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SIGCHI is the Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction, one of the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest groups. It is the world's leading organization in Human–Computer Interaction (HCI), and essentially created and defined the field.
It hosts the major annual international HCI conference, CHI, with around 2,500 attendees, and publishes two of the main international publications on HCI: ACM interactions, and ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).
It was formed in 1982 by renaming and refocussing SIGSOC, the Special Interest Group on Social and Behavioral Computing; Lorraine Borman, previously editor of the SIGSOC Bulletin, was its first chair.
Each year it inducts 5 or 6 people into the CHI Academy, honouring them for their significant contribution to the field of human–computer interaction. It also gives out a CHI Lifetime Achievement Award for research and practice, the CHI Lifetime Service Award, and the CHI Social Impact Award. Past recipients of these awards are listed on the SIGCHI website.
SIGCHI is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) which is composed of officers elected by SIGCHI members, the immediate past chair, the editors of SIGCHI publications, and other appointed members.
The current SIGCHI EC officers are:
- Gerrit van der Veer – President
- Elizabeth F. Churchill – Executive Vice President
- Loren Terveen – Vice President for Membership and Communication
- Gary Olson – Vice President for Finance
- John C. Thomas – Vice President at Large
- Paula Kotzé – Vice President at Large
- Dan Olsen – Vice President for Publication
- John "Scooter" Morris – Vice President for Conferences
- Tuomo Kujala – Vice President for Chapters
- Fred Sampson – Vice President for Operations
- Julie Jacko – Past President
- Ron Wakkary – Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions
- Erik Stolterman – Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions
- Ashley Cozzi – ACM Liaison
- Fran Spinola – ACM Liaison
- Marilyn Tremaine, a co-founder
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