Academic Publications

DIL aims to advance development impact through rigorous, peer-reviewed research and the active translation of evidence into action. To ensure that the Lab’s work is open to the public, this site will showcase new findings from the field of Development Engineering.

The DIL library will grow to include working papers from our Research and Development (R&D) teams, academic books and book chapters, articles in top peer-reviewed journals, policy papers, opinion articles, annual reports, and conference proceedings.

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Computer Security for Data Collection Technologies” by Camille Cobb, Samuel Sudar, Nicholas Reiter, Richard Anderson, Franziska Roesner, and Tadayoshi Kohno, ICTD, June 2016.

Formation of macroscopic surface layers on Fe(0) electrocoagulation electrodes during an extended field trial of arsenic treatment” by Case M. van Genuchten, Siva R.S. Bandaru, Elena Surorova, Susan E. Amrose, Ashok J. Gadgil, Jasquelin Pena, Chemosphere, June 2016.

Experimental Evidence on the Demand for and Costs of Rural Electrification” by Kenneth Lee, Edward Miguel, and Catherine Wolfram, National Bureau of Economic Research, May 2016.

Renewable Additives that Improve Water Resistance of Cellulose Composite Materials” by Heather L. Buckley, Caitlin H. Touchberry, Jonathan P. McKinley, Zachary S. Mathe, Hurik Muradyan, Hannah Ling, Raj P. Fadadu, Martin J. Mulvihill, and Susan E. Amrose, Journal of Renewable Materials, May 2016.

Scalable DC Microgrids for Rural Electrification in Emerging Regions” by Achintya Madduri, Jason Poon, Javier Rosa, Matthew Podolsky, Eric Brewer, Seth Sanders, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, May 2016.

An efficient power harvesting mobile phone-based electrochemical biosensor for point-of-care health monitoring” by Alexander C. Sun, Chengyang Yao, Venkatesh A.G., Drew A. Hall, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, May 2016.

Energy Security in ASEAN: A quantitative approach for sustainable energy policy” by Sopitsuda Tongsopit, Noah Kittner, Youngho Chang, Apinya Akosornkij, Weerin Wangjiraniran, Energy Policy, March 2016.

Discussion Paper: Towards Gender Equality Through Sanitation Access” by Zachary Burt, Kara Nelson, and Isha Ray, UN Women, March 2016.


Optimizing Mobile Application Communication for Challenged Network Environments” by Waylon Brunette, Morgan Vigil, Fahad Pervaiz, Shahar Levari, Gaetano Borriello, and Richard Anderson, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) DEV, December 2015.

DUCES: A Framework for Characterizing and Simplifying Mobile Deployments in Low-Resource Settings” by Samuel R. Sudar and Richard Anderson, ACM  (Association for Computing Machinery) DEV, December 2015.

Evaluating the Cement Stabilization of Arsenic-bearing Iron Wastes from Drinking Water Treatment” by Tara M. Clancy, Kathryn V. Snyder, Raghav Reddy, Antonio Lanzirotti, Susan E. Amrose, Lutgarde Raskin, and Kim F. Hayes, Journal of Hazardous Materials, December 2015.

Predicting Poverty and Wealth From Mobile Phone Metadata” by Joshua Blumenstock, Gabriel Cadamuro, and Robert On, Science, November 2015.

Safe Drinking Water for Low-Income Regions” by Susan Amrose, Zachary Burt, and Isha Ray, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, November 2015.

Devcafe 1.0: A Participatory Platform For Assessing Development Initiatives In The Field” by Brandie Nonnecke, Sanjay Krishnan, Jay Patel, Mo Zhou, Laura Byaruhanga, Dorothy Masinde, Maria Elena Meneses, Alejandro Martin del Campo, Camille Crittenden, Ken Goldberg, Proceedings of the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, October 2015.

Escherichia coli Attenuation by Fe Electrocoagulation in Synthetic Bengal Groundwater: Effect of pH and Natural Organic Matter” by Caroline Delaire, Case M. van Genuchten, Kara L. Nelson, Susan E. Amrose, and Ashok J. Gadgil, Environmental Science & Technology, July 2015.

