The New ABCs of Research

Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre (G06)
Elizabeth Murdoch Building
The University of Melbourne


The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations

Presented by Professor Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland.

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About the seminar

Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require ambitious research teams skilled at producing practical solutions and foundational theories simultaneously. The solutions need to be “Applied & Basic Combined” (the ABC principle). The research teams can then deliver high-impact outcomes by blending “Science, Engineering and Design Thinking” (the SED principle), which encourages use of the methods from all three disciplines. These guiding principles (ABC & SED) aim to replace Vannevar Bush’s flawed linear model from 1945 that has misled researchers for over 70 years. In this seminar, Professor Shneiderman will discuss how these new guiding principles will enable students, researchers, academic leaders, and government policy makers to accelerate discovery and innovation.

About the presenter

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished 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. He is recognised for his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization, with specific contributions to the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps and more. He has published several books, including “Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction” (co-authored with Catherine Plaisant) now in its 6th edition. His latest book is “The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations” (Oxford, April 2016).