Hi, I’m Joel. I’m an Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool), and Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Steven Dow and Niki Kittur. I received my PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where I was advised by Christian Schunn.
My research and teaching focus on the intersection of people, information, and creativity. I want to know how they (can best) combine to enable us to design the future(s) we want to live in. Learn more.
Special Note: I’m looking for people to join my team, starting Spring 2018! If you’re a UMD undergrad/masters student or prospective PhD student interested in working with me, please start here.
Recent news and updates
|Jan 2018||Camera-ready preprint for our CHI paper on helping designers explore abstract redescriptions of their design problems is ready! Read it here.|
|Dec 2017||New work on helping designers explore abstract redescriptions of their design problems conditionally accepted to CHI 2018! Preprint coming soon.|
|Nov 2017||Accepted invitation to the program committee for Collective Intelligence 2018! Consider submitting your work to be shared in July in Zurich (partially co-located with HCOMP 2018)|
|Aug 2017||Our work on physical spaces and divergent thinking received a mention in a Fast Company piece on designing creative office workspaces!|
|Aug 2017||Attending new faculty orientation at UMD!|
Talks and travel
|Apr 27 2018||Department of Computer Science Seminar Series, Virginia Tech (Northern Virginia Center)|
|May 10, 2018||HCIL Brown Bag Lunch, University of Maryland|
|May 24, 2018||HCIL Annual Symposium, University of Maryland|
|Jul 5-8, 2018||Collective Intelligence, Zurich|
|Nov 3-7, 2018||CSCW, New Jersey City|