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Annual Report for SIGCHI - from July 2006 to June 2007

1. Awards

1.1 SIGCHI made the following awards in 2006-2007:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: James D. Foley
  • CHI Academy Inductees: Joëlle Coutaz, Karen Holtzblatt, Gerhard Fischer, Robert J.K. Jacob, Jun Rekimoto, and Christopher Schmandt
  • Lifetime Service Award: Richard I. Anderson
  • SIGCHI Social Impact Award: Gregory Abowd and Gary Marsden
  • Three SIGCHI members were inducted as ACM Fellows: Susan T. Dumais, Alan F. Newell, and Dan R. Olsen.

1.2 SIGCHI Conference awards:

CHI 2007 awarded six best paper awards:

1. Sustainable Interaction Design: Invention & Disposal, Renewal & Reuse
Eli Blevis, Indiana University (USA)

2. Authoring Sensor-Based Interactions by Demonstration with Direct Manipulation and Pattern Recognition
Björn Hartmann, Stanford University (USA), Leith Abdulla, Stanford University (USA), Manas Mittal, MIT Media Laboratory (USA), Scott R. Klemmer, Stanford University (USA)

3. Software or Wetware? Discovering When and Why People Use Digital Prosthetic Memory
Vaiva Kalnikait, Sheffield University (UK), Steve Whittaker, Sheffield University (UK)

4. MultiView: Improving Trust in Group Video Conferencing through Spatial Faithfulness
David Nguyen, University of California, Berkeley (USA), John Canny, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

5. Consuming Video on Mobile Devices
Kenton O’Hara, Hewlett-Packard Labs (UK), April Slayden Mitchell, Hewlett-Packard Labs (USA), Alex Vorbau, Hewlett-Packard Labs (USA)

6. Shift: A Technique for Operating Pen-Based Interfaces Using Touch
Daniel Vogel, University of Toronto (Canada), Patrick Baudisch, Microsoft Research (USA)

2. Significant Programs and Key Issues

2.1 Membership:

4,598 total members
3,445 professional members
422 student members
729 affiliate members
2 institutional members

2.2 Member Benefits Provided to SIGCHI Members:

  • Subscription to interactions magazine, published six times per year
  • On-line subscription to SIGCHI Bulletin
  • Reduced registration at sponsored and co-sponsored conferences
  • Access to the ACM Digital Library

2.3 Community Benefits Provided by SIGCHI:

  • Sponsorship of the leading conferences in the field
  • Support for students - student volunteer and scholarship programs
  • A wide range of electronic forums including the SIGCHI web site, & popular e-mail lists on multitudinous CHI-centric topics
  • Support for activities worldwide, including over 60 chapters on 5 continents and programs to support HCI in developing countries
  • Awards program that recognizes outstanding contributions to the field
  • Support for a variety of volunteer activities addressing issues ranging from public policy to education to mentorship

2.4 Conferences:

SIGCHI continues to sponsor a mix of long-running and newer conferences which provide the highest-prestige outlets for research while also serving as venues for emerging work (e.g., the workshop programs and poster sessions in many of our conference), promoting student education (e.g., the doctoral colloquia and student volunteer programs in our conferences), and promoting continuing professional education and networking (e.g., the tutorial and course programs and our special interest group gatherings and recruiting and networking events). Most of our conferences are stable, and are well run by the communities they serve. We put substantial direct effort into our flagship CHI conference, which has undergone substantial redesign in the past few years.

CHI 2007.
CHI 2007 was one of our most successful conferences in history. No doubt location and a recovering technology sector play a role in our continued success. However, the new conference model which was implemented in 2006 (a one day longer conference with more diversity in the program and courses incorporated into the conference appears to be working well. Some highlights include:

• Attendance continues upward trend
• Conference revenue increased
• Concerns about a drop in student attendance were assuaged
• Feedback from conference survey continues to be positive
• Attendance is diverse and communication across disciplines is noted by attendees

Attendance continues upward trend.

Conference attendance has been growing in recent years and CHI 2007 had the third highest attendance in history with over 1800 paid attendees. Compared to 2006 (which had the highest attendance in 5 years), attendance by SIGCHI members increased from 874 to 1036. Attendance by non members increased from 682 to 762. Compared to 2006 cancelations were also down from 167 to 121. This upward trend was uninterrupted by an increase of 200.00 in conference fees which we instituted in 2006.

Conference revenue increases

Compared to 2006 we see increases in all revenue categories except revenue generated by student attendance (student attendance and revenue is discussed in detail below). Revenue from members was up from 690K to 806K. Non member revenue was up from 628K to 681K. All categories of “sponsorship” increased.

