• USA-1997

    Ben Shneiderman has been a leader in the field of computer-human interaction, seeking to extend benefits of computing technology to a broad constituency.

Ben Shneiderman is a 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 at the University of Maryland at College Park (full resume, Wikipedia article). He has Affiliate Appointments in the Institute for Systems Research, College of Engineering, and the iSchool, College of Information Studies. He has taught previously at the State University of New York and at Indiana University.

He is a Fellow of the ACM (1997), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000), and a Fellow of the IEEE (2012). He received the ACM CHI (Computer Human Interaction) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He was elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (2010): "For research, software development, and scholarly texts concerning human-computer interaction and information visualization." Ben Shneiderman received the IEEE Visualization Career Award in 2012 and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Guelph (Canada, 1995), Univ of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain, 2010), State University of New York at Stony Brook (2015), University of Melbourne (Australia, 2017), and Swansea University (Wales, UK, 2018). Ben Shneiderman's biography appears in Marquis's Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in Science and Technology. He spoke at the TED Conference (1998), is listed among the top 1000 creative people in the USA in the book: 1000: Richard Wurman's Who's Really Who (2002), and was profiled in Scientific American (March 1999). His Google Scholar page lists more than 82,000 citations with an h-index of 116 (June 2018).

He was honored on his 60th Birthday with a Special Issue: Reflections on Human-Computer Interaction, of the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 23, 3 (2007), Guest Editors: Catherine Plaisant, Chris North. While Shneiderman values these recognitions, he is equally proud of the students he has taught and happily satisfied when he can help colleagues in their work. He officially retired in June 2017, but remains active in research, writing, lecturing, and organizing professional events.