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Wang to discuss Digital Study Hall, April 25

Randolph Wang, an associate with Microsoft Research India, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Friend Center auditorium about a project that seeks to help children living in poverty in India.

The topic of his address is "The Digital Study Hall: An E-Learning System for Improving Basic Education in Third World Countries."

"Good primary education is one of the most crucial factors in combating extreme poverty," said Wang. In the Digital Study Hall, computer scientists and education experts collaborate to build a distance-learning system for students attending resource-starved schools in rural villages and urban slums of India. The goal is to provide the same kind of educational opportunities enjoyed by middle-class students.

Wang is a former assistant professor in the computer science department at Princeton, where he started his work on the Digital Study Hall.

The talk is part of a lecture series on "Technology for Developing Regions" sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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