Ben Shneiderman

Distinguished University Professor
3177 A.V. Williams Building
(301) 405-2080
(301) 405-6707
Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook (Computer Science)
Special Awards/Honors: 
AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering Member, CMPS Board of Visitors Distinguished Faculty Award, Miles Conrad Award, 2010 SIGCHI Social Impact Award

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and founding director (1983 to 2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, where he remains a member. He also holds affiliate appointments in the Institute for Systems Research and the College of Information Studies (iSchool).

Shneiderman was elected as as an ACM fellow in 1997 and an AAAS fellow in 2001. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Shneiderman is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He pioneered the highlighted textual link in 1983, and it became part of Hyperties, a precursor to the internet. His move into information visualization spawned Spotfire, known for pharmaceutical drug discovery and genomic data analysis.

Shneiderman is a technical advisor for the treemap visualization producer, the Hive Group.

He is the author of "Software Psychology: Human Factors in Computer and Information Systems" (1980) and "Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction" (5th ed., 2010, with Catherine Plaisant). He co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999) with S. Card and J. Mackinlay. His book, "Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies" (MIT Press), won the IEEE Award for Distinguished Literary Contribution in 2004. His most recent book, "Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a Connected World (2011)," was co-authored with D. Hansen and M.A. Smith.

He received his doctorate in computer science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1973.



Wongsuphasawat K, Shneiderman B.  2009.  Finding comparable temporal categorical records: A similarity measure with an interactive visualization. IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology, 2009. VAST 2009.


Fei Wu P, Qu Y, Fleischmann K, Golbeck J, Jaeger P, Preece J, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Designing community-based emergency communication system: A preliminary study. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 45(1):1-3.

Zhao H, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Lazar J.  2008.  Data Sonification for Users with Visual Impairment: A Case Study with Georeferenced Data. ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact.. 15(1):4:1–4:28-4:1–4:28.

Wang T D, Plaisant C, Quinn AJ, Stanchak R, Murphy S, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Aligning temporal data by sentinel events: discovering patterns in electronic health records. Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.

Plaisant C, Lam S, Shneiderman B, Smith MS, Roseman D, Marchand G, Gillam M, Feied C, Handler J, Rappaport H.  2008.  Searching Electronic Health Records for Temporal Patterns in Patient Histories: A Case Study with Microsoft Amalga. AMIA Annual Symposium ProceedingsAMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008:601-605.

Chen C-houh, Härdle W, Unwin A, Jank W, Shmueli G, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Visualizing Functional Data with an Application to eBay’s Online Auctions. Handbook of Data VisualizationHandbook of Data Visualization.

Kang H, Getoor L, Shneiderman B, Bilgic M, Licamele L.  2008.  Interactive Entity Resolution in Relational Data: A Visual Analytic Tool and Its Evaluation. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 14(5):999-1014.

Wu PF, Qu Y, Preece J, Fleischmann K, Golbeck J, Jaeger P, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Community response grid (CRG) for a university campus: Design requirements and implications. Proceedings of the 5th International ISCRAM Conference.

Kules B, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Evaluating Exploratory Search Systems. Information processing & management. 44(2):463-484.

Dao HT, Bazinet A, Berthier R, Shneiderman B.  2008.  NASDAQ Velocity and Forces: An Interactive Visualization of Activity and Change. Journal of Universal Computer Science. 14(9):1391-1410.

Perer A, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Integrating statistics and visualization: case studies of gaining clarity during exploratory data analysis. Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.

Perer A, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Systematic yet flexible discovery: guiding domain experts through exploratory data analysis. Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces.

Koved L, Shneiderman B.  2008.  Embedded menus: selecting items in context. Sparks of innovation in human-computer interaction.


Namata G M, Staats B, Getoor L, Shneiderman B.  2007.  A dual-view approach to interactive network visualization. Proceedings of the sixteenth ACM conference on Conference on information and knowledge management.

Shneiderman B.  2007.  25 years of CHI conferences: capturing the exchange of ideas. Magazine interactions - 25 years of CHI conferences: a photographic essay. 14(2):24-31.

Shneiderman B, Preece J.  2007.  911. gov. Science(Washington). 315(5814):944-944.

Schatz MC, Phillippy AM, Shneiderman B, Salzberg SL.  2007.  Hawkeye: an interactive visual analytics tool for genome assemblies. Genome Biology. 8(3):R34-R34.

Don A, Zheleva E, Gregory M, Tarkan S, Auvil L, Clement T, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  2007.  Discovering interesting usage patterns in text collections: integrating text mining with visualization. Proceedings of the sixteenth ACM conference on Conference on information and knowledge management.

Wu PF, Preece J, Shneiderman B, Jaeger PT, Qu Y.  2007.  Community response grids for older adults: Motivations, usability, and sociability. Proceedings of the 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems.

Aris A, Shneiderman B.  2007.  Designing Semantic Substrates for Visual Network Exploration. Information VisualizationInformation Visualization. 6(4):281-300.

Hesse BW, Shneiderman B.  2007.  eHealth Research from the User’s Perspective. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 32(5, Supplement):S97-S103-S97-S103.

Jaeger PT, Shneiderman B, Fleischmann KR, Preece J, Qu Y, Fei Wu P.  2007.  Community response grids: E-government, social networks, and effective emergency management. Telecommunications Policy. 31(10–11):592-604.

