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Leading Human Computer Interaction researcher to receive honorary award and to present free lecture at Melbourne

Leading Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher, Professor Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland, will this year be awarded a prestigious Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) from the University of Melbourne, in honour of his significant impact in research and commercial applications in the fields of HCI and information visualisation.

While he is in Melbourne, Professor Shneiderman will also present a free public lecture, presented by the University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems.

The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations
When: Thursday 14 December – 4:30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre G06, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010
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About the lecture

Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require ambitious research teams skilled at producing practical solutions and foundational theories simultaneously. The solutions need to be “Applied & Basic Combined” (the ABC principle). The research teams can then deliver high-impact outcomes by blending “Science, Engineering and Design Thinking” (the SED principle), which encourages use of the methods from all three disciplines. These guiding principles (ABC & SED) aim to replace Vannevar Bush’s flawed linear model from 1945 that has misled researchers for over 70 years. In this seminar, Professor Shneiderman will discuss how these new guiding principles will enable students, researchers, academic leaders, and government policy makers to accelerate discovery and innovation.

About Professor Shneiderman

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is recognised for his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization, with specific contributions to the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps and more. He has published several books, including “Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction” (co-authored with Catherine Plaisant) now in its 6th edition. His latest book is “The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations” (Oxford, April 2016).

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