SIGCHI Awards

SIGCHI presents awards in seven categories:

  • SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award
  • SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award
  • SIGCHI Social Impact Award
  • SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation (English Language) Award
  • SIGCHI Special Recognition Award
  • Election to the CHI Academy

The criteria for the awards are given below. All awards come with free registration, paid coach airfare, and 4 nights paid at the conference hotel to attend this year’s CHI. Awardees also receive recognition at the conference, a plaque, and free attendance for two at the annual SIGCHI award banquet (which occurs the Sunday before CHI.)

 

SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award

The SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the study of human-computer interaction. This award recognizes the very best, most fundamental and influential research contributions. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership and includes an honorarium of $5,000, the opportunity to give a talk about the awarded work at CHI, and lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. The criteria for the award are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field.
  • Influence on the work of others.
  • Development of new research directions.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community, although people outside of this community with outstanding and relevant achievements are considered in exceptional circumstances

SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award

The SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the practice and understanding of human-computer interaction. This award recognizes the very best and most influential applications of human-computer interaction. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership and includes an honorarium of $5,000, the opportunity to give a talk about the awarded work at CHI, and lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. The criteria for the award are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field directly and through the leadership of others.
  • Innovation and the stimulation of innovation through practice.
  • Impact on the field, industry, and society.
  • Influence on the work of others, and the growth of other HCI practitioners and researchers.
  • Successful application of human-computer interaction to products, services, and systems.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community, although outstanding individuals active in other professional communities are considered.

SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award

The SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award goes to individuals who have contributed to the growth and success of SIGCHI in a variety of capacities. This award is for extended services to the community at large over a number of years and includes an honorarium of $5,000, and lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. Criteria for this award are:

  • Service to SIGCHI and its activities in a variety of capacities.
  • Extended contributions over many years.
  • Influence on the community at large.

SIGCHI Social Impact Award

This award is given to mid-level or senior individuals who promote the application of human-computer interaction research to pressing social needs and includes an honorarium of $5,000, the opportunity to give a talk about the awarded work at CHI, and lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. The recipient will have past or current work within the HCI profession that demonstrates social benefit. Example criteria include:

  • Facilitating use of computer and telecommunication technology by diverse populations.
  • Increasing access to technology for those with limited educational opportunities.
  • Reducing economic barriers for access to information and communication technologies.
  • Promoting privacy, security, trust, and safety.
  • Improving medical care, education, housing, water supplies, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.
  • Supporting technologies for international development and conflict resolution.
  • Improving human communication and reducing isolation.
  • Supporting civic applications such as community engagement, political action, social justice, citizen science/journalism, and community safety.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community, although outstanding individuals active in other professional communities are considered.

SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation (English Language) Award

This award recognizes excellent thesis research by recent Ph.D. recipients in Human-Computer Interaction. The SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation (English Language) Award will be given annually with up to 3 winners. Winners of the award will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and will be invited to give a talk at the CHI conference describing their dissertation. Criteria for this award are:

  • Technical depth.
  • Significance of the research contribution.
  • Potential impact on the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
  • Quality of presentation.

SIGCHI Special Recognition Award

The SIGCHI Special Recognition Award is presented to individuals whose vision or works or achievements have significantly influenced and broadly shaped our conceptions of human-computer interaction. Recipients come from a broader population than other SIGCHI awards. For example, they need not be members of the ACM SIGCHI community, and they may not consider human-computer interaction to be their primary field.  Recipients’ contributions are not restricted to specific categories: any academic, applied, educational or other achievements will be considered as long as they comprise a significant influence on HCI. Unlike other awards, the Special Recognition Award is awarded intermittently, where possible nominees are suggested and discussed by the awards committee. Awardees are given lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet.

CHI Academy

The CHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction, and awardees are given lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction. The criteria for election to the CHI Academy are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field.
  • Impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations.
  • Influence on the work of others.
  • Reasonably active participant in the ACM SIGCHI community.