Javed Mostafa

Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science and UNC School of Medicine; Director, Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and Laboratory of Applied Informatics
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Manning Hall, UNC Health Sciences Library
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Faculty Expertise:

Multimedia information retrieval, personalization and user modeling, cyberinfrastructure for research and learning

BSci, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
MA, The Ohio State University
PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Professor Javed Mostafa holds a joint appointment with the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Biomedical Research Imaging Center at the UNC School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research.

His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction. He regularly serves on program and organizing committees for major conferences and participates as reviewer for major grant initiatives.

Dr. Mostafa served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIST) from 2016-2020. He had previously been a member of the JASIST editorial board and an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Information Systems (ACM TOIS) and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (ACM TOIT). He also edited or co-edited several special issues of journals, including IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Journal of Digital Libraries.

Translating scientific advances into health care improvements is a passion for Dr. Mostafa. With support from the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute, he co-founded a company concentrating on patient-centric decision support and streamlined care workflow called Keona Health

In addition to his appointments at UNC, Dr. Mostafa is an adjunct professor of community and family medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University.

Courses Regularly Taught:
Cyberinfrastructure for Learning, Inquiry and Discovery
Search Engines and Retrieval
Health Informatics Seminar
Research Practicum in Clinical Data Analysis
Electronic Health Records

Awards and Recognition:
Who's Who in America (56th Edition)
Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (2016-2020)
​Frances Caroll McColl Term Professorship (2017-2019)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
First recipient of the Victor H. Yngve Endowed Professorship position while an assistant professor at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998
Frances Caroll McColl Term Professorship (2009-2011)

Recent Publications:
​Sugimoto, Cassidy R.; Mostafa, Javed. A note of concern and context: On careful use of terminologies. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 69(3): 347-348. MAR 2018.

Mostafa, Javed. Sanitizing Signals in Scholarship and Mass Media: Integrity Informatics I. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 68 (3): 3-4. JAN 2017.

Del Fiol, Guilherme; Mostafa, Javed; Pu, Dongqiuye; et al. Formative evaluation of a patient-specific clinical knowledge summarization tool. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 86: 126-134. FEB 2016.

Ke, Weimao; Mostafa, Javed. Scalability Analysis of Distributed Search in Large Peer-to-peer Networks. 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data) Proceedings. Eds: Joshi, J; Karypis, G; Liu, L; et al. 909-914. 2016.  

Mostafa, Javed; Gwizdka, Jacek. Deepening the Role of the User: Neuro-Physiological Evidence as a Basis for Studying and Improving Search. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR ’16). 63-70. 2016.

Gwizdka, Jacek; Jose, Joemon; Mostafa, Javed; et al. NeuroIR 2015-Neuro-Physiological Methods in IR Research. Proceeding of the 38th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR). 1151-1153. 2015.  

Mostafa, Javed; Carrasco, Vincent; Foster, Chris; et al. Identifying Neurological Patterns Associated with Information Seeking: A Pilot fMRI Study. Academic Conference on Gmunden Retreat on NeuroIS. Eds: Davis, FD; Riedl, R; VomBrocke, J; et al. 167-173. 2015.

Mostafa, Javed. Whither Bioinformatics? The Promise and Peril of an Informatics-Driven Inquiry. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 123 (6): 1151-1152. JUN 2014.

Shoffner, Michael; Owen, Phillips; Mostafa, Javed; et al. The Secure Medical Research Workspace: An IT Infrastructure to Enable Secure Research on Clinical Data. CTS-Clinical and Translational Science, 6 (3): 222-225. JUN 2013.

Ke, Weimao; Mostafa, Javed. Studying the clustering paradox and scalability of search in highly distributed environments. ACM Transactions on Information Systems, 31(2):1-40. 2013.

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