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Pen and touch enabled tablet computers are changing the face of education. Since 2006, educators and students, researchers, developers, manufacturers and decision makers have come together to see and experience the current and coming state of the art around these technologies. The Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology in Education (WIPTTE) has been a unique, diverse gathering in which to interact and share research, try using prototypes and tools, share lessons learned and exchange ideas for future directions. To reflect the event's increased breadth and size, the name is now Conference on Pen and Touch Technology in Education (CPTTE).

We are in an exciting and demanding era of education change. These changes include entirely new interfaces for expression and communication; pen and touch computing are among these interfaces that provide a foundation for enhanced pedagogical practices. WIPTTE 2015 featured applications and research that are integral to realizing the promise of supporting often extraordinary advances in learning and education.

Applications of ink-based computing -- such as those from current tablet and surface computing devices -- have demonstrated advantages over traditional keyboard/mouse interfaces for promoting student learning and effective educational practice. These applications motivate a new landscape for technology that delivers collaboration and learning experiences. CPTTE 2016 provides an opportunity to present and share innovative applications and research to people interested in buildling on it or applying it to practice. The conference will leverage a shared passion for the potential educational use of pen and touch-based computing, so educators and researchers alike can benefit from and contribute to realizing the potential emerging interfaces.

CPPTE 2016 will include a diverse set of enriching experiences including academic and practicum talks and tutorials, research tours, grant and networking breakout sessions, and social events. CPTTE 2016 will be held in in Providence, RI at Brown University.


The beauty of CPTTE is the multi-contextual diversity of its attendees. In contrast to standard conferences that focus on a single clientele, CPTTE has a wide variety of participants who bring diverse knowledge and experience. Past attendees include:

  • Professors, Graduate Researchers, Academic Deans, PhD Students, Librarian Academic Technology, Educational Technologists, Associate Deans, IT Directors, Instructional Technologists, Help Desk Directors
  • Middle and High School Students, Lower School Tech Facilitators, Ed Tech Facilitator/Math Teacher, Teacher/Languages Dept. Cochair, Director of the Upper School, K-12
  • Teachers, Director of Technology & Library Services, Math Department Chair, Math Science Resource Center Director
  • Scientists, Project Coordinators, Senior Engineers, Sales Director, IT Managers, Research Software Design Engineers,Editor, Client Executive, Technology Analysts, Systems Engineers
2016 Conference Organizers
General Chair

Andy van Dam
Brown University

Program Co-Chair

Dr. Aaron Adler
BBN Technologies



Program Co-Chair

Mark Payton
Director of Technology
Whitfield School


Program Co-Chair

Dr. Manoj Prasad
Software Engineer, Microsoft
Research Collaborator, Sketch Recognition Lab, TAMU



Program Committee
Jonathan Grudin
Principal Researcher
Program Committee

Eric Hamilton
Professor of Education, Pepperdine University Visiting Professor, University of Namibia

Publicity Chair

Joseph Tront
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
359 Durham Hall
Virginia Tech
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Sponsor Chair

Donald Carney
CEO, Co-Founder
Fluidity Software

Conference Coordinator

Lisa Manekofsky
Manager, Administration & Finance
Brown University Dept. of Computer Science