publications

Dr. Matthew Kam has published on a range of topics that span affordable technologies in lower-income countries, computer-supported collaborative learning, cross-cultural design, educational games, language and literacy education, mobile learning, Open Educational Resources (OERs), participatory design, speech recognition, and technology for empowering women in the developing world. A list of selected publications in leading industry venues; peer-reviewed academic conferences and journals; and handbooks are given below. For the full list, please contact Dr. Kam. Note that in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science, conferences are seen as the top-tier publishing venues, with selectivity and impact often exceeding that of journals.

Kumar, A., Metze, F., and Kam, M. (2014). Enabling Rapid Development and Adoption of Speech-User Interfaces. IEEE Computer, 47 (1), January 2014. Cover feature.

Kumar, A., Metze, F., Wang, W., and Kam, M. (2013). Formalizing expert knowledge for developing accurate speech recognizers. Proceedings of 14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (InterSpeech ’13), Lyon, France, August 25-29, 2013.

Kam, M. (2013). Mobile learning games for low-income children in India: Lessons from 2004-2009. Berge, Z., and Muilenburg, L. (Eds.), Handbook of Mobile Learning, Routledge. 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Distance Education Book Award

Lomas, J.D., Patel, K., Ching, D., Lakshmanan, M., Kumar, A., Kam, M., and Forlizzi, J. (2013). The power of play: Design lessons for increasing the lifespan of outdated computers. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’13), Paris, France, April 27-May 2, 2013. (Acceptance rate: 20%)

Dray, S.M., Light, A.E., Dearden, A., Evers, V., Densmore, M., Ramachandran, D., Kam, M., Marsden, G., Sambasivan, N., Smyth, T., Gruenen, D., and Winters, N. (2012). Human computer interaction for development: Changing HCI to change the world. Jacko, J. (Ed.), The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications, 3rd Edition, CRC Press, 1369-1394.

Kumar, A., Reddy, P., Tewari, A., Agrawal, R., and Kam, M. (2012). Improving literacy in developing countries using speech recognition-supported games on mobile devices. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’12), Austin, Texas, May 5-10, 2012. (Acceptance rate: 25%)

Kumar, A., Reddy, P., and Kam, M. (2012). Probing the role of different types of productive vocabulary training on word recognition skills using cellphone games in rural India. Presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL), Boston, Massachusetts, March 24-27, 2012. Selected as top 20 graduate student submissions (i.e. top 4%)

Lomas, D., Ching, D., Hoadley, C., Patel, K., and Kam, M. (2011). When a console game becomes CSCL: Play, participatory learning and 8-bit home computing in India. Proceedings of ISLS Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL ’11), Hong Kong, July 4-8, 2011.

Kumar, A., Reddy, P., and Kam, M. (2011). SMART: Speech-enabled mobile assisted reading technology, for word comprehension. Proceedings of 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED ’11), Christchurch, New Zealand, June 29-July 1, 2011.

Shroff, G., and Kam, M. (2011). Towards a design model for women’s empowerment in the developing world. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’11), Vancouver, Canada, May 7-12, 2011. (Acceptance rate: 27%)

Kumar, A., Reddy, P., and Kam, M. (2011). Productive oral vocabulary knowledge in word reading: An intervention study using cellphone games in rural India. Presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference (AAAL), Chicago, March 26-29, 2011.

Kumar, A., Tewari, A., Horrigan, S., Kam, M., Metze, F., and Canny, J. (2011). Rethinking speech recognition on mobile devices. Position paper for Workshop on Intelligent User Interfaces for Developing Regions. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI ’11), Palo Alto, February 13-16, 2011.

Kumar, A., Reddy, P., and Kam, M. (2010). Using mobile phones to investigate the effect of productive lexical processing on word recognition in rural India. Presented at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA, October 14-17, 2010.

