Ben Bederson

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Benjamin B. Bederson
Nationality United States
Alma mater
Known forZooming User Interface, Human Computation, Digital Libraries
AwardsACM Distinguished Scientist, CHI Academy, SIGCHI Social Impact Award
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science, Human-Computer Interaction

Benjamin "Ben" Bederson is a Computer Science professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, a member of the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab, and a co-founder of Zumobi.[1]

His father is Benjamin Bederson, Sr., a Professor of Physics Emeritus, New York University.[2]


Ben Bederson received a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986. Bederson received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1987 and 1992 from New York University[3] where he researched Zooming User Interface.

Bederson became inducted into the Association for Computing Machinery's CHI Academy as a Distinguished Scientist in 2012[4] and became an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011.[5] In 2010 he and Allison Druin won the SIGCHI Social Impact Award[6] for developing the International Children's Digital Library.

Bederson was an expert witness for Samsung in Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to discuss prior art.[7]


A selection:

  • 2008. Voting Technology and the Not-So-Simple Act of Casting a Ballot; with Herrnson, P.S., Niemi, R.G., Hanmer, M.J., Conrad, F.G., Traugott, M.; Brookings Institution Press.