Quantitative Comparison of High- and Low-Performing Teams in a Design Task Subject to Drastic Changes

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2014, ASME IDETC – Design Theory and Methodology Conference Many design tasks are subject to changes in goals or constraints. For instance, a client might modify specifications after design has commenced, or a competitor...
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Improving Irrigation in Remote Areas: Multi-objective Optimization of a Treadle Pump

Santaeufemia, P.S., Johnson, N.G., McComb, C., and Shimada, K. 2014, ASME IDETC – Design Automation Conference Water-lifting technologies in rural areas of the developing world have enormous potential to stimulate agricultural and economic growth. The treadle...
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Identifying Technical and Economic Improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip Pump through Multi-Objective Optimization

McComb, C., Johnson, N.G., Santaeufemia, P.S., and Shimada, K. 2014, IEEE – Global Humanitarian Technology Conference Water-lifting technologies in rural areas of the developing world have enormous potential to stimulate agricultural production and economic...
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Ethical Design of Gendered Products

Roy, O., and McComb, C. 2018, Engineering, Social Justice and Peace Conference Engineers and marketers often design products for specific genders in order to segment the market. Sometimes ergonomics and function determine the perceived gender of a product, but often...
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Enhancing Shear Transfer in Composite Decks

McComb, C., and Tehrani, F.M. 2015, Engineering Structures, vol. 88, pp. 251-261. Reinforced concrete construction and steel construction are two of the most common contemporary construction methods. Both methods make use of composite decks as floor systems and...
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Human system can mean many different things. In this lab, we look at it in three different ways:

Systems of Humans

  • Can we build accurate simulations of problem-solving teams?
  • How can be make organizations more efficient and effective?

Systems for Humans

  • In what way can intelligent tools boost human performance?
  • Can intelligent design tools be developed that mimic expert behavior?

Systems + Humans

  • What are the implications of merging humans and machines as equal partners?
  • What does an intelligent algorithm need to truly contribute?

Our research interests span the entire spectrum of human systems. Some examples of our research include discovering how to effectively manage and organize design teams and multi-team organization, designing computational algorithms that mirror human learning patterns, and developing new methods for rapidly analyzing renewable energy technology. If research like this sounds interesting to you, please take a look at our open positions.