Saul Greenberg

Major Awards and Grants


Individual Awards of Distinction


Lasting Impact Award, ACM UIST
  • "Awarded for contributions to physical computing, particularly for system and toolkit insights that focus on simplifying the prototyping of physical-digital experiences with sensors, actuators and displays. This has set the foundation for new directions and advances not only by developers and researchers, but also for a diverse community of designers, makers, and creators."
  • Introduced in the 2001 paper 'Phidgets: Easy Development of Physical Interfaces through Physical Widget, by Saul Greenberg and Chester Fitchett
  • November, 2015
Lifetime Achievement Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary
  • For his significant contributions to the field of Computer Science over his career
  • May, 2015
CPSC Excellence Award, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
  • For continuous outstanding research, for undergraduate and graduate teaching and training, for academic mentorship, and for the creation and sustenance of the world-class Interactions Laboratory
  • May, 2015
ACM Fellow
  • Inducted 2013 for contribution to computer supported cooperative work and ubiquitous computing
AITF/SMART Industrial Co-Chair in Interactive Technologies
  • Awarded to the Greenberg/Carpendale team, 2012-2017 (see below)
NSERC/iCore/SMART Industrial Co-Chair in Interactive Technologies
  • Awarded to the Greenberg/Carpendale team, 2006-2012 (see below)
CHCCS Achievement Award
  • For his overall contributions to the field of Human Computer Interaction
  • May 2007
CHI Academy
  • Elected to the ACM CHI Academy for his overall contributions to the field of Human Computer Interaction
  • April, 2005
University Professorship
  • Endowed Program
  • University of Calgary award for excellence in research
  • 2006 - 2011

Current Individual Grants


NSERC Discovery Grant
  • Mediating Interaction in Ubiquitous Computing through Proximity
  • 2010 - 2015,
  • $370,000 over 5 years
  • $74,000 / year

Current Shared Grants


AITF/ SMARTIndustrial Chair in Interactive Technologies
  • S. Greenberg and S. Carpendale, co-Chairs
  • Total: $1,000,000 of new funding over 5 years (2011 - 2016)
  • This is an extension of a prior $2,000,000 iCORE/NSERC/SMART Industrial Chair reported below
  • Yearly: $200,000 / year staggered from 2006 - 2013 as follows
    • SMART Technologies ULC
      • $500,000 / 5 years (100%), 2011-2016, $100,000 / year (100%)
    • AITF
      • $500,000 / 5 years (100%), 2011-2016,
NSERC Strategic Networks Grant
  • Digital Surface Software Application Network (SURFNET)
  • Frank Maurer PI + 12 others
  • Role: Investigator
  • Total: $5,000,000 + industrial contributions over 5 years (~5%), March 1 2010 - 2015
    • 2011 allocation: $33,000 (20K HQP, 5K travel, 7K hardware, 1.5K other)
    • 2012 allocation: $30,000 (16K HQP, 10K travel, 2.5K hardware, 1.5K other)
    • 2012 Apr-Dec: Special Projects $12,500 (10K HQP, 1.25K hardware, 1.25K travel)

Past Individual Grants


Microsoft Research Equipment Loan Program
  • TouchDevelop Applications
  • May 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012
  • $8,500 (in equipment)
University Professorship
  • University of Calgary
  • July 2006 - June 2011
  • $110,000 over 5 years (100%)
  • $22,000/year (100%)
NSERC Discovery Grant
  • An Embodied Groupware Environment
  • 248,500 total over 5 years, 2004-2010 ($49,700 / year)
NSERC Operating Grants
  • $200,200 total over 5 years (1998-2003), $40,425 / year (99-03) and $38,500 / year (1998)
  • $60,000 total over 3 years (1994-1998), $20,000/ year
  • $60,000 total over 3 years (1991-1994), $20,000/year
  • $11,896 total over 1 year (1990)
NSERC Equipment Grant
  • $84,947 (2003-2004): An embodied groupware environment
  • $44,624 (1998-1999): A usability laboratory
  • $49,726 (1991-1992), with I. Witten PI
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
  • $1852. unrestricted one-time gift
TR Laboratories, Canada
  • $36,000 in student scholarships ($24,000 in 2004, 12,000 in 2005)
Microsoft Research
  • $235,000 (approx value in CDN)
  • (US25K in 2001; US50K + ~20K Equipment/Software in 2000; US58K in 1999)
Microsoft Inc
  • Project Neptune Shell Group
  • $74,000 for 1999 ($45K US)
Intel Research Council Grant
  • $US 195,000 total over 3 years, 1995-1998; $US 65,000/year, renewed on an annual basis
  • ~$US 30,000 of equipment
Equipment Donations by Industry
  • SMART Technologies, Inc.: Two Plasma Overlay Enhancements (4-camera) (2005) - Value ~$9,000. LightRaise (2002) and 72" Rear Projection Smart Board (1998) - Value ~$26,000.
  • Mitshubishi Research Laboratories (MERL) USA: Two DiamondTouch displays (2002 and 2003), Value ~$16,000 (5K US each)
  • 3Com: Several Palm Pilots, Value ~$1,200. (~2000)
STEP Grant
  • ~$3,000 (partial funding for Summer Student), May 1 - August 31, 1998
Summer Career Placement (SCP 2000)
  • $2,380 (partial funding for Summer Student), Human Resources Canada
The University of Calgary Faculty of Science Research Fellowship
  • Teaching and service relief for one semester, September to December, 1996
The University of Canterbury Erskine Fellowship
  • NZ 11,000 plus travel grant for ~$NZ 4,600, March-May, 1995
University of Calgary Starter Grant
  • $4,000, 1990

