The SIGCHI Lifetime Practice Award is presented to individuals for outstanding contributions to the practice and understanding of human-computer interaction. This award recognizes the very best and most influential applications of human-computer interaction. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership.
George Fitzmaurice is the Director of the User Interface Research Group at Autodesk Research. In collaboration with his colleagues, he has co-authored over 110 research papers and has been awarded over 90 patents in a range of areas spanning the field of Human-Computer Interaction, including 3D User Interfaces, AR/VR Interactions, Wearable and Mobile Interaction, Software Learnability and Learning Systems, Interactive Visualizations of HR data and Organization Knowledge, Sketch-Based Animation, Pen-based interactions, Interactive Fabrication, Physical Crowdsourcing and Human-Robot Interaction. He was instrumental in establishing the field of Graspable UIs, the pre-cursor to what is known as Tangible UIs. He also pioneered the concept of spatially-aware displays and situated information spaces with his Chameleon research project.
In addition to HCI research, George has led efforts to productize many of his own research projects and those carried out in his lab. Some notable achievements in this vein are Autodesk SketchBook Motion (awarded the 2016 Apple iPad App of the Year), the ViewCube™ and SteeringWheels™ widgets (the standard 3D navigation mechanisms across Autodesk products), and the productization of the research project Chronicle into Autodesk Screencast, which has created a rich community of learning content attracting over 3 million site visitors and generating thousands of tutorial videos. Earlier in his career, he contributed to the design of the Maya 1.0 animation product, and the Sketchbook pen-based drawing tool.
Dr. Fitzmaurice received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and also holds an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).