Registered: 12 years ago
Obituary forwarded on behalf of Prof Carina de Villiers, University of Pretoria (information about a memorial service will follow).
It is with great sadness that we received the news of the passing away of Prof Helene Gelderblom from the Department of Informatics, University of Pretoria on Saturday 7 April 2018 in the LCM Groenkloof Hospital.
Prof Helene was born on the 27th of November, 1963, married to Prof Derik Gelderblom, a sociologist. They have two daughters, Magdalene (20) and Emma (16).
Prof Helene was appointed at UP in November 2013, after being a lecturer at UNISA for 23 years. Apart from her degrees up to a PhD in Computer Science, she also completed an honours degree in Psychology. She was an NRF rated researcher and her research was primarily in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and ICT in Education. The main research foci was eye tracking in UX design and usability evaluation and the design of technology for special user groups.
Prof Helene was instrumental in establishing the Informatics Design Labs as a world class facility at UP. She also re-curriculated the programming courses presented in the Department of Informatics and made numerous videos for the first year students. She has delivered 16 Master students and 4 doctoral students.
Prof Helene Gelderblom is leaving an enormous gap in the Department of Informatics but also in the HCI community world-wide. We will remember her for her kindness, enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence. She was an inspiration to her colleagues and students alike