Past Shared Grants


iCORE / NSERC / SMART Technologies Industrial Chair in Interactive Technologies
  • S. Greenberg and S. Carpendale, co-Chairs
  • Total: $2,000,000 over 5 years (75% under direct control of Chairs; 25% funds faculty hire in support of the Chair)
  • Yearly: $400,000 / year (75%), staggered from 2006 - 2013 as follows
    • SMART Technologies ULC
      • $500,000 / 5 years (100%), 2006-2011, $100,000 / year (100%)
    • iCORE Industrial Chair Establishments Grant
      • $500,000 / 5 years (100%), 2006-2011
      • $500,000 / 5 years (60%), 2007-2013 (40% towards faculty hire )
    • NSERC Industrial Research Chairs Program
      • $500,000 / 5 years (40%), Sept 2006 - Aug 2012 (60% towards faculty hire )
NSERC Network Center of Excellence Grant
  • NCE: GRAND: Graphics, Animation & New Media
  • K. Booth PI + 49 others
  • Role: Collaborating Researcher, Human Centered Technologies for Sustainable Living Projct
  • $23,000,000 over 5 years (.02%), $1,000 allocated / year, 2010 - 2014
Nokia DMX Equipment Donation
  • S. Greenberg and A. Tang (co-investigators)
  • Awarded several Nokia Lumia Smart Phones, ~$1000., 2012
NSERC Research Networks Grant
  • Network for Effective Collaboration Technologies Through Advanced Research
  • Smart Technologies and Microsoft Research as Major Industrial Sponsors
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Total: $5,500,000 over 5 years (~11%)
  • Yearly:$1,100,000 / year (~11%)
NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant
  • Input and Object Tracking for Large Displays, Domestic Environments, and Robotic Interfaces
  • April 1, 2007 - March 21, 2008
  • $90,747
  • Saul Greenberg, PI., with Sheelagh Carpendale and Ehud Sharlin
Innovation and Science Research Investments Program (ASRA & AIS)
  • PACE: Prototyping Advanced Collaborative Environments
  • Hewitt (PI), Greenberg, Montgomerie, Anderson, Bruno, Finley, Bosch.
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Total: $250,000 over 2 years (10%),
  • Yearly: $125,000 / year (10%)
Alberta Software Engineering Consortium
  • Alberta Science and Research Authority (ASRA)
  • Paul Sorenson P.I. and others
  • 2000-2002
  • Total: $1,800,000 over 3 years (6%)
  • Yearly: $600,000 (6%)
TeleLearning Institute Pilot Study
  • Office of Learning Technologies (Ontario, Canada) with Tom Carey (PI) and others
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Total: $95,000 (4.7%),
NSERC Infrastructure Grant
  • $198,000 over 3 years, 1994 - 1997, B. Gaines (PI)
  • $279,303 over 3 years, 1991 - 1994, I. Witten (PI)
NSERC Strategic Operating Grant
  • $360,000 over three years, 1992 - 1995, R. Baecker (PI)
NSERC Strategic Equipment Grant, (with R. Baecker and others) - University of Toronto,
  • $93,101, 1992, R. Baecker (PI)

Other Awards, Grants and Scholarships Prior to Joining University of Calgary Faculty


  • NSERC Industrial Research Fellowship (Postdoctorate), $24,000/year for two years, 1989-1990
  • Honorary Izaak Walton Killam Scholarship, 1988
  • Province of Alberta Graduate Fellowship, 1987
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, $11,600/year for three years, 1984-1986

Last updated September, 2015 by Saul Greenberg