Gary M. Olson retired in December 2016. He previously was the Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and before that, the Paul M. Fitts Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan. He is currently Emeritus Professor at both UCI and the University of Michigan.
His research spanned the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), with particular interests in collaborative technologies and their role in supporting long-distance work. A recent review of this research was published as Working Together Apart (Morgan & Claypool, 2014). He is also interested in cognition, problem-solving, reasoning, and information visualization. He continues to consult on matters pertaining to his research interests.
Olson is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association. In 2003, he was elected to the CHI Academy, and in 2006 he received the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award along with his wife, Dr. Judith S. Olson. In 2016 he received the CHI Lifetime Service Award.
Besides his professional work, he has serious interests in reading, travel, cooking, baseball, and the Swiss railways. These interests are reflected in Gary’s Bookshelf in this web site.