National awards

AAAI Fellows

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Fellows program was started in 1990 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions - usually over at least a ten–year period - to the field of artificial intelligence.

The accomplishments of elected AAAI Fellows range from pioneering advances in the theory of artificial intelligence, to unusual accomplishments in artificial intelligence technology and AI applications. Leadership in the AAAI or similar scientific organizations that promote the advancement of artificial intelligence through educational programs and support of forums for the exchange of ideas also plays a role in the selection process.

Vipin Kumar2023
Maria Gini2008

AAAI Distinguished Service Award

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Distinguished Service Award recognizes one individual each year for extraordinary service to the AI community. Areas of service could include, but are not limited to: society service, service as an editor, conference organization, representation of AI in other organizations (such as CRA, ACM, or IEEE), or influential service as a government agency contract monitor or program director, resulting in positive effects on the field of AI. Nominees must be current members of AAAI.

Maria Gini2016

AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines, from research, teaching, and technology, to administration in academia, industry and government, to excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.

Joseph Konstan2011
Yousef Saad2010
Shashi Shekhar2008
Vipin Kumar2006

ACM Distinguished Engineers, Scientists, and Members

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Engineers, Scientists, and Members Award recognizes members with at least 15 years of professional experience and five years of continuous professional membership who have achieved significant accomplishments or have made a significant impact on the computing field.

Distinguished Scientists

Loren Terveen2009
John Riedl †2007
Maria Gini2006
Joseph Konstan2006

† deceased

Distinguished Members

Daniel Boley2020
Mohamed Mokbel2017

ACM Fellows Program

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows Program was established in 1993 to recognize and honor outstanding ACM members for their achievements in computer science and information technology and for their significant contributions to the mission of the ACM. The ACM Fellows serve as distinguished colleagues to whom the ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership as the world of information technology evolves.

Maria Gini2019
Tian He **2018
John Riedl †2009
Joseph Konstan2008
Vipin Kumar2006

** former faculty member
† deceased

ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence (SIGAI) Autonomous Agents Research Award is a prestigious prize that recognizes years of research and leadership in the field of robotics and multi-agent systems.

Maria Gini2022

ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (SIGKDD) Innovation Award is the highest award for technical excellence in the field of knowledge discovery and data mining. It is conferred on one individual or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical innovations in the KDD field have had a lasting impact in advancing the theory and practice of the field.

Vipin Kumar2012

ACM Software System Award

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award is given to an institution or individuals recognized for developing software systems that have had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to concepts and/or commercial acceptance.

Joseph A. Konstan2010
John Riedl †2010

† deceased

ACM Outstanding Contribution Award

The Outstanding Contribution to Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Award recognizes outstanding service contributions to the Association. Candidates are selected based on the value and degree of service overall and may be given to up to three individuals each year.

Joseph A. Konstan2023

CRA A. Nico Habermann Award

The Computing Research Association (CRA) awards the A. Nico Habermann Award to a person who has made outstanding contributions aimed at increasing the numbers and/or successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community. This award recognizes work in areas of government affairs, educational programs, professional societies, public awareness, and leadership that has a major impact on advancing these members in the computing research community. Recognized contributions can be focused directly at the research level or at its immediate precursors–namely, students at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Maria Gini2019

IBM Faculty Award

The IBM Faculty Award is a competitive worldwide program that seeks to build collaborations between researchers at top universities and those in IBM development, research, and service groups. It is also intended to promote a curriculum that encourages advances in disciplines strategic to IBM.

Abhishek Chandra2011
Antonia Zhai2007
Zhi-Li Zhang2007
Zhi-Li Zhang2006
Jaideep Srivastava2002

IEEE Fellow

IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. 

Mohamed Mokbel2020
Maria Gini2017
Tian He**2017
George Karypis2017
Stergios Roumeliotis **2016
Joseph Konstan2013
John Riedl †2011
Zhi-Li Zhang2011
Anand Tripathi2008
Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos2007
Jaideep Srivastava2004
Shashi Shekhar2003
Vipin Kumar2000
David Du1998
Pen-Chung Yew1998

** former faculty member
† deceased

IEEE Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award

The IEEE Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award Technical Achievement Award is an annual award (which includes a certificate and $2,000 honorarium) that is presented for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past ten, and not more than fifteen years.

