Professor Alan Newell to deliver W4A 2012 after-dinner speech

We are glad to announce that Professor Alan Newell will deliver the William Loughborough Memorial Address (sponsored by ACM SIGWEB) at W4A 2012. Alan Newell is an Emeritus Professor at the School of Computing at Dundee University (Scotland). This contains one of the largest academic groups in the world researching into computer and communication systems for older and disabled people.  He has published widely in this field, including his recent book: “Design and the Digital Divide: insights from 40 years in Computer Support for Older and Disabled People” (Morgan & Claypool 2011).Alan Newell

Alan’s current interest is the use of professional theatre to raise awareness and facilitate discussion on these issues.  He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for contributions to computer-based systems for people with disabilities, and in 2011 was presented with the (US) Association for Computing Machinery SIGCHI Social Impact Award.  A former Deputy Principal of the University, Alan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Association for Computing Machinery and the British Computer Society, and an Honorary Fellow Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

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