Ideas have histories and like people can only be fully appreciated in the context of their histories. Bill Buxton describes what he terms the long nose of innovation and heralds the wisdom of mining and drawing inspiration from past research. The objective of Hollan's talk is to twofold. First, he will follow Bill’s advice and reflect on his past and current research to identify underlying ideas worth future mining. Second, he will argue for the promise of a new project to develop a cognitive physics for information designed to ease information-based tasks by operating in accordance with cognitively motivated rules sensitive to tasks, personal and group interaction histories, and context.
Jim Hollan is Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science at UC San Diego and Co-Director of the Design Lab. After completing a postdoc in AI at Stanford, the early part of his career was spent on the faculty at UCSD, working with Ed Hutchins and Don Norman and leading the Intelligent Systems Group. He also consulted at Xerox Parc. He then led the MCC Human Computer Interaction Lab and established the Computer Graphics and Interactive Media research group at Bellcore. He then was Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of New Mexico and subsequently returned to UCSD in 1997 with appointments in the Department of Cognitive Science and Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In 2003 he was elected to the Association of Computing Machinery’s CHI Academy as one who “has made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and led the shaping of the field.” In 2015 he received the ACM CHI Lifetime Research award and recently was honored with the title of Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego.