Dianne Murray has been a Usability and Interface design consultant for more than thirty five years. She was one of the earliest researchers in HCI in the UK, through her time at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington since the early 1980s. Her roles in consultancy included evaluation of research proposals financed by the UK Government and the European Commission as well as validation of interface design solutions. As an academic she lectured in several UK universities, such as King’s College, London, City University, London and University of London. She was a founding editor of Interacting with Computers journal and subsequently its Editor-in-Chief until 2015.
Professor Brian Collins CB spent his career in the public service, in the private sector and as an academic. He met his first computer programming the speed of nuclear bomb blasts and went on to work at the defence research establishment at Malvern. He devised night goggles and tank night-time battle systems. At the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) he helped re-orientate it to the new role after the cold war. Working in the private sector he amalgamated the IT systems of the world’s largest legal firm. He worked on integrating technology to government policy and then transferred to academia.
Peter Kirstein is a British computer scientist. He is often recognised as the father of the European Internet. Professor of Computer Communications Systems at UCL in London. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. In 2003 he was awarded the Postel Award by the Internet Society, and in 2006 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Simon Peyton Jones has dedicated his career to functional programming, and was the designer of the Haskell functional programming language. In 1989 he became Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University, and is now a principal researcher at Microsoft. He has just been appointed chair of the new National Centre for Computing Education.