Carnegie Mellon University

A rural farmer in India looks at an iPad in a field.

December 20, 2017

Learning by Doing Good

In the project course "Computing for Good," which debuted this fall, several dozen students used satellite imagery to detect illegal mines in the Congo, created apps to coordinate timely pickup of harvested crops in Columbia and designed an augmented reality system to show farmers in Rwanda how investments in irrigation systems would improve their land. Xinwen Liu, a sophomore in information systems, explained that the computer program factors in such variables as size of the farm, rainfall, temperatures, the farmer's budget and the farmer's debt to calculate potential profits from a crop.

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