Jaeger PT, Fleischmann KR, Preece J, Shneiderman B, Fei Wu P, Qu Y.  2007.  Community Response Grids: Using Information Technology to Help Communities Respond to Bioterror Emergencies. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science. 5(4):335-346.

Shneiderman B, Colwell RR, Diamond S, Greenhalgh P, Wulf W.  2007.  Bridging art and science with creativity support tools. Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference on Creativity & cognition.

Shneiderman B.  2007.  Human Values for Shaping the Made World. Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007. 4662:1-1.

Buono P, Plaisant C, Simeone A, Aris A, Shneiderman B, Shmueli G, Jank W.  2007.  Similarity-Based Forecasting with Simultaneous Previews: A River Plot Interface for Time Series Forecasting. Information Visualization, 2007. IV '07. 11th International Conference.

Shneiderman B.  2007.  Universal Usability: A grand challenge for HCI. Universal usability: Designing computer interfaces for user diversity.


Shneiderman B.  2006.  A telescope for high-dimensional data. Computing in Science & Engineering. 8(2):48-53.

Bilgic M, Licamele L, Getoor L, Shneiderman B.  2006.  D-Dupe: An Interactive Tool for Entity Resolution in Social Networks. Visual Analytics Science And Technology, 2006 IEEE Symposium On.

Perer A, Shneiderman B, Oard D.  2006.  Using rhythms of relationships to understand e‐mail archives. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 57(14):1936-1948.

Fails JA, Karlson A, Shahamat L, Shneiderman B.  2006.  A Visual Interface for Multivariate Temporal Data: Finding Patterns of Events across Multiple Histories. Visual Analytics Science And Technology, 2006 IEEE Symposium On.

Perer A, Shneiderman B.  2006.  Balancing Systematic and Flexible Exploration of Social Networks. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 12(5):693-700.

Leavitt MO, Shneiderman B.  2006.  Research-based web design & usability guidelines. Background and Methodology. US Department of Health and Human Services. Washington.

Haas SW, Denn S, Locke D, Shneiderman B, Brown L.  2006.  Toward an enriched (and revitalized) sense of help: Summary of an ASIS&T 2005 panel session. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 32(5):23-26.

Shmueli G, Jank W, Aris A, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2006.  Exploring auction databases through interactive visualization. Decision Support Systems. 42(3):1521-1538.

Shneiderman B, Bishop A, Friedman B, Lazar J, Marsden G, Nass C.  2006.  Making a difference: integrating socially relevant projects into HCI teaching. CHI '06 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  2006.  Strategies for evaluating information visualization tools: multi-dimensional in-depth long-term case studies. Proceedings of the 2006 AVI workshop on BEyond time and errors: novel evaluation methods for information visualization.

Kules B, Kustanowitz J, Shneiderman B.  2006.  Categorizing web search results into meaningful and stable categories using fast-feature techniques. Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries.

Kustanowitz J, Shneiderman B.  2006.  Hierarchical Layouts for Photo Libraries. IEEE Multimedia. 13(4):62-72.

Shneiderman B, Aris A.  2006.  Network Visualization by Semantic Substrates. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. 12(5):733-740.

Shneiderman B, Fischer G, Czerwinski M, Resnick M, Myers B, Candy L, Edmonds E, Eisenberg M, Giaccardi E, Hewett T et al..  2006.  Creativity Support Tools: Report From a U.S. National Science Foundation Sponsored Workshop. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 20(2):61-77.

Shneiderman B, Bederson BB, Drucker SM.  2006.  Find that photo!: interface strategies to annotate, browse, and share. Communications of the ACM - Supporting exploratory search. 49(4):69-71.

Bakay M, Wang Z, Melcon G, Schiltz L, Xuan J, Zhao P, Sartorelli V, Seo J, Pegoraro E, Angelini C et al..  2006.  Nuclear Envelope Dystrophies Show a Transcriptional Fingerprint Suggesting Disruption of Rb–MyoD Pathways in Muscle Regeneration. BrainBrain. 129(4):996-1013.


Marchionini G, Haas S, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Hert C.  2005.  Toward a Statistical Knowledge Network (2004). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Hochheiser H, Baehrecke EH, Mount SM, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Dynamic Querying for Pattern Identification in Microarray and Genomic Data (2003). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Visual Specification of Queries for Finding Patterns in Time-Series Data (2001). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Kules B, Kang H, Plaisant C, Rose A, Shneiderman B.  2005.  Immediate Usability: Kiosk design principles from the CHI 2001 Photo Library (2001). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Seo J, Shneiderman B.  2005.  A Knowledge Integration Framework for Information Visualization. From Integrated Publication and Information Systems to Information and Knowledge EnvironmentsFrom Integrated Publication and Information Systems to Information and Knowledge Environments. 3379:207-220.

Kuniavsky M, Vaughan M, Bederson BB, Shneiderman B, Rau PLP, from Menus T, Lane DM, Napier HA, Peres SC, Sándor A.  2005.  Content Index to Volume 18. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN–COMPUTER INTERACTION. 18(3):367-368.

Shneiderman B, Kang H.  2005.  Direct Annotation: A Drag-and-Drop Strategy for Labeling Photos (2000). Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.