Mark Ackerman named ACM Fellow

UMSI Professor of Information Mark Ackerman, also the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in the College of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) "for contributions to human computer interaction, with an emphasis on finding and sharing expertise."

Professor Ackerman's research discoveries have been in human-computer interaction, primarily in the sub-field of computer-supported cooperative work. He has made fundamental contributions in the areas of knowledge-sharing, expertise finding, organizational memory, collaborative information access, and socio-technical analysis.

Professor Ackerman is best known for his research on how people share expertise and knowledge within organizations and other social groups. He developed and evaluated Answer Garden, one of the first computer-based systems for locating and sharing expertise. Prof. Ackerman's Answer Garden papers are widely regarded as landmark works in CSCW, and as a whole, have been cited more than 1,000 times. Since the work incorporated social networks into expertise sharing, it has been acknowledged as foreshadowing later developments in social computing.

At Michigan, Prof. Ackerman leads the SocialWorlds Research Group, which focuses on the interplay of the social world with computational systems. Current projects are in the areas of social computing, information access, pervasive computing, health, privacy, and e-communities.

Prof. Ackerman received his PhD in Information Technologies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He joined the faculty at Michigan in 2001; prior to that he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and a research scientist at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL). Before becoming an academic, Prof. Ackerman led the development of the first home banking system, had three Billboard Top-10 games for the Atari 2600, and worked on the X Window System's first user-interface widget set. He was awarded an NSF CAREER Award in 2001. He is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow).

Also named an ACM fellow was Christine L. Borgman, a member of the UMSI External Advisory Board. She is a co-Principal Investigator with UMSI faculty on several National Science Foundation awards. Borgman was recognized for her contributions to research on human interaction with information systems, data practices, and information policy. She is the Presidential Chair and Professor of Information Studies, Department of Information Studies, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, an AAAS Fellow, and a past recipient of the Paul Evans Peter Award from the Coalition for Networked Information and the Research in Information Science Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Mark Ackerman and Christine Borgman join previous ACM fellows with UMSI affiliations: George Furnas (2011); Gary Olson (2007); Judy Olson (2006); and Martha Pollack (2011).

Read the press release announcing the 2013 ACM Fellows here.

About the ACM Fellows Program

The ACM Fellows Program was established in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

 Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013