Kumar, A., Tewari, A., Shroff, G., Chittamuru, D., Kam, M., and Canny, J. (2010). An exploratory study of unsupervised mobile learning in rural India. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’10), Atlanta, Georgia, April 10-15, 2010. (Acceptance rate: 22%) Best Paper Honorable Mention (i.e. top 5%)

Tian, F., Lv, F., Wang, J., Wang, H., Luo, W., Kam, M., Setlur, V., Dai, G., and Canny, J. (2010). Let’s play Chinese characters – Mobile learning approaches via culturally inspired group games. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’10), Atlanta, Georgia, April 10-15, 2010. (Acceptance rate: 22%)

Moed, A., Otto, O., Pal, J., Singh, U.P., Kam, M., and Toyama, K. (2009). Reducing dominance in multiple-mouse learning activities. Proceedings of ISLS Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL ’09), Rhodes, Greece, June 8-13, 2009.

Ho, M., Smyth, T., Kam, M., and Dearden, A. (2009). Human-computer interaction for development: The past, present and future. Information Technology and International Development, 5 (4).

Kam, M., Kumar, A., Jain, S., Mathur, A., and Canny, J. (2009). Improving literacy in rural India: Cellphone games in an after-school program. Proceedings of IEEE/ACM Conference on Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD ’09), Doha, Qatar, April 17-19, 2009. (Acceptance rate: 18%)

Kam, M., Mathur, A., Kumar, A., and Canny, J. (2009). Designing digital games for rural children: A study of traditional village games in India. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’09), Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-9, 2009. (Acceptance rate: 25%) Best Paper Honorable Mention (i.e. top 5%)

Kam, M. (2008). Involving local undergraduates in fieldwork. ACM interactions, July-August 2008 issue. Translated into Chinese by uiGarden volunteers for Human-Computer Interaction practitioners in China

Kam, M., Agarwal, A., Kumar, A., Lal, S., Mathur, A., Tewari, A., and Canny, J. (2008). Designing e-learning games for rural children in India: A format for balancing learning with fun. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’08), Cape Town, South Africa, February 25-27, 2008. (Acceptance rate: 24%)

Kam, M., Rudraraju, V., Tewari, A., and Canny, J. (2007). Mobile gaming with children in rural India: Contextual factors in the use of game design patterns. Proceedings of 3rd Digital Games Research Association International Conference (DiGRA ’07), Tokyo, Japan, September 24-28, 2007.

Kam, M., Ramachandran, D., Devanathan, V., Tewari, A., and Canny, J. (2007). Localized iterative design for language learning in underdeveloped regions: The PACE framework. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’07), San Jose, California, USA, April 28-May 3, 2007, 1097-1106. (Acceptance rate: 22%)

Ramachandran, D., Kam, M., Chiu, J., Canny, J., and Frankel, J.L. (2007). Social dynamics of early stage co-design in developing regions. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’07), San Jose, California, USA, April 28-May 3, 2007, 1087-1096. (Acceptance rate: 22%)

Kam, M., Ramachandran, D., Raghavan, A., Chiu, J., Sahni, U., and Canny, J. (2006). Practical considerations for participatory design with rural school children in underdeveloped regions: Early reflections from the field. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’06), Tampere, Finland, June 7-9, 2006, 25-32. (Acceptance rate: 38%)

Kam, M., Ramachandran, D., Sahni, U., and Canny, J. (2005). Designing educational technology for developing regions: Some preliminary hypotheses. IEEE 3rd International Workshop on Technology for Education in Developing Countries (TEDC ’05). Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 5-8, 2005, 968-972.

Brewer, E., Demmer, M., Du, B., Ho, M., Kam, M., Nedevschi, S., Pal, J., Patra, R., Surana, S., and Fall, K. (2005). The case for technology in developing regions. IEEE Computer, 38 (6), June 2005, 25-38.

Kam, M., and Tran, T. (2005). Lessons from deploying the Remote Transaction System with three microfinance institutions in Uganda. Proceedings of United Nations-UC Berkeley “Bridging the Divide” Conference, Berkeley, California, April 21-23, 2005.

Kam, M., Wang, J., Iles, A., Tse, E., Chiu, J., Glaser, D., Tarshish, O., and Canny, J. (2005). Livenotes: A system for cooperative and augmented note-taking in lectures. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’05), Portland, Oregon, USA, April 5-7, 2005, 531-540. (Acceptance rate: 25%)

Iles, A., Glaser, D., Kam, M., and Canny, J. (2002). Learning via distributed dialogue: Livenotes and handheld wireless technology. Proceedings of Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL ’02), Boulder, Colorado, USA, January 7-11, 2002, 408-417.