Alan Dix is a British author and university professor, specialising in human-computer interaction. He is one of the four co-authors of the university level textbook Human-Computer Interaction.

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He was previously a professor at Lancaster University. Now he is a computing professor at Birmingham University and researcher at Talis Ltd. and work on most things that connect people and computers.However, he started off as mathematician.


He has written text books on Human computer interaction and Alien intelligence.Although he had spent a good part of his life in England he  is actually a Welshman.

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About his textbook



Today ubiquitous computing and rich sensor-filled environments are finding their way out of the laboratory, not just into movies but also into our workplaces and homes. The computer has broken out of its plastic and glass bounds providing us with networked societies where personal computing devices from mobile phones to smart cards fill our pockets and electronic devices surround us at home and work. The web too has grown from a largely academic network into the hub of business and everyday lives. As the distinctions between the physical and the digital, and between work and leisure start to break down, human-computer interaction is also changing radically.

This textbook Human-Computer Interaction established itself as one of the classic textbooks in the area, with its broad coverage and rigorous approach. This book includes chapters on Interaction Design, Universal Access and Rich Interaction, as well as covering the latest developments in ubiquitous computing and Web technologies, making it the ideal text to provide a grounding in HCI theory and practice.