Rob Capra

Assistant Professor,
School of Library and Information Science
Manning Hall, Room 210


Twitter: @rcapra3

Expertise and Interests:
Human-computer interaction, personal information management, digital information seeking behaviors, tools, and interfaces

B.S., M.S. (Computer Science), Washington University
Ph.D. (Computer Science), Virginia Tech

Dr. Robert Capra is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His research interests include human-computer interaction, personal information management, and interactive information systems.  In his research, he studies how people search for information in different contexts and develops innovative tools to support users’ search needs.  He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.  At Virginia Tech, he was part of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction where he investigated multi-platform interfaces, information re-finding, and interfaces for digital libraries.  Prior to Virginia Tech, he worked in corporate research and development, spending five years in the Speech and Language Technologies group at SBC Communications (now merged with AT&T Labs) where he focused on voice user interfaces, speech recognition, and natural language processing.

Courses Regularly Taught:
INLS 523 – Database Systems I
INLS 760 – Web Databases

Awards and Recognition:
NSF CAREER Award, 2016

UNC SILS Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012-2013

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Jones, W., Capra, R., Diekema, A., Teevan, J., Perez-Quinones, M., Dinneen, J., and Hemminger, B. (2015). "For Telling" the Present: Using the Delphi Method to Understand Personal Information Management Practices. In Proc. 33rd Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15).  ACM, New York, 3513-3522.

Capra, R., Arguello, J., and Scholer, F. (2013).  Augmenting web search surrogates with images.  In Proc. 22nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM ’13).  ACM, New York, 399-408.

Arguello, J., Capra, R., and Wu, W. (2013).  Factors affecting aggregated search coherence.  In Proc. 22nd ACM Int. Conf. on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM ’13).  ACM, New York, 1989-1998.

Capra, R., Chen, A. T., McArthur, E., and Davis, N.  (2013). Searcher Actions and Strategies in Asynchronous Collaborative Search.  In Proc. Am. Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 50, Paper 91, 10 pages.

Capra, R., Khanova, J., Ramdeen, S. (2013). Work and Personal E-mail Use by University Employees:  PIM Practices Across Domain Boundaries.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(5): 1029-1044.

Kules, B., and Capra, R. (2012).  Influence of Training and Stage of Search on Gaze Behavior in a Library Catalog Faceted Search Interface.  Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(1): 114-138.

Arguello, J., and Capra, R. (2012).  The Effect of Aggregated Search Coherence on Search Behavior.  In Proc. 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM ’12), ACM, New York, 1293-1302.

Stutzman, F., Capra, R., and Thompson, J.  (2011). Factors Mediating Disclosure in Social Network Sites.  Computers in Human Behavior, 27(1): 590-598.

Capra, R., Marchionini, G., Velasco-Martin, J., and Muller, K. (2010). Tools-at-Hand and Learning in Multi-Session, Collaborative Search. In Proc. 28th Int. Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, 951-960.

Kules, B., Capra, R., Banta, M., and Sierra, T. (2009). What Do Exploratory Searchers Look at in a Faceted Search Interface? In Proc. 9th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL '09). ACM, New York, 313-322.

Capra, R., Marchionini, G., Oh, J. S., Stutzman, F., and Zhang, Y. (2007). Effects of Structure and Interaction Style on Distinct Search Tasks. In Proc. 7th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conf. on Digital Libraries (JCDL '07). ACM, New York, 442-451.

Capra, R., and Pérez-Quiñones, M.A. (2005). Using Web Search Engines to Find and Refind Information.  IEEE Computer, 38(10): 36–42.


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