Evaluating The Cement Stabilization Of Arsenic-bearing Iron Wastes From Drinking Water Treatment” by Tara M. Clancy, Kathryn V. Snyder, Raghav Reddy, Antonio Lanzirotti, Susan E. Amrose, Lutgarde Raskin, Kim F. Hayes, Journal of Hazardous Materials, July 2015.

A Mobile Platform for Participatory Assessment of Development Programs and a Case Study in Uganda by Brandie Nonnecke, Sanjay Krishnan, Amit Akula, Alison Cliff, Allen Huang, Angela Lin, Shir Nehama, Laura Byaruhanga, Dorothy Masinde, Camille Crittenden, Ken Goldberg, Humanitarian Technology Conference: Science, Systems and Global Impact, May 2015.

Multi-contrast Imaging and Digital Refocusing on a Mobile Microscope with a Domed LED Array” by Z. Phillips, Michael V. D’Ambrosio, Lei Tian, Jared J. Rulison, Hurshal S. Patel, Nitin Sadras, Aditya V. Gande,  Neil A. Switz, Daniel Fletcher, Laura Waller, Plos One, May 2015.

Point-of-care Quantification Of Blood-borne Filarial Parasites With A Mobile Phone Microscope” by Michael V. D’ambrosio, Matthew Bakalar, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Clay Reber, Arunan Skandarajah, Lina Nilsson, Neil Switz, Joseph Kamgno, Sébastien Pion, Michel Boussinesq, Thomas B. Nutman, Daniel A. Fletcher, Science Translational Medicine, May 2015.

A Scalable DC Microgrid Architecture for Rural Electrification in Emerging Regions” by Eric Brewer, P. Achintya Madduri, Matthew Podolsky, Jason Poon, Javier Rosa, S. R. Sanders, Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), March 2015.

Paper-Digital Workflows in Global Development Organizations” by Nicola Dell, Trevor Perrier, Neha Kumar, Mitchell Lee, Rachel Powers, and Gaetano Borriello, Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, February 2015.

Production and Transformation of Mixed Valent Nanoparticles Generated from Fe(0) Electrocoagulation” by Kristian L. Dubrawski, Case M. van Genuchten, Caroline Delaire, Susan E. Amrose, Ashok J. Gadgil, and Madjid Mohseni, Environmental Science & Technology, February 2015.

A Longitudinal Study of Local, Sustainable, Small-Scale Cellular Networks” by Kurtis Heimerl, Shaddi Hasan, Kashif Ali, Tapan Parikh, Eric Brewer, Information Technologies & International Development, Spring 2015.

Comparing Cookstove Usage Measured with Sensors Versus Cell Phone-Based Surveys in Darfur, Sudan” by Daniel Lawrence Wilson, Mohammed Idris Adam, Omnia Abbas, Jeremy Coyle, Angeli Kirk, Javier Rosa, and Ashok J. Gadgil, Technologies for Development, 2015.

DevCAFE 1.0: A Participatory Platform for Assessing Development Initiatives in the Field” by Brandie Nonnecke, Sanjay Krishnan, Jay Patel, Mo Zhou, Laura Byaruhanga, Dorothy Masinde, Maria Elena Meneses, Alejandro Martin del Campo, Camille Crittenden, and Ken Goldberg, Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2015 IEEE.


Rescue Base Station” by Ibrahim Ghaznavi, Kurtis Heimerl, Umar Muneer, Abdullah Hamid, Kashif Ali, Tapan Parikh, Umar Saif, Proceedings of the Fifth ACM Symposium on Computing for Development, December 2014.

Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging Rapid, High-Resolution Phase Images for Live Cell Imaging” by Laura Waller and Lei Tan, SPIE: International Society for Optics and Photonics, November 2014.

Coherence Engineering for Microscopy” by Laura Waller and Lei Tian, Frontiers in Optics, October 2014.

A Methodology for Learning Analyzing and Mitigating Social Influence Bias in Recommender Systems,” by  Sanjay Krishnan, Jay Patel, Michael Franklin, Ken Goldberg, AMPLab, October 2014.

