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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.

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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.

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13 February 2003

Designing for Humans
Professor Harold Thimbleby

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