Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983–2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is recognised for his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualisation, with specific contributions to the direct manipulation concept, clickable highlighted web-links, touchscreen keyboards, dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps and more. He has published several books, including Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (co-authored with Catherine Plaisant) now in its 6th edition. His latest book is The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations (Oxford, April 2016).