Interview with Alan Newell

Alan Newell is Emeritus Professor at Dundee University. He has spent over forty years conducting research in Human Computer Interaction, primarily into supporting elderly and disabled people. He founded and headed the Dundee University’s School of Computing, and later set up the Queen Mother Research Centre, an important academic group, researching digital systems for older and disabled people. In 2000 He was awarded an MBE, for services to IT and communication for people with disabilities. 

 Prof Newell wrote “Design and the Digital Divide”, published in 2011 by Morgan and Claypool. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy. He was named ACM Fellow in 2006 for his contribution to computer-based systems for people with disabilities. In 2011 he was awarded the CHI Social Impact Award. Finally in 2012 he was appointed to the ACM CHI Academy.

Interview conducted by Dr Elisabetta Mori on 24 January 2023 via Zoom.