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.



Seabrook RHC, Shneiderman B.  1989.  The user interface in a hypertext, multiwindow program browser. Interacting with computers. 1(3):301-337.

Shneiderman B.  1989.  Human-computer interaction lab, University of Maryland. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: Wings for the mind.

Rous B, Shneiderman B, Yankelovich N, Yoder E.  1989.  Lessons learned from the ACM hypertext on hypertext project. Proceedings of the second annual ACM conference on Hypertext.

Shneiderman B.  1989.  Social and Individual Impact. Educational Media International. 26(2):101-106.

Balzer R, Begeman M, Garg PK, Schwartz M, Shneiderman B.  1989.  Hypertext and software engineering. Proceedings of the second annual ACM conference on Hypertext.

Potter R, Berman M, Shneiderman B.  1989.  An experimental evaluation of three touch screen strategies within a hypertext database. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 1(1):41-52.

Shneiderman B, Kearsley G.  1989.  Hypertext hands-on!. Tech Report HCIL-89-06.


Callahan J, Hopkins D, Weiser M, Shneiderman B.  1988.  An empirical comparison of pie vs. linear menus. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.

Shneiderman B, Carroll JM.  1988.  Ecological studies of professional programmers. Commun. ACM. 31(11):1256-1258.


Wallace DF, Anderson NS, Shneiderman B.  1987.  Time Stress Effects on Two Menu Selection Systems. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual MeetingProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 31(7):727-731.

Greif I, Curtis B, Krasner H, Malone TW, Shneiderman B.  1987.  Computer-supported cooperative work (panel): is this REALLY a new field of research? Proceedings of the SIGCHI/GI conference on Human factors in computing systems and graphics interface.

Lifshitz K, Shneiderman B.  1987.  Window control strategies for on-line text traversal. Department of Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (correspondence with B. Schneiderman).

Laverson A, Norman K, Shneiderman B.  1987.  An evaluation of jump-ahead techniques in menu selection. Behaviour & Information Technology. 6(2):97-108.

Baroff J, Simon R, Gilman F, Shneiderman B.  1987.  Direct manipulation user interfaces for expert systems. Expert systems: the user interfaceExpert systems: the user interface.

Chin JP, Norman KL, Shneiderman B.  1987.  Subjective user evaluation of CF PASCAL programming tools. Department of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory Working Paper.

Shneiderman B.  1987.  User interface design and evaluation for an electronic encyclopedia. Proc. of the 2nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction.


Shneiderman B.  1986.  Designing menu selection systems. Journal of the American Society for Information Science. 37(2):57-70.

Shneiderman B.  1986.  Seven plus or minus two central issues in human-computer interaction. ACM SIGCHI Bulletin - Special issue: CHI '86 Conference Proceedings. 17(4):343-349.

Shneiderman B, Shafer P, Simon R, Weldon L.  1986.  Display Strategies for Program Browsing: Concepts and Experiment. IEEE Software. 3(3):7-15.

Morariu J, Shneiderman B.  1986.  Design and research on the interactive encyclopedia system (TIES). Proc. 29th Conference of the Association for the Development of Computer Based Instructional Systems.

Shneiderman B.  1986.  Interfaces: multi-media and multi-user. Computer Supported Cooperative Work: Proceedings of the 1986 ACM conference on Computer-supported cooperative work.

Norman KL, Weldon LJ, Shneiderman B.  1986.  Cognitive layouts of windows and multiple screens for user interfaces. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies. 25(2):229-248.

Ewing J, Mehrabanzad S, Sheck S, Ostroff D, Shneiderman B.  1986.  An experimental comparison of a mouse and arrow-jump keys for an interactive encyclopedia. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies. 24(1):29-45.


Brooks R, Sheppard S, Shneiderman B.  1985.  The Psychology of Program Documentation. Conference on Software Maintenance, 1985, Sheraton Inn Washington-Northwest, November 11-13, 1985.

Parton D, Huffman K, Pridgen P, Norman K, Shneiderman B.  1985.  Learning a menu selection tree: training methods compared. Behaviour & Information Technology. 4(2):81-91.

Weldon LJ, Koved L, Shneiderman B.  1985.  The Structure of Information in Online and Paper Technical Manuals. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual MeetingProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 29(12):1110-1113.

Shneiderman B.  1985.  Human factors issues of manuals, online help, and tutorials. Empirical foundations of information and software science. 1984:107-107.

Shneiderman B.  1985.  A model programming environment. Advances in Human-Computer Interaction. 1:105-132.


Norman KL, Schwartz JP, Shneiderman B.  1984.  Memory For Menus: Effects of Study Mode. University of Maryland Computer Science Technical Report Series, CS-TR-1412.

Shneiderman B.  1984.  Human Factors in Interactive Medical Systems. Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer Application in Medical CareProc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care.

Powers M, Lashley C, Sanchez P, Shneiderman B.  1984.  An experimental comparison of tabular and graphic data presentation. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies. 20(6):545-566.


Shneiderman B, GRANTHAM C, Norman K, ROGERS J, Roussopoulos N.  1983.  Evaluating multiple coordinated windows for programming workstations. NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center Proc. of the Eighth Ann. Software Eng. Workshop 11 p(SEE N 84-23137 13-61).

Shneiderman B, Hill R, Jacob R, Mah W.  1983.  An empirical comparison of two PLATO text editors.. Journal of Computer-Based Instruction. 10:43-50.

Sykes F, Tillman RT, Shneiderman B.  1983.  The effect of scope delimiters on program comprehension. Software: Practice and Experience. 13(9):817-824.

Miara RJ, Musselman JA, Navarro JA, Shneiderman B.  1983.  Program indentation and comprehensibility. Communications of the ACM. 26(11):861-867.

Shneiderman B.  1983.  Human factors of interactive software. Enduser Systems and Their Human FactorsEnduser Systems and Their Human Factors. 150:9-29.


Shneiderman B.  1982.  Fighting for the User.. Bulletin of the American Society for Information ScienceBulletin of the American Society for Information Science. 9(2):27-29.

Shneiderman B.  1982.  Designing computer system messages. Communications of the ACM. 25(9):610-611.