ACM SIGCHI Membership
The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction is the world’s largest association of professionals who work in the research and practice of computer-human interaction. We are an interdisciplinary group of computer scientists, software engineers, psychologists, interaction designers, graphic designers, sociologists, multi-media designers, and anthropologists, just to name some of the domains whose special expertise come to bear in this area. What brings us together is a shared understanding that designing useful and usable technology is an interdisciplinary process, and when done properly it has the power to transform persons’ lives. SIGCHI has close to forty active local chapters across five continents, to promote local support networks for HCI professionals. SIGCHI members receive registration discounts to SIGCHI-sponsored and co-sponsored conferences, a subscription to “Interactions” magazine, and the monthly electronic ACM SIGCHI TechNews. SIGCHI membership also grants access to all SIGCHI publications in the ACM Digital Library. You can also proudly place this membership on your CVs as your career progresses.
Being part of a community can provide different benefits to different people, but in all cases the main benefits you receive from being part of the community are through participating and contributing.
In addition, your membership dues are essential for funding SIGCHI initiatives, such as the Student Travel Grant, Development Fund, special funding initiatives like Summer/Winter Schools, the creation and establishment of new (SIGCHI sponsored) conferences and all other SIGCHI related activities.
For MSc/PhD students who are new to the HCI Community, SIGCHI offers the possibility to connect to researchers in your area either by attending events of your ACM local chapters or by participating in one of the ACM SIGCHI conferences. As a member of SIGCHI, you can find a local student chapter if you want to organize HCI activities and events in your region. You are also able to apply for a Student Travel Grant and you can become a Student Volunteer at some SIGCHI sponsored conferences.
If you are a Postdoc or a early career faculty member, there are several ways you can impact the HCI community. For example, you can create a regular ACM chapter or a community of researchers on a special topic, or have access to teaching resources that can help you develop the first lectures you are giving at your university.
Industry practitioners interested in human-computer interaction can keep track of developments in the HCI community by having access to the latest work of SIGCHI members though the ACM Digital Library and Interactions magazine.
As an established faculty member, researcher or practitioner you might be ready to shape the HCI community by chairing, organizing, and running SIGCHI sponsored or in-cooperation conferences. Awards like the CHI Academy or for outstanding contributions at conferences can help you advance your career.
Senior SIGCHI members with an interest in nurturing the HCI community may sign up to become a mentor for students. For example, you may nominate yourself at conferences such as CHI to participate in the Rock Star lunches for student volunteers, sign up for the ACM Distinguished Speaker program to spread the word about HCI, or become the chair of a Doctoral Consortium at one of the many SIGCHI conferences.
Become a member of ACM, the parent organization of ACM SIGCHI. ACM sponsors several Special Interest Groups (SIGs), of which SIGCHI is one. As a member of ACM, you receive: Communications of the ACM — conference, journal, SIG, and book discounts, and more.
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Other member benefits
Sometimes special arrangements or benefits are being arranged for ACM SIGCHI members. This page details current benefits. Please contact us if you would like to make or already have special arrangements for SIGCHI members by sending mail to sigchi-vp-operations at acm.org
Members of ACM SIGCHI can make changes in their membership data, add services, order publications, and perform other membership-related activities on-line. Please see the following page: