David N. Chin's Bio


David N. Chin is a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He received his B.S. from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley where he developed UC, the UNIX Consultant, an intelligent agent that answers questions about the UNIX operating system and infers a model of the user's knowledge of UNIX from the interaction. David is an internationally recognized expert in the field of user modeling. He has served on the editorial board of the international journal, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction since its inception in 1990 and has guest edited eights special issues. He was the program and local arrangements chair of the 2nd International Conference on User Modeling in 1990, the general chair of the 5th International Conference on User Modeling in 1996, the general chair of the 18th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization in 2010, and a program committee member of many of the Conferences. Dr. Chin has published over 58 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited 1900 times (Google Scholar) and has been the PI or co-PI on 20 grants/contracts totaling $3.9 million. He has previously served as Vice-Chair (2006-7) and then Chair (2007-8) of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Faculty Senate.

Curriculum Vita

My curriculum vitae in Adobe Acrobat PDF format provides more details on my professional activities and accomplishments.


Here is an old picture of me and a picture of me in my old office and another of me scuba diving. This particular picture was taken at Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, but most of my diving is done locally in Hawaii. Another of my hobbies is windsurfing. Unfortunately this picture is not of me, perhaps someday when my skills improve :-). Here is another windsurfing picture from WindSurfing Magazine.