Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington
Alan Borning is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests for the first half of his career were primarily in constraint-based and object-oriented languages and applications; he was also one of the founding members of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility in the early 1980s. More recently he worked on human computer interaction and value sensitive design; some example projects include the UrbanSim urban simulation system, OneBusAway (a set of tools that provide real-time transit information), the Living Voters Guide (an experiment in social media and civic engagement), and critiques and alternatives to surveillance capitalism for providing IT services. He received a BA from Reed College in 1971, and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1979, co-advised by Alan Kay and Terry Winograd. Awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for lecturing and research in Australia, and being named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2001.