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Thursday, March 15, 2012

News Brief: Computerworld Honors HCII’s MILLEE Project

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 / bspice@cs.cmu.edu

Computerworld MedalThe Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies, or MILLEE, project has been named a 2012 Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Matthew Kam, assistant professor, leads the MILLEE project, which is using educational mobile phone applications to help children in the developing world acquire language literacy in a game-like environment. MILLEE is now completing a year-long pilot of its second-generation, English literacy games with 250 children in four low-income schools in India.

“What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology's role in moving society forward,” said John Amato, vice president and publisher of Computerworld. “Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT.”

Kam has been invited to accept the award at a June 4 ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Additional information about the program can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.