HCI International 2017
Vancouver, Canada, 9 - 14 July 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre
Navigation Menu

Keynote Speech

The New ABCs of Research: Grand Challenges for HCI



Ben Shneiderman

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

University of Maryland, USA



Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 18:00 hrs., Room: BALLROOM A



Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require ambitious research teams that are skilled at producing practical solutions and foundational theories simultaneously – that is the ABC Principle: Applied & Basic Combined. Then these research teams can deliver high-impact outcomes by applying the SED Principle: Blend Science, Engineering and Design Thinking, which encourages use of the methods from all three disciplines. These guiding principles (ABC & SED) could drive HCI research to become the key transformational discipline for the 21st century by accelerating discovery and innovation.

Oxford University Press:

Book website:


Short Bio

Ben Shneiderman 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 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, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization.

His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Ben Shneiderman is the author or co-author of influential books such as Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (6th ed., 2016), Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think, Leonardo’s Laptop and Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL

follow us Icon Link: Follow us on Facebook Icon Link: Follow us on Twitter