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Invited Speakers

UPA 2007 Conference
Patterns: Blueprints for Usability
June 11-15, 2007
Hilton Austin
Austin, Texas, US

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Bloomingdale, IL 60108
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Opening Speaker, Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 am

Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton's research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing.

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Closing Speaker, Friday, June 15, 10:30 am

Patrick Whitney, Director of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and, Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design

Patrick Whitney

Patrick Whitney has published and lectured throughout the world about how to make technological innovations more humane, the link between design and business strategy, and methods of designing interactive communications and products.

His writing has focused on new frameworks of design that respond to two transformations: the shift from mass-production to flexible production; and the shift from national markets to markets that are both global and "markets of one."

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Wednesday, June 13

10:30 am

Linda Rising, Patterns Expert and Independent Consultant

Linda Rising

An internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, agile development approaches, and the change process, Linda is the author of numerous articles and four books "Design Patterns in Communications," "The Pattern Almanac 2000," "A Patterns Handbook," and "Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas," written with Mary Lynn Manns.

Rising holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics and a background that includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and strategic weapons systems.

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1:30 pm

Jenifer Tidwell, Author "Designing Interfaces"

Jenifer Tidwell

Jenifer Tidwell is an interaction designer and software developer, most recently for The MathWorks. She has been researching user interface patterns since 1997, and designing and building complex applications and web interfaces since 1991.

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3:30 pm

Hugh Dubberly, Principal, Dubberly Design Office, San Francisco, CA

Hugh Dubberly

Hugh Dubberly is a principal in Dubberly Design Office, a San Francisco-based consultancy that focuses on making software easier to use through interaction design and information design. At Apple Computer in the late 80s and early 90s, Dubberly managed cross-functional design teams and later managed creative services for the entire company. While at Apple, he co-created a technology-forecast film called "Knowledge Navigator," that presaged the appearance of the Internet and interaction via a mobile device. At Netscape, he became vice president of design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering, and production of Netscape's web portal. In 2000, he co-founded DDO.

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Thursday, June 14

8:30 am

Jan Borchers, Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Jan Borchers

Jan Borchers is full professor of computer science and head of the Media Computing Group at RWTH Aachen University. With his research group, he explores the field of human-computer interaction, with a particular interest in HCI design patterns, new post-desktop user interfaces for smart environments, ubiquitous computing, interactive exhibits, and time-based media such as audio and video.

Before joining RWTH, he worked as assistant professor at Stanford University and ETH Zurich. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Darmstadt University of Technology in 2000, and his B.Sc. & M.Sc. (Diplom) in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe in 1995, with some time at Imperial College London. He co-organized or participated in most of the HCI Design Patterns workshops at conferences such as CHI, INTERACT and ChiliPLoP since 1999, and is the author of "A Pattern Approach to Interaction Design" (Wiley), the first book on HCI design patterns.

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10:30 am

Larry Goldberg, Director of Media Access at WGBH, Boston, MA

Larry Goldberg

Larry Goldberg has been deeply involved in the national effort to ensure that the design and implementation of the nation's media and information systems address the needs of people with disabilities. is the Director of Media Access at WGBH where he oversees the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), The Caption Center, and Descriptive Video Service (together known as the WGBH Media Access Group).

Larry has long been a pioneer and recognized world expert in the technology, policy and business aspects of making media and technology accessible to all. Larry has traveled to Israel, England, Brazil, Japan and Mexico to advise businesses, governments, academics and non-government organizations on how to improve their communications technologies.

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1:30 pm

Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility

Sharron Rush

Sharron Rush is the co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a nonprofit organization dedicated to barrier-free technology. Sharron believes strongly in the power of technology to support the independence of people with disabilities - and in the value of dynamic, ongoing collaboration to strengthen communities.

She has led Knowbility to national recognition, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey TV show, "Best Practice" feature at the National Labor Skills Summit, and recognition for excellence and innovation by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation. In April of 2001, she was named one of the Top 25 Women of the Web and in March 2002, she received the Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service through Interactive Media.

Her book, Maximum Accessibility was co-written with Dr. John Slatin and is recognized as one of the definitive accessibility resources. Sharron annually assembles the best minds in web accessibility to deliver training conferences that teach and define interactive accessibility from the basics to the bleeding edge.

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