WORKSHOP: Mixing Methods for Innovation and Evaluation
Thursday, August 26th
Les Nelson is a researcher at the Palo Alto Research Center working on innovations of socio-technical systems. His work considers how existing technologies get adapted to meet changing social practices. Les joined PARC in 2004, studying and innovating information sharing practices and collaboration support tools used in system engineering, sensemaking, and usable computer security. Les’ involvement with Xerox goes back to 1995, where he was the first researcher hired into the FX Palo Alto Laboratory. His research in human-computer interaction has lead to 2 products, 20 patents, and many prototypes and publications in social computing, mobile computing, and tangible computing. Before Xerox, Les worked for Lockheed Corporation on research, development. and technology transfer in software engineering; and he started a software engineer for IBM. Les received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computing from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and a MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.