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Lewis Receives 2011 SIGCHI Social Impact Award


February 2011

Professor Clayton Lewis has been named a recipient of the 2011 SIGCHI Social Impact Award. The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction gives this award to individuals who promote the application of human-computer interaction research to pressing social needs.

The citation reads:

Clayton Lewis photo

Clayton Lewis is a Professor of Computer Science and Scientist in Residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado. He is a pioneer in the science of usability. He was manager of the Human Factors Group at the IBM Watson Research Center in the early 1980s where he led and inspired some of the first HCI projects on iterative, user centered design. He was elected to the CHI Academy in 2009. Most relevant to this Award, he has had a strong influence on HCI with regard to designing for people with cognitive, language, and learning disabilities. He has made designers and developers of accessible technologies aware of these groups, where previously they had been left out. Major projects in which he has participated include Fluid, an international family of projects on accessible Web Technology, the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure initiative (GPII), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). His work has been recognized in many ways, including invitations to contribute to deliberations on technology and policy in many national and international venues. Specifically, he has made presentations to the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee of the US Access Board, G3ICT, and the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. He also is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Commission AEGIS project.

The award will be officially presented in May at the CHI 2011 Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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