Shashi Shekhar2006
Vipin Kumar2005

INFORMS ISS Design Science Award

The Design Science Award of the INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) is awarded annually to promote and recognize excellence in research efforts centered on the design and realization of innovative information technology (IT) artifacts.

John Collins **2012
Maria Gini2012
Paul Schrater2012

** former faculty member

NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin, in honor of their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions. The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields at both a local and national level.

Maria Gini2018


The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is the most prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

Kangjie Lu2021
Hyun Soo Park2019
Feng Qian2018
Lana Yarosh2017
Brent Hecht **2016
Rui Kuang2012
Dan Keefe2011
Chad Myers2011
Arindam Banerjee **2010
Mohamed Mokbel2010
Tian He **2009
Volkan Isler2008
Stergios Roumeliotis **2007
Abhishek Chandra2007
Nick Hopper2006
Yongdae Kim **2005
William Schuler **2005
Eric Van Wyk2004
Baoquan Chen **2003
George Karypis2002
Victoria Interrante1999
Joseph Konstan1998
Zhi-Li Zhang1998
Mats Heimdahl1996
Jon Weissman1996
Zhiyuan Li **1995
Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos1995
Shang-Hua Teng **1995

** former faculty member


Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selects nominees for Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from among the most meritorious new CAREER awardees. The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

Stergios Roumeliotis **2008
William Schuler **2006
Victoria Interrante1999

** former faculty member

PAKDD Distinguished Contributions Award

This award recognizes significant and ongoing contributions in research and services to the advancement of the Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD) community and series of conferences.

George Karypis2021
Jaideep Srivastava2013

SIAM Fellows Program

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellows Program honors certain members who have made outstanding contributions to fields served by SIAM. SIAM Fellows are people who have been recognized by their peers for their contributions to their field as well shown great leadership within their own institution.

Yousef Saad2010


SIAM John von Neumann Prize

This prize, established in 1959, the SIAM John von Neumann Prize is awarded for outstanding and distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences and for the effective communication of these ideas to the community. The recipient will receive a monetary award and will present a survey lecture at the annual meeting.

Yousef Saad2023

SIGCHI Academy

The SIGCHI Academy is an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction, and awardees are given lifetime invitations to the annual SIGCHI award banquet. 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.

Loren Terveen2019
Joseph Konstan2011

SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award

The SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award goes to individuals who have contributed to the growth of SIGCHI in a variety of capacities. This award is for extended services to the community at large over a number of years.

Loren Terveen2023
Joseph Konstan2013

UCGIS Education Award

University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is a non-profit scientific and educational organization comprised of 60+ member and affiliate institutions. It was established in 1995 for the purposes of advancing research in the field of Geographic Information Science, expanding and strengthening multidisciplinary Geographic Information Science education, and advocating policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information and technologies, by building and supporting scholarly communities and networks. UCGIS is a hub for the GIS research and education community in higher education and serves as a national and international voice to advocate for its members’ interests.

Shashi Shekhar2015

UMUAI James Chen Annual Award

The User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction (UMUAI) James Chen Award is bestowed annually to the author(s) of the best paper of the year. The award has been donated by the Chen family in commemoration of James R. Chen, a creative researcher in the area of user modeling and information retrieval, and twice a UMUAI author. The award comes with a cash prize of U.S.$ 1,000. To select the winner, an award committee is formed from the editorial board of the journal which reviews all articles that were nominated by reviewers and the editorial board.

Joseph Konstan2013
John Riedl †2013

† deceased

VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award

The IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC) Virtual Reality Career Award is given annually to an individual to honor that person’s lifetime contributions to virtual and augmented reality.

Victoria Interrante2020

3M Nontenured Faculty Award

This award, which is administered by 3M Research and Development in partnership with the Corporate Giving Program, recognizes outstanding new faculty. It is intended to help young faculty members to achieve tenure, to teach, and to conduct research.

Daniel Keefe2013