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PhD and Postdoc Win Gold Awards at Reimagine Education Competition


Nesra Yannier and Ken Holstein holding their award checks at the Reimagine Education competition

Using mixed-reality to reimagine the classroom from both sides -- an Intelligent Science Station for students and smart glasses for teachers -- earned Gold Awards for an HCII PhD student and Postdoc in the 2017-18 Reimagine Education competition.

Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Postdoctoral Fellow Nesra Yannier earned gold in the Cultivating Curiosity category with Norilla, a mixed-reality learning system for children. In the Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality (VR/AR) category, third-year HCII PhD student Ken Holstein also earned gold with the Lumilo project for teachers.

"It is extraordinary that not only one, but two of our students have won awards at this prestigious competition,” said Jodi Forlizzi, Geschke Director of the HCI Institute and professor. “This is evidence of our growing expertise in learning science and the benefit of working collaboratively."

According to the Reimagine Education website, a panel of international judges selects the winning projects as achieving outstanding standards for innovation, scalability, and depth.