The Garbage Can Lab is the research group under Professor Jungpil Hahn at NUS School of Computing.  Our research focuses on better understanding today's complex socio-technical world and developing solutions that create impact.

Inspired by the Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice (Cohen et al. 1972), our research group can best be described as an organized anarchy with problematic preferences, unclear technology and fluid participation.

  • Problematic preferences: We abstain from constraining the problems that we study but rather strive to discover through disciplined imagination the problems worth investigating and the most interesting perspectives to look at phenomena.
  • Unclear technology: We embrace innovation in research methods.  Rather than trying to force-fit a problem into a particular research method, we strive to develop novel empirical and computational methods that best fit the problem we are studying through experimentation.
  • Fluid participation: We value diversity of ideas and constructive criticism from our members. Each member focuses on his/her own projects but all other members also contribute to the development and refinement of the ideas of one another.

Chief Garbage Collector

Jungpil Hahn

Chief Garbage Collector, Garbage Can Lab

NUS School of Computing


Jungpil Hahn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Analytics at the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining NUS, he was an Assistant Professor of Management at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette (IN) and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Information Systems at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (PA). He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Seoul Korea and he earned his Ph.D. in Information and Decision Sciences from the Carlson School of Management at The University of Minnesota.

Professor Hahn's research focuses on open innovation, organizational learning and knowledge management, software development processes, software project management and human-computer interaction. His research has been published in Management Science, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, among others, and presented at major conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems, INFORMS Annual Meeting, INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics, the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems and the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Professor Hahn is has received numerous awards and accolades for his research, teaching and service. He is a recipient of three "Best Paper in Track" Awards at the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS) -- in the Sharing Economy, Platforms and Crowds Track at ICIS 2021, the Advances in Research Methods Track and the IS Development and Project Management Track at ICIS 2020. He also received the "Best Completed Paper Award" at the International Conference in Information Systems, the "Best Paper Award" at the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) in 2016, and the "Best 2013 Published Paper Award" from the Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) Division of the Academy of Management.

Current Members

Dawei Chen

PhD Student

Call: +65 8709 1021

Email: [email protected]


Junjie Zhou

PhD Student

Call: +65 8244 6575

Email: [email protected]

Yonggang Li

PhD Student

Call: +65 9893 2155

Email: [email protected]

Zi Wang

BSc(Business Analytics) student
    Wei Yifei

    Yifei Wei

    BSc(Business Analytics) student

    Jun Hao Ooi

    BComp(Information Systems) student