Ben Shneiderman to deliver 2016 Kilgour Lecture on strategies to produce high-impact research

January 21, 2016

Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, will deliver the 11th annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture on Monday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pleasant’s Family Room of Wilson Library. Shneiderman will share insights from his latest book, The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, a guide for producing high-impact research.

Sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the lecture will be free and open to the public. A brief reception will follow.

Solving the immense problems of the 21st century will require devoted research teams with passionate leaders who are skilled at nurturing individuals, weaving networks, and cultivating communities. The growing evidence shows that research teams with raised ambitions to find practical solutions and seek foundational theories simultaneously have a greater chance of achieving both (ABC Principle: Applied & Basic Combined).This talk and forthcoming book from Oxford University Press will guide students, faculty, business leaders, and government policy makers on how to produce high-impact research. Teamwork becomes an even more valuable approach since it facilitates the blending of research methods (SED Principle: Blend Science, Engineering and Design Thinking).  It’s time to replace Vannevar Bush’s dated (1945) linear model with new guiding principles to shift the way the governments fund research, universities train students, researchers conduct projects (teams, partnerships), and organizations reward/recognize outcomes.

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, 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 highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps, novel network visualizations for NodeXL, and temporal event sequence analysis for electronic health records.

Shneiderman is the co-author with Catherine Plaisant of Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (6th ed., 2016). With Stu Card and Jock Mackinlay, he co-authored Readings in Information Visualization: Using Vision to Think (1999). His book Leonardo’s Laptop (MIT Press) won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution. He co-authored Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL with Derek Hansen and Marc Smith. Shneiderman’s latest book is The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (Oxford, February 2016).

The OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information Science
The Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture was established in 2004 by OCLC Online Computer Library Center on the occasion of Dr. Kilgour’s 90th birthday. The lecture brings together scholars and leaders from around the world to share innovative ideas and cutting-edge research. The lecture honors Dr. Kilgour who was a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at SILS and Founder of OCLC. Of his many innovations, he is most noted for inventing the WorldCat database in 1971. WorldCat is one of the most consulted databases in higher education and is used daily by millions of students, teachers, scholars and researchers worldwide. Today, Web search engines use WorldCat to lead researchers to pertinent information in libraries around the globe.