Lynda Hardman, senior researcher and scientific staff member at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam has been named Distinguished Scientists by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. On Friday 5 December, ACM officially announced the new members as part of their ACM Distinguished Member program. New members are selected for their individual contributions and singular impacts on the vital field of computing. Among the new members in 2014 Hardman is the only scientist from the Netherlands.
ACM President Alexander Wolf hailed the ACM members as "drivers of the advances and inventions that are propelling the information revolution in new directions. Their creativity and commitment to their craft ensures that we will benefit as a society in the digital age.” Wolf also mentioned that the ACM membership empowers and inspires a bold vision for advancing computing and the computing community.
At CWI, Hardman is member of the Interactive Access research group and coordinator of the Information theme. Her research focuses on 'human computer interaction’, the improvement of design methods for human interfaces under circumstances of evolving technologies. Since the development of the semantic web, Hardman is working on improving human access to the growing linked data cloud. Further, Hardman represents CWI in Informatics Europe and she regularly speaks on events to inspire and encourage a new generation of female talents in computer science.
ACM is the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.
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