Dennis Wixon

Ph.D

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University of Southern California (http://www.usc.edu/)
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dwixon@cinema.usc.edu

Dennis has worked in the field of user research since 1981. He was a usability manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, where methods such as Usability Engineering, Contextual Inquiry, and data logging were developed. For the past 14 years he has managed research teams at Microsoft, which have covered a wide spectrum of products, including: the Games User Research team. Together they developed many research methods including: RITE (Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation) and TRUE (Tracking Real-time User Experience). RITE has become an industry-wide practice and TRUE has been successfully applied to many Microsoft products.

Dennis has also been an active member of the CHI community for many years. He was one of the founding members of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the ACM. Dennis has served in a number of roles in the society including Conference Co-chair for the 2002 conference. He was elected Vice President for Conferences in 2004. He partnered with the conference chairs, the executive committee, and the conference management committee, to introduce a wide range of innovations to the CHI conference.

Dennis has co-authored over 50 articles, book chapters and talks on HCI. He has also coauthored of two books: Field Methods Casebook for Software Design (with Dr. Judy Ramey) and Brave NUI World (with Dr. Daniel Wigdor). He currently serves as an adjunct full professor at University of Washington in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering Design. Dennis holds a PhD. in experimental social psychology from Clark University.

Publication Statistics

Publication period start
1982
Publication period end
2011
Number of co-authors
53

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Publications

Rohn, Janice, Wixon, Dennis (2011): Managing user experience teams: lessons from case studies, establishing best practices. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 29-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979567

Rohn, Janice, Wixon, Dennis, Nieters, Jim, Thompson, Carola (2011): Managing UX teams. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 815-817. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979542

Jain, Jhilmil, Lund, Arnold, Wixon, Dennis (2011): The future of natural user interfaces. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 211-214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979527

Rosenbaum, Stephanie, Braun, Kelly, Wixon, Dennis, Swamy, Seema, Laan, Krista Van, Wilson, Chauncey (2010): Investing in User Research: Making Strategic Choices. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 54th Annual Meeting , 2010, . pp. 547-550. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/hfes/hfproc/2010/00000054/00000006/art00001

Hofmeester, Kay, Wixon, Dennis (2010): Using metaphors to create a natural user interface for Microsoft surface. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 4629-4644. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1753846.1754204

Seow, Steven C., Wixon, Dennis, Morrison, Ann, Jacucci, Giulio (2010): Natural user interfaces: the prospect and challenge of touch and gestural computing. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 4453-4456. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1753846.1754172

Seow, Steven C., Wixon, Dennis, MacKenzie, Scott, Jacucci, Giulio, Morrison, Ann, Wilson, Andy (2009): Multitouch and surface computing. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 4767-4770. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1520340.1520736

Wixon, Dennis, Pagulayan, Randy (2008): Halo 3: the theory and practice of a research-design partnership. In Interactions, 15 (1) pp. 52-55. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1330526.1330542

Bernhaupt, Regina, Ijsselsteijn, Wijand, Mueller, Florian, Tscheligi, Manfred, Wixon, Dennis (2008): Evaluating user experiences in games. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008, . pp. 3905-3908. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1358628.1358953

Kim, Jun H., Gunn, Daniel V., Schuh, Eric, Phillips, Bruce, Pagulayan, Randy J., Wixon, Dennis (2008): Tracking real-time user experience (TRUE): a comprehensive instrumentation solution for co. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008, . pp. 443-452. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1357054.1357126

Wixon, Dennis, Reyes, August de los (2007): The design of emotionally engaging products. In Interactions, 14 (5) pp. 22-23. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1288515.1288531

Wixon, Dennis (2007): Guitar Hero: the inspirational story of an \"overnight\" success. In Interactions, 14 (3) pp. 16-17. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1242421.1242435

Wixon, Dennis (2006): What works?. In Interactions, 13 (4) pp. 18-19.

Wixon, Dennis (2006): What is a game?. In Interactions, 13 (2) pp. 37-ff.

Wixon, Dennis (2006): Are we having fun yet?: computers as entertainment objects. In Interactions, 13 (1) pp. 46-60.

Olson, Gary M., Wixon, Dennis (2005): CHI 2006: interact, inform, inspire. In Interactions, 12 (6) pp. 12-13.

Dray, Susan M., Karat, Clare-Marie, Rosenberg, Daniel, Siegel, David A., Wixon, Dennis (2005): Is ROI an effective approach for persuading decision-makers of the value of user-centered . In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2005, . pp. 1168-1169. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056808.1056865

Wixon, Dennis (2003): Evaluating usability methods: why the current literature fails the practitioner. In Interactions, 10 (4) pp. 28-34. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=838870

Wixon, Dennis (1999): Rethinking Documentation and Interface: Reflections on Categorical Approaches. In ACM SIGDOC *Journal of Computer Documentation, 23 (4) pp. 12-14.