“Real-time brightfield, darkfield and phase contrast imaging in an LED array microscope,” by Ziji Liu, Lei Tian, Sijia Liu, Laura Waller, Journal of Biomedical Optics, October 2014.

Field Evaluation of a Camera-Based Mobile Health System in Low-Resource Settings,” by Nicola Dell, Ian Francis, Haynes Sheppard, Raiva Simbi, Gaetano Borriello, Proceedings of the 16th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices & services, September 2014.

Toward a New Field of Development Engineering Linking Technology Design to the Demands of the Poor,” by Lina Nilsson, Temina Madon, S. Shankar Sastry, Procedia Engineering, September 2014.

Designing Delay Constrained Hybrid Ad Hoc Network Infrastructure for Post-Disaster Communication,” by Sujoy Saha, Subrata Nandi, Partha Sarathi Paula, Vijay K. Shah, Akash Roy, Sajal K. Das, Ad Hoc Networks, August 2014.

Electro-Chemical Arsenic Remediation Field Trials in West Bengal,” by Susan E. Amrose, Siva R.S. Bandaru, Caroline Delaire, Case M. van Genuchten, Amit Dutta, Anupam DebSarkar, Christopher Orr, Joyashree Roy, Abhijit Das, Ashok J. Gadgil, Science of the Total Environment, August 2014.

Modeling of Aggregate Operation of Power Modules in Low-Voltage DC-Grids,” by K Rykov, L Ott, JL Duarte, EA Lomonova, 2014 16th European Conference Power Electronics and Applications (EPE’14-ECCE Europe), August 2014.

Barriers to Electrification for Under Grid Households in Rural Kenya,”by Kenneth Lee, Eric Brewer, Carson Christiano, Francis Meyo, Edward Miguel, Matthew Podolsky, Javier Rosa, Catherine Wolfram, National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014.

Novel Telemedicine Device for Diagnosis of Corneal Abrasions and Ulcers in Resource-Poor Settings,” by Robi N. Maamari, Somsanguan Ausayakhun, Todd P. Margolis, Daniel A. Fletcher, and Jeremy D. Keenan, JAMA Ophthalmol, July 2014.

Innovative Tools for Assessing Risks for Severe Adverse Events in Ares of Overlapping Loa loa and Other Filarial Distributions,” by Louise A Kelly-Hope, Jorge Cano, Michelle C. Stanton, Moses J. Bockarie and David H Molyneux, Parasites & Vectors, July 2014.

Multiplexed Coded Illumination for Fourier Ptychography with an LED array microscope,” by Lei Tian, Xiao Li, Kannan Ramchandran, and Laura Waller, Biomedical Optics Express, June 2014.

Deltaflow Submetering by Synthesizing Uncalibrated Pulse Sensor Streams,” by Meghan Clark, Brad Campbell, Prabal Dutta, Semiconductor Research Corporation, May 2014.

Low-Cost Mobile Phone Microscopy with a Reversed Mobile Phone Camera Lens,” by Neil A. Switz, Michael V. D’Ambrosio, and Daniel A. Fletcher, PLOS ONE, May 2014.

Mas Roig Mini-Grid A Renewable Energy Based Rural Islanded Microgrid,” by Pep Salas, Josep M. Guerrero, Francesc Sureda, Energy Conference (ENERGYCON) 2014 IEEE International, May 2014.

Quantitative Imaging with a Mobile Phone Microscope,” by Arunan Skandarajah, Clay D. Reber, Neil A. Switz, and Daniel A. Fletcher, PLOS ONE, May 2014.

Quantification of Black Carbon and Other Pollutant Emissions from a Traditional and an Improved Cookstove,” by Thomas W. Kirchstetter, Chelsea V. Preble, Odelle L. Hadley, and Ashok J. Gadgil, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April 2014.

A Mobile Phone-Based Retinal Camera for Portable Wide Field Imaging,” by Robi N Maamari, Jeremy D. Keenan, Daniel A. Fletcher, and Todd P. Margolis, Br J Ophthalmol, April 2014.

Design and Validation of a Software Defined Radio Testbed for DVB-T Transmission,” by Giuseppe Baruffa, Luca Rugini, Paolo Banelli, Radioengineering, April 2014.

