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!

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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