I left University of Michigan in 1974, in part because I wanted to begin a new research thrust in HCI. At the time, BBN Technologies (then Bolt Beranek and Newman) was an ideal place to accomplish this. It had a renowned staff in both computer science and cognitive psychology and was pushing the frontiers in interactive computing, due in part to the original stimulus of J. C. R. Licklider, who was at BBN from 1957 until 1962. My first HCI project at BBN, at least the first for which I was the principal investigator, was developing what today would…
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