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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 over 3,000 attendees[1], and publishes ACM Interactions and ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). It also sponsors over 20 specialized conferences and provides in-cooperation support to over 30 conferences.

SIGCHI has two membership publications, the ACM TechNews - SIGCHI Edition and ACM Interactions. Until 2000, the SIGCHI Bulletin was also published as a membership publication.


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.[2]


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. Since 2018, SIGCHI also awards the Outstanding Dissertation Award to recognize excellent thesis by Ph.D. recipients in HCI.

CHI Lifetime Achievement Award

CHI Lifetime Service Award

CHI Social Impact Award

CHI Outstanding Dissertation Award

  • 2020 Katta Spiel and Paul Strohmeier
  • 2019 Chris Elsden and Anna Maria Feit and Robert Xiao
  • 2018 Stefanie Mueller and Blase Ur

Executive Committee

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. The Executive Committee (EC) also includes editors of membership publications and appointed officers including the Vice-President for Publications, the Vice-President for Conferences, the Vice-President for Chapters, the Vice-President for Operations, and the immediate past Chair.

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2018-2021

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

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2015-2018

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[3]

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2012-2015

President: Gerrit van der Veer [4]

SIGCHI Executive Committee 2009-2012

President: Gerrit van der Veer [5]

SIGCHI sponsors or co-sponsors over 20 specialized conferences in topics related to HCI.

  • ACM Conference on Supporting Groupwork (GROUP)
  • International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI)
  • International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI)
  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI)
  • Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (ETRA)
  • ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences (IMX)
  • Collective Intelligence (CI)
  • Interaction, Design and Children (IDC)
  • ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS)
  • Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS)
  • Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP)
  • ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp)
  • International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI)
  • ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys)
  • International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI)
  • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST)
  • International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI)
  • Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI)
  • ACM Symposium and Virtual Reality Software and Technology
  • Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHIPLAY)
  • Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS)
  • Creativity and Cognition (C&C)


SIGCHI provides resources for the community to expand, grow and communicate in the form of Grants.

  • SIGCHI Development Fund: Intended to support community-led initiatives to spur communication among local communities. [6]
  • SIGCHI Early Career Mentoring fund: to support early-career scholars to participate in a meeting for mentorship.[7]
  • SIGCHI Student Travel Grants: to provide students the opportunity to attend any of the SIGCHI Conferences.[8]


  1. ^ CHI Conference History.
  2. ^ Borman, Lorraine (January 1996), "SIGCHI: The Early Years", SIGCHI Bulletin, 28 (1), doi:10.1145/249170.249172.
  3. ^ "Officers and Committees". SIGCHI Archive Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gerrit van der Veer". Personal Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Gerrit van der Veer". Personal Website. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  6. ^ SIGCHI: Development Fund.
  7. ^ SIGCHI: Early Career Development Fund.
  8. ^ SIGCHI: Student Travel Grants.

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