Results - Japan ACM SIGCHI Chapter Award 2023

2023 (The Third) Japan ACM SIGCHI Chapter Award Recipients

February 18, 2023

Since FY 2020, Japan ACM SIGCHI Chapter Awards identify and honor leaders of the field of human-computer interaction. We present awards in two categories:

  • Lifetime Community Contribution Award:
    Lifetime Community Contribution Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the cumulative contributions to the development of the field.
  • Distinguished Young Researcher Award:
    Lifetime Community Contribution Award is presented to young individuals for significant research contributions as well as outstanding contributions to the development of the field.

The awards committee selected following recipients from the submitted award nominations after strict review. The award ceremony was taken place on February 18, 2023 in the International Symposium on Human-Computer Interaction 2023.

Lifetime Community Contribution Award

Miwako Doi (Auditor of National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) / Vice President of Tohoku University / Executive Director of Nara Institute of Science and Technology)

As a corporate researcher, Dr. Doi has long been dedicated to research on a wide range of human technology interfaces, with a focus on computer-based document processing, and has produced many outstanding pioneering research results. Many of these results have been widely used in products and services around the world, such as word processors and navigation services, and have contributed greatly to the promotion and development of technology in this field. Dr. Doi is also a pioneering female researcher in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and has paved the way for many female researchers to follow in her footsteps.

In recent years, based on her extensive experience, she has led the research field of network robots and their interaction with humans, contributing to its global development. Furthermore, Dr. Doi has served in many pivotal roles, including the president and executive board member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers, and Human Interface Society of Japan. She has also served on various government advisory committees, such as the Science Council of Japan and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and on a number of university boards, contributing greatly to the promotion of this field.

As such, Dr. Doi's contributions to the development of the academic field related to Human-Computer Interaction are significant and worthy of winning the Distinguished Achievement Award.

Distinguished Young Researcher Award

Jun Kato (Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) / Technical Advisor, Arch Inc.)

Dr. Jun Kato has made substantial academic contributions in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), where his focus has been conducting creativity support research for creative activities such as programming and video production. He has not only received high recognition for his academic achievements in the field, including many international awards, but has also contributed to neighboring fields such as programming languages, computer graphics, and multimedia. He has pioneered an original field that he named "Programming Experiences (PX)" and is driving this field forward, evident by his activities, such as the keynote speech at the international workshop LIVE 2017.

He has actively contributed to organizing many major international conferences in the field of HCI, including serving as Associate Chair at CHI four times, SRC Chair at CHI 2021, Program Committee Member at UIST four times, SV Chair at UIST 2016, and Chair of the Real-Time Live! program at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021. He has also actively organized emerging international workshops in the PX field and served as the chair of LIVE 2022. Furthermore, he has contributed to the annual domestic seminar on reading CHI papers over many years, including but not limited to support system development.

In addition, with his exceptional programming and design skills, he has turned academic achievements into multiple practical services and has contributed to the industry in such ways as establishing a research and development unit at an animation production company.

With the above contributions, Dr. Kato's work has been recognized as outstanding and worthy of receiving the Distinguished Young Researcher Award. We hope that Dr. Kato will continue to develop his wide-ranging academic and social contributions that transcend the boundaries between academic disciplines and industry and academia, keep leading the international research community, and serve as a new role model for researchers in the future.