Wall Scholar Alumni Lunch

Jun 06, 2018
  • Capacity: 25
  • 12:00 - 1:30pm
  • Location:
    The Peter Wall Institute
    Vancouver, BC V6T1Z2

Dear Peter Wall Scholar Alumni,

Please register for this event by Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Rethinking Research to Achieve Breakthrough Collaborations

UBC is a founding member of the Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research Alliance, which encourages the time-honoured practice of combining fundamental research with leading-edge use-inspired investigation. The immense problems of the 21st century call for much more HIBAR research, and fortunately, a growing body of evidence shows that all forms of research excellence will benefit from this approach. As an illustrative example, a new study will be presented in which publications arising from HIBAR research projects were found to elicit a significantly higher citation rate than comparable fundamental papers. These principles will enable students, researchers, academic leaders, and government policy makers to significantly accelerate discovery and innovation.

Ben Shneiderman will be a Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar during 2018-2019.

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 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. The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (Oxford, April 2016) has an accompanying short book Rock the Research: Your Guidebook to Accelerating Campus Discovery and Innovation (2018).