Yves Guiard, newly elected member to the ACM SIGCHI Academy

Yves Guiard, an experimental psychologist specializing in the study of human movement, earned his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Marseilles, France. He spent two-year-long sabbaticals in Britain, one in Oxford (1984-85) and the other in Cambridge, UK, where he was elected a French Government Fellow of Churchill College (1996-97). Now an Emeritus Research Director at the CNRS, he works in Paris in the VIA team of the LTCI, a joint research laboratory between the CNRS and Telecom-ParisTech.

The kinematic chain model Yves proposed in 1987 was found useful by HCI researchers a decade later when they began exploring the intriguing possibility of two-handed interaction. His other research interests include stimulus-response compatibility and the speed/accuracy trade-off of aimed movement, currently his main focus. With colleagues and Ph.D. students, he has introduced a number of tricks for facilitating target acquisition in GUIs and has designed and tested many novel interaction techniques, especially for mobile devices. He has extended Fitts’ law to the challenges of pointing in multiscale electronic worlds and pleaded for perspective visualization of everyday documents. Yves has sat on several program committees for CHI and is currently an associate editor of ACM TOCHI.

About the SIGCHI Academy: The SIGCHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. These are the principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in human-computer interaction.