HCII Heads West for CHI 2016

March 16, 2016
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Institute Honored With Seven "Best of CHI" Awards

Carnegie Mellon University has a strong presence in Silicon Valley, but the university's numbers will be bolstered when members of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute community head west to San Jose, Calif., for CHI 2016, May 7–12.

Held annually since 1983, the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems gathers the world’s leading human-computer interaction researchers and practitioners to share groundbreaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digital technologies. Known as the premiere conference in the field, the weeklong event features the very best of HCI research and practice, and attracts participants from across the globe.

During the conference, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Robert Kraut will receive the 2016 SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Research Award. Presented annually by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, the award recognizes an individual for the very best, most fundamental and influential research contributions to the human-computer interaction field. According to SIGCHI, "It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership."

The CHI 2016 program will feature research from more than 1,800 authors from 509 institutions, including universities and corporations. Carnegie Mellon lands near the top of the most represented organizations, with 35 publications. Pittsburgh is also the second-most represented city (after Seattle), and HCII Director Anind Dey is among the conference's most prolific authors, with six papers to his name.

Seven HCII papers earned "Best of CHI" awards, with one earning a best paper nod and six receiving honorable mentions. The winning papers include:

Best Paper

Honorable Mention

Other CMU "Best of CHI" winners include the team of Blase Ur (CMU ISR Ph.D. student), Jonathan Bees (Penn State University), Sean Segreti (CMU CyLab), Lujo Bauer (CMU ECE associate professor), Nicolas Christin (CMU ECE assistant research professor) and Lorrie F Cranor  (CMU Computer Science and EPP professor), who earned an Honorable Mention award for their paper, "Do Users' Perceptions of Password Security Match Reality?"

Learn more about CHI 2016 on the conference website.