SIGCAS Outstanding Service Award 2006
2006 SIGCAS Outstanding Service Award Recipient
KEITH MILLER, University of Illinois, Springfield
The SIGCAS Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to a SIGCAS member for outstanding service to SIGCAS in carrying out responsibilities that foster the viability of SIGCAS and enable it to continue to make a contribution to the field of computing in the context of its stated mission.
Keith Miller (left in photo) received his award at the October 2006 meeting of ACM SIGITE (Special Interest Group on Information Technology), Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vice-Chair of SIGCAS from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Miller also served as the Computers and Society Education Contributing Editor from 1997 to 2002. He was a program co-chair for ACM Policy ’98 and co-edited, with Tom Jewett, the Computers and Society issue that published the proceedings from that conference’s Ethics and Social Impact component. He also served on the Program committee of the 1996 Computers and the Quality of Life Symposium that was held in conjunction with the SIGCSE annual meeting, and on the IEEE-CS/ACM Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices from 1994 to 2000.
Dr. Miller has represented SIGCAS on many occasions, most recently in his presentation of the 2005 SIGCAS awards at Ethicomp 2005 in Linkoping, Sweden, his initiation of the Computer Ethics and Social Values track at SIGAPP’s international SAC meetings of 2006 and 2007, and his participation on a computer ethics panel at the October 2006 SIGITE conference. His active collaboration with computer ethicists from both the philosophy and computer science disciplines has earned him tremendous respect on an international scale, and has led to a prolific publishing and professional service career. He has authored over one-hundred journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings pieces, has had active membership and service in over twenty-five professional organizations, and has made hundreds of professional presentations.
Dr. Miller regularly promotes SIGCAS at the Conference and program committee meetings of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE) and International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), as well as meetings of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT). Upon learning that he had been chosen for this award, Dr. Miller’s characteristic modesty was revealed in his statement: “As I think about this award, I am struck by the following irony: so many people in computer ethics have done kindnesses to me, both professional and personal; and yet, I am being honored by SIGCAS with an award for service. As I wrote recently, my chief claim to fame in computer ethics is that so many of the people truly important to the field have been kind enough to work with me on one project or another. They've made me part of the family, and for that I am deeply grateful.”