DDD SYSTEMS & Dr. Dan Diaper. Curriculum Vitae – my academic work was my life.
1. Personal Details
Name Dr. Dan Diaper, Ph.D., MBCS CITP.
Telephone +44 (0)1202 523172
Date of birth May 9th. 1955
Marital status Married with adult daughter
2. Educational and Professional Qualifications
1973-76 B.Sc. (Psychology), 2.1, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1977-82 Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology),
1990- Member of the British Computer Society - Chartered Information Technology Professional.
3. Employment Record
1982-86 Research Assistant/Fellow, Ergonomics Unit, University
1986-89 Senior Lecturer, Section of Psychology,
1989-96 Lecturer, Department of
of Department of Computing,
Professor of Systems Science and Engineering.
Professor of Systems Science and Engineering.
2004-06 Senior Research Fellow,
School of Computing Science,
SYSTEMS - consultant to industry on task and general
systems analysis and on artificial intelligence at
Tutor and Project Supervisor,
4. R&D Interests
This keyword list represents the range of topics on which Dr. Diaper has published research work.
Task Analysis Systems Analysis
Expert/Knowledge Based Systems Software Engineering
Intelligent Interfaces Natural Language Processing
Simulations User Modelling
Hypertext/Hypermedia Organisational Modelling
Structured Design Methods Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Software Tools System and User Interface Evaluation
Training Collaborative Writing
Requirements and Design Specification Large Document Management Systems
Knowledge Elicitation Artificial Intelligence
Formal Methods Object Oriented Systems
Functional Specification Soft Systems Methodology
Epistemology Small Scale Programming
Safety Critical Systems Global Information Technology
Distance Learning Web Page Design
Universal Accessibility Activity Theory
1982-1996 Total personal research and consultancy funding about £0.5M. Sources include: SERC (Alvey 1), EPSRC, DTI, Racal Automation, Intel Corp., British Telecom.
Diaper was involved in his Department’s income generation, particularly from
2006-2009 Recognised Researcher (2006) and commercial consultant (from 2007) on EPSRC grant EP/D059720 – ‘Natural Language Parsing using Cell Assemblies: Computational Linguistics with Attractor Nets’. Total value (pre-Full Economic Costing) £207K.
2009-2010 Researcher/Consultant on the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Business Management Accountancy and Finance project ‘Formative Aspects of Summative Assessment’.
5. Teaching Experience
1986-89 Psychology: Experimental Psychology, Human Information Processing, Philosophy, Information Technology, Expert/Knowledge Based Systems.
1989-2004 Computer Science: Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction,
User Interface Design, Automated Office Applications, Task Analysis, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Knowledge Based Systems, Speech & Natural Language, Soft Systems, Ethics & Professionalism.
1986-2004 External Assessor, M.Sc. Ergonomics and M.Sc. Human-Computer
2008 Lecture and seminars
to MBA students at
1988- General Editor (until 1999), Interacting with Computers: The
Interdisciplinary Journal of Human-Computer Interaction,
Elsevier. Continuing as Editor Emeritus/Founding Editor on IwC’s General Editorial and Management Board.
1989-2014 Advisory Editorial Board, Knowledge-Based Systems, Elsevier.
1992-2010 Co-Editor, Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series,
Springer. Continuing as Associate Editor of the merged Springer and Kluwer CSCW book series. Approx. 35 books published.
1997-2000 Editorial Board member, International Journal of Cognition, Technology
& Work, Springer.
Editor of five professionally published conference proceedings and five books.
7. Committee Experience
British Computer Society: BCS Council, BCS Technical Board (Vice-Chair), BCS Technical Board Finance Committee (Chair), BCS Finance and Operations, BCS Publications Board, British HCI Group Executive, British HCI Group Conferences. Dorset Branch Committee (current).
Department of Trade and
Industry: DTI CSCW SIG Executive and Chair, DTI
8. Conferences and Meetings
Speaker: Number of papers presented at conferences or meetings approx. 25
Chair: Session or meeting chair at approx. 25 events.
