Vicki Hanson is President of ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery), the largest professional society for computing, globally serving computing professionals and students.
Vicki is a Distinguished Professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a Professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland, holding a personal chair in Inclusive Technologies. A former Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, she has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013.
She has served on research advisory boards and agenda setting committees in both the US and the UK. Her research focus is on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics. At RIT, she and Matt Huenerfauth direct the Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research (CAIR).
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- Honorary Doctor of Science, Newcastle University, July, 2017
- ACM CHI Academy, May, 2017
- Visiting Professor, Digital Science Institute, Lancaster University, 2017
- Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2013
- Fellow, ACM, 2004
- Fellow CITP, British Computer Society, 2009
- Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2009
- Outstanding Contributions to Computing and Accessibility Award, ACM SIGACCESS, 2014
- Anita Borg Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact, 2013
- Notable Women in Computing” Playing Cards – Ace of Clubs, see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessidg/notable-women-in-computing-card-deck/posts/1060182