Three HCI talks in three days
2014 September 22-24

We are delighted that two very distinguished researchers from the University of Maryland, Ben Shneiderman and Jenny Preece, will be visiting UBC next week and giving a total of three talks.

These talks are sponsored by Computer Science, GRAND (the Graphics, Animation and New Media Network of Centres of Excellence), ICICS (the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems), SLAIS (the iSchool at UBC), and HCI@UBC.

Mon Sep 22


Dr. Ben Shneiderman
Interactive Visual Discovery in Temporal Event Sequences: Electronic Health Records and Other Applications
12:30-2:00 (lots of seats)
ALRD 105 (Allard Hall, the Law School, 1822 East Mall)

Tue Sep 23


Dr. Ben Shneiderman
High-Impact Research: Blending Science, Engineering, and Design
3:30-5:00 (lots of seats, coffee/tea and cookies before the talk)
ESB 1013 (2207 Main Mall)

Wed Sep 24


Dr. Jennifer Preece
Citizen Science: Information, Technology and People
4:00-5:00 (RSVP to reserve a seat)
Dodson Room in the Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall)
Reception follows at the iSchool at 5:00-6:00 (invitation only)

Room capacity is limited (around 60) for some of the venues; an RSVP is specifically requested for Preece's colloquium and the reception that follows on Wednesday at the iSchool.

EARLY BIRD BONUS: Dr. Shneiderman will be available for research discussions related to HCI (broadly construed) for three (3) meetings on Tuesday, 2014 September 23, each one hour long. The first meeting may include lunch (to be provided). Each meeting will be limited to at most six attendees (including Dr. Shneiderman). Complete the following Doodle poll if you are interested (participants will be notified by email by the end of Friday, September 19 -- so be sure to include your email in the Doodle poll so we know how to contact you!):

List of those selected is here. Email has been sent to everyone who filled out the poll and provided an email address (there were many who signed up without identifying themselves).

Details follow for all three of the talks:

Guest Lecture in CPSC 547, Information Visualization; others are very welcome to attend!

Interactive Visual Discovery in Temporal Event Sequences: Electronic Health Records and Other Applications
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
Date/Time: Monday, September 22nd at 12:30pm
Location: Allard Hall - Room 105, 1822 East Mall Host: Tamara Munzner, UBC Computer Science

Abstract: Effective medical care depends on well-designed user interfaces that enable clinicians and medical researchers to apply novel strategies in information visualization to explore Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in systematic yet flexible ways, so as to derive insights and make discoveries.

This talk reviews our decade of research on visualizing and exploring temporal event sequences. I begin with LifeLines ( for viewing a single patient history and then show LifeLines2 ( to view compact summaries of thousands of patient histories represented as time-stamped events, such as strokes, vaccinations, or admission to an emergency room. Our current work on EventFlow (, supported by Oracle Health Sciences, also supports interval events such as medication episodes or long hospitalizations. Demonstrations cover visual interfaces to support clinicians in making treatment decisions and hospital quality control researchers who study treatment patterns that lead to successful outcomes.

Bio: BEN SHNEIDERMAN ( is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory ( at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His contributions include the direct manipulation concept, clickable web-link, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, innovative network visualization strategies for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Ben is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (5th ed., 2010, With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999). His book Leonardo’s Laptop appeared in October 2002 (MIT Press) and won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. His latest book, with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith, is Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL (, 2010).

ICICS and GRAND will be sponsoring a talk on Tuesday September 23, 2014 ESB 1013, 3:30pm (2207 Main Mall)

High-Impact Research: Blending Science, Engineering, and Design
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland

High-Impact Research strategies could help large and small projects to deepen human understanding of the natural and made worlds, so as to promote sustainable use of natural resources and improve quality of life for individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. The raised expectations are that by addressing basic and applied research goals from the start, projects will yield higher quality basic and applied results.

The High-Impact Research strategies are not for everyone, but I claim that researchers are more likely to achieve high impact, if they follow these strategies:

- Choose actionable problems that address civic, business & global priorities
- Blend science, engineering, and design knowledge & research methods
- Seek interdisciplinary collaborations with diverse individuals & organizations
- Build on generalizable theories, principles & guidelines
- Develop prototypes that are tested with ever more realistic interventions
- Use quantitative big data & qualitative case study research methods
- Promote adoption & measure impact

There are many ways to apply these strategies, and there may be other strategies that would be helpful, but the number of individuals, teams, and organizations that are already demonstrating their value is growing. My hope is to accelerate their adoption and provoke discussion of these and creative alternatives.

Co-hosted by Kellogg Booth (UBC Computer Science / (
GRAND) & Panos Nasiopoulos (ICICS).

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies/iSchool@UBC is pleased to host

Dr. Jennifer Preece, Professor and Dean, iSchool, University of Maryland

for the talk, “Citizen Science: Information, Technology and People”

The colloquium will take place Wednesday, September 24th at 4 pm in the Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. A wine and cheese reception will follow at the iSchool at 5 pm. Please RSVP for this event by emailing

Citizen Science: Information, Technology and People
Dr. Jennifer Preece, University of Maryland:

Abstract: Citizens have been informally contributing to science for hundreds of years. One of the best known modern examples is of sightings by bird watchers. The Christmas Bird Count, an annual national count in the USA, is one hundred years old and birdwatching activities date back to even earlier times in the UK and parts of Europe. This data informs scientific studies of bird migration and behavior, which in turn provide evidence of habitat loss, and changes in weather patterns. Citizens contribute to many branches of science from astronomy, to biochemistry, hydrology, biodiversity, personalized medicine, and more. Increasingly digital devices including cell phones, sensors, cameras, databases and associated techniques for storing, retrieving, and communicating data, and many types of social media have been integrated into citizen science and other volunteer practices. In this talk I discuss a range of citizen science and volunteer projects focusing on the design of the technologies that support them and suggest some best practices for designing and motivating citizens to use these technologies.

Bio: Professor Jennifer Preece is a Professor and Dean at the University of Maryland’s iSchool She has researched usability and sociability design issues in online communities. Currently she has several research projects that focus on motivating participation in citizen science. She authored or coauthored three high-impact books: Human-Computer Interaction (1994), On-line Communities: Designing Usability, Supporting Sociability (2000), Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction (2002, 2007, 2011, 2015).

For more information about the iSchool Colloquium series, please visit our website ( or or contact the organizer, Dr. Heather O'Brien (