Harold Thimbleby is professor of computer science at Swansea University, Wales. His passion is designing dependable computer systems to accommodate human error. See CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices for a really exciting major project he’s on.
Harold has been a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award holder and a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. He is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry.
Harold has over 500 publications and wrote the book Press On, which won the American Publishers’ Association best book award in computer science.
Harold’s web site (this site) is www.harold.thimbleby.net
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- The Fitts Law: good style on how to write it, and research using it
- Nomograms, and their use in hospitals
- Safer design movie
- Dance theatre is way better than my interviewed review
- Errors + bugs needn’t mean death (PDF)
- Is IT a dangerous prescription? (PDF)
- Reducing number entry errors: solving a widespread, serious problem (web site)
- Using regular expressions for dependable data entry (web site)
- Interactive medical devices (web site)
- Trustee & member of Standing Group of the Clinical Human Factors Group.
- Press On
Harold published his first paper, on menus, in 1978, and has since written many publications: 258 refereed and 221 invited (as of July 2012), from newspaper articles to articles in Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as many peer reviewed research publications. He wrote User Interface Design, published in the ACM Press Frontier Series in 1990, and his fifth book, Press On, was published by MIT Press in 2007: it was 2007 winner of the Association of American Publishers Publishing Awards for Excellence Competition in the Computer and Information Sciences category. He was Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow (2008–2009), Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder (2001–2006), awarded the British Computer Society Wilkes Medal, and won a Toshiba Year of Invention prize.
Harold has held visiting positions in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, etc, and is on numerous international editorial boards and conference committees. He has presented over 60 keynotes, including the first German Software Ergonomics conference, first International Handheld and Ubiquitous Computing Conference, first Asia-Pacific Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, etc.
Harold has presented over 60 conference keynotes and 450 seminars and presentations (including at Cambridge, MIT, Oxford, Royal Institution, Royal Society, Stanford and the House of Lords) in 23 different countries. See more ...
Advancing public understanding of science
Harold is 28th. Gresham Professor of Geometry, and has been widely interviewed and reported in the media. He got the largest post-bag ever for a New Scientist feature article — about video recorder usability! He has presented at many international science festivals in UK and internationally, and at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
Harold’s full CV is available in PDF.
Harold using a ticket machine
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