Tutorials: Number of tutorials given at conferences approx. 10
N.B. A similar number have been given to industry.
N.B. Anyone who can’t obtain copies of any of Dr. Diaper’s publications is welcome to contact him and he will do his best to provide copies, subject to copyright restrictions and his available time.
 Diaper, D. (1984) An Approach to IKBS Development Based on a Review of `Conceptual Structures: Information Processing in Mind and Machine' by J. F. Sowa. Behaviour and Information Technology, 3, 3, 249-255.
 Johnson, P., Diaper, D and Long, J. (1984) Syllabi for Training in Information Technology. in Contemporary Ergonomics 1984. (Ed. Megaw, E.), 92-97. Taylor and Francis.
 Johnson, P., Diaper, D and Long, J. (1984) Tasks, Skills and Knowledge: Task Analysis for Knowledge Based Descriptions. In Interact'84 - First IFIP conference on Human-Computer Interaction. (Ed. Shackel, B.), 1, 23-27. Elsevier.
 Johnson, P., Diaper, D and Long, J. (1985) Task Analysis in Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation. in Analysis, Design and Evaluation of Man-Machine Systems. (Eds. Johannsen, G., Mancini, G. and Martensson, L.), 123-127. Pergamon Press.
 Diaper, D. (1986) Identifying the Knowledge Requirements of an
Expert System's Natural Language Processing Interface. in People and Computers: Designing for
Usability. (Eds. Harrison, M.D. and
Monk, A.F.), 263-280.
 Diaper, D. (1986) Will Expert Systems Be Safe? in Second International Expert Systems Conference. 561-572. Learned Information.
 Diaper, D. (1987) POMESS: A People Orientated Methodology for Expert System Specification. in Proceedings of the First European Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition for Knowledge Based Systems. (Eds. Addis, T., Boose, J. and Gaines, B.).
 Diaper, D. (1987) Designing Systems for People: Beyond User Centred Design. in Software Engineering. Proceedings of the Share European Association (SEAS) Anniversary Meeting, 283-302.
 Diaper, D. (1987) Satisfying Goals: An Introduction to People
and Computers III. in People
and Computers III. (Eds. Diaper, D.
and Winder, R.), 1-8.
 Diaper, D. and
 Diaper, D. (1988) Task Analysis for Knowledge Descriptions: Building a Task Descriptive Hierarchy. in Contemporary Ergonomics 1988. (Ed. Megaw, E.), 118-124. Taylor and Francis.
 Diaper, D. (1988) Natural Language Communication with Computers: Theory, Needs and Practice. in KBS in Government. (Ed. Duffin, P.), 19-44. Blenheim Online.
 Diaper, D. (1988) The Promise of POMESS. in Proceedings of Human and Organisational Issues of Expert Systems. Ergonomics Society.
 Diaper, D. (1989) The Wizard's Apprentice: A Program to Help
Analyse Natural Language Dialogues.
in People and Computers V.
(Eds. Sutcliffe, A. and Macaulay, L.), 231-244.
 Diaper, D. (1989) The Discipline of Human-Computer Interaction. Interacting with Computers, 1, 1, 3-5.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Bridging the Gulf between Requirements and Design. In Proceedings of the Ergonomics Society Conference on Simulation in the Development of User Interfaces. 129-145.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Giving HCI Away. in People
and Computers V. (Eds. Sutcliffe, A. and Macaulay, L.), 109-120.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Knowledge Acquisition in Perspective. In Knowledge Acquisition for Expert Systems. 1-14. Conference at the Cafe Royal, September 8th. IBC Technical Services Ltd.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Task Observation for Human-Computer Interaction. in Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction. (Ed.) Diaper, D., 210-237. Ellis Horwood.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Task Analysis for Knowledge Descriptions (TAKD): The Method and an Example. in Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction. (Ed. Diaper, D.), 108-159. Ellis Horwood.
