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Shneiderman, Ben

Ben Shneiderman
Professor Emeritus
Distinguished University Professor
Founding Director, Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
3177 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests 

Human-computer interaction, user interface design



Ben Shneiderman is a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and the Institute for Systems Research, all at the University of Maryland at College Park (full resume). He has taught previously at the State University of New York and at Indiana University. He was made a Fellow of the ACM in 1997, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001, and received the ACM CHI (Computer Human Interaction) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He was the Co-Chair of the ACM Policy 98 Conference, May 1998 and is the Founding Chair of the ACM Conference on Universal Usability, November 16-17, 2000.

Dr. Shneiderman is the author of Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems (1980).  His comprehensive text Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (1st edition 1987, 2nd edition 1992, 3rd edition 1998, booksite Addison-Wesley Publishers, Reading, MA), came out in its 4th edition in April 2004 with Catherine Plaisant as co-author. His 1989 book, co-authored with Greg Kearsley, Hypertext Hands-On!, contains a hypertext version on two disks. He is the originator of the Hyperties hypermedia system, which was produced by Cognetics Corp., Princeton Junction, NJ. He was a member of the Board of Directors (1996-2001) of Spotfire whose products are based on his dynamic queries and starfield display research in information visualization. Dr. Shneiderman was a Computer Science Advisor (1999-2002) to Smartmoney which implemented marketmap, a variant of his treemap concept. He is an advisor for treemap supplier HiveGroup and for ClockWise3D, as well as a member of the Technical Advisory Board for ILOG.

In addition he has co-authored two textbooks, edited three technical books, published more than 200 technical papers and book chapters. His 1993 edited book Sparks of Innovation in Human-Computer Interaction collects 25 papers from the past 10 years of research at the University of Maryland. In 1999 he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think with Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, then in 2003 continued in this direction by co-authoring The Craft of Information Visualization: Readings and Reflections with Ben Bederson. Ben Shneiderman's vision of the future is presented in his October 2002 book Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies, which won the IEEE 2003 award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.

Ben Shneiderman has been on the Editorial Advisory Boards of nine journals including the ACM Transactions on Computer- Human Interaction and the ACM Interactions. He edited the Ablex Publishing Co. book series on "Human-Computer Interaction." He has consulted and lectured for many organizations including Apple, AT&T, Citicorp, GE, Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Library of Congress, Microsoft, NASA, NCR, and university research groups.

Dr. Shneiderman's early work included database research including performance and index optimization. He is also known in software engineering, especially for his widely used innovation of structured flowcharts, commonly known as Nassi-Shneiderman Diagrams. He teaches popular short courses on information visualization and has organized an annual satellite television presentation on User Interface Strategies seen by thousands of professionals from 1987 to 1997.

Honors and Awards 

National Academy of Inventors, 2015
National Academy of Engineering, 2010
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2011
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001
Association for Computing Machinery, 1997

Jospeh Rigo Award for book "Designing the User Interface," 1996

University of Maryland awards
Invention of the Year Award Finalist for "Direct Annotation for Digital Images," 2000

Related News 

New EventAction interface improves recommender systems
Prescriptive analytics could help decisionmaking in student advising, treatment formulating, customer retention and sports coaching. August 17, 2019

Shneiderman to speak at Arena Civil Dialogue, Aug. 12
The topic for this civil discourse event at Arena Stage in D.C. is "The Robots Are Coming." August 2, 2018

Shneiderman receives honorary doctorate from Swansea University
Shneiderman has been visiting and encouraging computer scientists at Swansea for many years. July 28, 2018

Wu Named AAAS Fellow
Wu is amongst 395 other scientists and scholars elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow November 20, 2017

New book by Ben Shneiderman promotes integrated research concepts
The ABCs of Reseaerch recognizes the unbounded nature of human creativity, the multiplicative power of teamwork, and the catalytic effects of innovation. March 17, 2016

NAI Fellows' names read into the Congressional Record
Rep. David Jolly honored the Fellows, who include John Baras, Ben Shneiderman, Robert Fischell and E. Albert Reece of the University System of Maryland. March 1, 2016

Baras, Shneiderman named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
ISR faculty part of University of Maryland’s first cohort of NAI Fellows. December 15, 2015

John Baras elected AAAS Fellow
Baras recognized for accomplishments in multiple fields that mark his career. December 1, 2014

Shneiderman art exhibition at National Academies opens Oct. 16
The Treemaps Art Project exhibition runs through April 15, 2015 and is free and open to the public. October 3, 2014

Shneiderman, Plaisant win Distinguished Paper Award at AMIA Symposium
Paper describes Twinlist, an interface for medication reconciliation. November 22, 2013

Shneiderman appears on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Professor was part of panel discussing electronic medical records. November 1, 2013

Treemap Art Project showcases Shneiderman's work in a new light
The exhibit shows every algorithm has art in it. September 4, 2013

Work of Shneiderman, students featured on World Bank website
Story looks at their work with "big data." February 26, 2013

