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GVU Brown Bag :: Real "Killer Applications" in Computer Science

Presented by Dr. Harold Thimbleby

DATE: Thursday, February 19, 2009
TIME: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Technology Square Research Building, 1st floor - Room 132

We all enjoy interactive gadgets from iPhones to Wiis, but occasionally they have glitches that just make us want to upgrade. With medical devices, however, "little" problems can kill people. We'll explore some of the issues, and show how more sensible approaches to interaction programming can make a real difference.

Professor Harold Thimbleby is Professor of Computer Science at University of Swansea. He is currently working on interaction design for medical devices. He wrote User Interface Design, published in the ACM Press Frontier Series in 1990, and his fifth book, Press On, was published by MIT Press in November 2007, winning the American Publishers Association award for best book in computer/information science 2007. He is currently a Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. Previously, he was a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder, and he was 28th Gresham Professor of Geometry. He was awarded the British Computer Society Wilkes Medal, and won a Toshiba Year of Invention prize. More information can be found at

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