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Judy and Gary Olson
  Judy and Gary Olson

Couple Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

3/16/2006 --

Judy and Gary Olson are recognized for contributions to the study of human-computer interaction.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Judy Olson, professor of business information technology, professor of psychology and professor of information at the University of Michigan, along with her husband, Gary Olson, professor and associate dean for research in the School of Information and professor of psychology, recently received the 2006 CHI Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Computer-Human Interaction section.

The CHI Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals for outstanding contributions to the study of human-computer interaction. It recognizes innovation and leadership and carries an honorarium of $5,000.

Criteria for the award are cumulative contributions to the field, influencing the work of others and developing new research directions.

The Olsons also are fellows of the CHI academy and have been active in the field throughout their U-M careers and through professional organizations.

The CHI committee said that although each stands alone as a strong, independent contributor and was inducted separately into the CHI academy, this award recognizes their major, lifetime impact on the study of collaboration.

"This award honors their long, productive collaboration as a single, unique contribution to the field of human-computer interaction, or perhaps more accurately, of human-human collaboration, mediated and enhanced through modern technologies," the committee added.

The CHI academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of human-computer interaction and who have helped shape the field.

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421