2011 Academy Awards

2011 SIGCHI Awards — SIGCHI

These are the 2011 Awards, officially given out at the CHI 2011 Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

CHI Academy

The CHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have led the shaping of the field.

This year we have elected seven new Academy members. In alphabetical order, they are:

Ravin Balakrishnan

Ravin Balakrishnan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Ravin's research focuses on developing and evaluating novel interaction and visualization techniques and systems for a variety of devices and application scenarios. He is well known for his work on interfaces for new display formats such as 3D displays, surfaces, and ambient displays, enhancing and modeling target acquisition, adding physical simulation to the interface, and sketching interfaces. In addition to his primary appointment at the University of Toronto, Ravin has been a visiting researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), INRIA and the University of Paris, Microsoft Research (Redmond, Beijing, Bangalore and Cambridge), and HP Labs (Bangalore). He has also actively pursued tech-transfer of his research to industry via several startups, and regularly serves on editorial boards and conference committees for the HCI and Graphics communities.

Steven Feiner

Steven Feiner is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab. His research interests include human-computer interaction, augmented reality and virtual environments, 3D user interfaces, knowledge-based design of graphics and multimedia, mobile and wearable computing, computer games, and information visualization. Steve is a coauthor of the well-known computer graphics text, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, and is responsible for some of the earliest work on automatically designing computer graphics to explain physical tasks. His lab has spent over twenty years developing augmented reality (AR) systems, including the first outdoor mobile AR system using a see-through display, and has pioneered experimental applications of AR to fields such as tourism, journalism, maintenance, and construction. Steve has been active in many conferences, and has served as program chair for UIST 1994 and general chair for UIST 2004.

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