“The new ABCs of research: Achieving breakthrough collaborations”
Oct. 5, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. — Physics/Astronomy Auditorium, room A102
Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
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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) are meant to replace Vannevar Bush’s flawed linear model from 1945 that has misled researchers for 70+ years. These new guiding principles will enable students, researchers, business leaders, and government policy makers to accelerate discovery and innovation.
Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Compuuter 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.
Shneiderman is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of “Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction” (6th ed., 2016). With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co-authored “Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think” (1999). His book “Leonardo’s Laptop” (MIT Press) won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. He co-authored “Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL” (Morgan Kaufmann) with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith. Shneiderman’s latest book is “The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations” (Oxford, February 2016).