 Diaper, D. (1989) Designing Expert Systems: From Dan to
 Diaper, D. and Johnson, P. (1989)
Task Analysis for Knowledge
Descriptions: Theory and Application in Training. In Cognitive
Ergonomics and Human-Computer Interaction.
(Eds. Long, J. and Whitefield. A.), 191-224.
 Diaper, D. and
 Barlow, J., Beer, M., Bench-Capon, T., Diaper, D., Dunne, P. and
Rada, R. (1989) Expertext: Hypertext-Expert Systems Theory, Synergy and Applications. in Expert Systems VI. (Ed. Shadbolt, N.), 116-127.
 Barlow, J., Rada, R. and Diaper, D. (1989) Interacting WITH Computers. Interacting with Computers, 1, 1, 39-42.
 Diaper, D. (1990) An Organisational Context for Expert System Design. in Expert Systems: Human Issues. (Eds. Berry, D. and Hart, A.), 214-236. Chapman and Hall.
 Diaper, D. (1990) Simulation: A Stepping Stone between
Requirements and Design. in
Simulation and the User Interface.
(Eds.) Life, A., Narborough-Hall, C. and
 Diaper, D. (1990) Analysing Focused Interview Data with Task Analysis for Knowledge Descriptions (TAKD). in Human-Computer Interaction: Interact'90. (Eds). Diaper, D., Gilmore, D., Cockton, G. and Shackel, B., 277-282. Elsevier.
 Diaper, D. and Beer, M. (1990) Headed Record Expertext and Document Applications. in Hypertext Update. , 63-69. UNICOM Seminars.
 Narula, I, Diaper, D., Birley, M. and Mehra, S. (1990) CaLM:
Computer-assisted Learning in Medicine and the
 Diaper, D. (1991) Giving Referees their Head. in People
and Computers VI. (Eds.) Diaper, D. and Hammond, N., pp. 3-7,
 Diaper, D. and
 Diaper, D. and Beer, M. (1991)
Developing User Interfaces for
Headed Record Expertext. in Proceedings of the UKUUG (United Kingdom UNIX
system User Group) Conference:
Interfacing Unix to The User. (Ed.
 Diaper, D. and Rada, R. (1991) Expertext: Hyperising Expert Systems and Expertising Hypertext. in Brown, H. (Ed.) Hypermedia/Hypertext and Object Oriented Databases. 125-163. Chapman and Hall.
 Beer, M. and Diaper, D. (1991)
 Narula, I. and Diaper, D. (1991)
Third World Continuing Medical
Education with Hypertext: The
 Rada, R. and Diaper, D. (1991) Converting Text to Hypertext and Vice Versa. in Brown, H. (Ed.) Hypermedia/Hypertext and Object Oriented Databases. 167-200. Chapman and Hall.
 Diaper, D. and
 Diaper, D. and
 Diaper, D. (1993) Small Scale Collaborative Writing using Electronic Mail. in CSCW in Practice: An Introduction and Case Studies. (Eds. Diaper, D. and Sanger, C.), 69-92. Springer-Verlag.
 Diaper, D. (1993) CSCW: Psychology, Sociology and Computing. BCS Bulletin, Feb. Issue.
 Seward, R., Diaper, D. and Sanger, C. (1993) The Pod: A Purpose-built Environment to Support Group Working. in CSCW in Practice: An Introduction and Case Studies. (Eds. Diaper, D. and Sanger, C.), 151-162. Springer-Verlag.
 Diaper, D. (1994) Small Scale CSCW Systems in Spurr, K., Layzell, P., Jennison, L. and Richards, N. (Eds.) Computer Support for Cooperative Work. 89-107. Wiley.
 Diaper, D. and Sahithi, P.S. (1995) Red
Faces over User Interfaces: What Should
Colour be User For? in People and Computers X. 425-435.
 Diaper, D. and Beer, M. (1995) Collaborative Document Annotation using Electronic Mail. Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 3, 297-325. Kluwer.
