Alan H. Borning

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Alan H. Borning
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions University of Washington
Alma mater Stanford University
Reed College
Doctoral students A. J. Bernheim Brush
Known for human computer interaction
Notable awards ACM Fellow (2001)

Alan H. Borning is an American Computer Scientist noted for his research on human computer interaction and object-oriented programming. In particular his research in human-computer interaction is on designing for human values. He works on systems to support civic engagement and deliberation, and works on tools to make public transportation easier to use. He has also worked on constraint-based languages and systems, and cooperating constraint languages and solvers.[1]


Borning received a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College in 1971. He received a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1974 and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1979.

He then joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Washington in 1980, where in 2014 he is still a professor there. He is also an adjunct professor in the Information School, and a member of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Design and Planning.


In the year 2001, he became an ACM Fellow[2] for contributions to constraint-based languages, systems, and applications, to object-oriented programming; and to understanding issues of computers and society.


  1. The Cassowary linear arithmetic constraint solving algorithm, Authors: Greg J. Badros, Alan Borning & Peter J. Stuckey
  2. Association of Computing Machinery (2014-07-01). "ACM Awards ACM Fellow". ACM. Retrieved 2014-07-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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