Specialties: Rural Information Generation, ICT4D, Rural Development, ICT, SIP, VoIP Social Business
Ashir Ahmed is an associate professor at the department of advanced information technology in Kyushu University, Japan and director of GCC project in Grameen Communications, Bangladesh. His research aims to produce and promote ICT based social services for the unreached community in the world. In 2007, he joined Kyushu University as a guest associate professor under the research superstar program by Japan Science and Technology Agency. Through this program, he developed a joint collaboration with Grameen and Kyushu University and produced numerous international projects e.g. GramWeb (a village information platform), ePassbook (an electronic gadget for unreached community), $300 portable clinic and IGPF (Income Generation Project for Farmers using ICT). Inside Kyushu University, he developed a team of multi-disciplinary researchers which ultimately produced two research organizations e.g. GCL (Grameen Creative Lab) and GTL (Grameen Technology Lab) in 2009.
In 2011, a social business research institute has been established in the university. He is also a core contributor to establish Grameen Yukiguni Maitake Ltd, an agriculture based social business in Bangladesh. In 2003 to 2006, Ashir worked for NTT Communications to develop SIP based applications for home electronic devices and represented NTT Communications in International forum namely IETF to standardize NTT’s technology. In 2000-2002, he worked as an MTS1 in Avaya Labs, Japan to R&D Avaya’s SIP based products for Japanese market. Ashir was a visiting researcher at JGN (Japan Gigabit Network) project under the Telecommunication Advancement Organization and successfully setup regional TAO office in Sendai, Japan. Ashir received his Ph.D. in Information Sciences from Tohoku University in 1999.