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MIT grad student wins Microsoft grant for handwriting recognition research

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--An MIT graduate student from Lexington, KY, who co-founded a firm that specializes in computer operating room imaging technology, has been awarded a Microsoft Fellowship for the 1998-99 academic year.

Erik G. Miller, who graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1988, will work toward a PhD in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Mr. Miller will receive full tuition and a stipend from Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, WA, as well������������������as a laptop computer. His advisor will also receive a $1,000 research grant.

Mr. Miller, who was co-founder and chief executive officer of CORITechs Inc., a New Haven, CT, company, was chosen for the fellowship for his work in handwriting recognition. He has a patent on an apparatus for neurosurgical stereotactic procedures.

A 1984 graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Mr. Miller is the son of the city's mayor, Pam Miller, and her husband, Dr. Ralph Miller. Eric Miller is interested in sports and participated in the 1997 Boston-to-New York AIDS run.

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