Gibbons Lecture Series: From the Mouse to the Smartphone and Beyond: tracing the development of human-computer interaction
Speaker: Professor Mark Apperley
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start, Thursday 30th April, 2015
Professor Mark Apperley is a graduate of The University of Auckland where he gained a degree in Electrical Engineering and then completed a PhD on the topic of digital data processing in radio astronomy. In 1975, following a post-doctoral research appointment at Imperial College in London, he joined The University of Waikato as Lecturer in Computer Science. He then moved to Massey University where he was appointed Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science. He returned to the University of Waikato as Professor of Computer Science in 1994, later becoming Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. He is currently a Professor in the Computer Science Department.
Professor Apperley's research has been in the area of human-computer interaction since his post-doctoral work at Imperial College – he has been the principal instigator of this area of research within New Zealand universities. His work includes the MINNIE system for Computer Aided Design, the invention of the bifocal display, the development of the Lean Cuisine notation for the description and design of direct manipulation interfaces, techniques for the evaluation of interfaces, and the study of computer-supported cooperative systems. Throughout this time he has had a strong interest in information visualisation, and in more recent years he has been working in energy informatics, the application of ICT to energy management and conservation.
Synopsis: In the almost 50 years since Douglas Engelbart demonstrated the first computer mouse, the way we use computers, both in form and function, has shifted dramatically, well beyond his early vision. Not only has computer technology become more pervasive, it has also become less physically intrusive, and is fundamental to a large number of everyday activities. This presentation examines these developments, from the perspectives of motivation, opportunity, technology, human activity, and society, and establishes the nature and role of the discipline of human-computer interaction.
The lecture will be streamed live.