Assistant Professor, iSchool@UMD
Associate Director, HCIL@UMD
Senior Fellow, CASCI@UMD
2118E HBK South | joelchan@umd.edu | CV

Hi, I'm Joel. My research and teaching explore systems that support creative knowledge work, in domains such as design and scientific discovery.

Being in an iSchool, I conceive of "systems" very broadly, from individual cognitive skills, interfaces, tools and practices, to collaborative and organizational dynamics and tools, all the way to sociotechnical infrastructures within which knowledge work is done. Sometimes I study such systems; and sometimes I create new instances of such systems; often I do a close mix of the two.

My long-term research vision is of a world filled with creativity support systems that are open and sustainable

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) 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.

Recent news and updates

Aug 2021 The OASIS lab grows, with Tammie Nelson and Jason Ding joining as PhD trainees, and Sarah DiPasquale and AJ Rudd joining as Masters’ trainees!
Aug 2021 I’m taking on the role of Associate Director of the HCIL, with Jessica Vitak taking the reigns of director!
Jul 2021 Chairing the HCOMP Blue Sky track for 2021!
Jun 2021 John Morabito presents his thesis work on context and scholarly synthesis as a paper at Creativity and Cognition 2021!
May 2021 Received $50k in seed funding from Protocol Labs for our work on sustainable infrastructures for knowledge synthesis!

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Talks and travel

2021, Sep 8 MetaData-Enhanced Semantic Texts (MDESTs) working group
2021, Sep 16-18 MetaScience 2021, Presenting at Panel on "The Role of Tools in Accelerating Scientific Discovery" on Sep 18
2021, Oct 1 HCII Seminar, CMU
2021, Nov 23-27 CSCW 2021