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The Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction (SIGCHI) is one of the Association for Computing Machinery's special interest groups which is focused on human–computer interactions (HCI).

It hosts the flagship annual international HCI conference, CHI, with around 2,500 attendees, and publishes ACM Interactions and ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI).

SIGCHI was formed in 1982 by renaming and refocusing the Special Interest Group on Social and Behavioral Computing (SIGSOC). Lorraine Borman, previously editor of the SIGSOC Bulletin, was its first chair.[1] SIGCHI is governed by a set of by-laws and SIGCHI’s Elected Officers are the President, the Executive Vice-President, the Vice-President for Membership and Communications, the Vice-President for Finance, and two Vice-Presidents at large.

SIGCHI has two membership publications, the SIGCHI Bulletin and ACM Interactions.


Each year SIGCHI inducts around 7 or 8 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.

CHI Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

CHI Lifetime Service Award[edit]

CHI Social Impact Award[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

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.

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2018-2021[edit]

The current SIGCHI President is Helena Mentis of University of Maryland Baltimore County with Vice President Cliff Lampe of University of Michigan; the President and VP run as a team and were elected to the positions for a three year term starting July 2018.

Previous Executive Committees[edit]

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2015-2018[edit]

From July 2015 to July 2018, the SIGCHI President was Loren Terveen of GroupLens Research at the University of Minnesota and the Vice President was Helena Mentis of University of Maryland Baltimore County[2]

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2012-2015[edit]

President: Gerrit van der Veer [3]

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2009-2012[edit]

President: Gerrit van der Veer [4]


  1. ^ Borman, Lorraine (January 1996), "SIGCHI: The Early Years", SIGCHI Bulletin, 28 (1).
  2. ^ "Officers and Committees". SIGCHI Archive Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Gerrit van der Veer". Personal Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gerrit van der Veer". Personal Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.

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