440 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760
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I'm Kurtis Heimerl. I work on technology for developing regions with Professor Eric Brewer in the TIER group, as well as with Professor Tapan Parikh in the Represent group. I also moonlight as a developer and open-source community manager at Range Networks, supporting the open release of OpenBTS.
My thesis topic is the The Village Base Station (VBTS), a low-cost, low-power GSM basestation (based off OpenBTS). Our goal is to provide community cellular: local, community-owned cellular networks in areas without existing cellular coverage. Write-ups of our progress are here.
I've worked on a wide variety of projects. Some examples include Umati, the crowdsourcing vending machine; PANTS/NetAPI, a modern sockets implementation; mPhone, a message-oriented phone system; and the Python implementation of the DTN bundle protocol.
My Master's thesis was a project called Metamouse (not to be confused with this), which allows for more equitable sharing of existing educational content. You can see a video demonstration here. I also gave a CITRIS talk on this research which you can see here.