John M. Carroll


I am a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. I am Distinguished Professor and co-Director (with Professors Mary Beth Rosson and Heng Xu) of the College of IST’s Laboratory for Computer Supported Collaboration and Learning. I am also the Director of Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction (yes, I know they have the same website, but at least it’s not a 4-year old website!). I have courtesy faculty appointments as professor of Computer Science and Engineering, of Learning, Design and Technology, and of Psychology.

Until August 2003, I was a professor in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I was also Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and had secondary appointments as professor of Teaching and Learning and Psychology. And prior to that, I was a scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1976-1994), where I managed the legendary User Interface Institute.

I have reached the stage in life where my colleagues have started giving me “lifetime” awards, though I have no specific plan to retire or die anytime soon: ACM Joseph T. Rigo Award (Association for Computing Machinery, 1994), ACM SIGCHI Academy (2001, ACM SIGCHI is the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), ACM Fellow (2003), IEEE Alfred N. Goldsmith Award (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2004), IEEE Fellow (2004), Honorary Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2005), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (2012). I was listed in the Irish Education 100 in 2011 and 2012.

I was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate) in Engineering by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in September, 2012; my Discurso de investidura was entitled “Humanity, technology and HCI.”  I was elected an Honorary Member (for life) and member of Advisory Council of the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) in May, 2013.

2015 has been a good year. I am working with an outstanding group of colleagues, who running me into the ground. I guess I like this, as I have been doing it for a long time now. One highpoint is that our group had a total of 8 papers accepted to the important ACM CSCW and ACM CHI conferences, including 4 best paper awards. That’s a good year!

My somewhat out-of-date career narrative

A  less out-of-date research statement


    I am a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology studying HCI and Collaboration