Ben Shneiderman ( is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and founding director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( at the University of Maryland. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM) in 1997 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Shneiderman is the co-author, with Catherine Plaisant, of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed., April 2009), With S. Card and J. Mackinlay, he co-authored “Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think” (1999). With Ben Bederson he co-authored The Craft of Information Visualization (2003). His book Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Values and the New Computing Technologies appeared in October 2002 (MIT Press) ( and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.