Joseph A. Konstan

This page was most recently updated during January 2011.  

Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Distinguished University Teaching Professor
Associate Department Head
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
4-192 EE/CS Building
200 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
+1 612 625-1831

Current Activities and Information

Want a complete c.v. in a ready-to-print format?  Click here for a PDF-format curriculum vitae (last updated in Fall 2012).

Honors and Major Roles

ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award (2013)

IEEE Fellow (2013-)

CHI Academy (2011-)

AAAS Fellow (2011-)

ACM Software System Award (2000)

ACM Fellow (2008-)

General Chair, ACM CHI 2012

Past President of ACM SIGCHI (July 2003 - June 2006)
Past Chair of the ACM SIG Governing Board and member of the ACM Executive Committee (2006-2008)

Editorial Board Member of:
    User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction  
ACM Transactions on the Web ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction


Human-Computer Interaction
Recommender Systems
Online Community
Online Public Health Applications
User Interface Design
User Interface Tools and Technology


Ph.D. 1993, M.S. 1990, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
A.B. 1987, Computer Science, Harvard College

Ph.D. Students

See my curriculum vitae for a complete list of students.


Brian Bailey (Ph.D. 2002, now Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Jilin Chen (Ph.D. 2011, now researcher at IBM Research, Almaden)

Max Harper (Ph.D. 2009, now Software Developer and Computer Science Researcher at Grouplens)

Jon Herlocker (Ph.D. 2000, formerly Associate Professor at Oregon State University, now CTO of Log Insight at VMWare)

Pamela Ludford (Ph.D. 2007, now an independent consultant)

Sean McNee (Ph.D. 2006, now computing research scientist at Attenex Corp.)

Aditya Pal (Ph.D. 2012, now researcher at IBM Research)

Alex Safonov (Ph.D. 2002, now Princial Engineer at General Dynamics Information Systems)

Ben Schafer (Ph.D. 2001, now Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa)

Patrick Baudisch (co-advised for Ph.D. at the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, 2001, now Professor at University of Potsdam)


Anuradha Uduwage

Current Research Summary

The GroupLens Project -- A collaboration with John Riedl and Loren Terveen. This project explores the field of recommender systems.  See information and papers on the GroupLens page, or try out our MovieLens recommender.

Publication Information

Recent Talks

All talks are in PDF format.  If you would like a copy of a particular slide to use in your own talks or classes, please send me e-mail.  Other talks can be found on the GroupLens page. 

Teaching Recommender Systems at Large Scale: Evaluation and Lessons Learned from a Hybrid MOOC -- A talk given with J.D. Walker at the First ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (March 2014), providing results from our analysis of learning data from our RecSys Coursera course.

Help is Out There: Online Community, Community Artifacts, and a New Way of Harnessing Knowledge -- A talk given at various venues in Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 providing an overview of a variety of research on eliciting contribution to online communities and studies of online Q&A sites.

HCI for Recommender Systems: An Introduction (Fall 2010) -- Notes from a tutorial at the ACM Recommender Systems Conference

Internet Research: Doing 'Virtual' Research Virtuously (Fall 2008) -- Notes from a session at the PRIMR conference (a conference for IRB members and others interested in ethical and responsible conduct of research.

Tutorial:  Introduction to Recommender Systems (Summer 2008) -- This 4-hour tutorial was given at the SIGMOD 2008 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bridging Computer Science and Behavioral Science:  Research Examples (Summer 2006) -- This talk explores two projects at the intersection of computing and behavioral science.  The projects involve eliciting participation in online community and online HIV-risk assessment and reduction.  Versions of this talk have been given at Universities, research laboratories, and other meetings worldwide. This version was given as the keynote address at the UPA Minnesota Chapter's World Usability Day 2006 event.

Recommender Systems: User Experience and System Issues (Summer 2006) -- This talk is an update GroupLens Survey that focuses on a few more recent research results, but mostly avoids social computing issues). It has been delivered at a variety of Universities, research laboratories, and other meetings worldwide.  A less computing-oriented version was also delivered at a meeting of SIGCHI Bangalore.

Tutorial:  Recommender Systems:  Advanced Concepts in Research and Practice (Summer 2006) -- This tutorial was given at the Adaptive Hypermedia 2006 conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Tutorial:  Recommender Systems:  Collaborating in Commerce and Communities (Spring 2003) -- This tutorial was given at the CHI 2003 conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Overcoming Information Overload:  Interfaces for Making Abundance Easier  -- This talk is a survey of several research projects.  It was given at a variety of Universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa between November 2001 and March 2002.

GroupLens Research Project Overview (Winter 2002) -- This talk was given at a variety of Universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa between November 2001 and March 2002.

Towards Innovative and Interactive Media -- This talk was given at a variety of Universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa between November 2001 and March 2002.

Heavyweight Applications of Lightweight User Models -- An invited talk at the Eighth International Conference on User Modeling (UM 2001).

GroupLens Research Project Overview (Summer 2001) -- This talk was given at several Universities in Brazil in August 2001; it is a slightly revised version of the talk given at the University of Tampere, in Finland, in July 2001.