The ACM GROUP Steering Committee

The ACM GROUP Steering Committee is comprised of former program and general chairs, representing the diverse institutions and countries participating in the ACM GROUP conferences. ACM GROUP has a long-standing collaboration with the ACM CSCW and ECSCW communities, and one of the Steering Committee’s responsibilities is to coordinate dates and activities across these conferences. The Steering Committee also ensures that the conference evolves over time and provides an innovative research venue for GROUP-related research. The Steering Committee has several meetings throughout the year, one physical meeting at the conference and approximately two to three virtual meetings between conferences for planning purposes.

Mark Ackerman is the George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Professor in the School of Information and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His major research area is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), primarily Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), investigating collaborative information access in online knowledge communities, medical settings, and expertise sharing. Mark is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow) and an ACM Fellow. Mark was Program co-chair for Group ‘05.

Pernille Bjørn is a Professor at the Computer Science Department (DIKU) at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research interests are in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, particularly in the areas of healthcare, global software development, critical design, inclusion in computing, and hacking/making. Pernille first attended ACM Group in 2005 with a poster on proactive behaviors in virtual teams, and has since been involved in GROUP organization as the Doctoral Colloquium mentor, Notes co-chair (with Gillian Hayes), and Program co-chair (with David Mcdonald) in 2014. She has been in a member of the GROUP Steering Committee since 2014 and became the committee’s chair in 2017. She loves the informal interaction at the GROUP conferences.  

Sean Goggins is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests are in social computing, particularly in the areas of collaborative social computing research infrastructure, sociotechnically mediated small groups and games for learning. Sean is active with the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems, creator of the Masters in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Missouri, is Director of the Open Collaboration Data Exchange and is a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s CHAOSS working group, which is focused on open source software health metrics. Sean was the general Co-Chair for Group 2014, Workshops Chair for Group 2012, Posters Chair for Group 2010 and local arrangements chair for Group 2016 and 2018. He has been a member of the GROUP Steering Committee since 2016.

Tom Gross is a full professor and chair of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bamberg Weimar, Germany. His research is based on a human-centred computing perspective, which aims to develop technological concepts and systems based on an understanding of how people interact with and communicate through computing technology. From this perspective concepts and systems are designed, developed, and evaluated for working, learning, and social interaction. He has been a Program co-chair for Group 2010 and 2012, and a General co-chair of Group 2007.

Stephen Hayne is a Professor at Colorado State (USA).  Dr. Hayne’s research interests lie mainly in collaboration, security, knowledge management, and "big" data analytics. He has recently received a $3M grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to investigate near real-time detection and mitigation of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).  He likes to use innovative technology to solve real problems. He’s implemented tools to help groups with communication and decision-making, i.e. shared drawing, group brainstorming, issue surfacing and consolidation, intrusion outlier detection classification and visualization. He has recently been investigating social networks, software engineering, and the reputation effects of feedback. Stephen has been the GROUP treasurer since 2003, and was Chair of the first 2 GROUP conferences in 1997 and 1999.

Kori Inkpen is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research. Her research interests are in the fields of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Human-Computer Interaction and her work explores next generation computing to support natural, seamless collaborative interactions, for both work and play. Her current focus is on how live video is changing the way we engage and communicate with others, and the potential it offers to transform the way we interact with friends, families, colleagues, and strangers. Kori has been actively involved in the Group community since 2005 and was Conference Co-Chair in 2007 and Program co-chair in 2012.

Wayne Lutters is the Director of the multi-disciplinary Interactive Systems Research Center and an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His research interests are at the nexus of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), social computing, and social informatics. He specializes in field studies of IT-mediated work, from a socio-technical perspective, to better inform the design and evaluation of collaborative systems for back office operations. He has served as a Program Director for Human-Centered Computing at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Wayne was Conference co-chair in 2010, Program co-chair in 2007 and 2009, and Doctoral Consortium chair in 2016.

Michael Müller works as a research scientist at IBM Research in Cambridge, MA, USA. His research has involved grounded theory method and participatory methods. Michael studies domains such as social software use in organizations, text analytics for organizations, innovation practices in organizations, and more broadly the diverse ways that a diverse workforce can contribute to one another and to their company. In a series of conference activities, Michael has also helped to make safe spaces to discuss difficult topics, currently focusing on social justice. Michael was Program technical program co-chair for Group 2016 (and co-chair of other GROUP venues in previous years). He joined the GROUP Steering Committee in 2016. 

Aleksandra Sarcevic is an Assistant Professor of Information Science in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. Her research interests are in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, focusing on pervasive computing and interactive systems for medical work. Aleksandra first attended ACM Group in 2007 as a student participant in the Doctoral Colloquium and later contributed to the conference organization as a Doctoral Colloquium co-chair (with Dan Cosley) in 2012, Interactive Posters/Demos co-chair (with Michael Prilla) in 2014, and a General Conference co-chair (with Stephan Lukosch) in 2016. Aleksandra joined the GROUP Steering Committee in 2016. She likes the friendly and intimate setting of the conference and looks forward to the Island Cow’s fried gators every time she visits Sanibel.

Hilda Tellioglu is an Associate Professor at the Multidisciplinary Design Group at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Austria. As a computer scientist, she has been involved with both research and teaching on software engineering, design and development of information technology in networked (work) environments, computer support for cooperative work (CSCW) in systems design, in health care work, in architectural planning and in manufacturing, gender issues in computer science, design thinking, as well as interaction and interfaces design. She was involved in ACM Group since 2012, as program committee member and as participant. She was General Conference co-chair with Thomas A. Finholt in 2012 and Workshop co-organiser of the Workshop "Collaboration and Coordination in the Context of Informal Care (CCCiC): Concepts, Methods, and Technologies" in 2014. She has been a member of the GROUP Steering Committee since 2012.