ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could change the way people live. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Institute for Software Research Ph.D. student Patrick Gage Kelly won first place in the graduate student category for his work "Designing a Privacy Label: Assisting Consumer Understanding of Online Privacy Practices." Meanwhile, CMU senior Zhiquan Yeo won second place in the undergraduate category for "KTE2: An Engine for Kinetic Typography." CMU professor Sara Kiesler won the lifetime achievement award at the conference.
CMU Human-Computer Interaction Institute professor Matthew Kam gave a speech at the conference on his paper "Designing Digital Games for Rural Children." Kam said there is no "magic bullet" for the poor quality of schooling in the developing world, which motivated him to study the design of educational video games for rural Indian children. Kam found that the children did not understand Western games very well, but by observing the children at play he was able to identify the principles and motivations behind their own games, which he used to design educational video games that the children found familiar and interesting.
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