Thursday, 13 February 2003, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Designing for Humans

Professor Harold Thimbleby

Previous lectures looked at the inside of gadgets, but this is less than half the story. When we use complex systems we often fall into traps; we acquire beliefs about what is achievable and act on them. Often we don’t know we have these beliefs, and are at the mercy of the system’s design. Whatever our beliefs about what we should do, we may act otherwise; e.g. walking away from a ticket machine taking the tickets but leaving the change. We will consider the mathematical properties of interaction traps and “user errors” and the use of mathematical reasoning in developing human-oriented design solutions.

professor-harold-thimbleby

Harold Thimbleby is professor of computer science at Swansea University where he established the Future Interaction Technology Lab. His passion is designing dependable computer systems to accommodate human error. He has been a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award holder and a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and was Gresham Professor of Geometry between 2001 and 2004.

All of Professor Thimbleby's previous lectures may be accessed here.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

13 February 2003

Designing for Humans
Professor Harold Thimbleby

View PDF
Print
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

Mathematics, Measurement and Money

Professor Norman Biggs
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Turing and von Neumann

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Hardy, Littlewood, Cartwright and Ramanujan

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

Calendar Curiosities for 29 February

Professor Tony Mann
Monday, 29 February 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Gauss and Germain

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Babbage and Lovelace

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 1:00PM
WATCHED

Designing IT to make Healthcare Safer

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Avoiding death by computer

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Monday, 28 September 2009 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

Better programming

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 13 May 2004 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

Computer Circles

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 26 February 2004 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

Plugging Computers In

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 27 November 2003 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

Magic Pictures

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 30 October 2003 - 12:00AM
WATCHED

The Enigma Machine: How it Works

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:10PM
WATCHED

The Fly Puzzle and Von Neumann's Response

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:05PM
WATCHED

Three Great Mathematicians: Hardy, Littlewood, and Hardy-Littlewood

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 1:05PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Mobius, his Band and the Shape of the Universe - Professor Raymond Flood

Professor Raymond Flood
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 8:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Cantor and the Infinite - Professor Raymond Flood

Professor Raymond Flood
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 8:00AM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Most Beautiful Formula in Mathematics

Professor Raymond Flood
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 8:00AM