Dr. Annie Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She holds an MSIS and PhD in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include information behaviors in the context of long-term health management; information and interaction in online communities and other digital spaces; the use of natural language processing and visualization methods to study linguistic patterns relating to psychosocial and communicative processes; and user-centered design.
In addition, she is actively engaged in digital humanities research. She co-leads a digital humanities project, the Svoboda Diaries Project, which provides opportunities for students in different disciplines at UW to engage with others in an interdisciplinary setting and along with the project’s international collaborators (primarily historians). Currently, the project has opportunities for students to engage in various aspects of historical preservation of historical handwritten manuscripts, including transcription, metadata assignment, sustainability planning, textual analysis, and more and could be synergistic with iSchool courses in information/knowledge organization, archival management, and digital humanities. The team also has an active research agenda in the use of natural language processing and data visualization to analyze historical corpora.
Dr. Chen is an active member of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). In addition to serving as Papers Co-Chair for ASIS&T 2021, she has previously served as Communications Officer of the ASIS&T Special Interest Group SIG-USE (Information Needs, Seeking, and Use), and is currently Chair-Elect of SIG-USE. In terms of this involvement, her priorities include the study of information behavior using diverse methods and perspectives; to increase communication and exchange between academicians, practitioners, and others; and to increase opportunities for junior scholars and researchers to contribute and play their roles to shape the future.