Utilizing Markov Chains to Understand Operation Sequencing in Design Tasks

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2016, Design Computing and Cognition ’16 Design often involves searching for a final design solution by iteratively modifying and adjusting a current design. Through this process designers are able to improve the quality...
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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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Linking Properties of Design Problems to Optimal Team Characteristics

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2016, ASME IDETC – Design Theory and Methodology Conference. A team with the right characteristics can exceed the sum of their individual efforts. However, a team having the wrong characteristics may perform more poorly...
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Validating a Tool for Predicting Problem-Specific Optimized Team Characteristics

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K 2017, ASME IDETC – Design Theory and Methodology Conference The performance of a team is highly dependent on how the team is structured, how individuals in the team communicate with one another, and the properties exhibited...
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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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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.