 Diaper, D. (1997) Integrating Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering Requirements Analysis: A Demonstration of Task Analysis Supporting Entity Modelling. SIGCHI Bulletin, 29, 1.
 Diaper, D., McKearney, S. and Hurne, J. (1998) Integrating Task and Data Flow Analyses using the Pentanalysis Technique. Ergonomics, 41, 11, 1553-1583.
 Diaper, D. and Kadoda, G. (1999) The Process Perspective. in Brooks, L. and Kimble, C. (Eds.)
 Zhu, H., Jin, L. and Diaper, D. (1999) Testing Software Requirements with Task Analysis. 11th. International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE’99). 239-245.
 Diaper, D. (2000) Hardening Soft Systems Methodology. in McDonald, S., Waern, Y. and Cockton, G.(Eds.) People and Computers XIV. 183-204. Springer.
 Diaper, D. and Waelend, P. (2000) World Wide Web Working Whilst Ignoring Graphics: Good News for Web Page Designers. Interacting with Computers, 13, 2, 163-181.
 Diaper, D. (2000) One person and Their Dog Performing Electronic
Lecturing. in Jin, Q., Li, J.,
Zhang, N., Cheng, J. Yu,C. and Noguchi, S. (Eds.) International Conference on Information Society and the 21st.
Century: Emerging Technologies and New Challenges (IS2000,
N.B. The CD-ROM e-lecture of this paper received a “Special Award”.
N.B. The conference proceedings were never published in a paper format.
 Diaper, D. (2001) Task Analysis for Knowledge Descriptions (TAKD): A Requiem for a Method. Behaviour and Information Technology. 20, 3, 199-212.
 Diaper, D. (2001) The Model Matters: Constructing and Reasoning with Heterarchical Structural Models. in Kadoda, G. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group 13th. Annual Workshop. 17th.-20th. April, 2001. 191-206.
 Diaper, D.,
 Diaper, D. (2002) Human-Computer Interaction. in Meyers, R.B. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology. 3rd. Ed. vol. 7, 393-400. Academic Press.
N.B. A Do-It-Yourself Electronic Lecture (DIYEL) version of this encyclopedia article is available for running on PCs using Microsoft PowerPoint.
 Zhu, H., Jin, L., Diaper, D. and Bai, G. (2002) Software Requirements Validation via Task Analysis. Journal of Systems and Software, 61, 145-169.
 Diaper, D. (2002) Waves of Task Analysis. Interfaces, 50, 8-10. British HCI Group. ISSN 1351-119X.
 Diaper, D. (2002) Scenarios and Task Analysis. Interacting with Computers, 14, 4, 379-395.
 Diaper, D. (2002) Task Scenarios and Thought. Interacting with Computers, 14, 5, 629-638.
 Diaper, D. and Worman, L. (2003) Two Falls out of Three in the Automated Accessibility Assessment of World Wide Web Sites: A-Prompt v. Bobby. in Johnson, P., Palanque, P. and O’Neill, E. (Eds.) People and Computers XVII. 349-363. Springer-Verlag.
 Diaper, D., May, J., Cockton, G., Dray, S., Benyon, D., Bevan, N. and McEwan, T. (2003) Exposing, Exploring, Exploding Task Analysis Myths. HCI2003 proceedings 2, 225-6. British HCI Group. ISSN 1-897851-1--3.
 Diaper, D. (2003) Systemic Task Analysis. HCI2003 proceedings 2, 203-4. British HCI Group. ISSN 1-897851-1--3.
 Diaper, D. (2004) Understanding Task Analysis for
Human-Computer Interaction. in Diaper, D. and Stanton, N.A. (Eds.) The
Handbook of Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction. 5-47.
 Diaper, D. and Stanton, N.A. (2004) Wishing
on a sTAr: The Future of Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction . in
Diaper, D. and Stanton, N.A. (Eds.) The Handbook of Task Analysis for
Human-Computer Interaction. 603-619.
