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UMSI researchers recognized with Best Paper awards at 2021 CHI conference

UMSI at CHI 2021

Wednesday, 04/28/2021

University of Michigan School of Information faculty and PhD students have earned two Best Paper and two Honorable Mention designations at the 2021 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Best Paper awards go to the top one percent of accepted papers at ACM CHI, the premiere international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Honorable mentions are awarded to the top five percent of accepted papers.

This year’s conference will take place virtually from May 8-13 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Best Paper Awards: 

“Getting Ourselves Together: Epistemic Burden and Data-centered Participatory Design Research” by assistant professor Irene Pasquetto. Jennifer Pierre, Roderic Crooks, Morgan Currie, and Britt Paris are also authors on this study. 

“LGBTQ Persons’ Pregnancy Loss Disclosures to Known Ties on Social Media: Disclosure Decisions and Ideal Disclosure Environments” by PhD student Cassidy Pyle and assistant professor Nazanin Andalibi. Lee Roosevelt and Ashley Lacombe-Duncan are also authors on this study. 

Honorable Mention Awards: 

“‘It’s Complicated’: Negotiating Accessibility and (Mis)Representation in Image Descriptions of Race, Gender, and Disability” by assistant professor Anhong Guo. Cynthia L. Bennett, Cole Gleason, Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, Jeffrey P. Bigham, and Alexandra To are also authors on this study. 

“Yes: Affirmative Consent as a Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Imagining Social Platforms” by PhD student Jane Im, BSI student Katherine Mustelier, professor Mark S. Ackerman, and associate professor Eric Gilbert. Jill Dimond, Melody Berton, and Una Lee are also authors on this study. 

In addition to these four papers, UMSI faculty and students had nearly thirty research papers, workshops, and late-breaking works accepted to the CHI 2021 conference.

See the complete list of all U-M and UMSI participation in CHI 2021.

In addition to presented research, UMSI faculty are serving the CHI conference in a variety of organizing roles. 

UMSI professor Cliff Lampe served as an observing member for the CHI 2021 Steering Committee, which takes responsibility for issues that have impact across multiple CHI Conferences. Lampe also acted as a template chair this year, and he will serve as general co-chair for CHI 2022. 

Associate professor Tawanna Dillahunt served as an awards chair. 

Assistant professor Florian Schaub was an associate chair on the privacy and security subcommittee. 

On the visualization subcommittee, associate professor Eytan Adar served as an associate chair. 

Assistant professor Sun Young Park was an associate chair on the health subcommittee with associate professor Pedja Klasnja

On the aging and accessibility subcommittee, assistant professor Robin Brewer acted as an associate chair. 

Associate professor Lionel Robert was an associate chair for the subcommittee “Understanding People: Theory, Concepts, Methods,” alongside professor Kentaro Toyama

Associate professor Silvia Lindtner was an associate chair on the critical and sustainable computing subcommittee. She was also session chair for HCI Confronting Issues of Race, Genders, Feminisms, Reproductive Health. 

April Yi Wang was session chair for Systems for Learning and Understanding User Experience and Design. 

More information is available on the CHI 2021 website.

- Martha Spall, UMSI News