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Lewis Elected to CHI Academy


January 2009

ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction) announced that Professor Clayton Lewis has been elected a member of the CHI Academy, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. Members of the academy are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction.

Clayton Lewis photo

Clayton was manager of the Human Factors Group at the IBM Watson Research Center in the early 1980s where he led and inspired some of first HCI projects on iterative, user-centered design. He co-led a 1980 IBM Corporate task force that identified usability as a key challenge and opportunity for research, which directly led to the establishment of the IBM User Interface Institute, effectively doubling IBM's research commitment to usability. His 1985 paper with John Gould, "Designing for Usability: Key Principles and What Designers Think" is still widely cited. In the early 1990s, with Peter Polson and others, he developed the cognitive walkthrough, a theory-based usability inspection method that has had wide and continuing impact on HCI practice. Since 1984, Clayton has been professor of computer science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he has worked on visual programming languages, cognitive assistive technology, and computer science education. He currently serves as Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the university.

The criteria for election to the CHI Academy are:

  • Cumulative contributions to the field.

  • Impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations.

  • Influence on the work of others.

The award will be officially presented at the CHI 2009 conference in Boston in May. SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI).

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