Catherine Plaisant

Senior Research Scientist
2117C Hornbake Library
(301) 405-2768
Education: 
Doctorat d'Ingenieur degree in France
Biography: 

Catherine Plaisant is a senior research scientist for UMIACS and associate director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCIL).

Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of novel user interfaces.

She first worked in France at the "Centre Mondial Informatique et Ressources Humaines" in Paris, developing learning environments for pre-school children and conducting evaluation in classrooms. In 1988, she joined Distinguished University Professor of computer science Ben Shneiderman at HCIL, where she now works with multidisciplinary teams on designing and evaluating new interface technologies that are useable and useful. Research contributions range from focused user interaction techniques (e.g. Excentric Labeling) to innovative visualizations (such as LifeLines for personal records or SpaceTree for hierarchical data exploration) and interactive search interface techniques, such as Query Previews. Those interaction techniques have been carefully validated with user studies and are finding applications in industry, government information systems and digital libraries.

Plaisant has more than 140 published papers, mostly in leading journals and conferences, on diverse subjects such as information visualization, digital libraries, universal access, image browsing, help, digital humanities, technology for families, or evaluation methodologies.

Along with Shneiderman, she co-authored the 4th and 5th editions of "Designing the User Interface", one of the major books on the topic of human-computer interaction.

Plaisant is an adjunct member of the University of Maryland Graduate School faculty. She is a member of the editorial board of the Information Visualization Journal, Sage Publishing and was a member of the Computer Science Special Editorial Board of Interacting with Computers, Elsevier, until 2009. She served as guest editor on three special issues: 1) Information Visualization Journal, 10(4), 2011, a special issue on “Information Visualization: State of the Field and New Research Directions”; 2) IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 29(3), 2009, a special issue on Visual Analytics Evaluation; and 3) International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 23(3), 2007, a special issue in honor of Shneiderman's 60th birthday: "Reflections on Human-Computer Interaction." She has been a member of the program committee of most major human-computer interaction conferences.

She received a Doctorat d'Ingenieur degree in France in 1982.

Latest Publications

Up to date publication list is available at my Google Scholar profile.

Publications

1999


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.

1998


Plaisant C, Rose A.  1998.  Exploring LifeLines to Visualize Patient Records. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

Carr D, Plaisant C, Hasegawa H.  1998.  The Design of a Telepathology Workstation: Exploring Remote Images. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

Marchionini G, Plaisant C, Komlodi A.  1998.  Interfaces and tools for the library of congress national digital library program. Information Processing & Management. 34(5):535-555.

Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  1998.  Information visualization advanced interface and Web design. CHI 98 conference summary on Human factors in computing systems.
:145-146.

Plaisant C, Marchionini G, Komlodi A.  1998.  Bringing treasures to the surface: previews and overviews in a prototype for the Library of Congress National Digital Library. CHI 98 conference summary on Human factors in computing systems.
:187-188.

Plaisant C, Heller D, Li J, Shneiderman B, Mushlin R, Karat J.  1998.  Visualizing medical records with LifeLines. CHI 98 conference summary on Human factors in computing systems.
:28-29.

Plaisant C, Mushlin R, Snyder A, Li J, Heller D, Shneiderman B.  1998.  LifeLines: using visualization to enhance navigation and analysis of patient records. In Proceedings of the 1998 American Medical Informatic Association Annual Fall SymposiumProc AMIA Symp.
:76-80.

Li J, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1998.  Data object and label placement for information abundant visualizations. Proceedings of the 1998 workshop on New paradigms in information visualization and manipulation.
:41-48.

Alonso D L, Rose A, Plaisant C, Norman KL.  1998.  Viewing personal history records: A comparison of tabular format and graphical presentation using LifeLines. Behaviour & Information Technology. 17(5):249-262.

Plaisant C, Tarnoff P, Saraf A, Rose A.  1998.  Understanding Transportation Management Systems Performance with a Simulation-Based Learning Environment. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

Vanniamparampil AJ, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Rose A.  1998.  User Interface Reengineering: A Diagnostic Approach. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

Tanin E, Lotem A, Haddadin I, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C, Slaughter L.  1998.  Facilitating Network Data Exploration with Query Previews: A Study of User Performance and Preference. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

Rose A, Ellis J, Plaisant C, Greene S.  1998.  Life cycle of user interface techniques: The DJJ information system design Process. Technical Reports of the Computer Science Department.

1997


Plaisant C, Rose A, Shneiderman B, Vanniamparampil AJ.  1997.  Low-effort, high-payoff user interface reengineering. IEEE Software. 14(4):66-72.

Kumar HP, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1997.  Browsing hierarchical data with multi-level dynamic queries and pruning. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 46(1):103-124.

Plaisant C, Marchionini G, Bruns T, Komlodi A, Campbell L.  1997.  Bringing treasures to the surface: iterative design for the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.
:518-525.

