Assoc. Prof. Mark Ackerman has been
recognized by the HCI community through his election into the CHI Academy by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
(SIGHCI). SIGCHI identifies and honors leaders and shapers of the field of human-computer interaction; its CHI Academy members are an honorary group of individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have led the shaping of the field. Prof. Ackerman will be inducted into the CHI Academy at the CHI 2009 Conference in Boston.
Prof. Ackerman is an associate professor in both the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is well known for his research in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and social computing, first gaining acclaim for his Answer Garden expertise sharing system. His research includes systems dealing with expertise finding and sharing, collaborative information access, privacy, and, increasingly, pervasive computing. Throughout his work, he has examined how to incorporate elements of the social world within software systems (such as with collaborative systems) and also to consider how those systems will affect their social settings in return. It is this expertise in both system design as well as the social analysis of system use that sets him apart.