 Diaper, D. (2004) An Introduction to Systemic Task Analysis.
in Dearden, A. and
 Diaper, D. (2005) An Introduction to the ‘All Thought Is Scenarios’ (ATIS) Hypothesis: Practical Applied Psychology for Non-Psychologists. Abstract in the European Society for the Study of Cognitive Systems 22nd. Annual Workshop, 5-6, 1-3 July.
 Diaper, D. (2005) In-use Computing Tasks, In-situ Work Evaluation with SAM (the Systemic Analysis Method). Paper at the BCS In-Use, In-Situ: Extending Research Field Methods workshop. IDC Technical Report IDC-TR-2005-4, 30-35. 27-28 October.
 Diaper, D. (2006) Task Analysis at the Heart of Human-Computer Interaction. in Ghaoui, C. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction. 579-587. Information Science Publishing.
 Diaper, D. and Sanger, C. (2006) Tasks For and Task In Human-Computer Interaction. Interacting with Computers, 18, 1, 117-138.
 Diaper, D. (2006) Joint Cognitive Task Design. American Journal of Psychology, 119 (2), 338-347.
 Huyck, C., Diaper, D., Belavkin, R. and Kenny,
 Diaper, D., Huyck, C., Amavasai, B., Cheng, X. and Oussalah, M. (2007) Intelligently Engineering Artificial Intelligence Engineering: The Cognitive Architectures Competition. In Kaminka, G.A. and Burghart, C.R. (eds.) Evaluating Architectures for Intelligence. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Workshop, Technical Report WS-07-04, 23-26. AAAI Press.
 Diaper, D (2008) Reactionary Engagements with Activity Theory. Interacting with Computers, 20 (2), 260-266.
 Diaper, D. and Lindgaard, G. (2008) West Meets East: Adapting Activity Theory for HCI & CSCW Applications? Interacting with Computers, 20 (2), 240-246.
 Byrne, E., Diaper, D. and Huyck, C.
(2009) Collaborating with Neural Network-based
Artificial Intelligence Agents. To in appear
in: 2009 International Conference on
Intelligent User Interfaces: Human Interaction with Intelligent &
Networked Systems workshop,
 Diaper, D.
and Lindgaard, G. (2010) Migrating Activity Theory to HCI and CSCW
Applications. in Evers, V., Abdelnour-Nocera,
 Huyck, C., Belavkin, R., Jamshed, F., Nadh, K.,
Passmore, P., Byrne, E. and Diaper, D. (2011) CABot3: A Simulated Neural Games Agent. 7th International Workshop
on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning, NeSy'11, IJCAI 2011,
 Diaper, D. (2011) A
Formal Systems Approach to Machine Capture, Representation and Use of Activity
Context Representation: Techniques and Languages workshop at the 25th.
Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference,
[B1] Diaper, D. and Winder, R. (1987)
People and Computers III.
[B2] Diaper, D. (1989) Knowledge Elicitation: Principles, Techniques and Applications. Ellis Horwood.
[B3] Diaper, D. (1989) Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction. Ellis Horwood.
[B4] Diaper, D., Gilmore, D., Cockton, G. and Shackel, B. (1990) Human-Computer Interaction: Interact'90. Elsevier: North-Holland.
[B5] Diaper, D. and Hammond, N. (1991)
People and Computers VI.
[B6] Monk, A.F., Diaper, D. and
[B7] Diaper, D. and Sanger, C. (1993) CSCW in Practice: An Introduction and Case Studies. Springer-Verlag.
[B8] Alty, J., Diaper, D. and Guest, S. (1993) People and Computers VIII.
[B9] Diaper, D. and Stanton, N.A. (2004) The
Handbook of Task Analysis for Human-Computer Interaction.
[B10] Duquenoy, P., Jones, S., Rahanu, H. and Diaper, D. (2005) Social, Legal and Professional Issues of Computing. Global Campus series: Middlesex University Press.
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