Ben Shneiderman

Current Position

Professor: Computer Science, UMIACS
Founding Director: Human Computer Interaction Lab (1983-2000)
Affiliate Professor: Institute for Systems Research
Affiliate Professor: College of Information Studies - Maryland's iSchool

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction, User Interface Design, Information Visualization, and Social Media

Academic Degree

Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1973

New Books

  • Shneiderman, B., Rock the Research: Your Guidebook for Accelerating Campus Discovery and Innovation, Amazon Kindle & Paperback (January 2018):
  • Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction: Sixth Edition, Pearson (May 2016).
  • The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, Oxford University Press (March 2016).

Recent Honors

Short Biography

Ben Shneiderman (wikipedia, resume) is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM) in 1997 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

He pioneered the highlighted textual link in 1983, and it became part of Hyperties, a precursor to the web. His move into information visualization spawned Spotfire, known for pharmaceutical drug discovery and genomic data analysis. He is a technical advisor for the treemap visualization producer, Visual Action.

Ben is the author of Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems (1980). In 1986, the first edition of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction was published (5th ed., 2010, with C. Plaisant). This book is popular for his list of "Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design " which is frequently taught in Human-Computer Interaction courses. He co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999) with S. Card and J. Mackinlay. His book, Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies (MIT Press), won the IEEE Award for Distinguished Literary Contribution in 2004. He coauthored Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World (2011), with D. Hansen and M. A. Smith. His latest book is The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (2016).

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A Pioneer in Human-Computer Interaction

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Ben Shneiderman's Research Interests

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New ABCs of Research