Steven Pemberton receives the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award 2022 — CWI Amsterdam

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CWI researcher Steven Pemberton received the 2022 ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award. The award is given to individuals for their outstanding contributions to the practice and understanding of human-computer interaction, and recognizes the most best and most influential human-computer interaction. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership.

The award criteria are:
* Cumulative contributions to the field directly and through the leadership of others
* Innovation and stimulation of innovation through practice
* Impact on the field, industry and society
* Influencing the work of others and the growth of other HCI practitioners and researchers
* Successful application of human-computer interaction to products, services and systems

as well as active participation in the ACM SIGCHI community.

The award will be presented at the annual CHI conference being held this year in New Orleans, USA.

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From this last interview:

Brief biography – by Steven Pemberton

Now: I am a researcher, author, lecturer and occasional moderator, based at CWI, the Dutch national research center for mathematics and computer science. My research is largely focused on interaction and how the underlying software architecture can better support users.

Before: At university, I was supervised by Richard Grimsdale, who built the first transistorized computer and was himself trained by Alan Turing. I was a research programmer at the University of Sussex before I went to implement Algol 68 for research computer MU5 at the University of Manchester (where Turing himself had worked); and later was a lecturer in computer science at the University of Brighton, and wrote a book on Pascal implementation.

Programming languages: Coming to CWI, I co-designed the programming language ABCthe ancestor of Pythonand co-author a book on ABC. I wrote part of gcc.

Human machine interaction: I was a member of the SIGCHI Executive Committee for a decade, and editor of the SIGCHI Newsletterafter that MCA/interactions. I chaired the CHI Conference in 1997.

internet and internet: I was one of the first people to use the open internet in Europe. Involved in the Web from the beginning, I organized two workshops during the first Web conference at CERN in 1994. From there, I got involved in W3C, and co-designed HTML, CSS, XHTML, XForms, RDFa, and several other web technologies. I chaired the HTML and XForms working groups for a decade, and I still chair the XForms group. I was also a member of the technical committee of ODF.


Steven Pemberton also features in many CWI films, such as the CWI 75th anniversary film in 2021. Then 75 years ago, the institute opened its doors, under the name of Mathematisch Centrum. Its aim was to promote the use of pure and applied mathematics in the reconstruction of the Netherlands after World War II in order to improve prosperity in the Netherlands and to strengthen the Dutch contribution to international scientific culture. Computing was then added to the mix, and the center was duly renamed Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, or for short CWI.

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