The ProtoLab conducts research at the intersection of social computing and design with the goal of developing tools, processes, and instructional techniques that change the way people solve complex problems creatively and collaboratively. We develop technology related to social media, crowdsourcing, mixed-initiative systems, and mixed physical-digital interactions to enable large-scale online creativity and to study the cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of design.

How to get involved

Currently, the ProtoLab offered opportunities for PhD students, masters students and undergraduates. We welcome everyone to join our weekly lab meetings on Mondays from 2-3pm in Atkinson Hall 1309. Contact Prof. Dow for more information.

For PhD Students:

Prospective PhD students should apply to the Cognitive Science PhD program or the Computer Science and Engineering program at UC San Diego. If you would like to work with Prof. Dow, make sure to mention him in your application. If you are currently a UCSD PhD student and you would like to get involved, feel free to join our lab meeting or reach out to Prof. Dow.

For Masters and Undergraduate Students:

Both masters and undergraduate students can participate in ProtoLab research through an independent study. Funding may be available on a part-time basis for certain projects that have a specific need. To learn more, reach out to project leaders or to Prof. Dow. Undergrads from any US university are welcome to apply for a summer internship position for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program by sending a CV to Prof. Dow.