Marian Petre (born 1959) is a British computer scientist and Professor of Computing at the Open University and Director of its Centre for Research in Computing (CRC), known for her work on "Visual Programming Environments," and developed the concept of cognitive dimensions of notations.
Petre obtained her PhD in computer science from the University College London in 1989 with the thesis, entitled "Findings a basis for matching programming languages to programming tasks."
In 1990 she started her academic career at the Institute for Perception Research (IPO), in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which was directed by Theo Bemelmans. Back in Britain she joined the Open University and started cooperation with Thomas R.G. Green, with whom she developed the concept of cognitive dimensions of notations. At the Open University she eventually promoted Professor of Computing. Petre is awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in "recognition of her empirical research into software design."
- Fincher, Sally, and Marian Petre, eds. Computer science education research. CRC Press, 2004.
- Petre, Marian, and Gordon Rugg. The unwritten rules of PhD research. McGraw-Hill International, 2010.
Articles, a selection:
- Green, Thomas R.G., Marian Petre, and R. K. E. Bellamy. "Comprehensibility of visual and textual programs: A test of superlativism against the’match-mismatch’conjecture." ESP 91.743 (1991): 121-146.
- Petre, Marian. "Why looking isn't always seeing: readership skills and graphical programming." Communications of the ACM 38.6 (1995): 33-44.
- Green, Thomas R. G., and Marian Petre. "Usability analysis of visual programming environments: a ‘cognitive dimensions’ framework." Journal of Visual Languages & Computing 7.2 (1996): 131-174.
- Petre, Marian, and Alan F. Blackwell. "Mental imagery in program design and visual programming." International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 51.1 (1999): 7-30.
- Carswell, L., Thomas, P., Petre, M., Price, B., & Richards, M. (2000). "Distance education via the Internet: The student experience." British Journal of Educational Technology, 31(1), 29-46.
- Scaife, Mike, and Yvonne Rogers. "External cognition: how do graphical representations work?." International journal of human-computer studies 45.2 (1996): 185-213.
- Jacko, Julie A., ed. Human Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, and Emerging Applications. CRC press, 2012.
- Andy Oram, Greg Wilson (2010), Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It. p. 582.
- Google Scholar profile
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