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    Kellogg S. Booth
Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science
a.k.a. the Rev. Prof. Dr. Dr. Kellogg S. Booth

BS (mathematics), Caltech (1968)
MA (computer science), UC Berkeley (1970)
DMph (metaphysics), Universal Life Church (1974) add to your shopping cart
PhD (computer science), UC Berkeley (1975)

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Biographical Information
Teaching Activities
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Research Activities
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Pick Hits
Errata for my research publications.

A number of people have gotten mad at me for coining the term "cybercrud," which I define as "putting things over on people using computers." But as long as it goes on we'll need the word. At every corner of our society, people are issuing pronouncements and making other people do things and saying it's because of the computer. The function of cybercrud is thus to confuse, intimidate or pressure. We have all got to get wise to this if it is going to be curtailed.
-- Ted Nelson in his must-read book from 1974, Computer Lib (page 8).
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Department of Computer Science
201-2366 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4 CANADA

Room X461, ICICS/CS Building
2366 Main Mall (directions)
604-822-3061 (reception)
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Centre for Digital Media
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2 (the same as my Knuth number). I do not have a Bacon number, so my Erdös-Bacon number is not defined.
Contact me with a cash offer to co-author a paper with you if you desire an Erdös number of 3.

CV (pdf)  |  Google Scholar  |  ACM DL (free access to my ACM papers)
ORCID  |  Pedigree (my oldest known academic ancestor is Nathaniel Bowditch)
The cornerstone of UBC's faculty retention plan is its CV format. -- Dinesh Pai





Way Back

ULC diploma
Official diploma attesting to my first doctoral degree, from the Universal Life Church
Aliso Creek
Hitting the spot! -- photo taken Summer of 1948 near Aliso Creek in Laguna Beach, CA
Seton Lake
69 years and counting -- photo taken Summer of 2015 at Seton Lake, BC

Biographical Information

Kellogg S. Booth is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at The University of British Columbia, Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Digital Media, and a Board Member and Secretary for the Computer Science Canada / Informatique Canada. He is the former Director (1990-2002) of MAGIC, the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre at the University of British Columbia, and the former Scientific Director (2009-2015) of GRAND, the Graphics, Animation and New Media NCE, a former Canada-wide network of centres of excellence in digital media. He has worked in the fields of computer graphics and human-computer interaction since 1968. Prior to UBC, he was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo (1977-1990), and before that a staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1968-1976). Research interests include human-computer interaction, user interface design, collaboration technology, visualization, computer graphics, and analysis of algorithms. He has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects at UBC and elsewhere over the past five decades.

(Alternate biographical information is available here.)

Teaching Activities

I am retired, so I do not have regular undergraduate or graduate teaching duties. I do still engage in the following non-course activities, but at a reduced level. Further information on research supervision is in the next section.

UBC students interested in computer graphics, visualization, or human-computer interaction may wish to consider one or more of the following courses that are offered various terms. I am not teaching any of these courses. Contact individual instructors for additional information concerning the courses, including course syllabi, days and times, and course prerequistes. Course descriptions are in the UBC Calendar, but apparently there are not entries for individual courses so you will need to look on the departmental website or do a search to find more detailed information. Here are links to CPEN, CPSC, EECE, and EPSE

Students interested in a master's degree with a focus on human-computer interaction should consider the DFP CREATE cross-disciplinary graduate training and research initiative in interactive computer technology.

Research Activities

Almost all of my recent research has been in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Areas of research include the following:

A list of previous topics that I have supervised in the past will give a snapshot of the range of my interests. I am not currently starting any new reseaerch initiatives or projects. My research is limited to finishing existing projects for which I have funding. (I am retired!)

Selected research initiatives in which I have been involved are the following:

A fairly complete list of my publications and summary of research activity is contained in my CV. There is also a list of some of my publications that are available (for free) in the ACM DL. This list is updated periodically. For a more complete list, you can look at my ACM DL home page.

Pick Hits

These are some links that I have found interesting or fun, but some (such as the first three) have serious content. Disclaimer: Links go stale over time, so there is no guarantee that all of the links below still work. If you see any that are broken, please let me know and I will try to fix them.

Favorite Quotes

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