National Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee Member
Dr. Konstan is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, and Associate Department Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues, including personalization (particularly through recommender systems), eliciting online participation, and designing computer systems to improve public health. He is probably best known for his work in collaborative filtering recommenders (the GroupLens project, which recently won the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award), and for his work in online HIV prevention. It is through that latter work that he became involved in issues of human subjects research ethics and practices for online research, a subject on which his has lectured at a variety of conferences and universities.
Dr. Konstan received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is a Fellow of the ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an elected member of the CHI Academy, Past-President of ACM SIGCHI, the 4500-member Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction, and a recipient of the ACM Software Systems Award. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership where he worked to document and reduce faculty burden associated with administration of federal research grants.