration: Information Technology Research to Solve
Global Problems," held in Orlando, Florida on February 22, 1999. The
Workshop brought together 16 distinguished computer scientists from
Latin America, Canada and the United States, and specialists from the
OAS’ Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).