BEN SHNEIDERMAN (http://www.cs.umd.edu/~ben) is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory (http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/) at the University of Maryland. He was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing (ACM) in 1997, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2001, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Ben likes skiing, hiking, biking, and working with his students on new ideas. He developed the interface idea for the link with grad student Dan Ostroff in 1984, pioneered information visualization concepts with Christopher Ahlberg (who went on to found Spotfire, based on these concepts), and developed the treemap concept, which was first implemented by grad student Brian Johnson.
Current projects focus on electronic health records and network visualization. He believes computer science should be more directly devoted to making the world a better place.