John M. Carroll

BIG NEWS: In August 2003, I will become the Edward Frymoyer Chaired Professor in Penn State's School of Information Sciences and Technology  (Penn State PR)

I am currently a professor in Computer Science at Virginia Tech.

I am director of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction.

I have secondary appointments as professor of Education and Psychology.

I received the ACM CHI Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2003.

My teaching is in human-computer interaction, the design of information and user interfaces, and social and professional issues in computing. (These links are to old instances of my courses; the most up-to-date links to my course Web sites are password protected.)

My research area is human-computer interaction, especially scenario-based methods for design and development, minimalist techniques for making information efficient, computer support for collaborative work and education, community-oriented computing, and social impacts of computing.

I lead the Learning in Network Communities (LiNC) project and the MOOsburg project. Here is a fairly up-to-date inventory of my research projects. All of my projects have many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate research students (independent study project ideas).

My recent books include:
The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing Minimalist Instruction for Practical Computer Skill  (Recommended at  (Horn's critical commentary)
Designing Interaction: Psychology at the Human-Computer Interface
Scenario-Based Design: Envisioning Work and Technology in System Development (Review in SIGCHI Bulletin)
Minimalism Beyond the Nurnberg Funnel     (Review in D-Lib Magazine)   (Review in ACCU)
Making Use: Scenario-Based Design of Human-Computer Interactions  (Review in SIGCHI Bulletin)  (Review in First Monday)  (Review in Doors of Perception)
Human-Computer Interaction in the New Millennium  (Review at slashdot)  (Review at Technology & Society)
Usability Engineering: Scenario-Based Development of Human-Computer Interaction (Review in STC Usability Newsletter)
HCI Models, Theories, and Frameworks: Toward a Multidisciplinary Science

Here is a fairly complete resume

Here is a short biographical statement

Here is a collection of some of my papers

Here are some professional-style photos

Personal odds and ends

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