Mark S. Ackerman

Mark Ackerman


School of Information
Division of Computer Science and Engineering

ackerm at umich dot edu


Overview - See the SocialWorlds research group's webpages for a description of my research streams, as well as our projects and publications.

Short bio - Mark Ackerman is 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). He has published widely in HCI and CSCW, investigating collaborative information access in online knowledge communities, medical settings, expertise sharing, and most recently, pervasive environments. Mark is a member of the CHI Academy (HCI Fellow) and an ACM Fellow.

Previously, Mark was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and a research scientist at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (now CSAIL). Before becoming an academic, Mark led the development of the first home banking system, had three Billboard Top-10 games for the Atari 2600, and worked on the X Window System's first user-interface widget set. Mark has degrees from the University of Chicago, Ohio State, and MIT.

Research areas - Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), collaborative systems, health, human-computer interaction (HCI), pervasive computing, ubicomp, social computing. 

Also, Sociology of information, social analysis of computing systems.

Particular Topics - Collaborative information access, health informatics, infrastructures for social computing, memory artifacts, organizational (collective) memory, information reuse for chronic diseases, privacy, online communities, social computing.