Edwards, Grinter Named ACM Distinguished Scientists

November 8, 2009

Keith Edwards and Beki Grinter, both associate professors in the School of Interactive Computing, have been named Distinguished Scientists by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The honor of Distinguished Member goes to ACM members with “at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of continuous professional membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field,” according to the association’s website. In awarding the honor, ACM further designates recipients as Distinguished Engineers, Distinguished Educators or Distinguished Scientists. Both Edwards and Grinter received the latter designation. In 2009, 84 ACM members were so honored, with 58 being named Distinguished Scientists, 17 named Distinguished Engineers and nine named Distinguished Educators.

Edwards is associate director of GVU Center and director of the Platforms and Infrastructures for Experimental Interactions (PIXI) lab. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, technologies to enable rich user experiences, evolvable and adaptable systems, multimodal interfaces, and human-centered approaches to networking. Edwards says he “is a technologist at heart, but enjoys working with designers, as well as ethnographers and other social scientists.”

Grinter is director of the Work2Play lab. Her research focuses on the relationship between human action and interaction and technologies. She uses empirical methods, primarily qualitative, to explore how to support people interactions with systems and each other through systems. Her research lies at the intersection of several different research communities including computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, sociology, software engineering and ubiquitous computing.

ACM also announced a new class of Senior Members for 2009, which included the following College of Computing faculty: Frank Dellaert, Mark Guzdial and Beth Mynatt from the School of Interactive Computing, and Gabriel Loh, Milos Prvulovic and Jun Xu from the School of Computer Science. Senior ACM members are those with "at least 10 years of professional experience and five years of continuous professional membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers."