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April NEOUPA Event: Predicting Human Behavior


Dr. Bonnie John, a full time professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will review the uses of cognitive models in system design and the current state of research and practice. She will also be presenting some exciting new tools and research directions that promise to make predictive human performance modeling even more useful

Cleveland, OH, April 17, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals’ Association (NEOUPA) is having an event on Thursday, April 23 from 6-8:30pm at Metrics Marketing Group’s offices in Westlake, Ohio.

Dr. Bonnie John, a full time professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will review the uses of cognitive models in system design and the current state of research and practice. She will also be presenting some exciting new tools and research directions that promise to make predictive human performance modeling even more useful.

Cognitive performance modeling involves predicting how a skilled user will interact with a system through simulation and analysis. Dr. John has over 25 years experience in Human Performance Modeling and has published over 100 papers on the topic.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. John present to Cleveland’s local community of usability professionals and usability enthusiasts,” said Cathleen Zapata, President of NEOUPA, “human performance modeling is a highly valuable tool to improve not only Web design, but design of any interactive device; Dr. John is certainly an expert is this area.”

The event is free for NEOUPA members, and $10 for non-members. Seating is limited, so registration is required at www.neoupa.org. The event is being sponsored by and held at Metrics Marketing Group, 905 Corporate Way, Suite 250 Westlake, OH 44145. Doors open at 6pm with food and networking. The main presentation begins at 6:30pm.

About Dr. Bonnie John
Dr. Bonnie E. John, a psychologist (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988) and engineer (BEng, The Cooper Union, 1977; MS, Stanford, 1978), has more than 25 years experience in usability analysis and design. She is a full time professor at CMU and directed the Masters Program in Human-Computer Interaction for a dozen years. She researches both human performance modeling and software engineering and consults regularly in government and industry. Dr. John had been doing research in Human Performance Modeling for 25 years and has published over 100 papers on the topic. She is an ACM CHI Academy member, recognized for her contributions to HCI through her work in cognitive modeling and the implications of usability concerns on the design of software architecture.

About NEOUPA
NEOUPA is the official Northeast Ohio chapter of the international Usability Professionals' Association. NEOUPA was started in 2003 to provide local education in the field of usability to help make Websites, applications, software and any other type of technology or user interface easier to use.

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NEOUPA - Northeast Ohio Usability Professionals' Association
Cathleen Zapata
440-471-6026
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