Computer Science Faculty Members Earn SIGCHI Honors

Aisha Rashid and Susie CribbsTuesday, February 21, 2017

Computer Science Professors Scott Hudson, Brad Myers and Lorrie Cranor have been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.

The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) has named two School of Computer Science professors among its award recipients for 2017 and elected a third to its honorary organization.

Scott Hudson and Brad Myers, both professors in Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), will receive the organization's Lifetime Service Award and Lifetime Research Award, respectively. Lorrie Faith Cranor, professor of computer science and engineering and public policy, has been named to the CHI Academy.

SIGCHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics and students interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI), and annually presents awards to individuals who have devoted their time, resources and expertise to these fields.

SIGCHI's Lifetime Service Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth and success of SIGCHI's community. Hudson founded the HCII's Ph.D. program in 1999 and has since served as its director. He has also participated on program committees for SIGCHI and the User Interface Software and Technology conferences more than 30 times. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado, and has held faculty positions at the University of Arizona and Georgia Institute of Technology. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2006, and has published extensively on technology-oriented HCI topics.

Myers will receive the Lifetime Research Award — SIGCHI's most prestigious award — which recognizes individuals for fundamental and influential research contributions to HCI fields. Myers' work has set a significant precedent for future groundwork in HCI. His master's thesis was one of the earliest data visualization systems, and at CMU he created toolkits that incorporated novel designs for objects, constraints, output handling, input handling, command objects and interactive tools. His more recent research focuses on using HCI techniques to improve programming for novice, expert and end-user programmers. He's also a member of the CHI Academy.

SIGCHI has also named Cranor to its CHI Academy — an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the HCI field, and whose efforts have shaped the discipline and the industry. Cranor, who directs the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS) and co-directs the MSIT-Privacy Engineering master's program, served as chief technologist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2016 and has authored more than 150 research papers on online privacy, usable security and other topics. She has played a key role in building the usable privacy and security research community.

Cranor, Hudson and Myers will be honored at the 2017 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 6–11 in Denver.

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