HCIL History

2015
June Ahn Appointed Director
6th HCIL Director
June Ahn, Assistant Professor in the iSchool and College of Education, is named director of the HCIL.


Mona Leigh Guha Appointed Interim Director
5th HCIL Director
Research Associate and HCIL PhD alum Mona Leigh Guha is named interim director of the HCIL.
2014

2013
The Nick App Wins Emmy
Allison Druin, Kidsteam
The Nickelodeon app, created with input from Kidsteam (including the Do Not Touch button), is honored with a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – User Experience and Visual Design.


HCIL 30th Anniversary
1983-2013
The HCIL celebrates 30 years at the University of Maryland, commemorated with a Distinguished Lecture Series and aa celebration at the Annual Symposium, as well as a history written by some of the lab’s key members.
2013

2012
Hackerspace Opens
Jon Froehlich
The Hackerspace opens in the HCIL, providing a hands-on workspace for students to experiment and create with new technology.


HCIM Program Formed
Allison Druin, Jen Golbeck
The Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction accepts its first cohort in this year, bringing new student energy and integrating teaching more fully into the lab.
2012

2011
Future of Information Alliance Launches
Allison Druin, Ira Chinoy, Anne Rose
The Future of Information Alliance aims to identify opportunities and challenges around the rapidly evolving role of information, and serve as a catalyst for discussion, research, and action at UMD and beyond.


Jen Golbeck Appointed Director
4th HCIL Director
During Golbeck’s tenure as director of the HCIL, the iSchool institutes a Master’s program in Human-Computer Interaction and celebrates its 30th anniversary.
2011

2009
StoryKit
Allison Druin, Ben Bederson, Elizabeth Bonsignore
StoryKit is a user-friendly app for creating multimedia stories, appealing especially to younger users.


HCIL’s 25th Anniversary
1983-2008
The Lab celebrates its 25th anniversary, commemorated in a short video interview with key lab members.
2008

2007
NodeXL
Ben Shneiderman, Derek Hansen, Marc A. Smith
NodeXL is a free, open-source tool for network analysis and visualization.


Allison Druin Appointed Director
3rd HCIL Director
Allison Druin takes on leadership of the lab, overseeing the transition of the lab to a new home in the Hornbake Library and instituting membership requirements that help grow the lab’s support and community.
2006

2002
International Children’s Digital Library Launches
Tim Browne, Allison Druin, Ben Bederson, Ann Carlson Weeks
A multilingual collection of children’s books, the ICDL is now the largest virtual library of its kind in the world.


Classroom of the Future
Allison Druin, Kidsteam
This five-year NSF-sponsored grant project explores the future of educational technology, evaluating kindergarten classrooms and prototyping technologies with young children to be used in the classroom.
2001

2001
Temporal Visualization of Numeric & Categorical Data
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
An ongoing investigation into visualizing data temporally, which will yield tools such as LifeLines and EventFlow.


Ben Bederson Appointed Director
2nd HCIL Director
Ben Bederson takes over leadership of the HCIL, overseeing a number of changes, including the redesign of the logo and the start of the Brown Bag Lunch series, which continues today.
2000

1999
PETS
Jaime Montemayor, Allison Druin, Jim Hendler, Kidsteam
The Personal Electronic Teller of Stories is a robotic pet that can support children in the storytelling process.


PhotoFinder and PhotoMesa
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Ben Bederson
A series of tools for personal photo library tagging, exploration, and management, including PhotoFinder and PhotoMesa.
1999

1998
Kidsteam Begins
Allison Druin, Kidsteam Kids
Kidsteam begins designing collaboratively with young users, involving children in the evaluation and prototyping process.


Visible Human Explorer
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Chris North, Philip Korn
Software created in collaboration with the NIH National Library of Medicine to display a collection of anatomical images from the library’s archive.
1996

1993
Electronic Classrooms: Teaching/Learning Theatere
Kent Norman, Ben Shneiderman
A project exploring the role of technology in the college classroom, developing a series of electronic classrooms on the UMD campus.


Spotfire
Ben Shneiderman, Christopher Ahlberg
Research to create dynamic queries sliders, direct manipulation interfaces for data explorations, a tool that gains commercial success as Spotfire.
1992

1990
Treemaps
Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman, Gouthami Chintalapani, Aleks Aris
Treemaps are an approach to visualizing space-contained hierarchical data using a set of nested rectangles.


High-Precision Touch Screens
Catherine Plaisant, Ben Shneiderman
This project developed high-precision touch screens for small keyboards and home control devices, based on lift-off technology.
1989

1998
Hypertext on Hypertext
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
Published for ACM, Hypertext on HyperText contains the entire July 1988 Communications of the ACM special issue on hypertext systems.


HyperTIES
Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
Early, formative work to develop selectable clickable links for hypertext applications.
1984

1984
HCIL Open House
1st Annual
The HCIL holds its first annual Open House, inviting researchers, professionals, and members of the public to learn about Lab members’ work, which continues today as Symposium.


HCIL Founded
Ben Shneiderman
At the invitation of Azriel Rosenfeld, Ben Shneiderman founds the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory as part of the interdisciplinary Center for Automation Research (CfAR). The HCIL soon becomes part of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).
1983