Cynthia Moss named AAAS Fellow
Moss is recognized for her research in neuroethology. December 11, 2012

Shneiderman wins IEEE Visualization Career Award
Award was given for lifetime achievement in information visualization. October 19, 2012

NSF features Action Science Explorer on its 'Discoveries' website
Prototype software by Shneiderman group supports rapid understanding of scientific literature. December 13, 2011

Shneiderman elected IEEE Fellow
Professor recognized for contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. November 29, 2011

Ben Shneiderman interviewed for New York Times digital medical records story
Professor has developed tools for medical data analysis and visualization. July 19, 2011

Shneiderman wins NSF SoCS grant for community analysis visualization environment
The project will study reasons for successes and failures of the community safety system, Nation of Neighbors. September 17, 2010

Ben Shneiderman one of three Clark School NAE inductees
ISR-affiliated professor honored for software development, books. February 17, 2010

Baltimore Sun quotes Shneiderman on Apple's iPad technology
ISR-affiliated professor weighs in on how the device may change the way we use computers. February 1, 2010

Shneiderman paper one of 'top search marketing and social media research projects of 2009'
Paper develops network analysis and visualization process model. January 6, 2010

Shneiderman interviewed about evolving government web sites
ISR-affiliated faculty member tells Government Computer News potential for interactive sites is great. July 17, 2008

Ben Shneiderman wins CMPS distinguished faculty award
ISR affiliated faculty member also named Stanford Wasow Visiting Scholar, gives keynote speech at ACM SIGMOD PODS 2008. June 27, 2008

New Scientist magazine explores Shneiderman's idea
ISR researcher envisions Facebook-like sites for government emergency agencies. May 7, 2008

Shneiderman writes about future network collaboration research in Science magazine
ISR-affiliated professor creates SocialAction, a statistical and visualization tool to map collaborative, socio-technical systems. March 12, 2008

International journal honors Ben Shneiderman with special issue
International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction celebrates pioneer's 60th birthday. February 1, 2008

Ben Shneiderman on visualizing data
Government Computer News interviews the ISR-affiliated professor. January 23, 2008

Shneiderman applauds new federal government web usability guide
Expert on usabiility also lists his favorite federal web sites. June 22, 2007

D-Dupe: A Visual Interface for Relational DeDuplication (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

HCE: Hierarchical Clustering Explorer (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 21, 2007

Treemap 4.0 (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 20, 2007

Timeboxes: Interactive Query System for Reading Patterns in Time Series Data (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 19, 2007

Treemap 3.0 (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 19, 2007

GRIDL: Graphical Interface for Digital Libraries (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 18, 2007

Treemap 2000 (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 18, 2007

Excentric Labeling: Dynamic Neighborhood Labeling (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 18, 2007

LifeLines for Visualizing History Records (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 18, 2007

QUIS™: Questionnaire for User Interaction Satisfaction™ 7.0 (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 17, 2007

WinSurfer® (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 15, 2007

TreeViz (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 15, 2007

TV news highlights Shneiderman's idea
Concept would provide better networking in a time of disaster. May 3, 2007

Shneiderman featured in Technology Review story on data visualization
Pioneer in the field talks about the rebirth of interest in exploring data sets. April 12, 2007

Shneiderman, Preece advocate for 'online 911' system
A University of Maryland pilot project based on their research could start in 2007. February 19, 2007

Shneiderman receives software patent
Invention digitally annotates electronic images August 10, 2006

Wall Street Journal columnist falls for Treemaps
He endorses Ben Shneiderman's information visualization software April 20, 2006

Shneiderman gets 'high five'
Information Week columnist honors ISR professor's body of work January 15, 2006

Shneiderman quoted in New Scientist
Critiques MIT's "affective computing" software December 2, 2005

Shneiderman's Treemaps work profiled in Financial Times
Work seen as possible solution to volumes of collected data August 21, 2005

Shneiderman's Treemaps work highlighted in Information Week
Information visualization software used by Marines, others August 2, 2005

Jack Kustanowitz wins ACM/IEEE best student paper award
Grad student researches presentation of digital photo libraries July 19, 2005

Schneiderman applauds efforts to increase federal government web site usability
ISR professor quoted in in Federal Computer Week April 2, 2004

Shneiderman is guest commentator on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Professor also receives 2003 IEEE Book Award for literary contributions. December 4, 2003

Shneiderman featured on Government Computer News web site
Professor speaks about “Where IT is or isn’t heading in the new year.” December 1, 2003

Shneiderman federal government develop user-friendly web site guide
Guide will help agencies develop easy-to-use, citizen-centric websites. November 4, 2003

Shneiderman's Treemaps impress British media
HCIL software shows highly visual representations of data. October 7, 2003

Sun Microsystems incoporates Shneiderman's Treemap software
Company uses Treemaps for visual analysis of its global quality and marketing initiatives. October 1, 2003

Druin receives NSF CAREER Award; grant
Funding will support work in developing new technologies for early childhood education; international digital children's library November 29, 2000