Kentaro Toyama, Ph.D.
Kentaro Toyama, Ph.D., is W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. He is the author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. His research explores the causes of social change, and technology's potential to support it. Until 2009, Toyama was assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India, which he co-founded in 2005. At MSR India, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world's poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. His work has been mentioned by the New York Times, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR. Prior to his time in India, Toyama did computer vision and multimedia research and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. Toyama graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in computer science and from Harvard with a B.S. in physics.