To celebrate the 60th anniversary of computing at Newcastle the School was given the opportunity to nominate an honorary degree to a distinguished computer scientist, with strong links to Newcastle. She has spent more than 30 years leading the drive to design new technologies to address the challenges of inclusion for older adults and people with disabilities. Working with IBM, the research led to a number of new products and, more importantly, a recognition within the technology industry information technology should be accessible to all.
Vicki Hanson is Distinguished Professor of Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Professor and Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, UK, and IBM Research Staff Member Emeritus. Previously, she was a research staff member and manager at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, research associate at Haskins Laboratories, and postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She is also President of the Association for Computer Machinery, which has over 100,000 members.
Her field of study is human-computer interaction, where she specializes in accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the aging population, and related research ethics.
Formerly Vice President of ACM, Hanson has served as ACM Secretary/Treasurer, chaired the ACM SIG Governing Board and was Vice Chair for Operations and an Executive Committee member. She is Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, and has served as an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on the Web. She also has chaired SIGACCESS and the Outstanding Contribution to ACM Award Committee, and has served several years as a judge for the ACM Student Research Competition Grand Finals. A member of the ACM-W Europe Executive Committee as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker, Hanson has held leadership positions in several ACM conferences including ASSETS, Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Hypertext, OOPSLA, and Universal Usability.
Read more about Vicki’s honorary Doctorate and other awarded honorary degrees at Newcastle here, and @csncl.
published on: 17 July 2017