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Eric Bier

Eric Bier is interested in technologies that help knowledge workers use information and collaborate with each other. He is currently leading research projects in the areas of enterprise collaboration and content management, intelligence analysis, medical sensemaking, and historical collections.

Eric is also known for his work on user interface software such as: Toolglass and Magic Lenses; techniques for sharing computers among multiple users (MMM); and entity-based notebooks (Entity Workspace).

Eric holds 25 patents in areas ranging from computer graphics and graphical devices to novel user interfaces. With two daughters he enjoys working with children, and often finds himself as a teacher, drama coach, choir leader, mentor, story teller, or jungle gym.


PARC publications

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Returning lost dollars with real-time fraud analytics

Annual Conference of the National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity (NAMPI 2013)

19 August 2013


Receipts2Go: the big world of small documents

ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

4 September 2012


A story-based approach to making sense of documents

IASTED International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

16 May 2011


Principles and tools for collaborative entity-based intelligence analysis

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

March 2010


The rules of redaction: identify, protect, review (and repeat)

IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine

December 2009


Entity-based collaboration tools for intelligence analysis

IEEE Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology

19 October 2008



Entity workspace: an evidence file that aids memory, inference, and reading

IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI 2006)

22 May 2006


Icon abacus and ghost icons

JCDL 2005

7 June 2005




Sparrow Web: putting customizable group-writable information on Web pages

CSCW 2002 Conference Supplementary Proceedings

16 November 2002


PicturePiper: using a re-configurable pipeline to find images on the Web

User Interface Software and Technology 2000 (UIST 2000)

6 November 2000



Responsive interaction for a large Web application

Sixth International World Wide Web Conference (WWW6)

7 April 1997


WebWriter: A browser-based editor for constructing Web Applications

Fifth International World Wide Web Conference

May 1996





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Receipts2Go: The Big World of Small Documents
4 September 2012 | Paris, AB, France