MAS professor recognized for a career of contributions to computer-human interaction
Hiroshi Ishii, the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, has been awarded the 2019 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award. He will accept the award and deliver a keynote presentation at CHI 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland this May.
The Lifetime Research Award is given to individuals whose research in human-computer interaction is considered both fundamental and influential to the field. As head of the Tangible Media group at the MIT Media Lab since 1995, Professor Ishii has pushed the boundaries of digital technology by giving physical form to digital information. He is recognized as a founder of Tangible User Interfaces (TUI), a research genre based on the CHI ’97 “Tangible Bits” paper presented with Brygg Ullmer. The paper led to the spinoff ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI), starting in 2007.
“It is an incredible honor for me as an HCI researcher, and I’m extremely excited for this recognition of the Tangible Media group’s quarter-century battle against the ‘pixel empire’ of graphical user interfaces,” says Ishii.
Ishii’s work focuses on hypothetical generation of materials that can change form and properties dynamically and computationally, becoming as reconfigurable as the pixels on a GUI screen. His team’s projects, which Ishii describes under the banner of “Radical Atoms and Tangible Bits,” have contributed to forming the new stream of “Shape-Changing UI” research in the HCI community.