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Policy Lifecycle Technologies Researcher
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  ACM  |  ACM SIGCHI


John Karat ( is a senior researcher in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Over his career with IBM Development (1982-1987) and Research (1987-current) he has worked on the development of research-based guidelines and principles for user interface design (including the chairing committees for the development of ANSI 200 and ISO 9241 HCI standards). He has researched and advised on design collaboration, speech-based systems, and early electronic medical record systems (for Kaiser Colorado Region and Barnes Hospital in St Louis which identified many interaction aspects required for improved patient care through better records). His research also includes publications in information search and unstructured knowledge management, entertainment applications, personalization, and security and privacy. John has been awarded the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award and was named a Distinguished Scientist by ACM.

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