Shneiderman, Ben

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Ben Shneiderman


Ben Shneiderman is a professor in the department of computer science, founding director 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. He has taught previously at the State University of New York and at Indiana University

He got a B.S. in Mathematics/Physics from the City College of New York in 1968, and then went on to study at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received an M.S. in Computer Science in 1972 and graduated with a Ph.D. in 1973. In addition to his influential work in user interface design, he is known for the co-invention (together with Isaac Nassi) of the Nassi-Shneiderman diagrams, a graphical representation of the design of structured software In 1997 Ben Shneiderman was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.

In 2002 his book Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies was Winner of a IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Contributions Furthering Public Understanding of the Profession.

He also defined the research area of universal usability to encourage greater attention to diverse users, languages, cultures, screen sizes, network speeds, and technology platforms.



  • Professor, Computer Science (1989- )
  • Member, Institute for Systems Research (1991- ).
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (1987-1991, 1997- )
  • Fellow of the ACM since 1997
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2001


  • Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (1996-2000)
  • Center for Automation Research (1983-1996)
  • Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory
  • Computer Science Advisor (1999-2002) to Smartmoney

Main Interests

  • user interface design
  • human-computer interaction
  • human factors of designing user interfaces
  • information visualization
  • interactive information systems

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Contact Informations

Email: ben(at)
A. V. Williams Building, Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-2680 Fax: (301) 405-6707