Thomas K. Landauer, PhD

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Thomas K. Landauer, PhD

In Memory Of…Thomas K. Landauer

Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Thomas K. Landauer, PhD (1932-2014)
Executive Vice President of Research
Pearson Knowledge Technologies
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
University of Colorado



Tom Landauer received his degree at Harvard University in 1960 and held positions at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Princeton University, and University of Colorado. He also served as Executive Vice President of Research of Pearson Knowledge Technologies (PKT, formerly Knowledge Analysis Technologies), of which he was founding President in 1998. Tom was a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow in their Institute of Cognitive Science.

Tom was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and its successors for 25 years. Tom and the group of computer scientists, linguists and cognitive psychologists he directed at Bell Labs, Bellcore, and then Telcordia conducted the fundamental and applied work that led to the theory, development and implementation of Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA). His company at PKT is applying LSA to automatic analysis of essays, cross-language information retrieval, and collaborative learning. His Intelligent Essay Assessor can grade many types of essays as accurately as human expert graders.  He is first editor of the 2007 Handbook of Latent Semantic Analysis published by Lawrence Erlbaum.

Tom has contributed to our understanding of broad issues and implications of human-computer interaction with many papers.  This includes his edited The Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction, and his 1995 book published by MIT Press, The Trouble with Computers: Usefulness, Usability, and Productivity, which explores the productivity paradox of computing and the way that HCI can make a difference. The book received the Association of American Publishers award for best Computer Science book of 1994.



Individuals Honoring Thomas K. Landauer: 

Robert Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles
*Peter W. Foltz, New Mexico State University
George W. Furnas, University of Michigan
Kathleen M.
 GalottiCarleton College
Louis M. Gomez, University of California, Los Angeles
*Arthur C.
GraesserUniversity of Memphis
Alice F. HealyUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Michael JonesIndiana University, Bloomington
Walter Kintsch, University of Colorado, Boulder
Clayton H. Lewis, University of Colorado, Boulder
Danielle S. McNamara, Arizona State University
Morris Moscovitch,  
University of Toronto
Raymond S. Nickerson, Tufts University
James R. PomerantzRice University
Bob Rehder, New York University
Mark Rosenstein, Association for Computing Machinery
Brian Ross, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mark Seidenberg, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lynn A. 
Streeter, Pearson Knowledge Technologies

* The FABBS Foundation would like to thank Dr. Peter W. Foltz and Dr. Arthur Graesser for nominating Dr. Landauer for this honor and for leading the effort to spread the word about his nomination.


Peter W. Foltz New Mexico State University
Kathleen M. Galotti Carleton College
Arthur Graesser University of Memphis
Alice F. Healy University of Colorado, Boulder
Michael Jones Indiana University, Bloomington
Walter Kintsch University of Colorado, Boulder
Clayton H. Lewis University of Colorado, Boulder
Danielle S. McNamara Arizona State University
Raymond S. Nickerson Tufts University
James R. Pomerantz Rice University
Bob Rehder New York University
Lynn A. Streeter Pearson Knowledge Technologies


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