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Drawing Inspiration From Human Design Teams for Better Search and Optimization: The Heterogeneous Simulated Annealing Teams Algorithm

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2016, Journal of Mechanical Design, vol. 138(4), pp. 1-6 Insights uncovered by research in design cognition are often utilized to develop methods used by human designers; in this work, such insights are used to inform and...
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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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Research and Practice Group Methodology: A Case Study in Student Success

McComb, C., and Tehrani, F.M 2014, ASEE Pacific-Southwest Conference Experiential learning is a key component in engineering education. In civil engineering, this component is typically delivered through multiple projects. These projects may include term projects for...
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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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Lifting the Veil: Drawing insights about design teams from a cognitively-inspired computational model

McComb, C., Cagan, J., and Kotovsky, K. 2015, Design Studies, vol. 40(C), pp. 119-142. Novel design methodologies are often evaluated through studies involving human designers, but such studies can incur a high personnel cost. It can also be difficult to isolate the...
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