Bonnie E. John  Bonnie E. John photo       

contact information

RSM: Usability and Software Engineering
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


Professional Associations

Professional Associations:  ACM  |  ACM SIGCHI  |  Cognitive Science Society  |  Human Factors and Ergonomics Society


I am interested in techniques to improve the design and implementation of computer systems with respect to their usefulness and usability. To that end, I have investigated the effectiveness and usability of several HCI techniques (e.g., think-aloud usability studies, Cognitive Walkthrough, GOMS) and produced new techniques for bringing usability concerns to the design process (e.g., CPM-GOMS and software architecture evaluation for usability). Much of my work focuses on cognitive modeling, where I work within a unified theory of cognition to develop models of human performance that produce quantitative predictions of performance with less effort than prototyping and user testing. I also work on bridging the gap between HCI and software engineering, specifically including usability concerns in software architecture design.

Prior to joining IBM Research in December 2010, I was a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University for two decades.