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.



Shneiderman B.  2002.  Promoting universal usability with multi-layer interface design. ACM SIGCAPH Computers and the Physically Handicapped.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2002.  A dynamic query interface for finding patterns in time series data. CHI '02 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Shneiderman B.  2002.  Creativity support tools. Commun. ACM. 45(10):116-120.

Shneiderman B.  2002.  Creativity support tools: a tutorial overview. Proceedings of the 4th conference on Creativity & cognition.

Keogh E, Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2002.  An Augmented Visual Query Mechanism for Finding Patterns in Time Series Data. Flexible Query Answering SystemsFlexible Query Answering Systems. 2522:240-250.

Shneiderman B, Card S, Norman DA, Tremaine M, Waldrop MM.  2002.  CHI@20: fighting our way from marginality to power. CHI '02 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Youssef A, Shneiderman B.  2002.  Media Conversion from Visual to Audio: Voice Browsers. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.


Shneiderman B.  2001.  Universal usability: a research agenda for human—computer interaction to empower every citizen. Frontiers of human-centred computing, online communities and virtual environmentsFrontiers of human-centred computing, online communities and virtual environments.

Shneiderman B.  2001.  University of Maryland, USA. Fifth International Conference on Information Visualisation: 25-27 July 2001 London, England: Proceedings.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Using interactive visualizations of WWW log data to characterize access patterns and inform site design. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 52(4):331-343.

Marchionini G, Hert C, Shneiderman B, Liddy L.  2001.  E-tables: Non-specialist use and understanding of statistical data. SURFACE, the Syracuse University Research Facility And Collaborative Environment.

Tanin E, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Exploration of Large Online Data Tables Using Generalized Query Previews. University of Maryland Computer Science Technical Report (June 2001).

Dang G, North C, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Dynamic queries and brushing on choropleth maps. Fifth International Conference on Information Visualisation, 2001. Proceedings.

Shneiderman B, Wattenberg M.  2001.  Ordered treemap layouts. IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2001. INFOVIS 2001.

Duderstadt J, Arms W, Messina P, Ellisman M, Atkins D, Fox E, Shneiderman B, Nissenbaum H, Lederberg J.  2001.  Becoming a Scholar in the Digital Age.

Shneiderman B.  2001.  Information Visualization: The Path from Innovation to Adoption. Information Visualisation, International Conference on.

Shneiderman B.  2001.  Supporting creativity with advanced information-abundant user interfaces. Human-Centered Computing, Online Communities, and Virtual Environments.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Interactive Exploration of Time Series Data. Discovery ScienceDiscovery Science. 2226:441-446.

Konishi M, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Enabling Commuters to Find the Best Route: An Interface for Analyzing Driving History Logs. Proceedings of the IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Interact2001).

Shneiderman B, Hochheiser H.  2001.  Universal usability as a stimulus to advanced interface design. Behaviour & Information Technology. 20(5):367-376.

North C, Shneiderman B.  2001.  Component-based, user-constructed, multiple-view visualization. CHI '01 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.


North C, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Snap-together visualization: a user interface for coordinating visualizations via relational schemata. Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces.

Shneiderman B, Kang H.  2000.  Direct annotation: a drag-and-drop strategy for labeling photos. IEEE International Conference on Information Visualization, 2000. Proceedings.

Greene S, Marchionini G, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Previews and overviews in digital libraries: Designing surrogates to support visual information seeking. Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 51(4):380-393.

North C, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Snap-together visualization: can users construct and operate coordinated visualizations? International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 53(5):715-739.

[Anonymous].  2000.  Research Alerts. Interactions. 7(6):9-17.

North C, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Snap-together visualization: Evaluating coordination usage and construction. Int'l Journal of Human-Computer Studies special issue on Empirical Studies of Information Visualization. 53:715-739.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Coordinating overviews and detail views of WWW log data. Workshop on New Paradigms in Information Visualization and Manipulation (NPIVM 2000), ACM Press.

Kang H, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Visualization methods for personal photo collections: browsing and searching in the PhotoFinder. 2000 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo, 2000. ICME 2000. 3:1539-1542vol.3-1539-1542vol.3.

Christian K, Kules B, Shneiderman B, Youssef A.  2000.  A comparison of voice controlled and mouse controlled web browsing. Proceedings of the fourth international ACM conference on Assistive technologies.

Shneiderman B.  2000.  The limits of speech recognition. Communications of the ACM. 43(9):63-65.

Shneiderman B.  2000.  Supporting creativity with powerful composition tools for artifacts and performances. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2000.

Shneiderman B, Feldman D, Rose A, Grau X F.  2000.  Visualizing digital library search results with categorical and hierarchical axes. Proceedings of the fifth ACM conference on Digital libraries.

Kreitzberg CB, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Making Computer and Internet Usability a Priority. Technical Reports from UMIACS.

Hochheiser H, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Performance Benefits of Simultaneous Over Sequential Menus as Task Complexity Increases. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 12(2):173-192.

Marchionini G, Hert C, Liddy L, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Extending understanding of federal statistics in tables. Proceedings of the 2000 annual national conference on Digital government research.

Shneiderman B.  2000.  Universal usability. Communications of the ACM. 43(5):84-91.

Gandhi R, Kumar G, Bederson BB, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Domain name based visualization of Web histories in a zoomable user interface. 11th International Workshop on Database and Expert Systems Applications, 2000. Proceedings.

Tanin E, Lotem A, Haddadin I, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Slaughter L.  2000.  Facilitating data exploration with query previews: A study of user performance and preference. Behaviour & Information Technology. 19(6):393-403.

Rose A, Salter R, Keswani S, Kositsyna N, Plaisant C, Rubloff G, Shneiderman B.  2000.  Simulation based learning environments and the use of learning histories. CHI '00 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Shneiderman B.  2000.  Designing trust into online experiences. Communications of the ACM. 43(12):57-59.


Plaisant C, Rose A, Rubloff G, Salter R, Shneiderman B.  1999.  The design of history mechanisms and their use in collaborative educational simulations. Proceedings of the 1999 conference on Computer support for collaborative learning.

Brown JR, van Dam A, Earnshaw R, Encarnacao J, Guedj R, Preece J, Shneiderman B, Vince J.  1999.  Human-centered computing, online communities, and virtual environments. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 19(6):70-74.

Friedman B, Thomas JC, Grudin J, Nass C, Nissenbaum H, Schlager M, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Trust me, I'm accountable: trust and accountability online. CHI '99 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems.

Kumar HP, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  LifeLines: Visualizing Personal Histories. Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to ThinkReadings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think.

Lindsay FE, Townshend JRG, JaJa JF, Humphries J, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Developing the next generation of Earth science data systems: the Global Land Cover Facility. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 1999. IGARSS '99 Proceedings. IEEE 1999 International. 1:616-618vol.1-616-618vol.1.

Kumar HP, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Browsing hierarchical data with multi-level dynamic queries. Readings in information visualizationReadings in information visualization.

Card SK, Mackinlay JD, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Interaction. Readings in information visualizationReadings in information visualization.

Card SK, Mackinlay JD, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Internet and Infosphere. Readings in information visualizationReadings in information visualization.

Harris C, Allen RB, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Temporal visualization for legal case histories. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MEETING-AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE. 36:271-279.

Card SK, Mackinlay JD, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Interactive analysis. Readings in information visualizationReadings in information visualization.

Scholtz J, Shneiderman B.  1999.  Introduction to Special Issue on Usability Engineering. Empirical Software Engineering. 4(1):5-10.