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Dr. Jonathan Lazar

Professor of Computer and Information Sciences

Director, Undergraduate Program in Information Systems

Towson University

Phone: 410-704-2255

E-mail: at and then add "jlazar" before that
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I am involved in teaching and research in the area of human-computer interaction. Specifically, I am interested in web usability, web accessibility, user-centered design, assistive technology, and public policy in the area of CHI. I regularly publish in journals and conference proceedings, including Communications of the ACM, the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, Government Information Quarterly, Behaviour and Information Technology, Journal of Usability Studies, and Interacting with Computers. I also regularly teach courses on human-computer interaction, web usability, web accessibility, and Management Information Systems. I have published 7 books. The three best-known books are: Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction, published by John Wiley and Sons in 2010, Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach (published by Addison-Wesley) and Universal Usability: Designing Computer Interfaces for Diverse User Populations , a book that I edited, which is available from John Wiley and Sons. The newest book, Ensuring Digital Accessibility Through Process and Policy, will be published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers on May 1, 2015.

I currently serve as the Chair of Public Policy for ACM SIGCHI, and have previously served as a voting member on the USACM Council. I am currently the forum editor for public policy in Interactions Magazine, and I also serve on the executive board of the Friends of the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped .

During the 2012-2013 year, I was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where I remain affilated with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and I am also a member of the Senior Common Room at Leverett House. I am an affiliate researcher at the Information Policy and Access Center at the University of Maryland College Park, and I co-direct the Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) at the University of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre. I am a part of the faculty leadership team for the AccessEngineering Project at the University of Washington. I am also affiliated with the Universal Usability Laboratory at Towson University, which I founded in 2003.

My research has been highlighted in articles in the Baltimore Sun, Wall Street Journal, Louisville Courier-Journal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Braille Monitor, and stories on National Public Radio, WAMU-FM, WCBM-FM, and WMAR-TV. I have served on program committees for the SIGCHI, ASSETS, SIGDOC, INTERACT, and HCII conferences. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, the American Library Association, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and other governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.