Mobile Digital Fluorescence Microscopy for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis,” by Asa Tapley, Neil Switz, Clay Reber, J. Lucian Davis, Cecily Miller, John Baptist Matovu, William Worodria, Laurence Huang, Daniel A. Fletcher, and Adithya Cattamanchi, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, April 2014.

Assessing the Impact of Water Filters and Improved Cookstoves,” by Ghislaine Rosa, Fiona Majorin, Sophie Boisson,Christina Barstow, Michael Johnson, Miles Kirby, Fidele Ngabo, Evan Thomas,  Thomas Clasen, Plos One, March 2014.

Designing and PIloting a Program to Provide Water Filters and Improved Cookstoves in Rwanda,” by Christina K. Barstow, Fidele Ngabo, Ghislaine Rosa, Fiona Majorin, Sophie Boisson, Thomas Clasen, Evan A. Thomas, Plos One, March 2014.

Emissions and Climate-Relevant Optical Properties of Pollutants Emitted from a Three-Stone Fire and the Berkeley-Darfur Stove Tested under Laboratory Conditions,” by Chelsea V. Preble, Odelle L. Hadley, Ashok J. Gadgil, and Thomas W. Kirchstetter, Environmental Science & Technology, March 2014.

Grid Watch Mapping Blackouts with Smart Phones,” by Noah Klugman, Javier Rosa Pat Pannuto, Matthew Podolsky, William Huang , Prabal Dutta, Proceedings of the 15th Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, February 2014.

Structure of Fe(III) Precipitates Generated by the Electrolytic Dissolution of Fe(0) in the Presence of Groundwater Ions,” by Case M. van Genuchten, Jasquelin Peña, Susan E. Amrose, Ashok J. Gadgil, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, February 2014.


An Experiment in Reducing Cellular Base Station Power Draw with Virtual Coverage,” by Kurtis Heimerl, Shaddi Hasan, Kashif Ali, Tapan Parikh, Eric Brewer, Proceedings of the 4th Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, December 2013.

Integrating ODK Scan into the Community Health Worker,” by Nicola Dell, Jessica Crawford, Nathan Breit, Timóteo Chaluco, Aida Coelho, Joseph McCord, Gaetano Borriello, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, December 2013.

GSM Whitespaces An Opportunity for Rural Cellular Service,” by Shaddi Hasan, Kurtis Heimerl, Kate Harrison, Kashif Ali, Sean Roberts, Anant Sahai and Eric Brewer, IEEE DySPAN 2014, December 2013.

Improving Global Impact How the Integration of remotely reporting sensors in water projects may demonstrate and enhance positive change,” by Evan Thomas, PDX Scholar, December 2013.

Local Sustainable Small-Scale Cellular Networks,” by Kurtis Heimerl, Shaddi Hasan, Kashif Ali, Eric Brewer, Tapan Parikh, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, December 2013.

Monjolo An Energy-Harvesting Energy Meter Architecture,” by Samuel DeBruin, Bradford Campbell, Prabal Dutta, Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, November 2013.

Use of Remotely Reporting Electronic Sensors for Assessing Use of Water Filters and Cookstoves in Rwanda,” by Evan A. Thomas, Christina K. Barstow, Ghislaine Rosa, Fiona Majorin, and Thomas Clasen, Environmental Science & Technology, November 2013.

Limited electricity access in health facilities of sub-Saharan,” by Heather Adair-Rohani, Karen Zukor, Sophie Bonjour, Susan Wilburn, Annette C Kuesel, Ryan Hebert, Elaine R Fletcher, Global Science: Health and Practice, August 2013.

Remotely accessible and reconfigurable in-situ instrumentation to improve monitoring of global development interventions,” by Evan A. Thomas, Zdenek Zumr, Jodi Graf, Carson A. Wick, James H. McCellan, Zachary Imam, Christina Barstow, Kelly Spiller and Michael Fleming, Sustainability, August 2013.

