Joel Chan

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Joel Chan

Assistant Professor; Assistant Director, PhD Information Studies; Associate Director, HCIL
 Hornbake 2118E

Dr. Chan’s research and teaching explore systems that support creative knowledge work. He conceives of “systems” very broadly, from individual cognitive skills, interfaces, tools and practices, to collaborative and organizational dynamics and tools, collective intelligence and crowdsourcing, social computing, all the way to sociotechnical infrastructures within which knowledge work is done. Dr. Chan is also broadly interested in creative work across many domains, although he spends most of his time considering the disciplines of design and scientific discovery. His long-term vision is to help create a future where any person or community can design the future(s) they want to live in.

Before coming to the College of Information Studies, Dr. Chan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Project Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Chan received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.