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Volker Wulf <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:02:00 +0200
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EUSSET and IISI wish to announce the award of its second biennial 
lifetime achievement award. This year, it has been decided that the 2013 
award should be shared between two seminal thinkers in the fields of 
Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Human Computer Interaction, 
Professor Kjeld Schmidt and Professor Liam Bannon.Kjeld Schmidt is 
currently employed at the Copenhagen Business School, after a lifetime 
of service in Danish universities. Liam Bannon is currently Emeritus 
Professor at the University of Limerick, Ireland and Honorary Professor 
at Aarhus University, Denmark, having previously held a variety of 
research positions in academic institutions around the world.

Professor Schmidt and Professor Bannon were largely responsible for the 
creation and development of European CSCW research as a distinctive 
research arena, one in which attention to practice became regarded as 
fundamental to the design of socio-technical systems. Both have made a 
foundational contribution to the critical challenge that this European 
perspective has brought to design thinking. Not least, they have 
established and maintained a level of scholarship that is seldom 
equalled in the interdisciplinary arena. They were jointly and 
separately influential in the establishing of the both well-regarded and 
influential CSCW journal, of which Professor Schmidt has been the long- 
standing editor, and of the biennial ECSCW conference series. Their 
continued influence is evidenced by the enviable number of citations 
attached to a wide- ranging set of papers that they have contributed, 
separately and together, to CSCW and HCI. Their clarity of thought and 
purposehas been an inspiration to a generation of scholars and 

The Awards will be handed over during ECSCW 2013, September 25th, 2013.

Liam Bannon was born in 1953 in Dublin, Ireland, and studied psychology 
and computer science at University College, Dublin and Trinity College, 
Dublin, followed by a PhD in experimental psychology from the University 
of Western Ontario, Canada in 1981. An early interest in artificial 
intelligence in the 70’s was replaced by the study of human factors in 
computing in the 80’s. He worked with Don Norman’s group at UCSD in the 
early days of the HCI field, stressing the role of the computer as a 
communication and collaboration tool/medium, and then came to 
Scandinavia in the late 80’s to learn about Scandinavian approaches to 
participatory design, working mainly at Aarhus University. Liam has also 
worked at a large number of research institutes and Universitiesin the 
US and Europe over the years. From 1993-2009, Liam worked at the 
University of Limerick, Ireland, as Professor and Founding Director of 
the Interaction Design Centre. He has articulated an approach to 
human-centred design based on augmentation rather than substitution as 
an alternative to the prevailing "ambient intelligence" paradigm.

Kjeld Schmidt was born in 1945 in Esbjerg, Denmark. Initially a software 
programmer (1965-72), he was awarded the MSc degree in sociology from 
the University of Lund, Sweden, in 1974. After a decade of research 
focusing on processes of socio-economic transformation, he decided in 
1985 to devote his energies to the — then only emerging — area of 
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), first as a researcher in 
private industry but from 1989 at Risø National Laboratory. From 1998, 
he has held faculty positions at universities in the Copenhagen area and 
is now professor of Work, Organization, and Technology at Copenhagen 
Business School. — Schmidt has been the Editor-in-Chief of the CSCW 
Journal since 1992. His main scholarly contributions to CSCW have been 
centered on what can be termed its conceptual foundations. In this line 
of work, he has, for example, contributed to the clarification of key 
concepts such as ‘work’, ‘cooperative work’, ‘awareness’, ‘knowledge’, 
and ‘practice’. In his technology-oriented research, he has been deeply 
involved in the development of computational technologies that will 
enable ordinary workers to express and execute the protocols of their 
coordinative practices such as workflows and classification schemes in a 
fully distributed and flexible manner.

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