Development and Verification of a Wave Energy Converter Simulation Tool

McComb, C., Lawson, M., and Yu, Y-H. 2013, Marine Energy Technology Symposium Numerical simulations to predict the dynamics and performance of wave energy converters (WECs) are challenging, requiring the simulation of complex fluid-structure interactions between a WEC...
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Mining Process Heuristics from Designer Action Data via Hidden Markov Models

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2017, Journal of Mechanical Design Configuration design problems, characterized by the assembly of components into a final desired solution, are common in engineering design. Various theoretical approaches have been offered for...
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Optimizing Design Teams Based on Problem Properties: Computational Team Simulations and an Applied Empirical Test

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2017, Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 139(4), pp. 1-12. The performance of a team with the right characteristics can exceed the mere sum of the constituent members’ individual efforts. However, a team having the wrong...
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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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Multi-Objective Optimization and Scenario-based Robustness Analysis of the Moneymaker Hip Pump

McComb, C., Johnson, N.G., Santaeufemia, P.S., Gorman, B.T., Kolste, B., Mobley, A., and Shimada, K. 2018, Development Engineering, vol. 3, pp. 23-33 Water-lifting technologies for irrigation have significant potential to increase agricultural yields and stimulate...
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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.