The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS), at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, brings together computer scientists and scholars from a broad range of fields to make advances in computational research that serve public interest. We are currently collaborating on interdisciplinary projects in areas such as conservation and public health. CRCS is informed by a deep knowledge of the societal issues at stake and by a commitment to advancing the human condition through cutting edge collaboration between computational and social science.

Visit here to read the most recent Letter form CRCS Director, Milind Tambe.



The focus of Harvard CRCS is to advance computer science research that serves the public interest by prioritizing topics in conservation and public health. CRCS researchers use computing tools and research methods in Artificial Intelligence and computer science to help augment decision making on a variety of topics related to health, social services, and wildlife conservation. Problems of prediction, identification, and planning help to leverage and otimize existing resources. Public health topics of current interest include mobile health delivery, tuberculosis medication adherence, COVID 19 spread, suicidality and metal health topics. Conservation topics currently include allocating resources for the prevention of poaching and smuggling. Visit our Research page to learn more.

Elephant drinking at Uganda Falls. Image by Milind Tambe during field research in Uganda




Social networking and to leverage expert perspectives from a range of domains is a crucial component to fostering genuine, real world impact.


Employing computational research methods toward the aim of mitigating challenges for the greater good relies on connectivity among people. CRCS commits to this through education, mentoring, and partnerships. We seek to work with researchers who are enthusiastic about interacting with computer scientists and colleagues from other disciplines and who have a demonstrated interest in connecting their research agenda with societal issues. CRCS also sponsors events and workshops to bring together our community, generate ideas, share methods, and bring attention to AI for Social Impact. 

Most importantly, CRCS cultivates interdisciplinary collaborations to achieve innovative solutions to global challenges as they relate to public health and conservation. Partnerships and the invaluable learned experiences brought by CRCS collaborators builds a major cornerstone of the CRCS organization. Consequently, CRCS firmly commits to supporting researchers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
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2022 Nov 07

Catherine Lilian Nakalembe (University of Maryland)

11:00am to 12:00pm


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Dr. Nakalembe is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland, the Africa Program Director under NASA Harvest, and a member of the NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team on which she serves as the Agriculture and Food Security Thematic Lead. Catherine has broad research interests and leads projects focusing on the development methods and...

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2022 Nov 14

Conrad Tucker (Carnegie Mellon University)

11:00am to 12:00pm


In person and Zoom, register here: https://forms.gle/d4cvu4wA3RLFDjeu5

Talk Title: Using AI to Advance Mobile Digital Health in Resource-Constrained Environments

Abstract: The emergence of ubiquitous mobile computing devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms is transforming patient care, hereby making it more scalable and accessible. This is of particular importance in resource-constrained environments (RCEs) where access to healthcare technologies or expertise may be limited. The sensing modalities (e.g., camera/gyroscope) of mobile devices are capable of capturing and storing data that can then be...

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Join us in Fall 2022 for the CRCS Social Impact Seminar Series. The series will explore how computing methods can contribute to solving social problems and will bring together researchers and practitioners across computer science and a range of application domains. More information about the Fall Series will be posted soon.