David Kieras Inducted into the CHI Academy   Bookmark and Share

Prof. David Kieras has been recognized by the HCI community through his election into the CHI Academy by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). SIGCHI identifies and honors leaders and shapers of the field of human-computer interaction; its CHI Academy members are an honorary group of individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have led the shaping of the field. Prof. Kieras will be inducted into the CHI Academy at the CHI 2010 Conference in Atlanta, GA.

David Kieras is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and of Psychology. His primary general research field is applied and theoretical cognitive psychology, with specific interests in human-computer interaction, cognitive simulation modeling, human performance, complex human learning, and natural language processing.

Prof. Kieras' most prominent contributions to HCI have come in the form of computational models of human performance, starting with his work with Peter Polson on the Cognitive Complexity Theory, epitomized by the classic 1985 International Journal of Man-Machine Studies paper, which provided a seminal application of production systems to produce quantitative accounts of performance time and knowledge transfer from one interface task to another. Viewing production systems as an implementation of GOMS models, he developed NGOMSL as a practical predictive notation to for GOMS models. With Scott Wood, he created the GLEAN system for computational simulations of GOMS models, and with Ruven Brooks he developed an approach to task analysis and the design of functionality based on higher-level GOMS models. With David Meyer, he developed the EPIC cognitive architecture to integrate perceptual, motor, and cognitive performance, pioneering the rigorous application of cognitive architectures to the fine-grain modeling of multimodal user interaction and multitasking performance.

Posted: April 16, 2010