As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of Computing at Newcastle University, Professor Vicki Hanson will be awarded an honorary degree. As part of her visit to the University, Prof Hanson will deliver a lecture titled 'To Accessibility and Beyond.'
Date/Time: Tuesday 11 July, 1500hrs
Venue: Barbara Strang Teaching Centre, Room 1.46
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.
An ACM Fellow, she also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society. Hanson was honored with the Anita Borg Women of Vision Award for Social Impact and the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. In addition, she received the IBM Corporate Award for Contributions to Accessibility, has won multiple IBM Outstanding Contribution Awards, and was awarded a UK Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
Hanson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oregon. For her work, she received the Alumni Fellows Award in Arts and Sciences from the University of Oregon.