Locally Affordable Arsenic Remediation for Rural South Asian using Electrocoagulation,” by Susan E. Amrose, Ashok J. Gadgil, Siva R.S. Bandaru, Carloine Delaire, Case M. van Genuchten, Lei Li, Christopher Orr, Amit Dutta, Anupam DebSarkar, Abhijit Das, Joyashree Roy, Proceedings of the 36th WEDC International Conference, July 2013.

Power to the Peers Authority of Source Effects for a Voice-based Agricultural Information Service in Rural India,” by Neil Patel, Kapil Shah, Krishna Savani, Scott R. Klemmer, Paresh Dave, Tapan S. Parikh,  Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, May 2013.

Arsenic Removal from Groundwater Using Iron Electrocoagulation,” by Susan Amrose, Ashok Gadgil, Venkat Srinivasan, Kristin Kowolik, Marc Muller, Jessica Huang & Robert Kostecki, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, April 2013.

Expanding Rural Cellular Networks with Virtual Coverage,” by Kurtis Heimerl, Kashif Ali, Joshua Blumenstock, Brian Gawalt, and Eric Brewer, Proceedings of the 10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, April 2013.


How Will Energy Demand Develop In the Developing World,” by Catherine Wolfram, Orie Shelef, and Paul Gertler, Journal of Economic Perspectives, December 2012.

Who gets the Job Referral? Evidence from a Social Networks Experiment,” by Lori Beaman and Jeremy Magruder, American Economic Review, December 2012.

EpiMap Towards Quantifying Contact Networks for Understanding Epidemiology in Developing Countries,” by Eiko Yoneki, Jon Crowcroft, Ad Hoc Networks, June 2012.

Interferon-gamma release assays for the diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection in HIV-infected individuals,” by Adithya Cattamanchi, Rachel Smith, Karen Steingart, John Metcalfe, Anand Date, Courtney Coleman, Barbara Marston, Laurence Huang. Philip C. Hopewell, and Madhukar Pai, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, June 2012.

MobileWorks Designing for Quality in a Managed Crowdsourcing Architecture,” by Anand Kulkarni, Philipp Gutheim, Prayag Narula, David Rolnitzky, Tapan Parikh and Björn Hartmann, IEEE, June 2012.

Automated Tuberculosis Diagnosis Using Fluorescence Images from a Mobile Microscope,” by Jeannette Chang, Pablo Arbeláez, Neil Switz, Clay Reber, Asa Tapley, J. Lucian Davis, Adithya Cattamanchi, Daniel Fletcher, and Jitendra Malik, Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, May 2012.

Communitysourcing Engaging Local Crowds to Perform Expert Work Via Physical Kiosks,” by Kurtis Heimerl , Brian Gawalt , Kuang Chen , Tapan S. Parikh , Björn Hartmann, ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), May 2012.

How Users Understand Cellular Infrastructure,” by Kurtis Heimerl and Tapan S. Parikh, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, April 2012.


Removing Arsenic from Synthetic Groundwater with Iron Electrocoagulation,” by Case M. van Genuchten , Susan E. A. Addy, Jasquelin Peña, and Ashok J. Gadgil, Environmental Science & Technology, December 2011.


Metamouse: Improving Multi-user Sharing of Existing Educational Applications,” by Kurtis Heimerl, Janani Vasudev, Kelly G. Buchanan, Tapan Parikh, Eric Brewer, 4th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, December 2010.

Arsenic Remediation of Drinking Water Using Iron-Oxide Coated Coal Bottom Ash,” by Johanna L. Mathieu, Ashok J. Gadgil, Susan E.A. Addy & Kristin Kowolik, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, August 2010.

Transport of Intensity Phase Imaging in a Volume Holographic Microscope,” by Laura Waller, Yuan Luo, Se Young Yang, and George Barbastathis, Optics Letters, August 2010.

Transport-of-intensity Approach to Differential Interference Contrast (TI-DIC) Microscopy for Quantitative Phase Imaging,” by Shan Shan Kou, Laura Waller, George Barbastathis, and Colin J.R. Sheppard, Optics Letters, January 2010.


Municipal Solid Waste Management in Kolkata India,” by Subhasish Chattopadhyay, Amit Dutta, Subhabrata Ray, Waste Management, May 2009.