Graefe, Thomas M., Wixon, Dennis (1998): HCI Solutions for Managing the IT Infra-Structure. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 30 (4) pp. 66. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1998.4/graefe.html

Graefe, Thomas M., Wixon, Dennis (1997): HCI Design for Network and System Management: A CHI 97 Special Interest Group. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 29 (4) pp. 79-80. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1997.4/graefe.html

Sawyer, Paul, Flanders, Alicia, Wixon, Dennis (1996): Making a Difference -- The Impact of Inspections. In: Tauber, Michael J., Bellotti, Victoria, Jeffries, Robin, Mackinlay, Jock D., Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 96 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1996, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 376-382. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi96/proceedings/papers/Sawyer/ps_txt.htm

Wixon, Dennis, Ramey, Judy (1996): Field Oriented Design Techniques: Case Studies and Organizing Dimensions. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 28 (3) pp. 21-26. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1996.3/wixon.html

Wixon, Dennis (1995): \"Cost Justifying Usability,\" edited by Randolph G. Bias and Deborah J. Mayhew. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 27 (2) pp. 94-99.

Wixon, Dennis (1995): Qualitative Research Methods in Design and Development. In Interactions, 2 (4) pp. 19-26. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/journals/interactions/1995-2-4/p19-wixon/p19-wixon.pdf

Wixon, Dennis (1993): \"Principles and Guidelines in Software User Interface Design,\" by Deborah J. Mayhew. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 25 (2) pp. 51-53.

Wixon, Dennis, Holtzblatt, Karen, Knox, Stephen T. (1990): Contextual Design: An Emergent View of System Design. In: Carrasco, Jane, Whiteside, John (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 90 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference , 1990, Seattle, Washington,USA. pp. 329-336.

Whiteside, John, Wixon, Dennis (1988): Contextualism as a World View for the Reformation of Meetings. In: Greif, Irene (eds.) Proceedings of the 1988 ACM conference on Computer-supported cooperative work September 26 - 28, 1988, Portland, Oregon, United States. pp. 369-376.

Whiteside, John, Wixon, Dennis (1987): The Dialectic of Usability Engineering. In: Bullinger, Hans-Jorg, Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 87 - 2nd IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction September 1-4, 1987, Stuttgart, Germany. pp. 17-20.

Wixon, Dennis, Good, Michael (1987): Interface Style and Eclecticism: Moving Beyond Categorical Approaches. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 31st Annual Meeting , 1987, . pp. 571-575.

Mosteller, William, Boies, Stephen J., Grantham, Charles E., Irby, Thomas, Rubinstein, Richard, Wixon, Dennis (1987): The politics of human factors. In: Graphics Interface 87 (CHI+GI 87) April 5-9, 1987, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. pp. 331-332.

Wixon, Dennis, Good, Michael (1987): Interface Style and Eclecticism: Moving Beyond Categorical Approaches. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 31st Annual Meeting , 1987, . pp. 571-575. http://michaelgood.info/publications/usability/interface-style-and-eclecticism/

Wixon, Dennis, Whiteside, John (1985): Engineering for Usability: Lessons Learned from the User Derived Interface. In: Borman, Lorraine, Curtis, Bill (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 85 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1985, San Francisco, California. pp. 144-147.

Mack, Robert L., Moran, Thomas P., Olson, Judith R., Wixon, Dennis (1985): Computer Human Factors in Computer Interface Design. In: Borman, Lorraine, Curtis, Bill (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 85 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1985, San Francisco, California. pp. 137-138.

Whiteside, John, Jones, Sandra, Levy, Paula S., Wixon, Dennis (1985): User Performance with Command, Menu, and Iconic Interfaces. In: Borman, Lorraine, Curtis, Bill (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 85 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1985, San Francisco, California. pp. 185-191.

Good, Michael, Whiteside, John, Wixon, Dennis, Jones, Sandra (1984): Building a User-Derived Interface. In Communications of the ACM, 27 (10) pp. 1032-1043. http://michaelgood.info/publications/usability/building-a-user-derived-interface/

Wixon, Dennis, Whiteside, John, Good, Michael, Jones, Sandra (1983): Building a User-Defined Interface. In: Smith, Raoul N., Pew, Richard W., Janda, Ann (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 83 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conferenc December 12-15, 1983, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. pp. 24-27. http://michaelgood.info/publications/usability/building-a-user-defined-interface/

Wixon, Dennis, Whiteside, John, Good, Michael, Jones, Sandra (1983): Building a User-Defined Interface. In: Smith, Raoul N., Pew, Richard W., Janda, Ann (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 83 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conferenc December 12-15, 1983, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. pp. 24-27.

Whiteside, John, Archer, Norman P., Wixon, Dennis, Good, Michael (1982): How Do People Really Use Text Editors?. In: Limb, John O. (eds.) Proceedings of the SIGOA Conference on Office Information Systems 1982 June 21-23, 1982, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. pp. 29-40. http://michaelgood.info/publications/text-editing/how-do-people-really-use-text-editors/

Whiteside, John, Archer, Norman P., Wixon, Dennis, Good, Michael (1982): How Do People Really Use Text Editors?. In: Limb, John O. (eds.) Proceedings of the SIGOA Conference on Office Information Systems 1982 June 21-23, 1982, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. pp. 29-40.

Whiteside, John, Wixon, Dennis (1987): Discussion: Improving Human-Computer Interaction - a Quest for Cognitive Science. In: Carroll, John M. (eds). "Interfacing Thought" MIT Press .

Coble, Janette M., Maffitt, Judy S., Orland, Matthew J., Kahn, Michael G. (1996): Field Methods Casebook for Software Design, Wixon, Dennis, Ramey, Judith (eds.), John Wiley and Sons,

Wigdor, Daniel, Wixon, Dennis (2011): Brave NUI World: Designing Natural User Interfaces for Touch and Gesture, Morgan Kaufmann,