Introduction to the seminar on human-computer-interaction

Terry Winograd, Stanford University and Interval Research

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University September 30, 1992


This fall we are continuing the weekly series of talks on human-computer interaction design sponsored by the Project on People, Computers, and Design. In this initial session I will describe the overall direction of the course and discuss some of the issues that come up when we situate human-computer interaction in the larger worlds of design and computing systems. I will describe a workshop that was held this summer by the PCD project (in conjunction with the Interval Research and the Association for Software Design), which brought together a number of computer scientists, designers, and social scientists to look at the potential for a future discipline of software (interaction) design.


Terry Winograd is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, and head of the Project on People, Computers, and Design. Following his early research on natural language understanding he has worked for a number of years on issues of human-computer interaction, and is the co-author of two books related to the topic: Understanding Computers and Cognition (with Fernando Flores) [Addison-Wesley, 1987] and Usability: Turning Technologies into Tools, (co-edited with Paul Adler) [Oxford Univ. Press, 1992]. He is also a board member and past president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

During the 1992-93 academic year he is on leave from Stanford working with Interval Research, a new laboratory in Palo Alto with a focus on designing future technologies that integrate computers and communications with an emphasis on usability and applicability to a broad community of users.


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