Plaisant C, Bruns T, Shneiderman B, Doan K.  1997.  Query previews in networked information systems: the case of EOSDIS. CHI '97 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems: looking to the future.
:202-203.

1996


Donn K, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1996.  Query previews in networked information systems. Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries, 1996. ADL '96., Proceedings of the Third Forum on.
:120-129.

Baras JS, Ball M, Karne RK, Kelley S, Jang KD, Plaisant C, Roussopoulos N, Stathatos K, Vakhutinsky A, Jaibharat V et al..  1996.  Integrated network management of hybrid networks. AIP Conference Proceedings. 361(1):345-350.

Plaisant C, Milash B, Rose A, Widoff S, Shneiderman B.  1996.  LifeLines: visualizing personal histories. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: common ground.
:221-227.

North C, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  1996.  User controlled overviews of an image library: a case study of the visible human. Proceedings of the first ACM international conference on Digital libraries.
:74-82.

Hascoët-Zizi M, Ahlberg C, Korfhage R, Plaisant C, Chalmers M, Rao R.  1996.  Where is information visualization technology going? Proceedings of the 9th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology.
:75-77.

Baras JS, Ball M, Karne RK, Kelley S, Jang KD, Plaisant C, Roussopoulos N, Stathatos K, Vakhutinsky A, Valluri J.  1996.  Hybrid network management (communication systems). 16th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference.

Donn K, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1996.  Query previews in networked information systems. Proceedings of the Third Forum on Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries, 1996. ADL '96.
:120-129.

1995


Plaisant C, Morrison S, Skokowski C, Reesch J, Shneiderman B, of at Laboratory U M C P. H/C I, Channel F.  1995.  Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory 1995 Video Reports.

Doan K, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1995.  QUERY PREVIEWS IN NETWORKED INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Baras JS, Atallah GC, Ball M, Goli S, Karne RK, Kelley S, Kumar H, Plaisant C, Roussopoulos N, Schneiderman B et al..  1995.  Next generation network management technology. AIP Conference Proceedings. 325(1):75-82.

Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1995.  Organization overviews and role management: inspiration for future desktop environments. Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 1995.
:14-22.

Rose A, Shneiderman B, Plaisant C.  1995.  An applied ethnographic method for redesigning user interfaces. Proceedings of the 1st conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, & techniques.
:115-122.

1994


Plaisant C, Jain V.  1994.  Dynamaps: dynamic queries on a health statistics atlas. Conference companion on Human factors in computing systems.
:439-440.

Plaisant C, Carr DA, Shneiderman B.  1994.  Image Browsers: Taxonomy, Guidelines, and Informal Specifications. Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

1993


Plaisant C.  1993.  Guide to Opportunities in Volunteer Archaeology: case study on the use of a hypertext system in a museum exhibit. Sparks of innovation in human-computer interactionSparks of innovation in human-computer interaction.
:223-223.

Plaisant C, Laboratory H-computer I.  1993.  Facilitating Data Exploration: Dynamic Queries On A Health Statistics Map. Proc. of the Government Statistics Section, Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Assoc. Conf. Proc, pg.
:18-23.

Plaisant C, Carr DA, Hasegawa H.  1993.  Exploring remote images: a telepathology workstation. Proceedings of the INTERACT '93 and CHI '93 conference on Human factors in computing systems.
:518–-518–.

Plaisant C, Shneiderman B, Battagtia J.  1993.  Scheduling home control devices: a case study of the transition from the research project to a product. Sparks of innovation in human-computer interactionSparks of innovation in human-computer interaction.
:205-205.

1992


Sears A, Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1992.  A new era for high precision touchscreens. Advances in human-computer interaction. 3:1-33.

Plaisant C, Wallace D.  1992.  Touchscreen toggle design. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.
:667-668.

Plaisant C, Carr DA.  1992.  Remote manipulation interfaces the case of a telepathology workstation. Posters and short talks of the 1992 SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems.
:65-65.

Plaisant C, Carr DA, Hasegawa H.  1992.  When an Intermediate View Matters a 2D-browser Experiment. Institute for Systems Research Technical Reports.

Plaisant C, Sears A.  1992.  Touchscreen interfaces for alphanumeric data entry. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting Proceedings. 36(4):293-297.

Carr D, Hasegawa H, Lemmon D, Plaisant C.  1992.  The effects of time delays on a telepathology user interface.. Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer Application in Medical CareProc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care.
:256-260.

1991


Plaisant C, Shneiderman B.  1991.  Scheduling on-off home control devices. Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: Reaching through technology.
:459-460.

Plaisant C.  1991.  An overview of Hyperties, its user interface and data model. Hypermedia/Hypertext And Object-Oriented Databases. Chapman & Hall.
:17-31.

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