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Georgia Tech Program Pairs Computing With Public Service


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The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has spun off a course on using technology to solve real-world problems into a new program called Computing for Good (C4G). As part of C4G, faculty and students are developing computer-based solutions to fight homelessness, the spread of HIV, and other societal problems. Stefany Wilson with the College of Computing says C4G is considering seeking industry partners and expanding faculty research efforts.

Georgia Tech says enrollment for the course increased from 17 students last spring to 50 this fall. Participants in the course have developed mobile kiosks for recording war-crimes testimony in Liberia, and have built a Web-based system to monitor blood supplies. The World Health Organization has expressed interest in using the monitoring system worldwide.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education
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