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Student attendance

In 2006 we increased cost for student attendance by $200, which was a large percentage. This was motivated by two factors: 1) we had not raised student fees in several years, 2) students were an ever increasing proportion of conference attendance. The community expressed concerns that students could not afford to come. In 2007 we provided several ways to mitigate this cost without jeopardizing revenue. We did three things, we reduced student fees slightly, we increased the number of student volunteers (we attend for free) and we provided for slots students nominated by associate chairs. These measures seemed to work. We saw no appreciable drop in student attendance. In 2006, 706 students attended and in 2007, 703 attended. There was about a 10% drop in student revenue from 280K to 265K but given the overall financial success of the conference this appears to be a good tradeoff.

Feedback from conference survey continues to be positive

Our survey feedback is positive and consistent with years past. Eighty nine percent of those responding report that CHI was worth the time and money. This has been a very stable number over the years. Most questions on the survey are retained from year to year. However some are included to capture feedback on changes in the conference. This year we included a question regarding the conference length (which had been extended from 3 days to 4 days) in 2006. Seventy three percent said the length was about right. And 25% felt the conference was too long. Three percent thought it was just right.

Attendance is diverse and communication across disciplines is noted by attendees.

This diversity of the conference was frequently noted in our qualitative feedback. Here are some sample quotes:

  • “A lot more content to potentially appeal to different audiences”
  • “Again I really enjoyed the CHI Madness. I also liked more design oriented content (i.e., the opening plenary, SIGS, Interactive Sessions)”
  • “Attendance of Industrial Designers”
  • “best design track”
  • “Bigger spectrum of presentation topics”

This small sample represents a general feeling that CHI 2007 was unique in promoting communication between disciplines. That is a unique value of the CHI conference which is uniquely supported by the new conference model. It is good to see such a positive response.
As a result of these successes, we are at the point of having rebuilt our fund balance to the point where we have started investing more substantially in new development activities. We are grateful to ACM's financial operations staff, to ACM SIG services staff, and to the volunteers that have helped us change CHI to reflect today's conditions and to help us emerge stronger.

Specialized Conferences (sponsored/co-sponsored). SIGCHI sponsors and co-sponsors a number of top-tier conferences in fields that are closely aligned with SIGCHI. Those that were sponsored/co-sponsored in 2007 and those projected for 2008 include:

20th User Interface Software and Technology (UIST)
14th Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST)
10th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI)
8th International conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI)
6th Creativity and Cognition conference (C&C)
2nd annual conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI)
1st Symposium on CHI for Management Information Technology (CHiMiT)
1st International conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys)

12th Int. conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
5th International conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
3rd annual conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI)

Specialized Conferences (In-cooperation).
Those conferences that were in-cooperation with SIGCHI in 2007 and those projected for 2008 include:

1st Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI)
2nd International Conference on Persuasive Technology (Persuasive)
European Conference on Interactive TV (EuroITV)
6th International Interaction Design and Children (IDC)
2nd International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets)
Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI)
7th International Symposium on Smart Graphics (SG)
7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA)
11th International Workshop Cooperative Information Agents (CIA)
Digital Interactive Media in Enteratainment and Arts (DIMEA)
2nd Int. Conf. on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts (DIMEA)
2nd Int. Conf. on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII)
7th Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs)
6th International Workshop on TAsk MOdels and DIAgrams (TAMODIA)
9th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Mobile HCI)
6th International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2007)
(25th anniversary) European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE) - EACE

10th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Mobile HCI)
5th Nordic forum for human-computer interaction research (NordiCHI)

3. Chapters

The SIGCHI chapters program continues to serve thousands of members worldwide. We continue to work with the MSB to explore ways of better communicating with chapters and their members, and have been active in expanding chapters in India and China. Chapter membership data for 2007 are:

• 3,427 professional members on 5 continents and 28 chapters
• 214 student members (U.S.)

4. Publications

Efforts in the area of publications in 2007 include supporting the activities and achievements of the major SIGCHI-connected publications, including:

• interactions Magazine: This publication is designed for practitioners and is currently undergoing a transition from the current editors to new editors: John Kolko and Richard Anderson. SIGCHI has been actively supportive in this transition.

• Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) – addresses the needs of researchers

• The CHI conference proceedings + very strong smaller conferences

5. Elections

We have had substantial success in our election process. Current officers are:

President* - Julie Jacko
Past President* - Joe Konstan
Executive Vice President* - Mary Czerwinski
Vice President for Finance* - Fred Sampson
Vice President for Membership and Communications* – A.J. Brush
Vice President at Large* and VP for Publications - Dan Olsen
Vice President at Large* and VP for Education & Curriculum - Paula Kotze
Vice President for Conferences - Dennis Wixon / Gerrit van der Veer (7/07)
Vice President for Operations - John “Scooter” Morris
Vice President Chapters – Elizabeth Churchill
Bulletin Editor - Brian Bailey

*elected officers

Thanks to the willing volunteers who make the achievements of SIGCHI possible.

6. Electronic Infrastructure

While we have maintained our electronic infrastructure (mailing lists, web sites), we have not made the progress we hoped for. This is an area that we know will need further development in the coming years. It is also one where we hope to leverage the expertise and staff support of ACM.


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